March 20, 2019 - DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans through Monday, April 1.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next five to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

“Our management plans are the basis of how we make fishery decisions for individual lakes and streams,” said Edie Evarts, area fisheries supervisor. “Public comment is important as goals are created or revised in a plan. It is important in complex management where we have special regulations, but can also be incorporated into a simple plan for a small lake by adding information not collected by survey crews. The call for comments also gives the public an opportunity to see the latest plans for area lakes and streams.”

Every year, DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Tower area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed.

St. Louis County lakes:

  • Bear Island.
  • Coe.
  • Deep – increase in walleye stocking frequency.
  • Johnson – change to walleye fry stocking instead of fingerlings.
  • Little Armstrong (Camp)
  • Miner’s Pit.

Lake County lakes:

  • Birch (Ontario border)
  • Ella Hall – initial management plan.
  • Fall.
  • Kekekabic.
  • Knife.
  • Lake Four.
  • Lake Three.
  • Snowbank.

People can review current plans for lakes as well as recent fish survey information at the DNR’s Tower fisheries office, 650 Highway 169 in Tower. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To request a draft copy of any lake management plan listed above email jer.malley@state.mn.us or call 218-300-7802.

Questions or comments about the plans may be sent by email to Tower area fisheries supervisor, Edie Evarts, at edie.evarts@state.mn.us. Suggestions for management of other lakes and streams in the Tower area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are reviewed.



March 18, 2019 - DNR seeks comments on Enbridge license and permit applications for Line 3 Replacement Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota. 

Line 3 is one of six Enbridge oil pipelines that cross Minnesota. Enbridge is proposing to replace the existing Line 3 with a new, higher capacity line. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has granted Enbridge a certificate of need and a route permit for the Line 3 replacement, which would follow the existing Line 3 route in places and a new alignment in other areas.

In addition to the DNR’s consultation with tribal governments and local government units, the DNR is also seeking public comment on the following permit applications:

  • Utility Crossing License for State Land
  • Utility Crossing License for Public Water
  • Water Appropriation for Hydrostatic Testing and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
  • Water Appropriation for Trench and Construction Dewatering
  • Water Appropriation for Dust Control
  • Water Appropriation for Construction Near Gully 30 (calcareous fen)
  • Work in Public Waters for Public Water Wetlands on Private Land
  • Work in Public Waters for Willow River Bridge
  • Calcareous Fen Management Plan (Gully 30)
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Taking Permit

All permit and license applications are available for review at mndnr.gov/line3.

In addition to obtaining these DNR approvals, the project would also need additional approvals from tribal governments, local governments, and other state and federal agencies.

The DNR will accept comments for 60 days, from March 18 to 4:30 p.m. May 17. Comments may be submitted online at mndnr.gov/line3. Submissions are limited to 9,999 characters per application and up to four attachments, each less than 20 MB. Comments may also be mailed to the DNR at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul MN 55155-4025, Attention Line 3 Replacement Applications.

The most helpful comments will address:

  • Additional information needed in the application
  • Identification of specific resources or areas that warrant special consideration
  • Recommendations on permit conditions or limitations

The DNR will consider all comments that are within the regulatory scope of the proposed licenses and permits as part of its decisions on the applications. The DNR will not provide individual responses to comments.

In April, the DNR will host three webinars to provide information on the proposed project and permit applications. Closer to these events, the DNR will issue a separate news release to announce the webinar details and all information will be available at mndnr.gov/line3.



March 18, 2019 - Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors over the course of a spring weekend from Friday evening, April 26, to Sunday afternoon, April 28, near Lanesboro. 

To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of April 26, and both the adult and the youth must each have less than five hours of fly-fishing experience.

“Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners so they can help each other learn a new skill,” said Linda Radimecky, a Department of Natural Resources interpretive naturalist. “They’ll enjoy some real quality time together, but that’s just the beginning. When they’ve finished the weekend, they’ll be prepared for hours of fun fishing adventures.”

Participants will learn how to tie knots used for fishing, how to use and care for their equipment, what fish need to survive and how to help protect fishing for future generations.

The registration fee is $130 per person and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs.

For more information, or to get an application, contact Linda Radimecky at linda.radimecky@state.mn.us or 651-231-6968.



March 18, 2019 - DNR seeks input on Timber Riders ATV trail proposal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Beltrami County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle trail system.   

The new trail, known as the Timber Trail, will provide a 128-mile ATV trail system. The trail will follow existing township and county roads, an existing ATV trail (the Blue Ox Trail), highway ditch and a new small connection trail. The trail will be maintained by Beltrami County and the Timber Riders ATV Club.

The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. April 16. Comments may be submitted:

  • Via email to david.schotzko@state.mn.us
  • Via mail to Dave Schotzko, area supervisor, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 3296 State Park Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

A map of the proposed trail segments can be found at mndnr.gov. For more information, call Dave Schotzko, 218-308-2367.



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