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April 16, 2011
A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency team conducting an assessment last summer on Hawk Creek reaches shore near a culvert. Due to extensive public and private drainage systems, water that would have evaporated, percolated into groundwater or stayed put in wetlands is now moved rapidly to waterways. (Tribune file photo)
In farm country, water quantity and quality inextricably linked
April 16, 2011 - 8:18am
April 11, 2011
The ice cover on Foot Lake in Willmar was retreating from shore on Friday. The Spicer fisheries crew will begin assessing some of the shallow lakes in the region this coming week for possible fish kill. Foot Lake is aerated during the winter to prevent fish kills from oxygen depletion. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
DNR to begin assessing lakes
April 11, 2011 - 12:00am
February 26, 2011
Jason Moeckel, fisheries operations supervisor, outlines the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal for the first increase in fishing and hunting license fees in 10 years to the West Central Chapter of the Minnesota Dark House Anglers in Spicer on Feb. 17. Tribune file photo
DNR seeks license fee hike to stop downward funding slide
February 26, 2011 - 12:00am
No course change likely in northern pike management
February 26, 2011 - 12:00am
February 5, 2011
There are more reports of paddlefish being seen in the Minnesota River. It's not known if the apparent increase in their numbers can be credited to improving water quality, or higher, average water flows in the last decade, or a combination of these and other factors. Submitted photo
Electrifying fish stories
February 5, 2011 - 12:00am
January 22, 2011
A whole new world
January 22, 2011 - 12:00am
January 8, 2011
A wild turkey hunts for food alongside a railroad bed earlier this week. A growing snow pack that has been hardened by a freezing rain and the below-normal temperatures experienced so far are making this a difficult winter for wildlife. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Tough winter taking toll on wildlife
January 8, 2011 - 12:00am
December 24, 2010
DNR early retirements to be felt in region
December 24, 2010 - 12:00am
Paul Otto has led Sibley State Park as manager for just a few days shy of 10 years. Its mix of woodlands, prairie, and wetlands and its hilly terrain offers the best of everything, he said. Tribune file photo
The perfect career landing
December 24, 2010 - 12:00am
Bruce Gilbertson retired as fisheries supervisor for the Spicer office of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He's served as supervisor in Spicer for the last 16 years of a 36-year career in fisheries. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Hook was set long ago
December 24, 2010 - 12:00am
December 18, 2010
This is the first time in more than 40 years that it is possible to hunt geese at the Lac qui Parle refuge. The December hunt at the refuge is being looked at as a learning experience, but hunters have praised the expanded opportunity it represents. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Lac qui Parle Refuge in December
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
October 6, 2010
33-year-old Olivia man faces 17 counts for illegal taking of game
October 6, 2010 - 12:00am
September 25, 2010
Portions of Marsh Lake islands to be closed for waterfowl hunting
September 25, 2010 - 12:00am
September 17, 2010
The Minnesota Falls dam constructed in 1905 and is at the point where major repairs are needed. An engineering study estimates it's cheaper to remove the dam.
Xcel planning to remove large dam; upstream water users say they're worried
September 17, 2010 - 12:00am
August 27, 2010
Dustup over group's charge that coal ash from Big Stone plant contaminating area
August 27, 2010 - 12:00am