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Minnesota DNR sets upcoming public CWD meetings in Crookston, Grand Rapids

The meetings result from the discovery of chronic wasting disease in the Climax area of northwest Minnesota and in Grand Rapids city limits.

CWD deer
This emaciated deer in Iowa County, Wisconsin, was later confirmed to have chronic wasting disease.
Contributed / Wisconsin DNR
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ST. PAUL – The Department of Natural Resources will hold public meetings this month in Crookston and Grand Rapids to discuss chronic wasting disease in the Climax area of northwest Minnesota and in the Grand Rapids area.

The Crookston meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, 2900 University Ave. The Grand Rapids meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Chukar Auditorium at Minnesota North College (formerly Itasca Community College), 1851 E. Highway 169 in Grand Rapids.

During the Crookston meeting, staff from the DNR’s wildlife health and big game programs will share information about hunting regulation changes and CWD management in the Climax area and answer questions.

The angler is one of two men busted at the Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournament on Sept. 30. They would have walked away champions, if the event organizer, Jason Fischer, hadn’t decided to take a closer look at their catch.

A similar format is planned for the next night's meeting in Grand Rapids.

As an alternative to attending the meetings in-person, people can register to attend the presentation virtually via Webex. Virtual participation options are available on the DNR website, at mndnr.gov/CWD .


In November 2021, just days before the firearms deer season, the DNR confirmed the first case of CWD in a whitetail shot southwest of Climax along the Minnesota-North Dakota border during the youth deer season. The confirmed case prompted the DNR to designate DPA 661 as a new CWD management zone.

The DNR this past March confirmed the first case of CWD in the Grand Rapids area, in what was Deer Permit Area 179, when a wild deer was found dead within the city limits of Grand Rapids. Culling efforts to reduce high urban deer densities in the southwest quadrant of town resulted in an additional positive deer. The two confirmed cases of CWD in wild deer prompted the DNR to designate DPA 679 as a new CWD management zone.

Because of the positive cases, hunting regulations and CWD sampling requirements have changed for hunters this deer season in the Climax and Grand Rapids areas. Hunters need to know about hunting regulations, CWD testing, carcass movement restrictions and deer feeding and attractant bans. Hunters can find the information using the DNRs online DPA lookup tool at mndnr.gov/CWD/DPA-Lookup.html.

More information about the DNR’s CWD management plan is available at mndnr.gov/CWD/CWD-Response-Plan.html.

N.D. meetings also on tap

For hunters on the North Dakota side of the Red River bordering the DPA where CWD was found near Climax, the Game and Fish Department has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. Aug. 22 – the same night as the Crookston meeting – at the Fargo Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S. Similar meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Dickinson, and Monday, Aug. 29, in Minot.

More info: gf.nd.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd .

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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