Herald Staff Report
Gov. Doug Burgum used executive action Thursday to suspend two members of the Belcourt School Board. Jeremy Laducer and Doug DeLorme were suspended from the seven-member board. The announcement came via a statement released to the media late Thursday afternoon; the statement also noted that "the governor's action followed approval (Thursday) by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council to suspend the entire nine-member Turtle Mountain Community Schools board, which administers federal funds for the tribally operated schools in Belcourt."
A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed Thursday by a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat. The bear was a male and estimated as 2 year old and weighing about 110 to 120 pounds. The bear carcass will be processed, and the meat will be distributed to people in need of food, the DNR said.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced details on how to join upcoming webinars about Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement project. On the day of each event, links to access the webinar will be available on the DNR Line 3 webpage, www.mndnr.gov/line3 . The links will be available 30 minutes before each webinar starts. The webinars will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 29; 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 30; and 3 p.m. Monday, May 6. The webinars will focus on the project, how people can comment on the company's applications and the DNR's decision-making process.
DEVILS LAKE—Shoreline fishing in the Devils Lake area is heating up, and anglers are reporting good action for walleyes and northern pike in current areas near and under bridges and along coulees that flow into the lake. In a news release from Devils Lake Tourism, John Bouvette of Lake Country Guide Service said he's been fishing every day, and the first two walleyes he landed were 5- and 8-pound females that were quickly released. Fishing activity has increased each day, said fishing guide Ross Sensiba of Rush Valley Guide Service.
North Dakota deer hunters had an overall success rate of 64 percent during the 2018 deer gun season, the Game and Fish Department announced this week. Based on postseason hunter surveys, 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters killed about 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, the Game and Fish Department said. Game and Fish offered 55,150 deer gun licenses last year.
ST. PAUL — As recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, the Minnesota Legislature has appropriated $2 million from the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund for the Two Rivers Fish Passage Restoration and Habitat Enhancement project in Hallock, Minn.
Flying a drone can be a lot of fun — but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources. "Most people wouldn't dream of driving their car in front of a fire engine that's responding to a fire," said Casey McCoy, the DNR's fire prevention supervisor. "Flying your drone during a wildfire is just as reckless: we have to ground our planes until the drone gets out of the way, and that slows down our ability to fight the fire."
While flooding persists in parts of Minnesota including the northwest, warm temperatures and dry conditions have increased risk of wildfires farther south, so the Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday said it will restrict open burning in the following counties effective immediately: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington, and Wright. The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until restrictions are lifted.
If you applied for a North Dakota elk or moose license, the waiting is over. The Game and Fish Department on Thursday said it has completed its moose and elk lotteries, and individual results are available by clicking the My Account tab on the department's website at www.gf.nd.gov . A total of 15,516 applications were received for bighorn sheep, 19,290 for elk and 22,456 for moose.
If you applied for a North Dakota elk or moose license, the waiting is over. The Game and Fish Department on Thursday said it has completed its moose and elk lotteries, and individual results are available by clicking the My Account tab on the department’s website at www.gf.nd.gov . A total of 15,516 applications were received for bighorn sheep, 19,290 for elk and 22,456 for moose.