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Staying in touch with the DNR

September 10, 2009 - Per Peterson
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources earlier this week held a “meet me” conference call with members of the media throughout Minnesota. This is a good thing 1) because tracking down DNR officials for stories is usually pretty tricky because, by the nature of their work, they’re not always sitting at their desks; and 2) there are plenty of hot-button issues out there that the DNR needs to share information about and, in some cases, be held accountable for. These conference calls aren’t as good as public meetings where anyone can attend and vent their frustrations, but they at least provide a solid connection between the DNR and media, which, in turn, becomes a conduit between the DNR and the public. Six DNR wildlife experts took part in the conference call, along with yours truly and journalists from the Rochester Post Bulletin, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis StarTribune and Outdoor News. It was suggested at the end of the one-hour conference call that the DNR schedule another one before or during deer season, and it appears it will. The only downside is, the conferences are only about one hour long, not nearly enough time to thoroughly discuss issues, especially when four or five reporters are trying to get their specific questions answered. If there are any outdoors issues/complaints you would like brought up at the next conference call, let me know by replying to this blog, or send me an email at


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