News from the DNR

DNR, partners to host nine Border to Border Touring Route listening sessions across northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association, will hold a series of listening sessions across the northern counties of Minnesota about the Border to Border (B2B) Touring Route.

The route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways. The end product will be a signed, mapped route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles, following routes that are already open for driving. The project is funded by the off-road vehicle account in Minnesota’s Natural Resources Fund. Revenues for this fund come from registered off-road vehicle owners.

The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather feedback regarding a draft alignment for the B2B Touring Route. Last year at this time, similar meetings were held on this project to help determine the best location for this adventure route. That information was used to form the draft alignment that will be the topic of the listening sessions. The route is proposed to traverse the counties of Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall and Kittson.

The nine meetings will be between mid-February and early March near the proposed draft alignment for the B2B Touring Route. All meetings will be from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the project, and to verify the dates, times and locations of the listening sessions (subject to change in the event of bad weather) visit the DNR website.

Listening session schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Cook County School

101 W. Fifth St.

Grand Marais, MN 55604

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Mountain Iron Community Center

Wacootah Room

8586 Enterprise Drive S.

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Thursday, Feb. 22

Beaver Bay Community Center

711 MacDonald Ave.

Beaver Bay, MN 55601

Monday, Feb. 26

Squaw Lake Community Center

52201 MN-46

Squaw Lake, MN 56681

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Black Duck School Library

156 First St. NW

Blackduck, MN 56630

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Clearbrook Gonvick School Library

16770 Clearwater Lake Rd.

Clearbrook, MN 56634

Monday, March 5

Newfolden City Office

145 E. First St.

Newfolden, MN 56738

Tuesday, March 6

Hallock City Hall

163 3rd St SE

Hallock, MN 56728

Wednesday, March 7

Red Lake Falls Lafayette High School Cafeteria

404 Champagne Ave.

Red Lake Falls, MN 56750

The DNR will also accept written comments on the touring route proposal from Feb. 21 through March 25. Written comments will be accepted by email to mary.straka@state.mn.us or should be sent by mail to Mary Straka, Minnesota DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.

For more information, or to request a printed copy of the proposal, call Mary Straka, at 218-203-4445, or email mary.straka@state.mn.us.

Reminder: Learn how to hunt turkeys this spring

Youth and adults can learn to hunt turkeys this April with experienced volunteers who will cover safe hunting techniques, how to call-in turkeys, hunting tactics and field dressing a bird.

Participants can apply through Monday, Feb. 12. The hunts are Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, and provide opportunities to access locations that may otherwise be closed to hunting.

“We teach the skills and techniques that allow new turkey hunters to become lifelong hunters,” said Mike Kurre, learn-to-hunt program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

This is the 16th year that the DNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation have cooperated to offer these hunts. Details about how to apply and costs to participate are available at mndnr.gov/turkeyhunt.