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New CWD-positive deer in Crow Wing County and southeastern Minnesota require additional disease monitoring and management

Gov. Walz proposes new funding to combat CWD; DNR plans disease response efforts

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Crow Wing County. This test result marks the first time in Minnesota the fatal neurological disease has been found in a wild deer outside of the southeastern part of the state.

Previous discoveries of the disease in wild deer have been concentrated predominantly in Fillmore County, with additional discoveries in Houston and Winona counties in the past two months.

As a result of these discoveries, the DNR is planning additional disease response actions, and Gov. Tim Walz is proposing new funding of $4.57 million over the next two fiscal years, and $1.1 million annually thereafter to combat the disease, including surveillance and response, enforcement, and outreach to landowners.

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Lake Mille Lacs open-water walleye harvest proposed for 2019

Anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will have an opportunity to keep some walleye during the openwater fishing season this year. This follows several seasons of catch-and-release fishing on the lake.

Last year, state anglers stayed well under the lake’s safe-harvest allocation for walleyes. With an improving walleye population, the Department of Natural Resources will allow some walleye harvest when the season opens Saturday, May 11.

The DNR will announce the Mille Lacs walleye regulations for the upcoming season in mid-March.

“We’re happy to announce that, with some very conservative fishing regulations over the past three years, walleye are now at a level where we can cautiously allow anglers to start keeping some fish during the open-water season,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

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Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association Squirt A Earns District 15 Championship

Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association’s Squirt A team earned the District 15 Championship trophy on Saturday, February 9. The team went undefeated beating Detroit Lakes 7-6, Fergus Falls 6-0 and finally Alexandria 4-2 in the Championship game. This is the second Championship win in as many years for the association.

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Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association Peewee A Team Nets 2nd Place in Hermantown

Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association’s Peewee A team netted second place on Sunday, February 3 in Hermantown. The team beat Detroit Lakes 5-4 and Hermantown 9-0 before falling to Owatonna 3-5 in the championship game.

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