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Stay safe on the ice this winter

Stay safe on the ice this winter

  • 1/16/2024 3:10:00 PM
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With cold weather finally arriving in Iowa and freezing over lakes and ponds, ice fishing activity has begun at certain northern lakes.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/12/2023 11:59:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds across the northern two-thirds of Iowa. Anglers are ready to get out for the popular early ice fishing season.
Hunters encouraged to discuss hunting plan, safety after weekend hunting incidents

Hunters encouraged to discuss hunting plan, safety after weekend hunting incidents

  • 12/12/2023 11:57:00 AM
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The opening weekend of Iowa’s second gun deer season saw another 50,000-plus hunters’ enjoying time in the timber in pursuit of legendary whitetails. Unfortunately, there were three hunting incidents that serve as a reminder for hunters to review safety measures before heading out.
Safety tips for paddling in cold weather

Safety tips for paddling in cold weather

  • 11/21/2023 11:57:00 AM
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Winter paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see amazing winter beauty. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends that paddlers be prepared to paddle in cold weather.
Safety first, during the gun deer seasons

Safety first, during the gun deer seasons

  • 11/21/2023 11:54:00 AM
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The long wait is almost over. For an expected 100,000-plus deer hunters, the gun deer seasons are right around the corner and before they head to the timber, it’s important that everyone go through their gear to make sure everything still fits and still works and takes time to review their hunting safety plan.
Think safety before opening day

Think safety before opening day

  • 10/24/2023 1:23:00 PM
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Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.
Stay safe this harvest season

Stay safe this harvest season

  • 9/26/2023 1:05:00 PM
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AMES - As fall harvest starts across Iowa, the risk of wildfires in crop fields increases. Recent rains across Iowa provided some relief from the on-going drought, but crop fields are still dry, cured and could spark wildfires.
Safety tips for river recreation this summer

Safety tips for river recreation this summer

  • 5/16/2023 1:52:00 PM
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Iowa rivers will soon be busy with paddlers, swimmers, and people wading to search for fossils, rocks and driftwood or to clean up litter or explore a sandbar.
Boaters to hit the waters this Memorial Day weekend

Boaters to hit the waters this Memorial Day weekend

  • 5/16/2023 1:45:00 PM
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The unofficial beginning to summer is just days away and that also marks the unofficial beginning of Iowa’s boating season. Boaters across the state are anxious to get out on the lake after the cool and wet spring and are preparing their watercraft for the long holiday weekend.
Spring is a great time for a boating education course

Spring is a great time for a boating education course

  • 4/18/2023 4:19:00 PM
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It may not feel like boating season yet, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with boating safety advocates nationwide, are urging boaters to enroll in a boating education course this spring.
Stay safe paddling this spring

Stay safe paddling this spring

  • 4/18/2023 4:17:00 PM
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Early spring paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see amazing wildlife, but extra precautions are needed to stay safe.
Stay safe on the ice this winter

Stay safe on the ice this winter

  • 12/20/2022 11:53:00 AM
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With cold weather finally arriving in Iowa and freezing over lakes and ponds, ice fishing activity has begun at certain northern lakes. As a note of caution, the Iowa Department of Natural Resource (DNR) reminds all anglers - especially those in central and southern Iowa - to stay patient and allow that ice thickness to grow before heading to their favorite ice fishing spot.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/6/2022 9:10:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds across the northern two-thirds of Iowa. Anglers are ready to get out for the popular early ice fishing season.
Safety tips for paddling in cold weather

Safety tips for paddling in cold weather

  • 11/22/2022 11:37:00 AM
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Winter paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see amazing winter beauty. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends that paddlers be prepared to paddle in cold weather.
Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

  • 11/15/2022 11:42:00 AM
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The long wait is almost over. For an expected 100,000 deer hunters, the shotgun deer seasons are right around the corner and before they head to the timber, it’s important that everyone go through their gear to make sure everything still fits and still works and takes time to review their hunting safety plan.
Firewise on the Farm

Firewise on the Farm

  • 11/1/2022 1:46:00 PM
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AMES - As Iowa’s annual harvest wraps up across the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’
Tri-state campaign to eliminate boating while intoxicated

Tri-state campaign to eliminate boating while intoxicated

  • 8/15/2022 1:58:00 PM
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Eliminating boating while intoxicated on the Mississippi River will be the focus of a campaign by the Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin natural resources agencies and co-sponsored by the Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to bring added awareness of the dangers of operating a boat while impaired. 
Maquoketa Caves State Park to reopen Thursday

Maquoketa Caves State Park to reopen Thursday

  • 7/27/2022 2:41:00 PM
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MAQUOKETA, IA -- Maquoketa Caves State Park will reopen for day use at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28. The campground will remain closed until further notice. All campers with reservations through Sunday, July 31 have been notified and refunded.
National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27: Three tips to make boating safer this season

National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27: Three tips to make boating safer this season

  • 5/10/2022 1:50:00 PM
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The nation’s largest recreational boating safety event of the year, National Safe Boating Week, is May 21–27, serves as a reminder to boaters to keep safety front and center all season long. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offers three tips for boaters to be safety heroes on the water.
Eager paddlers need to take extra precautions to stay safe

Eager paddlers need to take extra precautions to stay safe

  • 4/12/2022 3:37:00 PM
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With recent warmer temperatures, restless paddlers are ready to put canoes and kayaks in the water. Early spring paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see amazing wildlife, but extra precautions are needed to stay safe.
Spring is a great time for a boating education course

Spring is a great time for a boating education course

  • 3/15/2022 2:27:00 PM
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It may not feel like boating season yet, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with boating safety advocates nationwide, are urging boaters to enroll in a boating education course this spring.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 1/4/2022 12:48:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are ready to get out for the popular early ice fishing season
Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

  • 11/16/2021 1:49:00 PM
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The long wait is almost over. For an expected 55-60,000 deer hunters, the shotgun deer seasons are right around the corner and before they head to the timber, it’s important that everyone go through their gear to make sure everything still fits and still works and takes time to review their hunting safety plan.
Paddlers urged to stay off rain swollen rivers

Paddlers urged to stay off rain swollen rivers

  • 8/31/2021 11:44:00 AM
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Iowa streams are swollen and swift with consistent rainfall the past several days. Some rivers are already dangerously high, and more rivers could rise fast with chances of rain forecast this week.
Safety a main focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend

Safety a main focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend

  • 6/30/2021 1:16:00 PM
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DES MOINES – State and local law enforcement agencies will be focusing safety this Fourth of July holiday weekend as thousands are expected to travel across the state and recreate on Iowa’s natural resources.
Water safety heading into the warm Fourth of July weekend

Water safety heading into the warm Fourth of July weekend

  • 6/29/2021 1:20:00 PM
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JOHNSTON, Iowa – The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk County Health Department, Iowa State Patrol and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be available on Wednesday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lakeview Boat Ramp, located off NW Beaver Drive to provide water safety tips for Iowans heading into the Fourth of July weekend.
Paddlers encouraged to brush up on safety before hitting the water

Paddlers encouraged to brush up on safety before hitting the water

  • 6/8/2021 1:22:00 PM
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Iowa lakes and streams will soon be busy with paddlers eager to get on the water as summer is finally here. For many, it will be their first time out for the year, and experts advise they go through their equipment and review safety tips before heading to the water.
National Safe Boating Week is May 22–28: Three tips to make boating safer this season

National Safe Boating Week is May 22–28: Three tips to make boating safer this season

  • 5/18/2021 1:51:00 PM
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The nation’s largest recreational boating safety event of the year, National Safe Boating Week, is May 22–28, serves as a reminder to boaters to keep safety front and center all season long. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offers three tips for boaters to be safety heroes on the water.
Eager paddlers need to take extra precautions to stay safe

Eager paddlers need to take extra precautions to stay safe

  • 4/6/2021 12:34:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends that paddlers wait for warmer weather to allow the water temperatures to rise slowly. It could be several weeks before water temperatures are ideal and safe as water and air temperatures continue to change.
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