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Pleasant Valley man charged in fatal LeClaire Boat Crash

Pleasant Valley man charged in fatal LeClaire Boat Crash

  • 5/5/2021 7:43:00 AM
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LeClaire, IOWA -- DNR Conservation Officers charged James Thiel, 44, of Pleasant Valley, with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Use of a Watercraft among other charges relating to the August 16, 2020 fatal boat crash on the Mississippi River that killed Anita Pinc, 52, of Moline, IL, and Craig Verbeke, 61, of Moline, IL 
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/25/2021 8:33:00 AM
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SWISHER - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Iowa River Wildlife Unit in Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Tama, Cedar and Mahaska counties. 
Proposed Boone River water trail extension topic of Feb. 10 virtual public meeting

Proposed Boone River water trail extension topic of Feb. 10 virtual public meeting

  • 2/2/2021 1:22:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Boone River Watershed Management Authority are hosting a virtual public meeting on Feb. 10, at 6 p.m., to discuss a proposal to extend the Boone River Water Trail from its current position in Webster City north to the Wright-Hancock County line.
Landscapes, views set Upper Iowa River Chimney Rocks Wildlife Area apart

Landscapes, views set Upper Iowa River Chimney Rocks Wildlife Area apart

  • 9/15/2020 1:26:00 PM
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DECORAH - Nestled in the heart of Bluff Country in Winneshiek County, the Upper Iowa River Chimney Rocks Wildlife Area offers visitors scenic views of its namesake chimney rocks, reconstructed prairie and a high-quality trout stream emptying into the legendary Upper Iowa River.
DNR investigating a boating incident that injured two

DNR investigating a boating incident that injured two

  • 9/7/2020 7:27:00 PM
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CLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa – DNR Conservation Officers responded to a boating incident that left two people injured on around 4:30pm Saturday, September 5, 2020 on the Mississippi River in Clayton County.
A quiet wild place

A quiet wild place

  • 6/30/2020 2:42:00 PM
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Mt. Sterling, Iowa - The Fox River Wildlife Area is about as far off the beaten path as person can get without getting totally lost. The public hunting area in southern Van Buren County is on the way to nowhere and except for some nonresidents who show up each deer season, it doesn’t get too many visitors.
Wastewater released in Council Bluffs

Wastewater released in Council Bluffs

  • 6/23/2020 4:49:00 PM
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COUNCIL BLUFFS—The city of Council Bluffs requested permission to release untreated wastewater to the Missouri River after discovering problems with a sewer line this morning.
5 cool things you should know about Iowa State Forests

5 cool things you should know about Iowa State Forests

  • 5/21/2020 2:28:00 PM
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As some of Iowa’s most remote and peaceful areas, state forests are different from parks because their primary goal is management of woodland resources. Forests can be overlooked recreation destinations because of their rustic amenities, but nature lovers who visit will find countless opportunities for outdoor fun. Iowa forests offer hundreds of miles of hiking trails, bird watching, fishing, hunting and even primitive camping. 
DNR investigates manure spill in Mitchell County

DNR investigates manure spill in Mitchell County

  • 4/24/2020 3:47:00 PM
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STACYVILLE - The DNR is checking a fish kill after the report of a manure spill Thursday evening about three miles southeast of Stacyville in Mitchell County.
Mississippi River walleye length limit changes effective April 1

Mississippi River walleye length limit changes effective April 1

  • 4/1/2020 3:29:00 PM
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Based on overwhelming support received during public meetings in March, Iowa DNR is extending current length limits in Mississippi River Pools 12-20 to now include the entire Mississippi River in Iowa. This change will reflect regulation changes in Minnesota and Wisconsin waters of Pools 9-12.
DNR investigating drowning on Mississippi River

DNR investigating drowning on Mississippi River

  • 3/23/2020 8:46:00 AM
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GUTTENBERG, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a drowning that happened on March 21, around 1:30pm, near the spillway of Lock and Dam #10 on the Mississippi River.
7 Iowa Wildlife Comebacks

7 Iowa Wildlife Comebacks

  • 3/2/2020 3:43:00 PM
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In the last few centuries, a number of Iowa wildlife species have been extirpated from the state - but some have seen successful comebacks, too. Check out these seven animals that have made a comeback in Iowa:
Gates removed on Upper Iowa River dam

Gates removed on Upper Iowa River dam

  • 1/7/2020 12:41:00 PM
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An emergency project to remove damaged gates from the southern segment of Lower Dam on the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County is underway. The $60,000 project restores flow to nearly a mile of the Upper Iowa River that was dewatered after the dam was built.
IHAP sites help meet the demand for public hunting areas

IHAP sites help meet the demand for public hunting areas

  • 11/26/2019 11:54:00 AM
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WEST UNION, Iowa - The winding roads of Fayette County, east of Eldorado, lead to a 130-acre area split by the Turkey River that could be a sneaky-good spot for hunting deer in a part of the state known for its deer hunting.
Iowa’s furbearer season begins Nov. 2

Iowa’s furbearer season begins Nov. 2

  • 10/22/2019 3:43:00 PM
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Furharvesters take note: the outlook is pretty decent for most of the commonly targeted species ahead of Iowa’s furbearer hunting and trapping season.
Neal Smith Trail closed at the I-35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River

Neal Smith Trail closed at the I-35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River

  • 9/10/2019 2:28:00 PM
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GRIMES, Iowa – Work to repair and widen the Interstate 35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River will detour trail users of the Neal Smith Trail for their safety on a signed detour until summer 2021, weather permitting, according to the Iowa DOT.
Water pump repaired at Riverton Wildlife Area

Water pump repaired at Riverton Wildlife Area

  • 9/3/2019 12:23:00 PM
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Riverton, Iowa - The main pump at the Riverton Wildlife Area began pumping water again to the wetland on Aug. 27, after staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Nishnabotna Unit was able to clear the pump intake and get it running.
Water pump repairs underway at Riverton Wildlife Area

Water pump repairs underway at Riverton Wildlife Area

  • 8/27/2019 11:54:00 AM
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Riverton, Iowa - Hunters planning to go to the Riverton Wildlife Area for the September teal season will need to adjust the way they plan to hunt. The main pump used to flood the wetland has been offline for the past two weeks.
Paddlers urged to use caution on two popular river sections

Paddlers urged to use caution on two popular river sections

  • 7/30/2019 3:03:00 PM
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Paddlers need to use caution on the Raccoon River in Des Moines and Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County. Two natural hazards on Iowa rivers are reminders that river users need to stay aware, wear life jackets, and make safe decisions on the water.
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