Minnesotans are showing they care about the state's natural resources by purchasing one of two specially designed Critical Habitat License Plates. The Department of Public Safety says the number of conservation license plates registered in Minnesota exceeds 64,000.
The original deer plate design was issued in 1996. Nearly 35,000 currently are registered to vehicles. The new loon plate caused a renewed interest in the option and sales have increased since it was introduced in spring 2002. Either plate can be ordered online at www.mndriveinfo.org using a credit card (a small fee applies) or an electronic check. They can also be ordered at deputy registrar offices statewide.
For more information about Critical Habitat License Plates, visit Driver and Vehicle Services online at www.mndriveinfo.org or call (651) 297-3304.
Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching
Minnesota's fish house removal dates are fast approaching. All shelters must be off the ice no later than midnight on Feb. 29 on inland waters south of Highway 200, and no later than midnight on March 15 on waters north of Highway 200.
If houses or shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted, and the structure may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer. Contents of the structure may be seized and held for 60 days. If not claimed by the owner within that time they become property of the state.
After the date when ice or fish houses or shelters must be removed, portable shelters may be placed on the ice and used from one hour before sunrise to midnight, but only if there is an open fishing season on the lake. Storing or leaving fish houses or dark houses on a public access is prohibited.
Anglers are encouraged to monitor ice conditions on lakes and make arrangements to remove their houses before travel on the ice is dangerous.
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