Dan Gunderson Feature Archive

After a summer of watching invasive species spread to more lakes, Minnesota lake property owners worry the Department of Natural Resources and local governments are not doing enough to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. (08/29/2012)
The discovery of a new invasive species in the Mississippi River highlights the potential for backyard pond plants to spread. (08/22/2012)
Farmers are plowing up millions of acres of grassland and wetlands to put the land into crop production. The change could have great effect on wildlife populations. (08/16/2012)
Scientists are slogging through wetlands across the state and poring over thousands of aerial photos. It's all part of a big project to check the health of Minnesota wetlands. (08/10/2012)
Five USDA county offices are closing in Minnesota this week. (08/05/2012)
A growing number of Minnesotans are competing in a little-known sport called cowboy mounted shooting, an activity that attracts participants who have a hankering for the Wild West. Cowboy mounted shooting combines horses, guns and split-second timing. (08/03/2012)
The Department of Natural Resources expanded its watercraft inspection program this year but faces a big challenge in a state with more than 10,000 lakes. (07/30/2012)
A new research facility at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks will allow expanded research on alternative fuels. (07/28/2012)
A year after American Crystal Sugar locked out 1,300 union workers over a contract dispute, there is still no resolution, a stalemate that has put the union members in a tough spot. (07/26/2012)
A national union leader says he plans to turn up the heat on American Crystal Sugar over the lockout of 1,300 union workers. (07/25/2012)
A push for action against zebra mussels, directed at the DNR, is creating friction between lake property organizations and department officials. (07/16/2012)
Citizens and local governments are joining the effort to slow the spread of the unwanted plants and animals. (07/09/2012)
While much of Minnesota is a bit soggy after a great deal of rain, the northwestern part of the state is seeing drought conditions take hold. Some crop damage is already reported and experts say unless widespread rain falls this week, the area could soon be in severe drought. (07/03/2012)
An advocacy group in northwestern Minnesota plans to expand citizen monitoring of pesticide drift. Next week, the White Earth Pesticide Action Network will train volunteers to use the monitoring equipment. (07/02/2012)
Minnesota boaters face increased penalties starting Sunday if they violate aquatic invasive species laws. (07/01/2012)