511 mobile app provides motorists with another source of travel info
Minnesotans are fond of saying that we have just two seasons - winter and construction. Traffic snags, especially during rush hours are commonplace as crews work around the clock to repair the state’s infrastructure before the snow flies. But for those who’d rather not spend their vacations idled by road repair, last Friday another source of travel information was made available to motorists — the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s free 511 mobile app. The mobile app features all the construction, maintenance, crashes and road incidents currently available on MnDOT’s www.511mn.org website.
“A mobile 511 app is an important tool that the growing number of people who use smartphones can use to determine the best route to arrive at their destination on time,” said Brian Kary, freeway operations engineer. “The 511 mobile app is intended to be used before motorists hit the road and should never be used while driving.”
As a reminder of the importance of attentive driving, before downloading the app the user will see the message:
“Be safe. Do you agree not to use this application while driving?”
The app features a zoomable map with clickable icons for information on traffic incidents, winter road conditions and images from MnDOT’s freeway cameras. Users also can access Google’s traffic data that helps drivers determine how much time a trip will take, based on current traffic conditions.
Users can find the app online at the Apple store at https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/minnesota-511/id66470
D2 and at Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=crc.carsapp.mn&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNyYy5jYXJzYXBwLm1uIl0.
Minnesota fishing license is available via mobile device
If you own a mobile device, you can use it to order licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, according to DNR
officials. Just go to mndnr.
gov/buyalicense on your mobile device; you’ll be directed to a site compatible with mobile devices. After you buy your license, you’ll receive an e-mail and text with your license information; you won’t receive a paper license. If you’re stopped by a conservation officer in the field, just show the officer your e-mail or text confirming your license purchase.
Minnesota fishing license sales increasing
Sales of Minnesota fishing licenses are creeping up after a slow start this spring. License sales were down about 20 percent earlier in the year, perhaps because ice covered many lakes on opening weekend. Now sales are down about 9 percent from last year, at 783,774, compared to 860,318 last year.
Paddle-in campsites available at state parks
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers paddle-in campsites at six state parks in Northeastern Minnesota. Most can be reached with a paddle of less than two miles. Most sites have a tent pad, fire ring and primitive toilet.
Parks offering the sites include Scenic State Park near Bigfork, Bear Head Lake State Park near Ely, Lake Vermilion State Park near Tower, Savanna Portage State Park near McGregor, Schoolcraft State Park near Deer River and St. Croix State Park near Hinckley. The cost ranges from $12 to $24 per night, except those at Lake Vermilion State Park, which are free while the park is under development. Most sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to www.mndnr.gov/parksandtrails.
Sept. 1 - Minnesota bear opener; Minnesota early goose season opener.
Sept. 14 - Minnesota small game opener; Minnesota archery deer opener; Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day; Wisconsin fall turkey hunt opener.
Sept. 20 - Deadline to apply for Minnesota mentored youth upland bird hunt.
Oct. 12 - Minnesota pheasant opener.
Nov. 9 - Minnesota firearms deer opener; Minnesota wolf hunting opener in specified firearms deer units.
Nov. 30 - Minnesota late wolf hunting and trapping season opener; Minnesota muzzleloader deer opener.
Sam Cook contributed to this news brief