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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources?seeking feedback on redesigned website

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outdoors Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is preparing to launch a new Web site and is seeking additional feedback before the redesigned site goes live. To preview the new look, go to http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/new_website.html.

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"Our current home page is more than five years old and needs to be updated and enhanced," said Jed Becher, DNR Web projects coordinator. "A recent usability study was done on the current site and many of the recommendations have been implemented."

The new site will improve overall usability and make it easier for visitors to navigate and find the DNR information they are looking for, Becher said. The organization of the content will not change, it's mainly the look and feel of the site that will be different.

Kelly Randall, DNR Web designer, said highlights of the new design include a home page slideshow featuring images of timely topics, pull down menus to help locate content quicker, a new comprehensive A-Z list of DNR topics, a Find-it-Fast section with links to the most popular pages, a revised recreation compass utilizing a Google maps interface and an updated office locator to make it easier to find local DNR offices.

The DNR Web site, which averages about 5 million page requests per month, provides outdoor enthusiasts 24-hour access to a wealth of information. Visitors can purchase a hunting or fishing license, or find a variety of information including lake data, current winter trail conditions, state park camping options or the latest hunting and fishing regulations.

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the new DNR Web site design.

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