Saint Paul, MN

The Minnesota fishing guides have added four new languages: Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish

Stephanie Moua
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SAINT PAUL, MN - Individuals who speak Hmong, Karen, Somali, or Spanish can now read instructions on how to lawfully fish in Minnesota in their own language.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has recently provided translations of the state's fishing regulations in those four languages.

Along with English, now the residents will have a choice to read the regulations in their own preferred languages. This policy is implemented to accommodate many languages that are regularly used and spoken in Minnesota households.

“Fishing is a fantastic way to enjoy Minnesota’s great outdoors,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen commented. “In breaking down language barriers, we hope more anglers will have a sense of confidence they’re following the regulations each time they go fishing.”

The translated booklets are accessible digitally on the DNR website and in print at sites where they are likely to be in high demand, such as select DNR offices, license retailers, and some Minnesota state parks.

“Fishing is one way to enjoy some quality time with family and friends in nature, and maybe even gain some locally-sourced food in the process,” Jeff Ledermann, DNR education and skills team supervisor added. “Our distribution plan for the translated regulations includes a variety of ways to get these booklets to the community members who want them."

The DNR's regulation booklets are available for free to anybody who calls or emails the DNR's Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, or by sending an email to Individuals can request a free copy of the booklets in English, Hmong, Karen, Somali, or Spanish.

The DNR Information Center provides interpretation in more than 200 languages, as well as information in alternative formats for people with physical or mental disabilities. For TTY/TDD communication, call the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 800-627-3529, and they will connect you to the DNR.

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