Skip to main content

St. Louis County considering incentive to attract movies, TV to northern MN

The board will vote on a resolution related to this on Tuesday.

The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners is considering a film production incentive in hopes of attracting movies and TV series to film in northern Minnesota. 

The $1 million incentive would reimburse up to 25% of a production's costs within St. Louis County after the project is finished, with expenditures audited by the county, according to county documents

The idea behind this incentive is that it would increase jobs and growth within the county and region. 

"Northern Minnesota has attracted a growing interest in the creation of movies, documentaries, commercials, and related video media productions due to its rich history, landscapes and locations; and ... local talent exists and continues to grow in providing and supporting the film industry with local artists, blue-collar labor, and skilled trade workers," the resolution states.

The board is scheduled to vote on a resolution on Tuesday. The resolution directs county staff to look into the legal aspects associated with this program and develop a detailed incentive program policy, procedures and funding, which will be considered at a future board meeting. 

According to the Star Tribune, this would be the first county-level incentive of its kind in Minnesota.

The state has a "snowbate" incentive program, but it's lost funding in recent years, with the paper noting the Minnesota Legislature has considered but hasn't passed an incentive program at the state level to boost the "snowbate" program.

Latest forecast from Novak Weather

Next Up


One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169

The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.


Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.


police tape, crime scene

16-year-old boy killed in St. Louis County is ID'd

The suspect has not yet been arrested.

ATV winter snow ice

2 kids on ATVs break through ice in St. Louis County

The sheriff's office is reminding people to check the thickness of ice before going out on frozen water.

Screen Shot 2020-03-11 at 8.20.38 AM

7 things kids will love to do at the Pavek Museum in St. Louis Park

The St. Louis Park museum is one of the Twin Cities' hidden gems.

st anthony main theater

MSP Film Society taking over St. Anthony Main Theater, expanding programming

The film society will make upgrades to the theater and offer year-round programming on all five screens.

movie theater

MN movie theater to require vaccines for some showings

Moviegoers will have to show proof they've been vaccinated.

american pickers

History Channel's 'American Pickers' coming back to MN to film this summer

They're looking for private collections in Minnesota to "pick" through.

st anthony main theater

Movies are returning to St. Anthony Main Theatre next month

The MSP Film Society and big studio flicks will return to the screens.