More than 150 years ago the federal government gave a vast swath of land to the state to establish a trust to fund education. But today some people say that trust isn't building up fast enough and that the DNR should no longer manage the land. Critics say the DNR focuses too much on conservation when they should be encouraging more logging and mining. But others say a move to wrest control of the land from the DNR isn't about education at all and just a play to open more land to the mining industry.
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House votes to end DNR's oversight of school trust land
Supporters of the move hope a new permanent board could raise more money from the 2.5 million acres of land that the federal government gave the state in 1858. But those who believe the DNR should retain control say the move would leave the land vulnerable to degradation.
Senators approve bill to establish board to oversee school trust land
The 16-member legislative-citizen panel would recommend policies to raise more money from the 2.5 million acres of school trust lands in northern Minnesota. Critics who want the DNR to continue to manage the lands are concerned the change would leave the land vulnerable to degradation. The House has passed a similar measure.
Battle waged over mining firms' plans
The opening salvo has been fired in a war over what might be Minnesota's next great mining boom. Three environmental groups on Wednesday launched a campaign to alert Minnesotans about large mining operations proposed near popular vacation spots in northern Minnesota. The mining industry says it welcomes debate.
Legislation appoints czar to oversee 'school trust' forestland
Gov. Mark Dayton late Saturday night signed into law legislation that changes how 2.5 million acres of state forestland is managed across northern Minnesota. The new law leaves the 'school trust' land under the umbrella of the DNR but adds a new state director of trust lands to oversee how the land is used.
Environmental groups: bills in Congress threaten northern MN lands
Environment Minnesota is among the groups that say half a dozen bills pending in Washington risk harming public lands including the Boundary Waters. They're rallying opposition to the bills they say would relax protections against pollution or development.
Conservation trust buys 417 acres in northwest Minnesota to protect prairie
The Nature Conservancy says it will set aside the land for hiking, hunting and birding. The land is home to game species including pheasants and deer. The group's director says the state's grasslands must be preserved because they provide habitat for wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Dayton okays new oversight for school trust lands
The legislation signed into law establishes a Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission and a new state director. The 2.5 million acres of state forest in northern Minnesota is still under the Department of Natural Resources, but it changes how it's managed and demands more emphasis on maximizing revenue.
St. Louis County backs copper mines after contentious Ely hearing
Critics warn new copper and nickel mines will harm northeastern Minnesota's land and water. But St. Louis County commissioners sided with those who say mining can be done well and bring economic prosperity.
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