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While other states are reducing or eliminating their incentives to encourage filmmakers, Minnesota is going for it, and advocates hope the state will see the investment pay off in jobs, economic development and increased tourism.

The Star Tribune reports state lawmakers in the next legislative session can expect to see proposals designed to lure more productions to Minnesota.

The Minnesota Film and TV Board will seek $10 million from the general fund over the next two years. The money would be used to fund incentives to producers, according to Lucinda Winter, director of the board. Another source of funding could be the Legacy Amendment. Dean Urdahl, the state representative who oversees Legacy fund spending, supports efforts to attract filmmakers.

It's not just the state that is angling for Hollywood attention. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) recently created a fund dedicated to paying filmmakers 20 percent of production expenses that are spent in the region. That rebate would come on top of the 15 to 20 percent they could seek from the state program, called Snowbate. The incentive is already seeing results. An indie picture,"Thanksgiving at Denny's," is expected to be shot on location on the Range in 2013. Filmmakers associated with the movie said that the increased incentives made a difference as the decisions about where to shoot were made.

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