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New bills: Legislative Water Commission redux?

Despite Gov. Mark Dayton’s much-touted vision of a government-streamlining “un-session,” some of his fellow DFLers are actively pursuing the opposite agenda in one notable instance: the push to revive that long-defunct state entity known as the Legislative Water Commission.

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Study: Warmer northern winters, fewer pike and walleyes

Conservation advocates and fisheries scientists are calling attention to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation that makes the case that climate change poses a significant threat to freshwater species of fish. Minnesota is singled out in the report as a state that is seeing changes due to warmer temperatures that could prove detrimental to lake and river fish that can only live in cold waters.

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Dayton strips $9.3 million in projects from Legacy bill

In an apparent reversal from the negotiated deal on the Legacy bill earlier this week, Gov. Mark Dayton has line-item vetoed two projects that the Legislature appropriated from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The projects were controversial because neither was recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

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