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Aug 6, 2015

DNR draws fire for walleye cutoff

Gov. Mark Dayton called Monday a “dark day” for fishermen in Minnesota, saying the DNR’s actions were best for the strength of the lake’s ecosystem.

Mar 19, 2015

Do not feed the bears and do not steal the fish

The Senate Judiciary Committee stripped a provision making certain poaching offenses felonies.

Mar 6, 2015

Lawmakers take aim at invasive species law

Republicans are backing a number of proposals to kill or significantly alter laws meant to curb the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota lakes and streams.

Dec 26, 2014

Halting the wolf hunt

Federal judge characterized the Fish and Wildlife Service’s rationale for removing wolf protections as “disconnected from and belied by the record.”

Sep 12, 2014

Wolf group focuses on House swing districts

Minnesota's wolf hunting opposition group is adept at fundraising and is branching out to try and influence a handful of legislative elections.

Jul 25, 2014

Critics: Report dismisses White Bear Lake proposal

Two groups are accusing the Met Council of writing off a proposal to pump water into White Bear Lake before experts have fully studied whether it could restore lake levels.

Jul 24, 2014

State wants say in Red River diversion lawsuit

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to participate in a lawsuit challenging a Red River diversion project.

Sep 25, 2013

Carp fears likely to close Minneapolis river locks

With concern rising that invasive Asian carp will make their way up the Mississippi River into some of Minnesota’s prime fishing waters, it appears increasingly likely that Congress will authorize the closure of a key navigational lock in Minneapolis, effectively ending the city’s days as a river port.

May 22, 2013

Legislature finishes $38 billion state budget

It was four minutes to midnight on the final day of session when the Minnesota Senate passed the omnibus tax bill that wrapped up the Legislature’s work on the state’s $38 billion budget for the 2014-15 biennium. The down-to-the-wire finish followed a contentious final two weeks of negotiations between House, Senate and the governor’s office over the terms of final budget and policy deals.[...]

Feb 15, 2013

OLA: Conservation easements need tune-up

A new report from the legislative auditor will likely spur lawmakers to re-examine the money they’re giving to state agencies and nonprofits to conserve outdoor habitat.

Feb 6, 2013

House may buck Lessard-Sams recommendations

Even though Minnesota faces a $1.1 billion budget deficit, there are still some much-coveted pots of money up for grabs in 2013, thanks to the Legacy amendment’s provisions for spending on outdoors and cultural projects.

Jan 18, 2013

State’s water supply a growing issue

Growing pressures on Minnesota’s water supply are bound to be a key issue for environmental committees at the Minnesota Legislature this session.

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