Environment and Energy

DNR Acquisition of Land for Mill Towns Trail Announced

Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) has been working on options to expand the regional Mill Towns Trail for several years, working on bonding bills and local coordination to finance the corridor. Earlier today, the Minnesota DNR announced that it has acquired almost six miles of right-of-way in Rice County that will be used for the development of the trail. The purchase from Canadian Pacific is an uncommon opportunity to buy and develop a large section at once.

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations (LCCMR)

This year’s Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) appropriations include $37.9 million from the Environmental Trust Fund, which is funded by proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery. Projects in the bill are wide-ranging, including initiatives protecting pollinators, restoring elk… Read More »Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations (LCCMR)

Omnibus Lands Bill

The legislature passed a non-controversial package of provisions related to the sale and exchange of state land. Legislative approval is needed for certain land management transactions that help the DNR meet its conservation goals, and the DNR comes to the… Read More »Omnibus Lands Bill