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Eyeing state surplus, Minnesota DNR to try again for huge outdoors investment


November 21, 2022

Amy Kay Kerber, DNR

In October, nursery technicians pulled up red pine seedlings at the DNR's State Forest Nursery near Akeley, Minn., to store for spring planting,

Repair crumbling boat ramps. Modernize antiquated fish hatcheries and campgrounds. Expand conservation land and storage for tree seedlings.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' to-do list is substantial, and with Democrats now in control of Minnesota's House, Senate and governor's office, the agency has a greater chance of getting the "once-in-a-generation" spending to manage natural resources and improve outdoors access it failed to secure last session.

In the last session, the department asked lawmakers for more than $300 million for one-time projects around the state, but left largely empty-handed after major spending bills collapsed under partisan spending disagreements. The impasse left most of the state's record budget surplus on the table.


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