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Local lawmakers say White Earth Forest bill appears dead for this year

DETROIT LAKES - A bill that would turn state lands in the White Earth State Forest over to ownership of the White Earth Nation is essentially dead in the Minnesota Senate this session, "barring some strange happening in a conference committee bill," State Sen. Rob Kupec said in an interview.

The White Earth Forest bill would have gone through the Environmental, Climate and Legacy Committee, and the environmental omnibus bill from that committee had to be approved by Friday, April 12, Kupec said. So the White Earth Forest bill missed the deadline.

"Some bills can miraculously revive (themselves)," Kupec added, noting he was not sure of the status of the White Earth State Forest companion bill in the Minnesota House. "On the Senate side, it is done for, but the House could put it back in," Kupec said.


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