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May 21, 2020
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Legislature adjourns with much at stake in Special Session

When the Legislature adjourned on May 18, it did so without passing either a Bonding bill or a LCCMR bill – two of the most critical items of interest to all Parks & Trails advocates and supporters. Disagreements over the pandemic response and the size …

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May 18, 2020
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Status of 2020 Legislative Priority – Investing in metropolitan regional parks and trails

One of our priorities during the 2020 Legislature is to supports the Metropolitan Council’s request for state bonding funds, which are partially matched by the Metropolitan Council, to improve and expand the Metropolitan Regional Parks System.. Legislative Process Status FormatDateAmountDocMetropolitan CouncilRequestJanuary 2020$15 millionPDFGov. Tim WalzRecommendationJanuary ...
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May 6, 2020
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Time to urge legislators to support parks and trails

Now that the four Minnesota House and Senate caucus leaders have agreed to a midnight, Saturday, May 9 deadline for bills, we are expecting a flurry of activity as lawmakers race to complete a long list of priorities, including the omnibus bonding and tax bills. Of particular interest will be whether or not the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate can reconcile significant partisan differences to pass these bills.
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April 7, 2020
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Legislative efforts focused on COVID-19, but bonding bill could still happen later in session

The 2020 legislative session isn’t turning out the way any of us expected. COVID-19 has altered all aspects of daily life in Minnesota (and around the world), and that includes Parks & Trails Council’s advocacy efforts at the state capitol. As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation and many people across our state agencies, legislature, and governor’s office are working hard to respond to this unprecedented emergency.
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June 5, 2019
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Hayes Lake State Park saved from an OHV campground

After a lengthy public-input and planning process that was designed to weigh the best location for an off-highway vehicle (OHV) campground in Northwestern Minnesota, the MnDNR is recommending the best location as Beltrami Island State Forest rather than Hayes Lake State Park.
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June 5, 2019
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2019 Legislative Session Recap

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up with Gov. Tim Walz signing the omnibus budget bills into law on May 31. Despite some unsettling moments in the midst of session, when the Senate proposed drastic General Fund cuts, a compromise was eventually reached and it ended ...
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June 4, 2019
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Legislators’ attempt to open State Parks to off-highway vehicles kept at bay in 2019

During the 2019 Legislative Session, a handful of legislators* tried to advance a bill (HF 48/SF 1568) that would mandate a pilot project at Hayes Lake and Lake Vermilion State Parks to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use the campground and access routes within these state parks.
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March 28, 2019
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2019 Day on the Hill Recap

We had a great day as supporters from all around the state gathered for our annual Day on the Hill event on March 27. Minnesota State Parks and Trails budget is a primary concern for this year's legislative session. Additionally, we continue to advocate that ...
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Campers settling in at new campground at Lake Vermilion
March 5, 2019
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Lake Vermilion: park development

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryBill Funding AmountStatus$9.5 millionFully funds P&TC's recommendation, but is designated for the development of an OHV campground, which we oppose. 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF ...
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March 5, 2019
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Regional and Local Grants

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$1 million$2 million short of P&TC’s recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 654: Local recreation grants funding provided, and money appropriated. SF ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
March 5, 2019
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Metro Projects: capital improvements

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$10 millionFully funding P&TC recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 2163: Metropolitan Council regional park and open-space land acquisition and improvement funding ...
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Accessible picnic table at Jay Cooke. Deborah Rose/MnDNR
March 5, 2019
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State Parks: accessibility enhancements

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative Summary2019 Amount Requested2019 Amount Funded$19.5 millionTBD 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced None yet. Final Language in Law Final language will be added here if passed. Proposed ...
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Forested area at Forestville by Jessica Hayssen
March 5, 2019
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Preston-Forestville: trail extension

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent bill funding amountStatus$5 millionFully funding P&TC's recommendation. 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 952: Root River State Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. ...
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March 5, 2019
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail plan

Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail.
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Boy biking trail through grasslands
March 5, 2019
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Mill Towns: trail development

Develop one mile of new trail near Dundas and rehabilitating three miles of trail between Dundas and Northfield, Minn. Half the funding for this project was secured in 2018.
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