Gov. Mark Dayton

Friday, Aug. 31 is Public Lands Day in Minnesota

In recognition of public lands as a resource belonging to all Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, Public Lands Day.In recognition of public lands as a resource belonging to all Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, Public Lands Day. The governor’s proclamation affirms these lands, “contribute to the state economy and are the backbone…

Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards, announces task force to make recommendations on protection, restoration

Wild rice is “great for nesting, for cover for fish. It’s a good food source for waterfowl that migrate through.”ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota’s ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill earlier, said in a letter…

DNR funding pitch: Minnesota outdoor recreational facilities, buildings in need of repair – and soon [video]

According to the DNR, the broken water line at Jay Cooke State Park is among the growing list of repairs needed throughout the state for hundreds of roofs, dilapidated bridges, washed out roads and culverts and the like. (Minnesota DNR)It’s become an annual early-spring tradition for the Minnesota DNR – a tour of a popular Minnesota state park. But it’s…

Minnesota governor now supports PolyMet copper-nickel mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s moved from being “genuinely undecided” on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine to being a genuine supporter of the project. Dayton saids he’s not as comfortable with another proposed copper-nickel mine, Twin Metals near Ely, because it’s in a watershed that flows into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The federal…

A few birds taken during Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton addresses media and guests during the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall.Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt on Saturday. The Marshall area hosted Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and hundreds of guests for the weekend festivities, with 153 hunters harvesting 28 roosters during…

Minnesota governor pushing for more improvements to water quality

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s governor is pushing for more improvements to water quality in the state. Forty percent of the state’s lakes and streams are polluted, and many of them are unsafe for recreational activities, Minnesota Public Radio reported. About 75 percent of residents rely on ground water to drink, but the water is contaminated by fertilizer, animal waste…