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DNR completes strategic acquisition for Mill Towns State Trail in Rice County

The Department of Natural Resources has acquired nearly 6 miles of railroad property for the Mill Towns State Trail between Faribault and Dundas in Rice County. “We haven’t had an opportunity like this — to acquire such a long segment of trail at one time from a single landowner – since we purchased 6.5 miles of railroad corridor for Brown’s Creek State Trail in 2012,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Once completed, the Mill Towns State Trail is going to be very popular because of its scenic beauty and its proximity to the Twin Cities.”

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $165,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Windom Municipal Airport

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Collin Peterson, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Windom Municipal Airport a grant of $166,160 for infrastructure improvements.

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Nolan Announce Over $1.3 Million for Infrastructure Improvements at Bemidji Regional...

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representatives Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Bemidji Regional Airport a grant of $1,394,200 for infrastructure improvements.

City appraisers reviewing properties throughout Minneapolis

Appraisers from the City of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office are currently conducting an official review of residential properties in the Powderhorn, Diamond Lake, Downtown East, Downtown West, Folwell, Webber-Camden, Willard-Hay and Lynnhurst neighborhoods

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $265,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Hector Municipal Airport

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Collin Peterson, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Hector Municipal Airport a grant of $265,500 for infrastructure improvements.

Karlstad Fire Department receives fire truck through DNR Rural Fire Program

The Karlstad Fire Department in northwestern Minnesota now has a significant upgrade to its fire fleet courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources’ Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program

HUD ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE RULES AGAINST MINNESOTA LANDLORD CHARGED WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PERSONS WITH...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a HUD Administrative Law Judge ruled against a northern Minnesota landlord charged with refusing to rent an apartment to prospective tenants because of their disabilities. Landlord Deane Woodard of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota was ordered to pay $27,000 to one woman, a $16,000 civil penalty, and $1,000 in other court sanctions. Read the ruling.

Nolan Applauds Addition of His Six Amendments & Policy Priorities to Water Resources Bill

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today applauded the successful addition of his six amendments and top policy priorities to the successfully-passed Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) during the bill’s markup in the House Committee Transportation and Infrastructure. Nolan is the only Minnesotan on this House Committee.

Spring is a great time to plant trees

With the warm weather, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners and forest landowners that spring is an excellent time to plant trees. There are many good reasons to plant trees.

KLOBUCHAR INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO ACCELERATE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT OF WOOD BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IN UNITED...

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to introduce the Timber Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation that would help accelerate research and development – and ultimately construction – of wood buildings in the United States. Specifically, this legislation would focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories

Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove lake plants. Aquatic plant regulations are summarized at the aquatic plant regulations page. “Aquatic plants are essential to healthy lake ecosystems, a fact that bears repeating each year as people turn attention to outdoor recreation and their shorelines,” said Steve Enger, supervisor of the aquatic plant management program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We remind property owners to check the regulations to see if they need a permit.”

After Hard Work from Sen. Franken, Loan Program That Would Help Minnesota’s Tribal Economies...

Sen. Al Franken successfully pressed his Senate colleagues to adopt a bipartisan measure to properly fund a key program that would help create jobs, ensure access to reliable energy on tribal lands in Minnesota, and enable tens of millions of dollars in new energy infrastructure investments. The measure will now be included in the comprehensive energy and water appropriations bill

Franken, Klobuchar Statements on Nomination of Minnesotan for National Infrastructure Advisory Council

U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar issued the following statements today on the nomination of Benjamin Fowke, the Chairman, President, and CEO of Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, to be a member of the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). The NIAC provides the President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, with advice on the security of critical infrastructures, both physical and cyber

KLOBUCHAR PROVISION TO HELP NONPROFITS SAVE MONEY ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES INCLUDED IN NEW...

Klobuchar’s provision will create a grant program to help nonprofits—including places of worship, faith-based organizations, and youth centers—afford materials needed for energy efficiency upgrades

St. Louis County working with Minnesota Housing to provide affordable first-time homebuyer loans

Minnesota Housing announced that $56 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $3,496,783 for St. Louis County

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Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $165,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Windom...

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Collin Peterson, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Windom Municipal Airport a grant of $166,160 for infrastructure improvements.

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Minnesota Real Estate Company, Realtor, And Accountant Indicted For Mail And...

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a real estate company, a realtor, and his accountant for participating in a long-running conspiracy to defraud companies, including financial institutions, in connection with foreclosed properties in the Minneapolis area and elsewhere, the Department of Justice announced.