Federal withdrawal of resource-rich lands threatens Minnesota jobs, way of life

“This politically motivated decision, coming in the final days of the administration of President Barack Obama, is inconsistent with current national policy. It could result in devastating and irreversible damage to the citizens, communities and economy of the region. All a withdrawal would do is chase investment away from Minnesota and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign governments for […]

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Minnesota ‘Buffers Act’ will take thousands of productive acres from rural landowners

When enforcement of the ‘Buffers Act’ begins in a few months, all productive economic activity within the buffer zones will be prohibited. Not only is the value of the land taken away, but all potential value from future economic use will also be lost. by Marjorie Haun In April of 2016, Mark Dayton (D), the Governor of Minnesota approved a […]

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Feds get slammed by courts in WOTUS jurisdiction case

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Hawkes, setting a precedent that landowners may challenge the Corps’ jurisdictional determinations. The case was then remanded back to the district court for a final decision on the facts, which found the Corps failed to prove that a WOTUS was present on Hawkes’ land. Landowner wins case against Army Corps of Engineers Northern Ag. […]

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Government run amok: Groundless fed seizure nets thousands of bait fish

Maki said that eight to 10 special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entered his shop that day, asking him repeated questions about whether the ciscoes he sells came from the U.S. or Canadian side of the international border. Maki said he told agents that Ely’s Bob LaTourell, who nets the ciscoes for him, does so exclusively on […]

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