State Gets Vermilion Deed

Updated: Don’t pitch your tent just yet at Lake Vermilion State Park, and don’t even think about driving that motorhome to a campground there, but state officials say activity will pick up this summer now that Minnesota owns the land. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an agreement Tuesday to pay U.S. Steel $18 million for 3,000…
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Two Parks, One Management

Once Vermilion State Park opens it would be managed with the next-door Soudan Underground Mine State Park as if the two were one park under bills in the Legislature. Senators tentatively passed their bill on a voice vote Thursday. The bill also increases state payments to St. Louis County by $90 million as compensation for…
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No Vermilion Park?

Sen. Tom Bakk says that despite Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s strong support, the future of Vermilion State Park is dim. "I’m very doubtful that it ever is going to be a state park," the Cook Democrat told a Senate environment committee Tuesday. One of his main concerns is the need to spend $20 million to $40…
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Rukavina Challenges Vermilion

Rep. Tom Rukavina this morning ripped a plan to establish Minnesota’s largest state park along Lake Vermilion, calling it "fool’s gold." Soudan Underground Mine State Park already provides 15 miles of shore line along the lake, Rukavina said, and the state has done nothing to develop it for use. "In these tough times when we…
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Pawlenty Bonding Bill Well Under DFL Plan

Pawlenty Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to spend $315 million less to build and repair facilities around Minnesota than legislative leaders want. Republican Pawlenty this morning said he hopes lawmakers approve $685 million in public works spending, to be repaid by general tax dollars, while Democratic-Farmer-Labor party legislative leaders prefer spending about $1 billion. "You have…
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