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DNR park plan would borrow from lottery

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Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources wants to buy park land in northeastern Minnesota -- and other land around the state -- with state lottery revenue.


Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Holsten on Tuesday released a proposal calling for borrowing $97.5 million, to be repaid over 22 years with money used to buy lottery tickets. Some lottery proceeds are earmarked for natural resources projects, but never have been used to repay loans like the DNR proposes.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.