Vermilion Park Legislation Advances

A bill in the Minnesota State Senate which would raise the limitation on what the state can spend for the purchase of 3,000 acres of land for a new State Park on Lake Vermilion cleared a hurdle yesterday.

Vermilion State Park (proposed) Photo courtesy MN DNR

The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee referred the bill to the Senate Finance Committee moving it one step closer to passage. Minnesota Public Radio has a story on the matter HERE.

Concerns remain over funding for development of the land, which is currently owned by the U.S. Steel Corporation, into a park. As we reported, HERE, last week, funds to fully develop the park aren’t likely to be considered until 2012, the next bonding year, in St. Paul.

The Minnesota DNR has a web page devoted to the proposed park HERE.

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