Bear Researcher To Meet With Dayton Next Week Bear researcher Lynn Rogers is getting his wish to meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as he makes a last-ditch appeal to keep his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens.
Embattled Bear Researcher Taking Fight To TopEmbattled bear researcher Lynn Rogers is hoping to take his fight to the top. He said Wednesday he's trying to get a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal a Department of Natural Resources decision not to renew his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens. The Ely-based researcher has a devoted following, but he's run afoul of DNR officials who say he's made wild bears too comfortable around humans and question the scientific value of his work.
Minn. Senate Votes To Raise Gas Tax By 5 Cents In a sudden shift Friday, the Minnesota Senate revived the possibility of raising the gas tax for roadwork and a metropolitan area sales tax for mass transit projects by making over what had been a stand-pat transportation finance plan.
Minn. Business Groups Launch Anti-Tax Ad Campaign A coalition of Minnesota business groups on Wednesday launched statewide campaign-style advertising that's critical of tax increase proposals from Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative Democrats.
Dayton Must Sell Sales Tax Change To Fellow DFLers State Rep. Ben Lien is a freshman Democrat from Moorhead, where clothing merchants enjoy an advantage over competitors in Fargo just across the river because Minnesota doesn't have a sales tax on apparel.
Forecast: Stadium-Bound Gambling Revenues Lagging Gambling revenues intended to help pay the state's share of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium are coming in slower than expected.