The possibility of more precious metal mining proposals in northern Minnesota took another step forward on Friday after the state’s executive council approved 31 leases of state and private lands to three mining companies seeking exploration.
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is asking voters to give her another four years in the role. The two-term Democrat released a Web video Tuesday that declares her intention to seek re-election in 2014.
Wanted: Prudent, investment-savvy individual to manage $65 billion in state assets. Decisions scrutinized by top Minnesota leaders. Results affect pension accounts for thousands of retired public workers. A nationwide hunt is on for a successor to Howard Bicker, who is leaving his post as State Board of Investment executive director this fall. Bicker has spent more than four decades in the overlooked but important wing of state government, the last 32 years at the helm.