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Trouble on the Farm
Session 2000: Wolf Bill Signed; Lawsuit Next?
Governor Jesse Ventura has signed Minnesota's controversial wolf-management bill into law. The legislation could ease the way for wolves in Minnesota to be taken off the federal endangered species list. But it faces strong opposition from some environmental groups, who may challenge the law in court. April 19, 2000

A Wolf Revival at Capitol
Capping a battle between urban and rural legislators, the Minnesota Senate revived last week's failed wolf-management bill and passed it Tuesday along with a funding increase for the Department of Natural Resources. April 19, 2000

Negotiators Reach Deal on Wolves
The wolf could be on its way back to state control after more than two decades on the federal endangered species list. The deal would provide more latitude to landowners to get rid of problem. 4/6/00

Legislators Give Wolves a Break
Wolf advocates won a victory in the Minnesota Senate, which voted more than two-to-one to pass a bill granting strong protections to wolves statewide. The Legislature must pass a management plan to take effect when wolves are removed from the federal endangered-species list and returned to state control. The vote sets the stage for House-Senate negotiations, and creates a wide gulf between the two chambers, since the House passed a bill allowing wolf hunting and trapping. 3/15/00

Farm Day at the Capitol
Farmers, religious leaders, and family-farm activists rallied Wednesday at the Minnesota Capitol in Saint Paul. The event was designed to bring attention to failing family farms and the growth of large, corporate farms. 3/02/00

DFL Releases Rural Plan
DFL leaders in the State senate announced their rural development agenda for the 2000 legislative session. The Democrats' package doesn't yet have a price tag, but it's similar to a House Republican plan released last week. The main obstacle to each plan may be Governor Jesse Ventura. 1/25/00
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Rural Minnesota Getting Legislative Attention
Minnesota House Republicans are proposing a $75 million package designed to boost the state's rural economy. The plan includes farm property-tax relief, aid to rural schools and nursing homes, and money for new technology. Republicans say they're trying to help outstate communities that haven't benefited from the state's economic boom, but some Democrats say the plan amounts to a Band-Aid approach to the rural crisis. 1/18/00