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Many lawmakers want the state to buy rights for public access to forest lands, shown in orange, in northern Minnesota. A state council is considering the request.

Outdoors panel considers forest plan

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are considering spending millions of dollars to keep 187,227 acres of northern Minnesota state forests the same as they are today.

"It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, said Monday.

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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.
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