DULUTH, Minn. - A state panel led by Gov. Mark Dayton is set to act next week on whether to sell mineral exploration leases for privately owned land in northeastern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Executive Council twice considered the leases in 2011 but delayed action because of concerns by private landowners.
The Duluth News Tribune ( http://bit.ly/KRb09l) reports the council will hold a special meeting May 31 to consider the 77 leases.
Last October the Executive Council approved a six-month delay sought by landowners whose properties could be subject to mineral exploration. Landowners complained that mining on or near their property could devastate the pristine region. They also worried mining could damage property values while leaving landowners without a cut of potential profits.
Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com