School Trust Lands

Source: Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands Four million dollars in federal funding to purchase Minnesota School Trust Lands located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) was included in the recently passed $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill. This historic milestone is part of a larger land deal…

School districts’ resolutions could result in $4 million in aid from Land and Water Conservation Fund The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) land swap has taken a step forward. On Wednesday, March 21, the U.S. Congress unveiled its omnibus spending bill. If the bill passes, $4 million would be…

Source: Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands The Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at www.mn.gov/school-trust-lands.  This is the first-ever website devoted to the state’s 3.5 million acres of school trust lands — an important, little known, and often misunderstood…

MSBA hopes you will join us and submit a letter of support for the federal acquisition of the School Trust Lands located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Nearly 10 percent of lands within the BWCAW are School Trust Lands were granted by the United States to Minnesota…

Aaron Vande Linde, Minnesota school trust lands director, invites you to join him for a national outreach meeting on school trust lands presented by Advocates for School Trust Lands, formerly, Children’s Land Alliance Supporting Schools (CLASS). When: Thursday, January 19, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST (6 p.m. to 7 p.m. MST)…

Aaron Vande Linde was confirmed as the state’s School Trust Lands director at a Senate hearing held during today’s Senate Education Committee meeting. Gov. Mark Dayton formally appointed Vande Linde as director of the School Trust Lands in September 2015. Vande Linde is responsible for oversight of the more than 3.5…

Today the School Trust Lands Commission (officially called the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission) received an update from School Trust Lands Director Aaron Vande Linde regarding three proposals in various omnibus bills traveling through the Legislature. The first proposal would increase the frequency in which deposits are made to Permanent…

A School Trust Lands bill is traveling through the Senate. Sen. Tom Saxhaug has authored a package of three School Trust Lands bills that have been combined into one bill — SF 2638. The bill, endorsed by MSBA and the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission, was heard Thursday in the Senate…

The New Mexico House Government, Elections and Indians Affairs Committee recently voted down a proposal that would have allowed the state to use funds from its land grant endowment to expand early childhood education. Click here for story. This story should serve as a lesson for Minnesota. Revenue from our…

The Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission held its first hearing of the year on Tuesday, January 26. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presented the FY 2015 Forestry Cost Certification Report. The DNR reported trust revenue in forestry is $12,204,576 and that total expenses are $8,159,289 — which translates into…

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