Minnesota's Legacy

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2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$480,127
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$501,438
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$613,201
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$736,809
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$640,271
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$711,218
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$732,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$393,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$412,250
Fund Source

“Acquiring Land and Creating Opportunities - A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan identifies its purpose to ‘create new and expanded park and trail opportunities to satisfy current customers as well as to reach out to new ones’.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$81,791
Partner: Minnesota Indian Affairs Council American Indian undergraduate students from across Minnesota participated in this unique summer educational experience. The students selected for this intensive 17-day residential program attended onsite presentations throughout Minnesota and experienced hands-on learning about the museum and archaeology fields and other historical and cultural preservation organizations.
Statewide
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,075,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$525,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Fund Source

The DNR is working with local communities and an interagency team to define, prioritize, and establish groundwater management areas in Minnesota. Groundwater management areas will have increased data collection and monitoring that allow the state and local communities to understand water supplies, uses, limitations, and threats to natural resources that depend on groundwater. This information will support detailed aquifer protection plans that ensure equitable and sustainable groundwater and drinking water use for the future.

Statewide
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
Fund Source

Governor Mark Dayton's landmark buffer initiative was signed into law in 2015. The law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams, and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment. The new law provides flexibility and financial support for landowners to install and maintain buffers.

The DNR's role in Minnesota's new buffer law is to produce a statewide map of public waters and public ditches that require permanent vegetation buffers. The DNR is scheduled to produce these maps by July 2016.

Statewide
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,347
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$452,466
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$433,189
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$311,005
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$493,555
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$266,707
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
Fund Source

“Connecting People to the Outdoors- A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan identifies its purpose to ‘better develop Minnesota’s stewards of tomorrow through efforts to increase life-long participation in parks and trails.’

Statewide
Fund Source

The Division of Parks and Trails (as directed by Chapter 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2, Subd. 3(c)) utilizes Conservation Corps of Minnesota services for restoration, maintenance, and other activities that supplement the ability to reach Legacy Fund goals. Budget associated with this program area capture an accounting of dollars that support CCM Summer Youth, Individual Placements, and special projects for park and trail renewal and development. Other dollars not accounted for in this program area are part of other PAT program areas and included as part of those budgets.

Statewide
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$398,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$371,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$355,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$310,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,000
Fund Source

“Coordinating with Partners- A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan identifies its purpose to ‘enhance coordination across the large and complex network of public, private, and non-profit partners that support Minnesota’s parks and trails to ensure seamless, enjoyable park and trail experiences for Minnesotans.’

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota - MN Geological Survey
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source

The DNR works with the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) to convey valuable geologic and groundwater information and interpretations to government units at all levels, but particularly to local governments, private organizations and citizens.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,637
This mobile tour offers intriguing stories and reflections about historic sites along the Minnesota River Valley, the people who lived there and the lasting impact of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$141,404
MNHS is developing new curricula, programs, and resources to engage students in learning about Minnesota history. In FY16 a full review of online resources for the K-12 audience will be completed and an action plan put in place to update content and the design of online curriculum offered to K-12 teachers and students. In addition, staff are working with the Oliver Kelley Farm to create new curricula and programs on agriculture, history, and STEM for K-12 teachers and students. Two new programs will be developed and piloted at the Oliver Kelley Farm in FY16.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$206,577
Through this program, partners are extending the reach of National History Day in Minnesota. MNHS professional staff members coordinate school services with an emphasis on support for students from diverse backgrounds. Higher education partnerships help build college readiness skills for middle and high school students and strengthen the mentoring skills of Minnesota college students.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,213
Partners: Northland Schools, Remer, and Washington Technology Magnet School, St. Paul Improving the educational achievement of Minnesota's students is a strategic priority for MNHS. The Educational Achievement initiative allows MNHS to create partnerships with two school districts
Ramsey
Cass
Recipient
Central Lakes College
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$51,788
MNHS exhibitions are supported by diverse programming that complements the content of the exhibitions. These additional programs augment and promote the rich stories of Minnesota's history. In FY16, programs included lectures, musical performances, hands-on family activities, and other events. In particular, three exhibitions
Statewide
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
Fund Source

The DNR works with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health to determine the level of contamination from mercury and other harmful chemicals in fish from Minnesota's lakes and rivers and to track the success of efforts to reduce mercury pollution. Clean Water Legacy funding is being used to significantly increase (more than double) the number of lakes and rivers that are assessed for mercury contamination on an annual basis. Fish are collected during DNR fishery surveys, processed for laboratory testing, and analyzed for contaminants.

Statewide
Recipient
Red Lake Watershed District
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$123,400
Fund Source

This phase of the project will complete the analysis of existing and newly collected water quality data in the Red River of the North-Grand Marais Creek watershed and also verify the impairments on the currently listed reaches and determine the status of the remaining river reaches as being either impaired or currently meeting standards. Stakeholder involvement and public participation will be a primary focus throughout the project.

Marshall
Pennington
Polk
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,465
In the third year of this project, MNHS staff continued to inventory and rehouse archaeological collections from Historic Fort Snelling. As part of MNHS involvement with the University of Minnesota's Heritage Collaborative, student interns spent the 2015 fall semester assisting project staff with inventory and research. Artifact data was shared with University faculty for use in their courses. To date, over 98,000 catalog records have been created, describing more than 180,000 artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations at Historic Fort Snelling.
Hennepin
Dakota
Ramsey
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$137,846
Through this partnership, U of M and ACTC students from diverse backgrounds explored the museum field and issues related to diversity and museums through a fall semester-long course for ACTC students and a spring semester course at the university, followed by a paid internship at MNHS, the Somali Museum of Minnesota, Mia, and other organizations.
Hennepin
Ramsey
Recipient
University of Minnesota - Duluth
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
University of South Carolina
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,029
Fund Source

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has been monitoring for contaminants of emerging concern in Minnesota's surface water since 2007. These contaminants include a wide variety of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other chemicals that can harm fish and wildlife and human health. One group of these chemicals, disinfection by-products, are formed when water is treated with chlorine. Some of these chemicals are cancer-causing and highly toxic.

Statewide
Recipient
Wenck Associates, Inc.
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$187,625
Fund Source

The purpose of this work is to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs; a federal clean Water Act requirement) for streams and lakes in the Kettle River and Upper St. Croix watersheds. This and other technical information will be used to develop a separate report called a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report.

Aitkin
Carlton
Kanabec
Pine
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,307
MNHS and regional public libraries across Minnesota are combining resources to educate, entertain, and build community among library patrons in the state. Libraries and MNHS are bringing a range of programs and events to local libraries that document and preserve community stories for future generations, educate people of all ages about the history of Minnesota and its people, and make high quality history programming accessible to all Minnesotans. More than 60 programs were presented in dozens of communities around the state, including:
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$98,022
The Minnesota Historical Society is deeply engaged in cultivating meaningful relationships with adult audiences as lifelong learners, members, donors, volunteers, and supporters. In FY16, MNHS continued to build the organization's capacity for using skilled volunteers through staff trainings, creating new programs, and a thorough evaluation of programs targeted at adult audiences. New initiatives: Fifty-eight new skilled volunteer positions were added, contributing 4,700 volunteer hours.
Statewide
Recipient
LimnoTech
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$59,116
Fund Source

The MPCA has selected the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) watershed model to simulate watershed hydrology and water quality to assess various restoration scenarios in the Little Cannon River watershed. The SWAT model is an important tool in developing an understanding of existing conditions and simulating conditions under various management scenarios to inform the development of implementation strategies and plans to restore and protect streams and lakes.

Blue Earth
Dakota
Dodge
Freeborn
Goodhue
Le Sueur
Rice
Scott
Steele
Waseca
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,146,426
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,417,177
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,406,456
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,456,863
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,438,933
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$803,121
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$823,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$570,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$595,000
Fund Source

“Maintaining Existing Holdings - A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan calls this ‘Take Care of What We Have,’ and identifies its purpose to ‘provide safe, high-quality park and trail experiences by regular re-investment in park and trail infrastructure, and natural resource management.’

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,503
The Minnesota Main Street program is a proven, comprehensive strategy that helps communities create new jobs and businesses while revitalizing buildings and preserving their historic downtowns. MNHS's Heritage Preservation department works with the partners listed above to implement Minnesota Main Street, which provides the tools, training, information, and networking that communities need to revitalize their business districts. There are currently seven Minnesota Main Street designated communities: Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Willmar, and Winona.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$275,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
Fund Source

The objective of this project is to build on previous efforts aimed at determining the public health risk due to virus contamination in Minnesota groundwater. The Minnesota Department of Health will examine the occurrence of viruses in non-disinfecting groundwater sources in Minnesota as well as evaluate the association between source water virus occurrence and community acute gastrointestinal illness.

Statewide

The Humanities Center used a portion of the Legacy funding for program planning and management. This support includes work such as exploratory and planning meetings for new initiatives and program management of all our Legacy work.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,050
The MNHS Indian Advisory Committee (IAC) is made up of tribally appointed representatives of the 11 Minnesota tribes, as well as representatives of key groups, such as educators. IAC advises on planning, developing, and evaluating MNHS activities and initiatives including exhibitions, publications, public programs, and curatorial policy as they relate to the research, collection, preservation, and interpretation of Minnesota and American Indian history in Minnesota.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,068
The Minnesota Historical Society and the Wilder Foundation worked with two new groups of existing and emerging community leaders in 2015 to enhance their ability to act on important community issues. During each six-month program, 245 participants explored neighborhood involvement and developed leadership skills to take effective community action.
Hennepin
Ramsey
Recipient
University of St. Thomas
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$69,604
Fund Source

The main goal of this pilot project is to use cutting-edge biological and data analysis methods to investigate, determine, and report on potential environmental stressors (including contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), adverse outcome pathways (AOPs, i.e., sub-organismal biological mechanisms that link environmental stressor occurrences to adverse organismal outcomes), and biological outcomes in urban surface and stormwater samples.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$750,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
Fund Source

This project aims to ensure private wells are a safe source of drinking water, are tested regularly, and water quality issues are addressed.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,878
MNHS continues to build a culture of evaluation. An evaluation manager leads institutional evaluation capacity building, as well as provides technical assistance and support to staff who evaluate ACHF projects and programs. An evaluation associate in the Education and Lifelong Learning Division facilitates evaluation efforts specifically in K-12 education and public programs. Three interns and numerous volunteers continue to support evaluation work.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$197,798
MNHS continues to build a culture of evaluation. An evaluation manager leads institutional evaluation capacity building and provides technical assistance and support to staff who evaluate ACHF projects and programs. An evaluation associate in the Education and Lifelong Learning division facilitates evaluation efforts, specifically in K-12 education and public programs. Three interns and numerous volunteers continue to support evaluation work.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$489,663
MNHS staff created communication strategies and promotional materials for Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) history projects, programs, and grants, including media kits for grant recipients. Increasing public awareness of ACHF investments will ensure that students, teachers, and the general public will use and benefit from them.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,078
MNHS and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation are increasing awareness and knowledge of Minnesota history by providing quality programming for visitors to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. In 2015, the partners added new visual and written content for the Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour brochure. Audio and visual content was available with the smartphone tour component, and staff presented audio/visual content via social media throughout the fair. Some 40,000 brochures were distributed throughout the fairgrounds during the run of the fair.
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
The Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites focuses on tangible aspects of Minnesota's cultural heritage including historic places, archaeological sites, places with spiritual and traditional importance, and cultural landscapes. The survey focuses on the identification and evaluation of these places in order to improve their management and enhance their interpretation.
Statewide
Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Partners have pioneered a survey tool for characterizing fertilizer use and farm management on a regional and statewide scale. Surveys are conducted over the phone.  NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
The Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites focuses on tangible aspects of Minnesota's cultural heritage including historic places, archaeological sites, places with spiritual and traditional importance, and cultural landscapes. The survey focuses on the identification and evaluation of these places in order to improve their management and enhance their interpretation.
Statewide