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Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,771

A prominent county courthouse, a Depression-era school building, an iconic Modern ice-cream stand, and a Northern Minnesota lakeside overlook are among the diverse sites named to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2010 list of the state’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.

A photographic exhibit featuring the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010 was created with MHCG funds and displayed at museums, libraries, and other public places statewide throughout the year.

Recipient
Bois de Sioux WD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Fund Source

Through the Mustinka River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy high priority locations have been identified as critical areas to reduce sediment from agricultural fields. The goal of this project is to target one of the areas that is of high concern, the watershed of Traverse County Ditch 37. This effort intends to begin a program to install side inlets and erosion control berms along the ditch with the goal of reducing the sediment load by 340 tons of sediment per year.

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1854 Treaty Authority
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,692

To evaluate and survey archaeological resources by the Grand Portage and Bois Forte Tribal Historic Preservation Offices.

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Dakota County Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,180

To hire a qualified historian to research Minnesota history during 1917-1918 in preparation for upcoming exhibits.

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Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,076

779 audiotapes of Senate committee hearings were converted digital format, and a web page was created to access the online versions via the Legislative Web Site.  As a result, complete digital access of committee hearings and floor debates are available for both bodies back to 2004.  Important legislative debate is available to Internet users, regardless of the time of day or their locations.

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Minnesota State University-Mankato
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$260,000
Fund Source

MSU-Mankato Water Resources Center in the Mankato area will provide conventional pollutant monitoring at the following sites: Beauford Ditch, Big Cobb River, Blue Earth River, Le Sueur River (3), Little Cobb River, Minnesota River (2), Watonwan River.

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Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,237,000

This funding is for production and acquisiton grants in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 129D.18. The following MPTA stations received funding in FY2010:

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,568,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,520,960

Per Minnesota Law, 1st Special Session, 2015, Chapter 2, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 6 (e). $1,600,000 each year is appropriated for a grant to the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations for production and acquisition grants in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.19. Ampers website: www.ampers.org KAXE, 91.7 FM - Grand Rapids KBEM, 88.5 FM - Minneapolis KBXE, 90.5 FM - Bagley/Bemidji KBFT, 89.9 FM - Nett Lake KFAI, 90.3 FM/106.7 FM - Minneapolis/St.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,568,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,552,960

Minnesota Public Radio is the state's largest cultural organization, providing 96 percent of the population with free access to some of the best broadcast cultural programming in the world.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,626,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,626,000

This funding is for grants to the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA) for production and acquisition grants accordance to Minnesota Statutes. MPTA Member stations are:KSMQ Public Television, AustinKAWE Lakeland Public Television, Brainered/BemidjiKTCA Twin Cities Public Television, Saint PaulKWCM Pioneer Public Television, AppletonKFME Prairie Public Television, Moorhead/CrookstonWDSE Public Television, Duluth

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$588,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$588,000

This funding will improve the Science Museum's collection of artifacts representing Minnesota's cultural heritage and create new forms of statewide cultural heritage educational opportunities for audiences of all ages.

Recipient
Minnesota State Band
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,800
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,800

The Minnesota State Band is the Official Band of the State of Minnesota and has been in existence for 118 years (since 1898). The band is the only remaining State Band in the United States. This grant funds two out-state band tours and enables the Band to partner with school and/or community music groups to promote music and the arts around the state of Minnesota.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,000

The project "Minnesota's Youth Outdoors" expands on place-based educational opportunities for under-served youth throughout Minnesota. This project engages an additional 6,000 underserved Minnesota youth. Wilderness Inquiry partners with public, charter, and private schools to participate in experiential learning throughout greater Minnesota.

Recipient
Benton SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source

This project targets nutrient reductions within the Mayhew and Big Elk Lake watersheds. The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District will work with farmers in implementing a variety of conservation practices including, but not limited to cropland erosion control projects, riparian pasture management, and nutrient management and feedlot pollution control systems. These strategies were identified through Total Daily Maximum Load Studies.

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Vermillion River Watershed JPO
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$216,450
Fund Source

The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, in partnership with the City of Burnsville, is planning an overall improvement in the Alimagnet Lake subwatershed that consists retrofit two existing stormwater ponds that drain to Alimagnet Lake, a nutrient impaired water, with iron-enhanced sand filter benches. It is estimated that a significant amount of phosphorus reduction will be achieved by implementing this project, bringing Alimagnet Lake closer to state water quality standards.

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Area 1 - Red River Valley Conservation Service Area
Area 2 - West Central Technical Service Area
Area 3 - Technical Service Area
Area 4 - Metropolitan SWCDs Technical Service Area
Area 5 - Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area
Area 6 - South Central Technical Service Area
Area 7 - Southeast SWCD Technical Support
Area 8 - North Central MN SWCDs JPB
Area 1 - Red River Valley Conservation Service Area
Area 2 - West Central Technical Service Area
Area 3 - Technical Service Area
Area 4 - Metropolitan SWCDs Technical Service Area
Area 5 - Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area
Area 6 - South Central Technical Service Area
Area 7 - Southeast SWCD Technical Support
Area 8 - North Central MN SWCDs JPB
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,920,000
Fund Source

This non-competitive CWF grant program invests in building the capacity of Nonpoint Engineering Assistance (Technical Service Area) Joint Powers Boards to increase the capacity of soil and water conservation districts to provide technical and engineering assistance to landowners.

Recipient
Vermillion River Watershed JPO
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$412,200
Fund Source

As part of the Dakota County Transportation Department's highway 78 road reconstruction project, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization is partnering with Dakota County to install a nitrate treatment practice on a tributary to the South Branch Vermillion River adjacent to the road. The South Branch Vermillion River subwatershed is the highest nitrate loading subwatershed in the Vermillion River Watershed and is a significant contributor to contaminated drinking water in the eastern portion of the watershed.

Recipient
Benton SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source

Little Rock Lake experiences severe algae blooms due to excess phosphorus and these blooms are the worst known regionally. The goal of this project is to reduce algae blooms, improve water clarity, and avoid risk of drinking water contamination. The project will result in installing one farmer nutrient management project , four cover crops, two lakeshore buffer strips, six septic systems that also demonstrated an imminent threat to public health, six erosion control projects , one wetland restored, and one feedlot runoff control system.

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Pomme de Terre River Association JPB
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$431,587
Fund Source

The goal of the Pomme de Terre River Association (JPB) is to improve the local water resources within the watershed through targeted voluntary efforts and the building of strong relationships with local landowners, producers, and citizens. The Pomme de Terre River is currently not meeting state water quality for sediment. The purpose of this project is to strategically work towards a 53% sediment reduction goal at the mouth of the Pomme de Terre River based on a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy document.

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Vermillion River Watershed JPO
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$116,000
Fund Source

South Creek is a tributary to the Vermillion River and a DNR-designated trout stream. Currently, the creek is not meeting state water quality standards for sediment, temperature and dissolved oxygen The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and the City of Lakeville propose to retrofit an existing stormwater pipe with a hydrodynamic separator to reduce the sediment load reaching South Creek and the Vermillion River. One hydrodynamic separator will be installed and is estimated to reduce sediment loads to South Creek and the Vermillion River by 4 tons per year.

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Vermillion River Watershed JPO
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$127,500
Fund Source

The Vermillion River Watershed JPO is partnering with Dakota County and the City of Lakeville to enhance stormwater management along County Road 50. A treatment train approach with an iron-enhanced sand filter at the tail end to remove dissolved phosphorus will be implemented to treat a drainage area including a portion of the upstream neighborhoods that currently receive little to no stormwater treatment. The practice is anticipated to reduce 20 pounds of phosphorus annually from reaching Lake Marion, a water resource with high recreational value targeted for protection.

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Vermillion River Watershed JPO
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$194,800
Fund Source

South Creek, a tributary to the Vermillion River and a DNR-designated trout stream. Currently, the creek is not meeting state water quality standards for sediment, temperature and dissolved oxygen and it flows through a large stormwater basin in the City of Lakeville. The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, in partnership with the city, propose to create a new channel for the creek in order to separate it from the pond. The result would be significantly cooler temperatures, increased dissolved oxygen, and less sediment-laden water in South Creek.

Recipient
Elk River Watershed Association
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,500
Fund Source

A completed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study has identified mid to late summer phosphorus loading as a significant stressor to lakes and streams within the Big Elk Lake watershed. While this comprehensive study serves its role as the unifying document that identifies pollutants and sources, further work is required in order to develop site-specific Best Management Practices, design these practices, and oversee their implementation in order to reach clean water goals.

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Pope SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$162,500
Fund Source

Lake Emily is a high priority recreational lake in Pope County and is currently not meeting state water quality standards due to high phosphorus levels. This project will provide funding for 26 water and sediment control projects with potential shoreline and riparian restoration projects. This work will address surface water quality sources including both direct drainage and upstream discharge. Collectively, these projects have the potential to annually reduce sediment and phosphorus leaving the field which will directly address 15% of Lake Emily's phosphorus reduction goal.

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Scott SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$201,000
Fund Source

This project builds on the momentum and success of previous Clean Water Fund grants in making significant non-point source pollution reductions that address state-identified turbidity, excess nutrient and dissolved oxygen impairments of the Lower Minnesota River and points downstream. These water quality improvements will be achieved by constructing high-value, cost-effective conservation best management practices in Scott County directly tributary to the Minnesota River.

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Ramsey Conservation District
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The purpose of this program is to engage community groups for the installation of community accessible rain gardens and other water quality best management practices in Ramsey County. The goal is to install 6-12 storm water best management projects that will help protect and improve water quality of surrounding lakes. The installed practices will reduce an estimated 10 acre-feet of storm water runoff, 9 pounds of phosphorous, and 3 tons of sediment annually. Significant measurable outputs, with development of long-term partnerships, are primary objectives for this program.

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Red Lake SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$42,600
Fund Source

Red Lake River currently does not meet state water quality standards due to high amounts of sediment. For this project, the Red Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District will continue to work cooperatively with the Red Lake County Ditch Authority, and the landowners to reduce erosion and sedimentation into Judicial County Ditch 66. Judicial County Ditch 66 outlets into Cyr Creek which outlets directly into the Red Lake River.

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Chisago SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

Goose, East and West Rush Lakes are not meeting state water quality standards due to excessive phosphorus. These are three of the worst lakes in Chisago County in terms of water quality, yet also some of the most heavily used lakes for recreation. The quality of the water in the St. Croix River is directly influenced by the poor quality water leaving East Rush, West Rush, and Goose Lakes.

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Stearns SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$392,500
Fund Source

This project will address nutrient impairments of the Sauk River and Sauk River Chain of Lakes (SRCL) by minimizing runoff from 5 high priority feedlots. Specifically, contaminated runoff from 5 feedlots upstream of the SRCL will be eliminated. The sites were prioritized based on the Minnesota Feedlot Annualized Runoff Model index ratings and the location of these feedlots are within a Drinking Water Supply Management Areas.

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Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,000
Fund Source

This program annually evaluates a sample of up to ten Clean Water Fund restoration projects, provides a report on the evaluations in accordance with state law and delivers communications on project outcomes and lessons learned in restoration practice.

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Benton SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,600
Fund Source

The Benton County Water Plan advisory committee has the goal of protecting groundwater resources in Benton County. One of the methods identified is to seal unused wells. In 2013, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District completed an aggressive campaign to identify unused wells. We used several sources to locate potential wells, completed site visits for many wells and collected site information to assisting in prioritizing limited cost share resources.

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Soil and Water Conservation Districts
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,000,000
Fund Source

Provides grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts that focuses on increasing capacity to address four resource concern areas Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients.

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Soil and Water Conservation Districts
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
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.

For grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to ensure compliance with riparian buffer or alternate practice requirements for state required buffers and soil erosion law.

Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,720

The Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota Humanities Center hosted a series of listening sessions and posted an online survey to obtain public input on how the Arts and Cultural Heritage funds should be spent. 

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Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,000
MNHS Press will publish a book showcasing MNHS' extensive collections of bandolier bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes. The book will include a tour of Minnesota's seven Ojibwe reservations, showing bags associated with each area, and profiles of master beadworkers who provide personal insights into the work.
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Northfield Public Library
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,000

With the grant the Northfield Public Library was able to research, write and published a centennial history of the Northfield Carnegie Library entitled "Everlasting Influences:  The Centennial History of the Northfield Carnegie Public Library 1910-2010."

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Wanda Gag House Association
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,675

To provide Wanda Gag House Association with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.

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Brainerd Public Library
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,633

ABCD Project Grant

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Wellness in the Woods Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,500

ABCD Project Grant