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Recipient
Minnesota Geological Survey
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
Fund Source

This project will accelerate production of County Geologic Atlases (part A). An atlas is a set of geologic maps and associated databases for a county that facilitate informed management of natural resources, especially water and minerals.

Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,800
Art Project Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,400
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,864
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,904
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,990

Engage visual artist Tacoumba Aiken to work with area residents of all ages to collaboratively design and paint a canvas wall mural.

Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
To provide support for activities directly involved in the creation performance publication or exhibition of art or to host arts events by contracting for the services of another organization or individual to provide arts programming to the applicant orga
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
To provide support for activities directly involved in the creation performance publication or exhibition of art or to host arts events by contracting for the services of another organization or individual to provide arts programming to the applicant orga
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,658
Host a performance and educational workshop by the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company in October, 2011.
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,658
Host a performance of The Intergalactic Nemesis in November, 2011.
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,600
"The Highwayman"
Recipient
Spirit Lake Poetry Series
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,768
Outreach poetry readings
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,600
"Red Baraat" performance
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800
Arts Project Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800
Arts Project Grant
Recipient
Spirit Lake Poetry Series
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800
Arts Project Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800
Arts Project Grant
Recipient
Spirit Lake Poetry Series
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800
Arts Project Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,680
Arts Project Grant
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,750
The College of St. Scholastica is requesting a one year grant that would provide critical funding for its 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series, which offers a variety of arts experiences that would not normally be available in this largely rural region.
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,000
Arts Tour Minnesota
Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
Arts Tour Minnesota
Recipient
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$585,000

Large deposits of copper, nickel, cobalt, and other minerals in northeastern Minnesota could provide huge economic and employment benefits to the state while becoming an important source of important metals for the country. However, the mining required to extract them could have significant water quality impacts in a region that includes the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness and other environmentally sensitive watersheds.

Recipient
U of MN - Duluth
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000


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Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

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Recipient
The College of Saint Scholastica
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,767

Community Arts Learning Grant

Recipient
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

Mine stockpiles are unproductive due to soil deficiencies of organic matter, nutrients, and soil organisms, which are essential to supporting healthy plant growth, diversity, and succession. Waste products, including biosolids, composts, and dredged materials, have the potential to be used to address some of these deficiencies and make the lands productive again.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$154,038
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The principal goal of this project is to fill critical data gaps and to establish a participatory watershed management framework for the Duluth Metropolitan Area (DMA) that mimics the statewide Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) process.

Recipient
U of MN
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$636,000

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been decimating ash throughout the Great Lake States and is currently advancing into Minnesota, threatening the future of the ash forests that occur across much of the state. Of particular concern is the impact EAB will have on the ecology and functioning of black ash swamps, which cover over one million acres in Minnesota and represent the state’s most common ash forest type. Black ash trees grow and thrive in swamps and occupy a unique wet niche where few other tree species grow.

Recipient
U of MN
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$336,000

Minnesota has 9.5 million acres of public forest lands that play an important role in sustaining Minnesota’s environment and economy. The policies and programs used by public timber sale programs can impact post-harvest ecological conditions and have pronounced effects on the composition, structure, and productivity of the forest in the future. Additionally, timber harvesting revenues play an important role in economic activity, employment, and tax revenue.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000

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Recipient
U of MN - Duluth
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, is amongst Minnesota’s greatest natural resources providing drinking water, shipping, recreation, and tourism. Recently the lake has been undergoing significant changes including increasing water temperatures, decreasing ice cover, increasing nutrient loads, decreasing biological productivity, increasing invasive species, and changes in species abundance and distribution. The reasons behind these changes and the interactions amongst them are not well understood.

Recipient
U of MN
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$359,000

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Recipient
UMD, NRRI
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$507,000

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Recipient
U of MN
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

Moose, one of Minnesota's prized wildlife species, are dying at much higher rates in Minnesota than elsewhere in North America. Recently observed increases in mortality rates amongst some moose in northeastern Minnesota have led to concern that the population there may be entering a decline like that seen in the northwestern part of the state, where moose populations fell from over 4,000 to fewer than 100 in less than 20 years. Additionally the specific causes of increased mortality amongst individual moose remain under investigation.

Recipient
U of MN
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$262,000

Minnesota has 15.9 million acres of forest land managed by a variety of county, state and federal agencies, and private landowners for timber production, wildlife habitat, and ecological considerations. Forest managers rely on inventory data to make effective planning and management decisions. Because forests are continually changing through natural and human processes, forest inventory data is periodically updated. However, doing so is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor and, as a result, much of Minnesota’s forest inventory data is currently out of date.

Recipient
Itasca Community College
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,000

Woody biomass energy systems have shown themselves to offer more locally-based, stable energy supplies for some communities. Itasca Community College is using this appropriation to design a renewable energy system based on woody biomass that will serve as a demonstration and educational tool in the region.

Recipient
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000

Moose, one of Minnesota’s most iconic wildlife species, are dying at increasingly higher rates in Minnesota and there is uncertainty as to why. Estimates suggest the population declined 35 percent just between 2012 to 2013, and projections suggest moose could be nearly gone from the state by 2020 if this trend is not halted and, ideally, reversed.

Recipient
U of MN
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000

Native to the western United States and Canada, mountain pine beetle is considered the most devastating forest insect in North America. Trees usually die as a result of infestation and an unprecedented outbreak in the west is currently decimating pine forests there. While mountain pine beetle is not presently believed to reside in Minnesota, there are risks posed by an expanding species range resulting from warming climate and the potential for accidental introduction via lumber imports from infested areas.

Recipient
Regents of the University of Minnesota/Natural Resources Research Institute
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,330
Fund Source

The overall project goal is to develop complementary (same year) physical, biological, and chemical data sets for eight agency-prioritized lakes and three streams in NE Minnesota to incorporate into the overall state database for MPCA assessment purposes as well as research purposes.