Minnesota Data Practices Act – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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E-mails regarding October 25, 2013 special meeting of the Minnesota Executive Council related to nonferrous mineral leases.  October 4, 2013.
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Letter of August 16, 2013 from Mark Hall of Duluth Metals (DM) to Kathy Lewis of Minnesota DNR. Letter relates to DM’s application for a lease relating to state controlled non-ferrous mineral rights on certain Saint Louis County parcels. DM states that it has acquired private mineral rights in the same areas, and further states that it believes the area to be “under explored, with the potential for additional mineral deposits.”
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Map labeled “2012 Metallic Mineral Lease Sale Bids”
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E-mails related to the October 25, 2013 Minnesota Executive Council meeting.  October 7, 2013.
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Notice for October 25, 2013 Minnesota Executive Council meeting.
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E-mails regarding map preparation for Executive Council meeting.  October 9, 2013.
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Map labeled “Encampment Negotiated Lease Requests. Letter dated Dec. 3, 2013.”

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Correspondence between Minnesota DNR staff, and between Kathy Lewis of DNR and Ted DeMatties of Encampment Minerals, Inc. Various dates November, December 2013. DNR correspondence notes that the Encampment lease is a “large lease request.” Lewis to DeMatties correspondence notes that Encampement’s lease request was submitted too late for consideration the December 6, 2013 Executive Council Meeting, and sets out the steps for subsequent lease applications.
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Internal DNR correspondence related to whether to hold the scheduled special meeting of the State Executive Council in light of a possible appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court over the issuance of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW).
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E-mail of October 10, 2012 between Kathy Lewis and other DNR staff.  Correspondence notes that staff “should proceed with our notice and plans for the October 25th special meeting of the State Executive Council.”
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Report regarding Encampment Minerals Expenditures on Lease MM-10221 as of August 10, 2012. (Serpentine Deposit).
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Written notes dated July 17, 2012, pertaining to Encampment lease MM-10221.
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Minnesota DNR correspondence regarding results produced by Encampment Minerals mineral lease, including DNR’s intention to receive all data and reports at the termination of the lease. Various dates, August, 2012.
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Correspondence between Minnesota DNR staff regarding coordinating access to “Section 16” by Encampment Minerals and Northshore Mining to facilitate simultaneous drilling and blasting projects. Various dates October, November 2011.
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Correspondence between Minnesota DNR staff regarding coordinating access to “Section 16” by Encampment Minerals and Northshore Mining to facilitate simultaneous drilling and blasting projects. Includes hand-written notes. October 24, 2011.
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Martin Dennis of DNR to Kathy Lewis of DNR. E-mail header reads “Encampment owes DNR the 700 sample results – follow-up from yesterday’s meeting.” July 18, 2012.
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E-mail and attachments from Kathy Lewis of DNR to various DNR personnel and staff of the Minnesota Governor’s office. Attachments are charts relating to 10 years of exploratory bore-hole activity requested by Governor Dayton at the December 11, 2013 Executive Council meeting. December 16, 2013.
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E-mail from Kathy Lewis to various DNR staff. Message notes that the Land Exchange board had approved the “Wilton Hill” land exchange between the State and Beltrami County, as well as an exchange in St Louis County. Ms. Lewis also notes that the DNR’s metallic mineral lease web page has gone live. December, 2013.
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Various documents related to the December 11, 2013 Executive Council meeting, including the agenda and draft minutes.
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Letter from DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr to Commissioner Spencer Cronk of the Dept. of Administration. November 25, 2013. Letter relates to progress on posting nonferrous metallic mineral lease information on the DNR web site.
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DNR correspondence and attachments related to post-Executive Council meeting regarding drill hole activity in Minnesota. October 20, 2013
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E-mail from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Peter Clevenstine of DNR regarding “metallic minerals lease PowerPoint handout.”
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E-mail from Kathy Lewis of DNR to various DNR staff and others. December 09, 2013. E-mail notes that “the Governor has asked that the DNR be more transparent in the state’s mineral leasing process.” A progress update on the DNR’s mineral lease web site is provided.
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E-mail from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Erik Best of “RTX” and Dennis Martin of DNR. In the e-mail, Ms. Lewis states that “exploration plans have always been public data under the Minnesota Data Practices Act” although sometimes approval letters contain non-public data that needs to be redacted.
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E-mail from Peter Clevenstine of DNR to various DNR personnel. November 22, 2013. E-mail states that “the state of Minnesota receives $151 million per annum in tax and royalty benefits from the $5 billion ore industry or approximately 3%.” E-mail characterizes this as “alarmingly low” and notes that it speaks to “an inordinate level of government subsidy to a single industry.”
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Correspondence between DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Paula Maccabee of WaterLegacy regarding the DNR’s mining lease web page. November 18, 2013.
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Draft document labeled “Revised draft of response to Paula.”
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Draft minutes of Executive Council Meeting of October 25, 2013.
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Letter from Phillip Larson of Duluth Metals to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. November 1, 2013. Letter relates to testimony given at the Executive Council Meeting of October 25, 2013, and disputes the 3% mining industry tax/royalty figure presented at the meeting. Mr. Larson presents figures that show a $558 million in annual tax revenue to state and local governments, and also notes that “there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that new Nonferrous mining activity will be anything other than a net fiscal benefit.”
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Document labeled “Lt. Gov. statement 10/25/13.” Comments relate to a citizen petition to seek an environmental assessment worksheet before the sale of several nonferrous metallic mineral leases, and subsequent action by the Court of Appeals and the Executive Council regarding the sale.
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Post-Executive Council Meeting e-mail from DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr to various DNR staff. E-mail relates talking points, including reaction to the Governor’s call for additional transparency. October 25, 2013.
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Document entitled “Improving the Mineral Lease Sales Process – DNR Recommendations.”
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Document entitled “Talking Points – Request for Approval of 31 State Metallic Mineral Leases.”
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Unidentified map
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E-mail from Kathy Lewis of DNR regarding issues pertaining to the sale of metallic mineral leases, and the issuance of environmental assessment worksheets. October 18, 2013.
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Letter of Abby Andersen to the Minnesota Executive Council, asking the Council to defer its decisions about the sale of mineral leases until the Minnesota Supreme Court takes action on the matter. October 22, 2013.
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Letter from Vern Baker of Duluth Metals (DM) to Governor Mark Dayton. October 25, 2013. Letter relates to changes to the transparency of mineral lease sales.
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Public correspondence regarding mineral lease sales directed to the Executive Council. October, 2013.
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Public correspondence regarding mineral lease sales directed to the Executive Council. October, 2013.
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Letter from Minnesota DNR to Northshore Mining Company regarding “Leasing of State Mineral Rights.” October 10, 2013.
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E-mails between DNR staff and staff of Governor Mark Dayton regarding scheduling for a special meeting of the Minnesota Executive Council. September 23, 2013.
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E-mail notice of special executive council meeting. October 3, 2013.
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Letter of November 20, 2012 from Anne Williamson of Twin Metals to Matt Oberhelmen of DNR.  Letter relates to plans to gather “pre-feasibility” data for mining, as well as hydrogeologic data to determine how groundwater could be protected.  A table of hydrogeologic well locations is attached.
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E-mail of November 1, 2013 from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Betsy Daub of Friends of the Boundary Waters.  Correspondence relates to Twin Metals exploratory drilling plans.
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Letter of May 22, 2013 from Peter Clevenstine of DNR to Anne Williamson of Twin Metals.  Correspondence includes DNR response to Twin Metals plans to drill 31 exploratory well sites.  Correspondence includes notes on avoiding impacts on endangered plants, minimizing the spread of invasive species, and coordinating with Encampment Minerals to ensure that there are no disruptions of their permitted activities.
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Minnesota DNR Mining Unit Book – Sale of Non-Ferrous Metallic Mineral Leases. October 24, 2012.
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DNR e-mail correspondence regarding a request from Sandra Henkels about information regarding the mineral lease on her property that was sold to Encampment Minerals in 2011.  DNR staff discuss data practices matters regarding “standing” data requests.  November 8. 2013.
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Table of hydroggeologic well locations for Twin Metals exploratory project.
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Map of “Twin Metals planned activities.”
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E-mail of August 20, 2013 from Susan Damon of DNR to Kathy Lewis of DNR.  Susan Damon asks Kathy Lewis to tell Twin Metals that federal approval is needed for the company’s exploratory plan, since it involves some federal lands.
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E-mail from Jess Richards of DNR to Kathy Lewis of DNR.  October 29, 2013.  Forwarded e-mail of same date from Betsy Daub of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to Jess Richards of DNR.  E-mail seeks information about potential public comment periods regarding Twin Metals drilling.
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Letter of August 30, 2013 from Debra Filipovich of DNR to Kevin Baker of Twin Metals. Letter is a cover sheet to lease #144-012-0817, allowing Twin Metals to drill observation wells.  Lease and attachments included.
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E-mail of October 30, 2013 from Ben Lagerquist of DNR to Kathy Lewis of DNR.  E-mail contains a list of 19 active well leases on state lands.
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E-mail of October 30, 2013 from Kathy Lewis of DNR to other DNR staff.  E-mail relates questions posed by Betsy Daub of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to DNR staff about whether an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) would be required for six proposed drilling sites related to a Twin Metals project.  The e-mail notes that no EAW would be required for the six sites.  In the message, Ms. Lewis declines to take a position on whether a larger number would trigger an EAW, but notes that the matter would be discussed with DNR environmental staff.
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E-mail of October 31, 2013 from Dennis Martin of DNR to Peter Clevenstine of DNR. E-mail contains a letter from the US Forest Service (USFS) that states that the USFS will require an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Twin Metals request for the drilling of 13 hyrdogeologic well pads on federal land.
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E-mail of October 28, 2013 from Kathy Lewis of DNR to various DNR staff. E-mail is a “cover letter” for a Duluth Metals plan for drilling operations.  Ms. Lewis notes that the drilling will not take place on state lands, but will involve a “wire loop” that will cross state lands leased to Teck-Cominco.
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Letter of September 24, 2013 from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Kevin Boerst of Twin Metals.  Letter states that DNR approves the Twin Metals plan to conduct mineral assessment activities on certain state lands in St. Louis County.
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E-mail of September 24, 2013 from Dennis Martin to other DNR staff regarding instructions to leaseholders to keep samples from bedrock outcroppings until a permit to mine is issued, in order to enable later environmental review, or to allow third parties to contest results if they so choose.
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USDA Forest Service “Standard Stipulations Permit FSM 2820″ issued to Duluth Metals.
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Draft e-mail from Kathy Lewis of DNR regarding an announcement about the 2012 metallic mineral lease sale.  July, 2012.
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Letter of September 24, 2013 from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Anne Williamason of Twin Metals.  Letter notes that DNR has “no comments” as to Twin Metals plans to install monitoring wells on certain public lands  in St. Louis County under federal control.
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E-mail of September 16, 2013 from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Dennis Martin of DNR.  E-mail includes information on certain lands offered for metallic mineral leases.
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“Resource Comments – Twin Metals Auxilary Surface Lease.”
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“Resource Comments – Twin Metals Auxilary Surface Lease.”  Continued.
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Draft of lease number 144-012-0817 between the Sate of Minnesota and Twin Metals for observation well drilling and access road construction.
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E-mail of August 5, 2013 from Deb Filipovich of DNR to various DNR staff.  “Cover letter” to draft of lease number 144-012-0817 between the Sate of Minnesota and Twin Metals.
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Maps of sites leased under lease number 144-012-0817.  List of plant life in affected areas.  List contains redactions made by DNR pursuant to Minn. Stat. 84.0872, which classifies data that would reveal the location of protected animal or plant life as “nonpublic data.”
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Signed regional geological reconnaissance authorization for Twin Metals project.  September 23, 2013.
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Letter of September 19, 2013 from Kevin Boerst of Twin Metals to Matt Oberhelmen of DNR.  Letter provides Twin Metals’ “notice of intent to conduct mineral assessment activities on state lands” in St. Louis County
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DNR e-mail correspondence related to notations in DNR databases about federal land issues.  October 5, 2012.
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E-mail correspondence from Kathy Lewis of DNR to other DNR staff regarding concerns raised by the mayor of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota about certain land parcels being made available in the state metallic mineral lease sale.  The mayor’s concerns relate to the proximity of housing, a highway, and a water intake.  October 2012.
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Letter of July 26, 2013 from Mark Hall of Duluth Metals (DM) to Kathy Lewis of DNR regarding DM’s application for a “negotiated nonferrous mineral lease” for minerals on certain state lands in St. Louis County.   Letter notes the possibility of discovering “additional mineral deposits” in “under explored” areas, and further notes that DM has pending federal permits for prospecting in adjacent areas.
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Letter of December 3, 2013 from Vicki Sellner of DNR to Mark Hall of Duluth Metals regarding a temporary use agreement to lay a wire loop across state lands to conduct a borehole survey on adjacent private lands.
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Letter of July 16, 2013 from Mark Hall of Duluth Metals (DM) to Kathy Lewis of DNR regarding DM’s application for a “negotiated nonferrous mineral lease” for minerals on certain state lands in St. Louis County. 
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E-mail from Kathy Lewis of DNR detailing the mineral bed ownership of six lakes “in, around, and near” the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  October 8, 2012.  The e-mail notes that all six lakes are owned by the state of Minnesota, and (with the exception of Heart Lake) have been offered for nonferrous metallic mineral leasing in the past.
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DNR e-mail correspondence related to updates about land parcels (October 14, 2012) and correspondence related to whether certain lake beds are available for mining leases (various October 2012).
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Copy of Duluth Metals news release of June 13, 2012 regarding the announcement of “significant increases” to its copper-nickel-palladium-platinum-gold reserve. The release states that the company’s project contains “one of the largest base and precious metal deposits” of its type in the world. The release further notes that the company “is optimistic about the potential of many of its projects … the Company’s exploration and development activities may also be affected by a number of risks, including environmental, metallurgical, financing, permitting, approval, legislative, and other government risks.”
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DNR e-mail correspondence relating to conversations with Betsy Daub of Friends of the Boundary Water about a public review process for metallic mineral leases, as well as endangered species and data availability regarding the same.  October 14, 17 and 18, 2012.
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List of metallic mineral lease sales by acres offered and leased from 1966 to 2012.
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Letter from Jess Richards of DNR to Ron Brodigan.  January 30, 2013. Letter answers questions posed about whether certain land parcels are included within state metallic mineral leases.
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DNR e-mail correspondence regarding general facts about state mineral leasing, as well as taxes related to minerals.  January 17, 2013.
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DNR e-mail correspondence regarding general facts about state mineral leasing, as well as taxes related to minerals.  January 15, 2013.
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Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Council of the State of Minnesota.  December 6, 2012.  Hand-written note states “revised.”
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Miscellaneous DNR e-mail correspondence, including a response from Kathy Lewis of DNR to Janelle Taylor regarding DNR’s decision on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for metallic minerals leases (January 13, 2013) and internal DNR correspondence about payments for lease applications.
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DNR e-mail correspondence of December 12, 2012 related to motions made at the December 12, 2012 Executive Council meeting, the text of which was requested by the office of Governor Mark Dayton.
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Various DNR e-mails, including a message from Commissioner Tom Landweher to DNR staff thanking them for their work leading up to the December 6, 2012 Executive Council meeting (December 7, 2012).  In the e-mail, Commissioner Landweher notes that the meeting “surely didn’t go the way I’d have liked.”  Other correspondence relates to setting up a meeting between environmental groups and Governor Dayton about “improving public participation in the mineral lease sale process.”
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E-mail between Kathy Lewis and Susan Damon of DNR regarding the refund of certain payments made in relation to bids on state metallic mineral leases.  The e-mail contains letters to Duluth Metals, Encampment Minerals, and MMG USA Explorer LLC noting that the Executive Council deferred action on issuing the leases until after the Minnesota Court of Appeals rules on whether Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) are required in conjunction with the lease sales.
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Agenda of the Minnesota Executive Council, December 6, 2012.  Includes hand-written notes.
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List of metallic mineral lease sales by acres offered and leased from 1966 to 2012.
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E-mail correspondence between Kathy Lewis of DNR and Bill Sheehan of Western Land Service regarding DNR’s “Record of Decision on the petition for an EAW for the state metallic mineral lease sale.”  November 28, 2012.
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DNR e-mail correspondence regarding a draft letter to be sent to landowners affected by state mineral rights leases.  October 26, 2012.
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DNR e-mail correspondence related to DNR review of companies bidding on metallic mineral leases, including whether the companies are authorized to do business in Minnesota, and reference checks regarding their operations in other states.
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Letter of October 9, 2012 from DNR Commissioner Tom Landweher to Phillip Bergh of Minneapolis.  Letter responds to Mr. Bergh’s concerns over mineral mining in Minnesota.
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