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Dave Zentner of Duluth, right, and other conservation leaders say they want Minnesota lawmakers to accept natural resources spending plans funded through a voter-approved sales tax increase. Zentner, of the Izaak Walton League, was joined by Steve Morse of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership at a recent St. Paul news conference. Lawmakers also are considering a plan funding natural resources projects with state lottery proceeds.

Outdoors spending plans taking shape

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ST. PAUL -- An influx of dedicated state tax revenue leads outdoors enthusiasts to believe a logjam of Minnesota natural resources projects will begin to free up this year.

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State lawmakers are completing work on two outdoors spending packages that would pump tens of millions of dollars into conservation projects around the state.

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