■ Rukavina expected to join Nolan’s staff
Former state Rep. Tom Rukavina, a longtime Iron Range legislator, is expected to join the staff of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune. The newspaper reported that the ex-lawmaker would be a legislative liaison and that details on his position would be released later this week.
■ Ward to serve on
tourism, education panels
Assistant Majority Leader Rep. John Ward, DFL – Baxter, was recently reappointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council and appointed to the Permanent School Fund Advisory Committee.
Explore Minnesota Tourism works with the tourism industry to increase awareness of the economic contributions of the tourism industry. The Explore Minnesota Tourism Council is focused on areas critical to the development and growth of Minnesota tourism. Program development and public policy issues at both the state and federal level are also addressed.
“Tourism impacts so many Minnesotans, especially in our area, so I’m very pleased to have been reappointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council,” Ward said. “By investing in tourism marketing, we can make Minnesota a priority destination, help our tourism industry create jobs, and generate new tax dollars.”
Ward applauded Gov. Mark Dayton’s funding for Explore Minnesota Tourism of approximately $16 million for each of the next two fiscal years. He will be the chief author of legislation to appropriate this funding.
The Permanent School Fund (PSF) consists of the accumulated revenues generated from the land originally granted to the state for education purposes. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for managing the school trust land, which currently totals about 2.5 million acres, plus an additional 1 million acres of severed mineral rights.
The Minnesota Legislature established the Permanent School Fund Advisory Committee (PSFAC) to review DNR land management policies, advise DNR on the management of trust land, and recommend necessary changes in statute, policy, and implementation in order to insure provident utilization of the permanent school fund lands.
■ School facilities committee
to meet Thursday
The Brainerd School Board Facilities Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the board room at Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd.
Agenda items include discussing two projects.
■ Crosslake to host special council meeting, consider vacant planning position
CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake City Council is meeting in a special session at 9 a.m. Thursday at city hall.
The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss appointment of a city attorney, to discuss the option of advertising for the vacant planner/zoning coordinator position and to continue discussion of 2013 goals and objectives.