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Counties start to rebel -- Conservation land turns controversial

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It used to be a cakewalk for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to get county board permission to buy up tracts of land for conservation purposes.

Not anymore.

In Mahnomen County, the Fish & Wildlife Service had to appeal to a state board after the Mahnomen County Board rejected a plan to turn 76 acres of private land into wetlands.

And Becker County may be headed in the same direction.

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