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If approved by Fern Townshiup and Hubbard County, this spot could be an add-on to Itasca State Park. The Trust for Public Lands is considering purchasing nearly 1,000 acres that would be donated to the state, either the Department of Natural Resources or Itasca, for management.

LaSalle Lake proposal could cost taxpayers

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A hearing next week in a tiny township hall could turn into a major referendum on whether poor rural counties and a state $6 billion in debt can afford the cost of preserving its natural resources.

Hubbard County and Fern Township officials are being asked to ponder how much it will cost taxpayers to set aside nearly 1,000 acres of forest, water and a resort on LaSalle Lake in the northwest tip of the county.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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