The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Roseau River Watershed District are proposing to purchase farmland and water easements south of the Roseau Lake Basin for wildlife habitat. A coalition of landowners is voicing its opposition to this project. Mitch Magnusson farms this ground and wants to pass the land onto the next generation. “It is really, really good land. It does pose the risk of flooding, but when you get the crop, they are very nice crops.” The local landowners are working with the Virginia-based Institute for Justice, which is an advocacy group that is opposed to the use of eminent domain. “We feel the only way they acquire it is by eminent domain because we know we’re not selling the land or the easements.”
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