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Dann Siems, an aquatic biologist with the Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District, is slated to testify Monday before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Sen. Mary Olson's bill to restructure the state's environmental agencies. Here, he testifies earlier this year before the panel on protecting the state's lakes and rivers. Minnesota Senate Photo

Olson bill combines three state agencies that deal with natural resources and the environment

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Three state agencies that deal with natural resources and the environment would be shuttered under a bill authored by Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji.

The state Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources -- as well as other offices and boards overseeing state conservation services -- would be merged into a single state agency that could be overseen by a citizens' board.

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