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State sells Lake Superior land for $1.2 million

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A chunk of state-owned land on the shores of Lake Superior has been sold for about $1 million and will benefit public schools.

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The 65-acre property includes nearly 1,700 feet of lakeshore near Silver Bay. It was sold to two individuals during a public auction Wednesday. State lawmakers last year approved the sale of lake land to boost funding for schools. The sale had previously been prohibited unless approved by the legislators.

Minnesota Public Radio News says not everyone is happy about the sale of the prime property, including the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. Executive director Brett Feldman calls the sale disappointing.

Advocates had hoped a state trail would be built on the land. But, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it prefers a connection to the nearby Gitchi-Gami trail be built further inland.

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