The Minnesota House this week passed the omnibus bill 976, which includes language authorizing the restoration or recreation of “Hall’s Island or such similar island.” The article goes on to read, in part:
The commissioner of natural resources shall grant any authorizations, permits for permissions necessary to effectuate the project, provided that the project is consistent with all other standards and guidelines in Minnesota Rules, chapter 6115. If the project is not constructed within six years of the effective date of this act, the authority provided is this section to reconstruct Hall’s Island expires. The recreation and restoration shall be coordinated with future efforts to restore the habitat along the Mississippi River. Once recreated and restored, Hall’s Island shall remain in public ownership in perpetuity and shall be maintained as a natural habitat island for birds and other wildlife. Public access and recreational activities shall be limited to a walking trail to protect the island’s wildlife and habitat.