Price tag is growing on DNR's legal conflict with bear researcher

  • by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Late Thursday afternoon, when Chief Administrative Judge Tammy Pust concluded a nearly two-week-long hearing in St. Paul by reiterating that her court’s job was to resolve differences between opposing parties, she wasn’t just whistling Dixie. Not about the “opposing parties” part. Especially not in the matter just ending: an expensive slugfest featuring, in one corner, the Department of Natural Resources and all the legal firepower it could muster from the attorney general’s office, while perched in the other corner, with his own battery of solicitors, was Lynn Rogers, bear researcher and, it should be said, longtime thorn in the DNR’s side.

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