abc
QUICK LINKS:

Financial Incentives Bringing Films to Northeastern Minn.

Updated: 06/03/2014 11:04 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 10:10 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Financial incentives designed to lure filmmakers to Minnesota appear to be doing the trick - and that can mean big dollars for local economies.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports five feature films have qualified for funding since Minnesota reinstated the "snowbate" program last August, which provides rebates to film companies.

Two films are currently shooting in northeastern Minnesota, including "Heart of Wilderness." The other film, "After the Reality," started last week on Crane Lake near the Canadian border.

At least five more films are scheduled to begin in northeastern Minnesota later this year. A few are also scheduled for the Twin Cities.

Riki McManus is director of the Upper Minnesota Film Office. She says when movie productions come in, they typically spend half their budget on location.

Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • Early Morning Fire Sparks in Superior Building

    Our crew arrived on the scene of a fire inside Swanstrom Tools in Superior Wednesday morning. An Eyewitness News photographer caught the footage just before 4 a.m. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

  • Gogebic Taconite Delays Formal Request for Mine

    Gogebic Taconite says its application to develop an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin will be pushed back until at least the fall of next year.

  • Former Minnesota Man Killed in Syria Fighting for ISIS

    A Minnesota high school graduate was killed in Syria over the weekend, according to family members. Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was among several ISIS militants the Free Syrian Army claimed on Twitter had been killed over the weekend in fighting for the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. 

  • Public Comments on Soo Line Ore Dock's Future

    About a month ago, Ashland acquired the Soo Line Ore dock back from the Canadian National Railroad company. On Tuesday, the dock finally opened. They had a "Docks n' Brats" celebration as a way to gain community input for the future of the site.

  • Minntac in Mt. Iron Waiting for Permits

    Senator Al Franken took a tour of the Northland's largest mine on Tuesday. He also pledged to call about a permitting issue that he's weighed in on before. His challenger, Republican Mike McFadden, also weighed in permitting.

 
Advertisement