Athletic trainers will have to get licenses under a new Minnesota law.

Athletic trainers will need a license, a northern Minnesota economic development fund is being tweaked and some wrongfully incarcerated people are getting compensation as new laws go into effect on July 1.


Want to train athletes? Well, we're going to need to see a license. Starting July 1, athletic trainers will switch from a registration system to a license system. Current trainers will be able to switch at their next renewal time. Trainers will now be required to complete a background check to get a license. 

The law also, for reasons unclear, changes how supervised hours are counted for people trying to become licensed psychologists. Aspiring psychologists will now need to complete 100 supervised training hours, in addition to doing two hours per week. 

Money given to wrongfully incarcerated

The state Legislature approved $261,293 worth of payments for claims against the state. The year, the lion's share is being allocated for men who whose felony sentences were exonerated. 

  • Ronnie Patterson, who spent 679 days in prison and 131 days on supervised release, will receive $131,636.
  • Hollis Larson, who spent 432 days in prison in 93 days on supervised release, will be paid $82,500. 
  • Sammy Jackson, who served 104 days in prison, will be paid $20,466. 

A former Stillwater prison inmate who lost three fingers while working at the facility will be paid $10,209. An additional $4,195 is being allocated to cover five claims against the Department of Corrections of people injured while incarcerated or performing community service. 

A $12,000 claim against the Minnesota Revenue Department is also part of the law, and will cover taxes improperly paid to the state for a transaction in South Dakota. 

Changes to budget office

The 2018 capital investment law will make small changes to the Legislative Budget Office, which was established in 2017. The office will now longer be under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. The legislative budget office director will be considered a public official. 

The law also establishes a Legislative Budget Office Oversight Commission. 

Changes made to Taconite Economic Development Fund

Changes are coming to Minnesota's Taconite Economic Development Fund, which provides money for mining company projects. 

According to Minnesota Legislature Public Information Services, the law will allow funds to be released from the Taconite Economic Development Fund before the next Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board meeting and redirects unused matching funds to the Taconite Environmental Protection Fund.

It will redirect left over development fund money to the environmental fund, restricts spending from the Douglas J. Johnson Economic Protection Trust Fund and changes the way other fund money is allocated.