The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer for sale more than 20 parcels of state lands at two public auctions to be held July 23-24. A third auction date has been scheduled on July 30 to offer any remaining parcels that did not sell at the initial two auctions.
The majority of the parcels are school trust lands, some of which are lakeshore lots. Also included in the auction is the former St. Croix Boy’s Camp with 3,000 feet of river frontage along the Tamarack River in Pine County.
Kent Louwagie of Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineering firm, told the Eden Valley City Council at its June 5 meeting that there is no bid date yet for planned road and water/sewer work on Highway 22. He explained that everything is ready to go, pending MnDOT approval of the project; they’ve had the paperwork since the first week of March but have not yet given the go-ahead. Once they receive MnDOT approval, the request for bids must be published three consecutive weeks, then they can open bids. It could take a week or so, Louwagie says, to execute a contract. He fully expects the project to begin yet this summer, and sees no obstaclesonce approval is received from MnDOT.
Patty Carlson of First Fuel Banks came with Jonathan Morales, the YES! program coordinator, to answer questions about a proposed oil recycling depository for the city. As part of the high school’s Carbon Cutting group, it is proposed to have an oil deposit container at the city maintenance building. The students would monitor the site, and First Fuel Banks would be responsible for emptying it and performing any clean-up needed. Carlson explained that there is no cost to the city for this, and that the proposed above-ground system is more cost-effective now than the below ground system in Kimball, for instance.
At its June 4 meeting, the Kimball City Council agreed to proceed with part 2 of the Wellhead Protection Plan. The program is to protect the quality of drinking water in the city of Kimball.
Building inspector Scott Qualle asked the council for reasons why his firm is being replaced at the end of their contract; the council had no definitive answers for him except that they were “going in a different direction.”
Roger Stewart’s bid of $825 for the old police squad car was accepted; it was the only bid received.
At its June 4 meeting, the South Haven City Council received a grant from CenterPoint Energy for $2,500 for the fire department for equipment: SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) air bottles and GPS units.
Plans for South Haven Days are under way. There will be a street dance, and a band will play at the municipal liquor store. The Saturday 11 a.m. parade and other events will be scheduled as in previous years. The dates are July 26 and 27.
Terri Heinecke of CenterPoint Energy presented a check for $2,500 to the City of South Haven for purchase of equipment for the fire department. This is part of CenterPoint Energy’s million-dollar Community Partnership Grant program. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Stearns County will be selling approximately 400 prime pieces of property at its tax-forfeited property auction next month.
The auction is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 County Road 138 in Waite Park, about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow interested buyers an opportunity to look at property maps, obtain information and get their questions answered.