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Lost access? Sale of lake property raises concerns

The proposed sale of Crow Wing County fee-owned land on Lower Whitefish Lake spurred concern by nearby property owners. 

Tuesday, Crow Wing County commissioners will consider a staff recommendation to sell the small tract of land, .06 acres, on Butternut Point to the highest bidder. A minimum sale of $92,000 is suggested.

According to the county’s agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting, the proposed sale would request sealed bids from adjoining property owners. 

The county reports historical use of the property is limited and the county has not managed or maintained the land as a public water access. According to county records, the property was deeded back to the county in 1930 by private individuals for “road purposes only.”

The county reported comments were received from 14 residents regarding the proposed sale, with six in favor and eight opposed. 

In an e-mail, one of the property owners concerned about the sale said the property represents the only beach area available to people on Butternut Point Road, which is used by children and dog owners and anglers, as well as snowmobilers and cross-country skiers since other areas of the point are privately owned. The property owner said they have used the access since the 1950s and would like to see it continue to be open to the public.

The county reported proceeds from the sale would be deposited into the general revenue fund. The item is on the agenda for the Crow Wing County Board meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the historic court house on Laurel Street in Brainerd. 

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at or 855-5852.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.