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Board approves funding for trail study

A Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail corridor study for motorized and non-motorized trails received Crow Wing County support Tuesday. 

Commissioners approved a Region Five Development Commission funding request of $5,000 to identify and evaluate alternative routes for multi-use trails. 

The county reported on Feb. 4 that a review committee with representatives from Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties, Region Five Development Commission, Minneosta Department of Transportation and Camp Ripley reviewed five proposals and unanimously recommended Bolton & Menk Inc. to perform the trail study. The Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail civic group, as of Feb. 14, raised money and pledges of $22,150 for the study, which is expected to cost $48,064.

In other business, the board:

Set the county’s Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 9 a.m. June 11. The county previously debated whether to host a Saturday session. Last year, about 10 people attended. Gary Griffin, land services supervisor for the property valuation and classification department, said with the current economy and changes he expects a larger turnout this year. 

Authorized a March 22 public hearing to apply for Parks and Trails Legacy Grant. 

The Public Land Management Office intends to submit a grant application to the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program of the DNR to seek funding for phases two through four of the Milford Mine Memorial Park master plan. Forty-one miners died at the Milford Mine site in a 1924 disaster. The county’s project goals are to create a park at the site to serve as a memorial to the miners along with a place “for visitors to experience the natural beauty of the site through passive recreational opportunities.” 

The park was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Approved a request for a speed study on Gull River Road. 

Identified bridges considered high priority and eligible for state bridge bonding or town bridge account funding. The county, with the appropriate cities and townships, noted plans to replace, rehabilitate or remove listed bridges as funding is available. The county is required by the state to identify bridges eligible to receive the funding and those considered a priority to replace, rehabilitate or remove within the next five years if funds become available. 

Approved a project to improve/enhance existing traffic signals at two sites. The state proposed moving forward with two intersections along Highway 371 in Crow Wing County. One is the intersection at Pine Beach Road (County Highway 77) and Wise Road (County Highway 49) including the city of Baxter. The other one is County Highway 77 and County Highway 13 including the city of Nisswa. 

The state proposed new highway lighting at Highway 371 at Design Drive and at Clearwater Road in Baxter. 

Heard social service child placement statistics for December 2010 with 144 children in placement with 53 of those children in local foster care, 28 with a relative foster care, 21 in professional foster care, 12 in group homes or residential treatment, nine in shelters and 21 in corrections. 

Beth Wilms, community services director, said the out of home child placement numbers included 10 fewer children in January compared to December.

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at or 855-5852.