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Local briefs- Oct. 18

Group opposed to school levy to meet

People Against New School Taxation Policies, a group opposed to the Nov. 8 Brainerd School District levy questions, will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Public Library.

Organizer Marv Begin of rural Fort Ripley said the group will discuss the upcoming levy.

Coffee and rolls Friday

Three area agencies have joined together to offer coffee and rolls from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center in south Brainerd. Representatives from Essentia Health, Crisis Line and Northern Pines Mental Health Center will attend the event, which is part of the Poverty Bound week activities in the Brainerd area.

Haunted Trail at arb

The Northland Arboretum will host its eighth annual Haunted Trail from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Northland Arboretum.

Tickets are $4 per person and are available at the door; young children should be accompanied by an adult. Non-perishable food items are being collected both nights to be donated to the local food shelf.

The Haunted Trail leads visitors through the dark woods on the winding trails of the arboretum. No flashlights are allowed. At the end of the trail visitors are invited to enjoy a bonfire and hot cider.

The Northland Arboretum is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, promote and celebrate the natural environment. For more information about the Haunted Trail contact the arb at 829-8770.

Committee to meet

The Brainerd Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at Brainerd City Hall.

Seminar on property tax relief programs for landowners slated

Crow Wing County Land Services Department is hosting an information session on property tax reduction programs for property owners  9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at Crosby City Hall.

The session will provide information on the Green Acres Program, Rural Preserve Program, 2c Managed Forest Program and the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act Program. 

Participants will receive information regarding the benefits and requirements of the different programs to assist landowners in their decisions of whether to participate in these programs.   

The Rural Preserves Program — this program allows eligible non-productive land that is part of an agricultural homestead or that was “grandfathered” into the Green Acres program to be taxed at a value less than its full estimated market value. Other requirements also apply. 

Changes to the Green Acres Law in 2008 created a new land classification called rural vacant land and removed these lands from the Green Acres program. In 2009, the legislature modified the program again by “grandfathering” previously enrolled rural vacant land into the program until 2013.  

The changes also created the Rural Preserve Program. Lands in the Rural Preserve Program are valued based on a percentage of the average valuation of tillable land in the county. When property is withdrawn from the program or is no longer eligible, the landowner must pay any deferred taxes for the current year and the two previous years, plus any deferred special assessments.

Griffin, Land Services supervisor for Property Valuation and Classification, will present information on the programs. For more information, call the Crow Wing County Property Valuation and Classification office at 824-1010 or email them at assessor@co.crow-wing.

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.