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Crow Wing County plans to cut 1,425 acres of timber

Crow Wing County approved a plan to cut 1,425 acres of timber this year.

Plans are to cut 400 acres of Aspen, 95 acres of birch, 500 acres of oak, 140 acres of northern hardwoods, 10 acres of jack pine, 200 acres of red pine, 30 acres of ash and other species and 50 acres of tamarack and black spruce.

Kirk Titus, land services supervisor in public land management, said cutting 400 acres of aspen each year for the next decade or more should deplete the mature aspen trees.

In other business, the county board:

Agreed to detours on county highways during construction on Highway 210 north of Deerwood. The agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation means county highways 28 and 12 will be used for detours and the county will be paid $1,318 for county road use. The detour distance is 3.67 miles. The state is planning a culvert replacement on and next to Highway 210 about .36 miles north of Deerwood.

A second detour of 14.6 miles is planned on county highways 2 and 45 and the Thiesse Road during culvert replacement construction on and along Highway 25. The county will be compensated with $1,992 for the use of the roads. The state’s construction work is planned about 2.29 miles north of Highway 2.

Was encouraged by Commissioner Paul Thiede to attend an April 2 Mississippi Headwaters Board meeting in Walker with the DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr as the guest speaker.

Noted personnel changes with the hiring of Trevor Kruse, as a technical support intern. Brian Gust, senior commercial/industrial property assessor, left the county earlier this month and the board authorized hiring a replacement.

Approved a 3.2 percent malt liquor license for Grandpa’s General Store in Center Township.

Met in closed session for labor negotiations with the patrol sergeants.

Met in closed session for performance reviews for Tim Bray, county highway engineer, and Jay Sikkink, information technology director. The county reports it will be making information available on the performance reviews once all are completed.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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