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WALKER - Cass County has submitted a proposal to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to update the county's Solid Waste Management Plan for the next 10 years. The plan will be available to view on the county website at www.co.cass.mn.us . Anyone may comment on the plan to MPCA before Sept. 18. Based on information from the state demographer's office, the plan assumes Cass County's population will rise .474 percent per year from a base year in 2012 when there were 28,350 people in the county to 29,865 people in 2023. Cass collected 21,823 tons of municipal solid waste in 2012.
Foreclosures dropped significantly in the second quarter this year, according to the assessor's office. In the second quarter, there were 40 foreclosures in 2011, 26 in 2012, 20 in 2013, but only 10 this year. Of those, three were homesteads; five were cabins; and one each was agricultural or commercial. Four were worth under $100,000.
LONGVILLE - Cass County commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to hire an archeologist to study the County State Aid Highway (CSHA) 77 area before road reconstruction there. Florin Cultural Resource Services will conduct the study at a cost up to $96,964.
LONGVILLE - Cass County Economic Development Director Gail Leverson presented a report to the county board Tuesday on market trends. Three-fourths of the county's residents live in townships surrounding the county's 14 cities. Between 2000 and 2010, population rose in the townships, but decreased in the cities. Over half of the county's population is over age 45, compared with 40 percent statewide.
WALKER - Cass County will hold the annual public auction of excess county property at 10 a.m. Sept.
WALKER - Environmental Services Director John Ringle reported Tuesday the department spent $20,443 of the $22,680 land associations contributed this year to inspect boats for aquatic invasive species (AIS) and educate people about preventing AIS spread.. The board approved a budget Tuesday for the $222,000 the Legislature authorized for Cass to fight AIS. The budget calls for spending $27,000 to contract with more trained inspectors at $14 per hour, $22,500 for enforcement, $32,000 to buy four decontamination units, $20,000 for educational efforts, $50,000 for lake association specific proje
WALKER - Roads and sewage brought several Cass County residents to the county board meeting Tuesday. Terry Nagorski contacted Administrator Robert Yochum June 30 to express concerns he and his neighbors in Trelipe Township have about sewage pumped from septic systems being spread on vacant land near their homes. Since then, Yochum and Commissioner Jeff Peterson have met with the concerned neighbors at a Trelipe Town Board meeting.
WALKER — Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson informed the Cass County Board Tuesday she will add a voter registration and in person absentee voting site at Leech Lake Tribal Headquarters in Cass Lake in time for Nov. 4 state and federal elections. This is in response to a request from Tribal Chair Carri Jones and the tribal council. Anderson said Leech Lake Reservation will pay all labor costs.
WALKER — Veterans of all ages will be able to participate in a new sharing group beginning with a 2 to 3:30 p.m. discussion session on Aug. 13 at Ringle Library room in Walker Area Community Center. Jeff Woodford, Cass veterans services officer, said Shari Kosobuski from the Vet Center at Duluth will lead the discussion. Anyone having questions may contact her at 612-360-1432 or call the Vet Center at 722-8654. The purpose of the group is to share and provide information through supporting, encouraging and listening.
WALKER — Cass County will receive $1,296,408.08 state payment in lieu of taxes this year, up from $1,047,186.46 in 2013. It is designed to replace, at least in part, money the county would have received if the timberlands the state owns had been in private ownership and paying property taxes. That will be distributed as $162,549.64 to natural resources development fund, $119,601.15 to townships having state land and $1,014,257.29 to the county general fund. Cass also will receive $146,611.50 from the state for lands the state owns for wildlife management.