LONGVILLE - Minnesota State Demographer's Office thinks Cass County's population rose between 2010 and 2014 by a net gain of only three people. The demographer's office shows the 2014 estimated population at 28,570. The report shows a slight overall decline in population in four of the county's five commissioner districts, with only the southern most district showing a 133-person increase to offset declines elsewhere. Sylvan Township gained 106 people. The city of Lake Shore gained 29 people and Fairview Township, seven. Pillager lost two people.
LONGVILLE - Cass County will receive $547,616 federal payment in lieu of taxes this year, down slightly from the $591,996 payment in 2014, but higher than payments in 2013 and 2012. The county will retain $383,332 of that and pay $164,284 of the PILT to townships lying within the Chippewa National Forest. Those townships are north of a line running east and west across the county about three miles south of Leech Lake.
LONGVILLE - Cass County's investment in new, high-priced communications equipment in the last two years, coupled with emergency service training paid off during the July 12 Brainerd area storm event, Sheriff Tom Burch told the county board Tuesday night. The commissioners were holding their regular second meeting of the month Tuesday at Longville Fire Department. Pillager radio tower went out of service for a while, but other towers picked up the calls that would have gone through that tower, Burch said.
WALKER - Cass County Engineer David Enblom obtained county board approval Tuesday to install a chain link fence on three sides of property the county owns adjacent to the Pine River Post Office. Enblom proposes to build a new county garage on that site next year. He told the board the fencing will discourage theft and vandalism during the construction stage. Long-term, it will secure the county garage once it is built, he said.
WALKER - Only one 80-acre parcel and a Cass Lake city lot sold at Cass County's land sale out of 23 properties offered at a June 27 auction. Land Commissioner Joshua Stevenson told the county board Tuesday two people have expressed interest in two of the unsold properties.
WALKER - Reno Wells, Health, Human and Veterans Services director, obtained Cass County Board approval Tuesday to hire one additional case aide and one additional child protection social worker. WALKER - Reno Wells, Health, Human and Veterans Services director, obtained Cass County Board approval Tuesday to hire one additional case aide and one additional child protection social worker. This comes in response to new state legislation requiring counties to provide more services to ensure children are safe in their own homes or are removed to a safe environment if their home is not safe. This comes in response to new state legislation requiring counties to provide more services to ensure children are safe in their own homes or are removed to a safe environment if their home is not safe. Wells said Cass already is seeing a rise in child out-of-home placement costs this year as more children remain in placement longer and, because the state's requirements now emphasize lookin
WALKER — There are 27 contract inspectors checking boats on public landings for aquatic invasive species on boats at 37 lakes in the county this summer, Rima Smith-Keprios informed the Cass County Board Tuesday. She was hired this spring in the Environmental Services Department to oversee the county's AIS program and as a permit intake clerk.
BACKUS — Cass County department heads reported Friday at the county's annual planning meeting on trends this year and issues they see coming in 2016. County commissioners and citizen budget committee members asked questions.
PINE RIVER - Rising Cass County inmate population has forced the county to begin holding inmates in a fourth county. Sheriff Tom Burch informed the county board Tuesday he began boarding inmates in Mille Lacs County in May. That jail is 150 miles from the Cass County seat in Walker, Administrator Robert Yochum noted. --- During the first six months this year, Cass County averaged 79 inmates per day, with a peak hitting 89 one day. ---
PINE RIVER — Miles Kuschel, Ansel Town Board chair, updated Cass County commissioners during a county board meeting Tuesday in that township about all terrain and off highway vehicle use in the Foothills State Forest recreation area there. Off road use is significant, Kuschel said. Historically, Minnesota DNR designated Spider Lake in Foothills State Forest as the state's first ATV and OHV trail system. It drew more use than the land could sustain at the time. Camping areas were trashed. Trails were destroyed by rutting and washouts.