HACKENSACK - Boat inspections and public education Cass County and its residents have used to fight the spread of aquatic invasive species appears to be the right approach. Association of Cass County Lakes members convened their fall meeting Friday morning at the Hackensack Senior Center to share information about what each member lake association has been doing this summer to prevent AIS spread. Minnesota Sen. Tom Saxhaug and Rep. Tom Anzelc also attended to learn about how the county used its state AIS grant.
EAST GULL LAKE - Cass County commissioners took the first steps Tuesday toward purchasing new election voting equipment. The board authorized Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson to seek requests for proposal to for new voting machines. Anderson told the board the county's existing voting machines still tabulate votes correctly, but during the 2014 election, some of those machines were unable to transfer results electronically to the vote counting center at the courthouse in Walker. This delayed election results collection, Anderson said. The machines have two batteries. One can be replaced.
EAST GULL LAKE - Cass County Board voted to accept the county insurance committee recommendation Tuesday to continue the county's self-insured health insurance plan at no cost increase for 2016 to either employees or the county. The commissioners also gave final authorization to use Arthur J. Gallagher and Company as a consultant for the county's cafeteria plan through 2016. They voted to accept a bid to renew employee life insurance from Minnesota Life through 2018.
EAST GULL LAKE - Kerry Swenson, Cass County emergency services director, reported to the county board Tuesday Cass local government costs from the July 12 straight-line windstorm has now reached $1.6 million. The county, cities of Lake Shore and East Gull Lake and towns of Fairview, Sylvan and May are receiving 75 percent reimbursements from the state disaster fund.
EAST GULL LAKE - Kathy Gaalswyk, Initiative Foundation director, and William Palmer, Cass County Economic Development Corporation board chair, updated Cass County commissioners Tuesday on how their agencies have helped economic development here. The Initiative Foundation focuses on improving the economy, the community and philanthropy, Gaalswyk said. The foundation helps businesses find gap financing lenders and grants, helps with technical assistance, helps economic development organization and encourages regional initiatives, she said. The foundation recently began an initiators fellowshi
WALKER - Cass County Board set a 2016 preliminary levy dollar amount Tuesday at 6.55 percent more than the 2015 budget, but this would cause only a 5.12 increase in the county's tax rate. The county is levying $19,585,613 in 2015. The 2016 preliminary levy the board set is $21,014,633. That would raise the county's tax rate from 30.567 percent to 32.132 percent next year. Cass has the lowest tax rate among all neighboring counties.
WALKER - The number of homes selling in Cass County has picked up this year. Through July, there were 309 arms-length real estate sales in the county in 2014 and 381 this year. The number of foreclosed properties continued to stay lower in the second quarter this year. There were 10 foreclosures in the second quarter in 2014 and in 2015. Of those this year, four were homesteads, five were seasonal recreational and one was commercial.
WALKER - The federal government has approved a grant that will enable Lake Country Nordic Ski Club in Cass County to purchase two snowmobiles, three groomers and two trailers to help the club groom the trails in the county. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approval is still pending. The federal funds will be channeled to Cass County through the DNR. The grant will pay $30,916.74 toward the purchases.
WALKER — Wanda Reed, financial assistance supervisor, explained Tuesday the current process to determine whether people qualify for long-term care financial support. Currently two county employees oversee long-term care cases for 260 people who are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or receiving supportive care in their own home with county financial help. As long as a person remains in their own home, they can receive financial help for care services and still retain ownership of their home and one car and their personal belongings, Reed said.
WALKER - Cass County, East Gull Lake and Fairview Township have spent $800,000 to cleanup road areas from the July 12 storm and will spend another $100,000 to shred another 50,000 cubic yards of public road tree debris. County Engineer David Enblom told the county board Tuesday he expects the final total to exceed $1 million. The county board approved keeping open the two county tree debris collection sites until Nov. 1, so private property owners can continue to bring tree debris there for shredding through the fall even though road debris shredding will be completed by next week.