WALKER—Lower oil prices this year means Cass County's major state aid road paving package will run $1 million less than it would have cost last year.
PINE RIVER — Cass County's Farm Family of the Year is the Kuschel family. They own and operate Rocking K Ranch, southwest of Pine River. Susan Wake represented the University of Minnesota Extension Cass County Committee in presenting the award to the Kuschels Tuesday night at the Cass County Board meeting in the Ansel Town Hall. When Morris Kuschel sent money home to his wife while he served in World War II, he instructed her to buy food or land. Stella planted a garden and began buying land.
PINE RIVER—Zoning permit activity is nearly flat so far this year compared with 2015, Environmental Services Director John Ringle informed the county board Tuesday. Land use zoning permits for new building construction and new sewer systems is up slightly, but applications for variances and shoreland alterations are down some. There were no new minor subdivisions or plats the first quarter this year and only one plat last year.
PINE RIVER—Cass County Engineer David Enblom obtained county board approval Tuesday to begin right-of-way acquisition for the repaving project planned for County State Aid Highway 77 through Lake Shore in 2017. In conjunction with the county road project, the city of Lake Shore plans to develop a walking/biking trail adjacent to the road. Commissioner Neal Gaalswyk expressed concern about the possibility that eminent domain proceedings might be used if any landowner opposes right of way acquisition. He said he does
PINE RIVER—Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson updated the county board Tuesday on some of the changes being made to the county capital improvement plan. There will be a public hearing on the plan at 9 a.m. during the June 9 regular board meeting at the courthouse in Walker.
WALKER—Cass County commissioners selected Heidi Tumberg to succeed Melanie Wolfe as director of business management at Health, Human and Veterans Services, effective July 5. Tumberg currently is finance director for the city of Excelsior. She has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
WALKER—Cass County Board named Kirk Titus to succeed Joshua Stevenson as Cass County land commissioner, effective May 9. Titus has been Crow Wing County land services supervisor/natural resources manager since 2009. His wife, Julie, teaches at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd. They have two grown sons.
WALKER—Cass County will hold one-day household hazardous and electronic waste collection sites throughout the county again this summer. The locations and dates are: • Walker—1 to 4 p.m., June 14, county highway garage, • Remer—7 a.m. to noon, June 18, city shop, • Lake Shore—noon to 4 p.m., June 23, city hall, • Longville—11 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 21, Slagel's transfer station, • Remer—10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 11, hardware store, • Outing—1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 11, county highway garage,
WALKER—Cass County's total assessed value has trended upward in the last year, but only by 0.53 percent, Assessor Mark Peterson informed the county board Tuesday. The county's total 2016 value is $6,179,527,800. That includes $51,806,500 in new construction. This year's values will be used to calculate 2017 property taxes. If the county did not increase its levy rate in 2017, the higher values and new construction would generate $265,000 more revenue than the 2016 values did, Administrator Robert Yochum reported.
WALKER—Doug Andresen came to the Cass County Board Tuesday to inquire on behalf of the Lake Winnie Area Resort Association about steps that organization would have to take to implement a 3 percent lodging tax for resorts on Lake Winnibigoshish to use to advertise their resorts. He said 11 resorts in Cass and four in Itasca County would be involved. The county board was unreceptive to the idea of collecting the tax for the resorts. Cass recently enacted its own transportation sales tax, which the state collects in behalf of the county.