PINE RIVER - Sheriff Tom Burch obtained Cass County Board approval Tuesday to accept a $9,106.06 donation from the Lakes Area Dive Team to purchase a motor for the new dive team boat being built for their use this spring. The specially designed boat was funded by donations from the Nielsen Foundation, Hubbard and Beltrami Counties and with a federal boating supplement grant, Burch said, adding no Cass levy dollars were spent on it. Cass will own the boat and motor. The dive team has about 25 members, two of whom are certified instructors, Burch said.
PINE RIVER - Cass County will conduct a test over five years on a portion of County State Aid Highway 1 to determine whether chip sealing pavement helps preserve asphalt surfaces. The 6-mile CSAH 1 segment was paved this week. One mile will be chip sealed after one year and another mile each of the following five years. One mile will not be treated. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will pay $10,000 each year, with the county paying $15,000 for each chip-seal treatment. Chip sealing involves spreading oil, then a layer of gravel over the paved surface.
PINE RIVER - Portions of the Cass County health, human and veterans services building have been very cold each winter since an addition was made to the three-story building in Walker about 15 years ago. Some rooms and hallways have been 54 degrees, despite the furnace running steadily. Central Services Director Tim Richardson reported to the county board Tuesday a recent inspection by an architect and masonry repair contractor finally may have found the problem. It appears the old and new buildings may not have been fully pinned together at the connecting joint or to have been insulated at
PINE RIVER - Bob Goede of Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust gave Cass County commissioners a report on the county's insurance claims in 2014 during the board meeting Tuesday at Leader Community Center. The trust is a joint self-insuring entity in which 81 of 87 Minnesota counties participate. It provides property and casualty, liability and workers compensation coverages. It does not include health insurance. The highest number of property/casualty claims falls under auto insurance coverage.
WALKER — Cass County commissioners Tuesday discussed a proposed 2016 to 2020 capital improvement plan, but delayed voting on it until after a 9 a.m. June 2 public hearing at the courthouse in Walker. Cass updates its five-year plan annually.
WALKER - Tri-City Paving submitted the low bids for Cass County highway paving projects and for sanitary sewer line replacement in Longville, but the Longville bid was still well above estimates and will be contingent upon the city accepting the bid. Tri-City bid $5,730,619.36 to do construction work on County State Aid Highways 4, 7, 58, 65 and 74 and on County Road 129.
WALKER - Cass County Board voted Tuesday to endorse a Mississippi Headwaters Board (MHB) application to the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council for money from the three-eighths cent state sales tax to purchase or obtain easements to critical habitat land along the upper Mississippi River. If the state approves funding the plan, MHB would hold the fund and distribute it to member counties, which in turn would own the land purchased or hold the easements obtained. Solid Waste Officer Paul Fairbanks obtained county board approval to offer for sale a refuse packer no longer being used at the c
WALKER — "Other people are asking how we reached an agreement that works," Leech Lake Reservation Chair Carri Jones told the Cass County Board Friday at a meeting of the two governing bodies. The board met at Northern Lights Event Center by Walker with the tribal council for the first time since the two bodies signed a memorandum of understanding a year ago to formalize the cooperation that has been increasing between the Leech Lake and the county. "It shows everyone in this room cares about people," Tribal Councilor Penny DeVault said. "The willingness to share money shows the high l
BACKUS - Kevin Dahlman, assistant land commissioner, presented that department's annual report to the county board Tuesday. Cass commissioners set a no-net-loss policy several years ago concerning the amount of land the county manages.
BACKUS - Four family centers in Cass County reported Tuesday to the county board about the programs they offered and supported in 2014. Pillager Family Center has operated for over 21 years, according to Betty Doss, director. They help parents with young children learn about growing stages and to improve their parenting skills. They offer a community playground; fax, telephone and copying services; and information and referral services. Pillager food shelf served 239 unduplicated adults and 153 unduplicated children in 2014.