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Crow Wing County Board: BLAEDC seeks grant application support, liquor licenses approved

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation asked the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday to support its application for a grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance.

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The (BLAEDC) Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation asked the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday to support its application for a grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance. BLAEDC Website screenshot.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation asked the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday to support its application for a grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance.

The organization, along with the Cass County Economic Development Corporation, is seeking the grant to work with local software company Micronet in beta testing software specifically suited to economic development groups.

Sheila Haverkamp, executive director of BLAEDC, said she was unaware the organization would need county board support to apply for the grant and said the application was due by noon Tuesday.

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Sheila Haverkamp, executive director of BLAEDC, said she was unaware the organization would need county board support to apply for the grant and said the application was due by noon Tuesday.

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"Our hope is we don't have to wait another year," Haverkamp said.

In addition to a resolution supporting the application, BLAEDC was also requested Crow Wing County act as the fiscal agent should the organization receive the grant award. The two organizations are seeking $72,000 in funds. Of this total, Haverkamp said $50,000 would be distributed to each of five economic development corporations, including those in Wadena, Todd and Morrison counties. These funds would support five years of software services after the primary groups test the product.

Commissioner Paul Thiede asked Haverkamp how the county board could "reconcile" supporting more than one project competing for the same grant dollars.

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Commissioner Paul Thiede asked Haverkamp how the county board could "reconcile" supporting more than one project competing for the same grant dollars.

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"This may not be the only one before the NJPA that Crow Wing County is supporting," Thiede said.

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Earlier in the meeting, the county board approved a grant application from Crow Wing County Community Services for the same "Innovation Funding." In a request for board action, Community Services Director Kara Terry wrote the department is seeking funding to continue supporting its efforts in developing an outcome-based contracting process.

Haverkamp said she did not think she could reconcile that for the commissioners, although she noted the NJPA has increased its funding allotment and in the past has funded beyond that amount when it found projects worthy.

"Hopefully all of the projects will get funded," Haverkamp said. "And yet, without knowing the competing interests or exactly how the scoring process is going to work, it's hard for me to know."

Thiede said he was concerned about whether Micronet would benefit to the point of achieving significant financial gain from the software product.

"If this explodes and they take this nationwide ... I would think we would at least get a percentage that would a continuing source of revenue for the economic development people who are always looking for more revenue," Thiede said.

Haverkamp said they could "attempt that."

Chairman Paul Koering said he would not support the request because he feels like county government should stick to what is required of them to provide.

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"I personally believe we should try our best to try to shrink our government footprint rather than having government growing bigger and bigger and bigger and trying to do everything for everybody," Chairman Paul Koering said.

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"I personally believe we should try our best to try to shrink our government footprint rather than having government growing bigger and bigger and bigger and trying to do everything for everybody," Koering said. "This board needs to take a look at where we're spending money and whether we're required to do it."

Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom said she appreciated Koering's comments, but BLAEDC has proven itself worthy in her estimation.

"They have pushed economic development in ways that it would never happen," Nystrom said. "I think the 60,000 residents in Crow Wing County would vote yes for this."

Commissioner Rosemary Franzen said NJPA will distribute the money one way or another, and she would prefer it be in Crow Wing County.

"Whether we bring it back to Crow Wing County or not is up to us," Franzen said. "Since the money is going out anyway, I'd like to bring it home."

The county board approved the resolution supporting the grant application 4-1 with Koering opposed.

In other business, the county board:

Honored retiring employee Renee Rivard.

Approved a final payment to Young Excavating for clearing and grubbing on County State Aid Highway 36. The final amount was $148,504, 19.7 percent under the original amount of $184,858. Temporary seeding, originally included in the bid, was not performed due to an early spring start.

Entered a cost-share agreement with the city of Baxter for the Isle Drive extension project impacting CSAH 48. The total cost for the county is $759,667 of the $6.4 million project. The agreement calls for the county to reimburse its costs by June 1, 2017.

Approved a contract with Widseth, Smith and Nolting to locate and certify the remaining 1,200 section corners in the county. The contract amount is for $59,235 to complete the work in the First Assessment District, the city of Nisswa and Lake Edward Township.

Approved an out-of-state travel request for Melanie Quillin in community services to attend adult mentor courts training in Sycamore, Ill., June 18-19.

Accepted a $750 donation from the Brainerd Jaycees to the Crow Wing County mounted patrol.

Approved a club on-sale liquor license for the Brainerd Lakes Curling Association.

Approved off-sale liquor licenses for the following establishments: Raceway Square Liquor in the First Assessment District (Unorganized Territory), Sportsman's Store in Mission Township, McCabe's Bottle Shop in Mission Township, Iven's Liquors in the First Assessment District, Half Moon Off Sale in Lake Edward Township and Wild Rice Liquors in Crow Wing Township.

Approved combination liquor licenses for the following establishments: Bridge Tavern in Perry Lake Township, Harpo's in Lake Edward Township, Old Milwaukee Club in Ideal Township, J.R.'s Junction in Roosevelt Township, Bada-Boom in the First Assessment District, Green Lantern in Nokay Lake Township, Oaklawn Tavern in Oak Lawn Township, Old Waterfall in the First Assessment District, Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Bay Lake Township, The Woods in the First Assessment District, Twin Pines Resort in Garrison Township and The Wolfhound in Fairfield Township.

Approved on sale and Sunday liquor licenses for the following establishments: St. Mathias Bar and Grill in St. Mathias Township, Whitefish Golf Club in Ideal Township, Hassie's in Oak Lawn Township, The Bird's Nest in Garrison Township, Northwoods Inne in Center Township, The Lonesome Pine Restaurant and Bar in Bay Lake Township, McCabe's Pub and Grill in Mission Township, Norway Ridge Supper Club in Ideal Township, Zig's in Bay Lake Township, Iven's on the Bay in the First Assessment District and Half Moon Saloon in Lake Edward Township.

Approved 3.2 percent malt liquor licenses for the following establishments: Brainerd Area Jaycees/Brainerd International Raceway concessions, Brainerd Lakes Curling Association, Sportsman's Store (on-/off-sale), North Central Speedway in Crow Wing Township, Holy Family Church Hall in Roosevelt Township, Grandpa's General Store in Center Township, Hansen Sports and Hunter's Bay Store in Bay Lake Township, Hidden Paradise Resort in the First Assessment District (on-/off-sale), St. Mathias Knights of Columbus in St. Mathias Township, Sullivan's Resort and Campground in the First Assessment District and Wild Rice Depot in Crow Wing Township.

Approved an off-site gambling permit for Confidence Learning Center for an event at the Brainerd International Raceway June 25-27.

Approved replacement staffing for the following positions: two correctional officers in the county jail, a support enforcement aide in community services, a financial specialist in community services, a social worker in community services and a temporary administrative specialist in land services.

Approved the hiring of the following people: Kaitlin Ubl, correctional officer; Rex Roach, 911 communications officer; Richelle Knode, 911 communications officer; Cole Yungbauer, Anthony Brunhuber and Tyler Habhits, seasonal recreational assistants, sheriff's office; Jason Bye and Anton Marks, boat and water deputies, sheriff's office; Walter Pangburn, parks worker, land services; Theresa Rardin, social worker, community services; and Brent Parker, information technology intern.

Accepted the departures of the following employees: Zachary Lego, correctional officer; Mary Dischinger, support enforcement aide, community services; Jessica Goble, financial specialist, community services; David Tagtmeier, social worker, community services; and James Sager, correctional officer.

CHELSEY PERKINS may be reached at 855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchChelsey .

Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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