TURTLE LAKE TOWNSHIP—For the first time in a few years, the number of foreclosed properties rose the first quarter of 2019 from the prior year. Assessor Mark Peterson reported to the county board Tuesday, May 21, at Turtle Lake Town Hall that seven properties went into foreclosure the first quarter this year, compared with only four in 2018. This year's foreclosures included two homesteads, one agricultural property and four seasonal homes. All were valued under $400,000.
TURTLE LAKE TOWNSHIP—The Cass County Board Tuesday, May 21, appointed all county department heads to a new Census 2020 Complete Count Committee to plan and conduct educational initiatives about the importance of everyone responding to the 2020 census. Without a complete count, Minnesota likely would lose one congressional district and would stand to lose federal funding. The census counts the number of residents nationwide. In fiscal year 2016, Minnesota received about $15.5 billion in federal funds based on its 2010 census population reporting.
WALKER—Cass County issued 224 land use zoning permits the first quarter of 2019 for new private sewers and new building construction, up from 212 in 2018. Ten variances were approved this year, up from seven a year ago. No conditional use permits were issued the first quarter this year, but six were last year. Shoreland alteration permits dropped from 23 issued in 2018 to 19 issued this year. One minor subdivision was filed, but no plats so far this year.
WALKER—Cass County will receive public comments from now through a public hearing during the 9 a.m. June 4 regular county board meeting at the courthouse in Walker before the board is scheduled to adopt a five-year capital improvement plan. The plan identifies specific expenditures for 2019 and 2020. Only expected building maintenance and highway equipment expenditures are listed for 2021 through 2024.
WALKER—Regional Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Director Rita Albrecht gave her annual report to Cass County commissioners Tuesday, May 7. "There is a lot of state recreational land in Cass County," she said, noting it is open for public use. She also said the DNR has a good working relationship with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and regularly works cooperatively with the county land department.
WALKER—Cass County Board passed a resolution Tuesday, May 7, to support the city of Pillager's application to Sourcewell for money to purchase dewatering equipment. The diesel-powered pump has 6-inch inlet and outlet lines and is used to remove water from the ground, so construction work can take place in a dried area.
WALKER—Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Erick Hoglund submitted his notice of intent to retire from the sheriff's department effective May 31 after 34 1/2 years in law enforcement, 18 1/2 of which have been with Cass County. He also is a 20-year military veteran. Sheriff Tom Burch informed the county board at the regular meeting Tuesday, May 7, he has named Lt. Scott Thompson to succeed Hoglund as chief deputy as of June 1. Sgt. Bryan Welk will move up to lieutenant. Erick Alger will move up to patrol sergeant.