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County to hold surplus equipment, vehicle auction

Cass County will hold its annual surplus equipment and vehicle auction at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at the county highway garage in Walker.

Kevin Lee, North Memorial Ambulance Service, reported to the county board Tuesday the Longville Ambulance District will be able to meet expected expenses without any increase in district taxpayer contributions in 2014.

He said the Longville service, which has a separate taxing district for ambulance services, transported the same number of patients in the second quarter of 2013 as 2012 at 111. Because the service did not have any employees on medical leave this year like it did last year, the service’s net margin for the second quarter increased from 11.1 percent in 2012 to 16.7 percent this year.

North Memorial operates services at Pine River and Walker in addition to Longville.

Lee informed the board all its ambulances are dispatched from a central office in Robbinsdale. This year, the service installed automatic vehicle location GPS devices in all its ambulances. This enables their dispatching center to know which of its vehicles is closest to a call, so they can provide faster response times, Lee said, explaining that ambulances based at Walker, Pine River or Longville therefore may respond outside their district depending on which vehicle is closest.

Sheriff Tom Burch obtained board approval to accept an $18,278 per year Minnesota DNR grant for 2013 to 2015 for off highway vehicle enforcement.

The sheriff’s department reported 35 men participated in sentence to serve the second quarter this year, working off $4,658 worth of fines and completing an estimated $22,700 worth of work. They worked 3,512 hours for the DNR, county, cities, towns and non-profit agencies.

Cass County Economic Development Director Gail Leverson reported to the county board she worked with 26 businesses in July. Seven companies are interested in expanding. Two new companies are looking for site selection assistance, she said.

She reported she helped Eveland’s Inc. obtain $750,000 financing to expand and add 10 jobs for their Scamp Trailer manufacturing plant at Backus and helped Young Auto Parts obtain $350,000 financing to provide six jobs in Walker.