Cass County commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 2, decided to keep the sheriff's substation at the Pine River Police Department rather than move it to Backus. Pine River had asked the county to pay rent earlier this fall. Because of the county's policy against paying rent for any substations, the board considered moving its substation to Backus. The county does, however, pay some other jurisdictions a sum to offset the cost of using Internet services at substations.
State Sen. Tom Saxhaug and state Reps. Tom Anzelc and John Persell discussed upcoming legislative issues with Cass County commissioners at the regular county board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2. All three, who represent portions of Cass County, are DFL lawmakers. Saxhaug said he has been meeting since August with a bipartisan rural Minnesota group of legislators who want to address economic development issues.
Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District's (SWCD) first-year effort to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) from lake to lake began with monitoring accesses to 22 lakes this summer. Environmental Services (ESD) Director John Ringle told the county board Tuesday, Dec. 2, he expects the inspection program to expand to additional lakes in 2015 if there are sufficient people willing to train to inspect and willing to devote time to doing inspections. Inspectors identify any invasive species attached to boats and trailers before letting them enter or leave a lake.
Financial assistance supervisors Wanda Reed and Sarah Smythe informed the Cass County Board on Tuesday, Dec. 2, the public has made good use of the county's outreach offices in Backus and Cass Lake. One adult services and one family services worker now staff each of these outreach offices rather than working from the main office in Walker, they explained.
The Cass County Board voted Tuesday, Nov.
The Cass County Board voted Tuesday, Nov. 4, to use some of the money set aside for building a new highway department shop at Remer for a cold storage building, instead, at the county garage at Hackensack. The board accepted the lower of two bids, from Danny's Masonry at $19,856, for a five-inch thick cement floor and the lower of two bids, from Vredenburg Construction at $61,250, for a steel building.
New construction in Cass County started out ahead of 2013 in the first quarter of 2014, but fell behind during the spring and summer months. The county issued 694 land use permits for new buildings and sewer systems through September this year, compared with 756 in 2013.
The Cass County Board voted Tuesday, Sept.
Cass County Environmental Services Director John Ringle reported Tuesday, Aug. 5, the department spent $20,443 of the $22,680 lake associations contributed this year to inspect boats for aquatic invasive species (AIS) and educate people about preventing AIS spread. The board approved a budget Aug.
Chuck and Barb Norman of rural Pine River were named the 2014 Farm Family of the Year at the Cass County Board meeting held Tuesday night, June 17, in Homebrook Township. Susan Wake, Cass County Extension Committee member, presented the award. Oscar Norman, born in 1902, first bought 80 acres in Walden Township in about 1927 with money he earned working on coal and iron boats. He built a little cabin there, then married in 1930.