A letter of support for Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project was approved by the Aitkin County Board, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. The oil pipeline would run through Aitkin County if constructed, although a recent recommendation by the Minnesota Department of Commerce puts that into question. The commerce department stated it does not believe the pipeline-which would replace an existing line-is necessary.
City Administrator Joe Rudberg gave the Breezy Point City Council notice of his plans to retire in March, the Echo Journal reported. Rudberg has served in his role for eight years.
A new city clerk will take over in Deerwood, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. Lee Russell was selected for the post and will assume duties in about two weeks. Jeff Turk, city clerk in Isle, was hired as a consultant to assist with accounting duties and training in the new clerk.
A resident near Deerwood found an intruder in his basement-one with antlers, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. Tony Ravnik found a buck down the stairs, after it fell into a window well and slid through an open window into the basement. A sheriff's deputy helped the uninvited guest outside, and although slightly wounded, the deer made its way back into the forest.
A planned event center must present a plan and further details to the Emily City Council for an off-sale liquor license to be considered, the Echo Journal reported. License approval was put on hold until May while the council sought more information on a business, 330 Central.
The tax levy is expected to reduce by at least 2 percent in the city of Jenkins, the Echo Journal reported. The city council approved the reduction in its preliminary levy, seeking $257,440 from its property taxpayers.
A preliminary property tax levy of 7.72 percent was approved late September by the Lake Shore City Council, the Echo Journal reported. For last year's levy, the council approved a 4 percent decrease. Among increases was a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for employees and changes to health insurance premiums, along with election costs in 2018.
New scoreboards, video boards and a marquee will soon be erected at Little Falls Community Schools, the Morrison County Record reported. Supported in part by business sponsorships, the boards will replace decades-old boards in use. The soccer field will get its own for the first time.
The food shelf in Longville has a new home after outgrowing its previous space, the Walker Pilot Independent reported. An open house was planned for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, to introduce the larger building.
MILLE LACS COUNTY
Commissioners in Mille Lacs County approved a preliminary levy increase of 8.5 percent compared to last year, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. This is part of a trend of increases, as the 2017 levy was a 4.79 percent increase over 2016. Among reasons cited for the increase was a rising cost associated with out-of-home placements for children, an increase in health insurance renewal rates for employees, contractual wage increases, and a decreasing tax base, particularly around Mille Lacs Lake.
In an emergency meeting Sept. 29, the Mille Lacs County Board signed a law enforcement agreement with Mille Lacs Tribal Police under pressure from Gov. Mark Dayton, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. Dayton previously issued an ultimatum that the state would become involved and forge its own agreement with tribal police, should the county refuse.
The agreement signed, however, was the same agreement previously rejected by the tribe. Mille Lacs County officials met with Dayton later in the day Sept. 29 to present their side of the ongoing dispute. An agreement dissolved between the two in 2016, meaning sheriff's deputies have primary legal authority over areas previously patrolled by tribal police. Dayton urged another round of mediation, backing off from his promise to involve state law enforcement, for now.
Residents in Randall could see a levy increase of as much as 5 percent, the Morrison County Record reported. The city council plans to seek $162,750 in property taxes, although that could go down depending on the performance of the city's enterprise funds.
-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dispatchchelsey.