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Board hears proposed land exchange


Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Last Tuesday, the Fillmore County Board learned of a proposed land exchange between the DNR and Chatfield area surveyor Geoffry Griffin.

The local DNR Forester, John Kelly, informed the board of the proposal made to the DNR by Griffin and his wife, whereby the Griffins would obtain 163.5 acres of DNR land along the Root River in sections 34 and 35 of Pilot Mound Township in exchange for 80 acres adjoining Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

According to the Griffins application for exchange, the 80 acre tract that they currently own is the only privately owned parcel that separates Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center from the states Brightsdale forest unit.

Referring to the parcel as a "donut hole of private land within the Brightsdale Unit," the Griffins document stated that if the state did not end up with the land, the best use for the parcel would be a 10-lot subdivision overlooking the river valley. Their application showed the parcel divided into lots.

The parcel the Griffins would like to acquire in the exchange is a 163-acre tract just up the Root River from Eagle Bluff that is contiguous to other parcels the Griffins already own in sections 34, 27 and 26. The 163 acres currently owned by the DNR has a long frontage on the river, but separates the Griffins property from the Root River. The 80 acres the state would acquire, if the exchange were approved, also has a long river frontage.

The Griffins application cites that this exchange would benefit both parties as it would allow a consolidation of holdings for both themselves and the DNR, and would alleviate some access problems during hunting season.

The application for exchange was made to the DNR Land Exchange Coordinator in St. Paul, and is now circulating to the local DNR office for review and comment. Forester Kelly presented the proposal to the County Board for information and comment only, not for Board approval.

Both Kelly and the DNR internal memo that circulated with the exchange application stated that the land the state would acquire in the exchange is more valuable to the DNR management plan for the area than is the land that the Griffins would like to receive. Kelly did note, however, that the 163-acre tract is probably more valuable from a real estate standpoint, than is the 80-acre Griffin property.

The DNR will be accepting comments on the proposed exchange until Febru .....
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Mike Tuohys first act as newly elected chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission was to implement a sign up system for the public to give input at public hearings.

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By Mike McGrathMonday, January 29, 2001

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Monday, January 29, 2001

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The Gift of Life

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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

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The Pledge of Allegiance to America

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Monday, January 29, 2001

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Fillmore County District Court Report

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

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Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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