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County board briefs: Residents on Marion Lake push for LID status

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Close to 140 residents of Marion Lake, east of Dent, are in favor of establishing a Lake Improvement District.

A group of lake residents addressed the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on July 17, with board members receptive to the idea.

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A public meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 20 to discuss the matter further. There are currently 248 parcels of property at Marion Lake, with the possibility of seven more.

"Lake Improvement Districts are not more government, but provide for more order," said County Board Chairman Lee Rogness, in support of the Marion Lake delegation.

AIS TASK FORCE MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS

Bill Kalar, county land and resource director, speaking on behalf of the Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, submitted recommendations to the county board on July 17.

The 2013 budget will include funding for a person to manage the AIS program on a part-time basis. The panel also plans to budget $50,000 for watercraft inspectors and educators for 2013.

Also included for next year's budget will be funding for informational postcards, mailings and billboards.

HEALTH PLANNING DONE ON REGIONAL BASIS

Otter Tail County Public Health continues to work on joint efforts with health agencies in Becker, Clay and Wilkin counties.

Included are programs to help the various counties achieve public health preparedness capabilities, fund cross-jurisdictional planning efforts and work in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health.

OLD TOWN CLITHERALL STORE PLAN APPROVED

County board members, on the recommendation of the county planning commission, approved reopening of a store at Old Town Clitherall near Clitherall Lake. The general store will sell miscellaneous grocery items as well as ice cream.

The project will include resurfacing of an existing driveway and proposed parking lot. The project includes 146 total cubic yards. Owners are Mike and Laural Blaskowski.

Old Clitherall was the location of the first non-Native American settlement in Otter Tail County, back in 1865. The town later was moved eastward in order for New Clitherall to be located near the railroad.

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