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Commissioners approve state's proposed property acquisition

Rob Naplin and Gary Drotts of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requested the approval of the purchase of 49.10 acres in Bullard Township for the purposes of creating a State Wildlife Management Area at the Wadena County Board's Oct. 5 meeting.

The property is currently the only public access to Farnham Lake and a snowmobile/ATV trail runs through the property. The goal of the DNR in purchasing the land is to maintain public access to the lake and create a State Walleye Management Area. The snowmobile/ATV trail will remain open as well. The proposal has previously been brought to the Bullard Township Board and Byron Township Board (Cass County); both local units of government approved the proposed acquisition. By motion of Commissioner Schermerhorn and second by Commissioner Bounds, the Board unanimously adopted the resolution to approve the purchase of the land to create a state wildlife management area.

State executive council approves property tax relief

Wadena County requested property tax relief under Minnesota Statutes, section 273.1231-273.1235 in the aftermath of the tornado disaster. The purpose of requesting the relief is to provide property tax abatements and/or credits to property owners sustaining 50 percent or more damage to property resulting from the June 17 tornado. Wadena County's request was granted by the State Executive Council, thus, the county is able to recapture lost property tax revenues from the state.

There were 109 such properties in Wadena County, of which 106 property owners applied for abatements/credits. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the abatement requests of the 106 applicants.