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Wadena County Board backs pipeline, other county news

The Wadena County Board of Commissioners approved renewing a contract with the West Central Region Juvenile Center for purchasing bed space at its Nov. 21 meeting.

The motion, made by Commissioner Jim Hofer, called for apportioning the annual purchase agreement of $83,500 from the county's budget.

The board was also asked to approve a request by Human Services for a 2018 agreement between the county and TRIMIN Systems for providing computer programming, technical assistance and support services to the tune of $1,200. The benefit provides Human Services to manage its accounts receivable. The expense is eligible for federal reimbursement.

Planning and Zoning Director Deana Malone presented the board with an invoice from Gilster Excavating for work completed on a through driveway at the County's Tree Farm Landing. The $5,000 work fee was previously approved by the board. Malone asked the board to approve an additional $1,400 on the invoice for work Gilster completed in clearing out and building four camper and horse trailer sites at the farm.

Malone also received approval from the board to develop a charter for the Strategic Planning-Economic Development Committee.

In other county news, after a revision by County Engineer Ryan Odden of wording which Commissioner Bill Stearns called "a little flowery" the board passed a resolution in favor of the Enbridge 3 pipeline project. Enbridge is proposing to replace an aging pipeline running from Clearbook to Superior, Wis. which carries Tar Sand Crude Oil from Alberta. The controversial pipeline project would follow a new route which would take it across the northern border of Wadena County.