County revises new districts

Princeton Union-Eagle

The city of Onamia would move from county District 4 into District 5 under the proposed Mille Lacs County redistricting plan the county board will act on at its April 17 meeting.

District 5 takes in the most northern end of the county, hugging Mille Lakes Lake.

District 5 now has the townships of Kathio, South Harbor, Isle Harbor, East Side and the cities of Isle and Wahkon. Commissioner Frank Courteau, who lives in South Harbor Township, represents District 5.

District 4 runs from the south edge of District 5 all the way south to include Bogus Brook Township, located north of Princeton Township.

Public input on the proposal is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the April 17 meeting in the county commissioners’ meeting room located in the historic county courthouse.

If the proposed new district map is approved, District 5 would then have the two largest cities in the north end of the county – Onamia, pop. 878, and Isle, 751.

Commissioner Roger Tellinghuisen, who lives in Bogus Brook Township, represents District 4, which now has the city of Onamia.

Tellinghuisen’s district would also be altered in another way under the proposed redistricting, gaining Page Township located north of Milaca.

The proposal means District 3, represented by commissioner Phil Peterson of Milaca Township, would lose Page Township. District 3 would gain the city of Foreston, which now sits in commissioner Dan Whitcomb’s District 2. District 3 would still have Milaca Township and the city of Milaca. The population of the city of Milaca grew from 2,580 to the current 2,946 in 10 years.

Whitcomb’s district would still contain the townships of Princeton, Greenbush and Milo if the proposal is adopted.

For the full story, see the Thursday, April 5 print edition of the Times.