County Board Briefs: Week of May 29

The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners conducted the following business at its May 20 meeting. The report is written by Joel Stottrup.


Sale of .45 and .40 caliber ammo

The County Board approved Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren’s request to sell his department’s .45-caliber and .40-caliber ammunition to the Princeton and Milaca police departments due to the sheriff’s department having switched to 9 mm firearms.

The board approved the sale of 2,500 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition to the Princeton Police Department for $805.68 and the sale of 1,500 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition to the Milaca Police Department for $558.30. The prices match what the sheriff’s department paid for the ammunition.


Sharing criminal forfeitures

The board approved Lindgren’s request to have his department participate in the Federal Equitable Sharing Program, which allows it to receive federal criminal forfeitures arising out of the department working on federal cases.

Commissioner Dave Oslin asked Lindgren about the sharing of forfeitures with Lindgren’s department in past criminal cases. Lindgren replied that a few years ago an investigation into a marijuana growing operation involving several thousand plants resulted in a cash forfeiture being shared with his department.


Sharing intelligence 

The board also approved Lindgren’s request to have a joint powers agreement between the sheriff’s departments in Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties for sharing intelligence information.


Gambling permit

The board approved a charitable gambling permit for Princeton Youth Hockey Association at Long Siding Bar & Grill.


Bid approved for road project

The board followed the recommendation of county Public Works Director Bruce Cochran to award Hardrives Inc., of Rogers, its low bid of $819,999 for providing bituminous overlay and aggregate shouldering in the County State Aid Highway 4 reconstruction project this summer. The engineer’s estimate was almost $1.03 million.


In other action, the board:

• Recognized Joyce and Ted Horvath for being “devoted foster care providers for the county from their time of licensing in July 1982 until their retirement from foster care in 2013. During that time the couple provided foster care to more than 20 individuals and transitioned into an adult foster care home to “follow their long-term foster child placement into adulthood.”

• Held a short public hearing in which there was no public comment and then classified all but one of 80 parcels as non-conservation on a list of tax forfeit properties, and reclassified the remaining one parcel as conservation. That one parcel was tax forfeit for non-payment of taxes in 2010 and is in Sharco Estates in the city of Princeton. It has a storm drainage pond and the city wants to acquire ownership of the property. The other 79 properties are listed as tax forfeit for non-payment of taxes in 2012 and ‘13. Twenty-three of the parcels are at the Port Mille Lacs development, 20 are part of the Fieldstone Greene development in Milaca and 12 are part of the Pondview Estates townhome development along the Princeton golf course.

• Approved a quote of $12,655 from Information Systems Corp., of Fargo, to provide document management at the social services unit.

• Approved spending close to $9,933 to upgrade the county’s electronic door system, add two more electronic doors (one for the CVS handicap entrance and one for the justice center jury room), plus replace the county’s main computer, update a second computer and purchase a third computer as backup. The main computer was damaged by lightning. The three computers will come from Dell at a cost not to exceed $2,100 and the remainder of the $9,933 will be for the addition of electronic doors and electronic door upgrade.