DNR seeks to purchase land near Linwood school forest

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Timothy Marion, area wildlife supervisor for the DNR, approached the Linwood supervisors March 25 seeking approval for the DNR to acquire a 40-acre piece of land adjacent to the Linwood Community and School Forest. There will be a buffer of 500 feet separating the land from the school forest.

Marion explained that the meeting with the township is the first step in the process.  The Anoka County Board will also have to sign off on the purchase.

Other business

A Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting is to be held for Linwood Township residents at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the town hall. Residents who have discussed their property values or classifications with the assessor but still have questions should plan to attend. The board will review the valuation and classification and make corrections if needed.

The board accepted a letter of resignation from Rudi McCurdy, effective Tuesday, April 30. Employed by the township since 1998, his responsibilities included creating text and imaging for local Channel 10. As directed he entered meeting minutes onto the township website and otherwise kept it current, formatted and wrote copy for the Linwood Ledger and maintained the township ordinance codebook.

West Branch Construction, based in Princeton, has been awarded the bid to construct the first of four carp barriers in the Sunrise River flowage in Linwood Township. Supervisor Bob Millerbernd told those attending the Linwood board meeting that the $28,400 bid beat all others by $8,000. Work is to begin soon on the barrier at the south end of Martin Lake sometime in June.

The board also:

– Approved changing the status of Senior Center Coordinator Dawn Cash from probationary to full-time.

– Reminded residents of a pet clinic scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the old fire hall.

– Authorized advertising for someone to clean the Linwood Town Hall and the Senior Center for 10 hours a week.

– Approved the appointments of Craig Rylander to the Road and Bridge Committee and David Johnson and Mike Pederson to the School Forest Committee.

– Learned that the 2014 Linwood School Forest Medallion was found by Justin Kleidostky, who also won the contest in 2012.