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Group wants to ‘borrow’ courthouse

By Staff | Apr 8, 2018

A familiar face stopped by the Faribault County Courthouse at last Tuesday’s County Board meeting.

Former county attorney Brian Roverud was in attendance to represent the Sod House Theater, a professional theater group based out of the Twin Cities.

Roverud explained the theater group has performed in Blue Earth in the past and would like to perform in the area again in early August. According to Roverud, the group is considering the courthouse as a possible venue for their summer event. The projected date of the two-night performance will take place during the first weekend in August.

The south lawn, as well as the courthouse itself, are the proposed sites for the performance. Roverud added the theater group would provide the necessary funding to hold the event, and pay for the use of the facility. An admission fee would be charged in order to view the performance.

Faribault County’s former attorney mentioned the proposed performance, “An Enemy of the People,” focuses on the issues of water pollution and environmental concerns. “The purpose is to provide professional theater experiences for outstate communities,” Roverud said. “They’ve been doing this for several years and it’s a very professional organization.”

After discussion, no action was taken by the board. Roverud indicated he would attend the next regular County Board meeting to learn of an official decision.

Soil and Water Conservation District program administrator Michele Stindtman and conservation technician Nate Carr also attended Tuesday’s meeting. Stindtman presented the SWCD’s approved list of 22 parcels of land within the county which have been identified as being Buffer Law Non-Compliant.

Stindtman shared the SWCD has completed all required outreach and tracking actions necessary to assist with implementation of the law. Landowners will have 11 months from the date a notice is received to rectify the issue.

Other items from the meeting included:

The board passed a resolution to authorize county engineer Mark Daly to continue negotiating and execute an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railroad for a crossing renewal on County State Aid Highway 32 in Wells. According to Daly, the cost of the concrete crossings have yet to be determined.

A motion was passed for the purchase of a new shop service truck at a cost of $89,986. This total includes an $8,000 trade-in.

Riverside Town and Country Club’s request to approve a gambling permit application was approved by the board.

Gertrude Paschke updated the board on property value assessments for 2018. While lower valued ag residential homes decreased by five percent, higher value ag residential homes increased by 12 percent.

Values of homes in Elmore and Kiester increased by five and 15 percent respectively, while homes in Winnebago decreased by five percent. The value of homes in Walters, Bricelyn, Frost, Delavan, Easton and Minnesota Lake all remained the same.

Two resolutions were passed by the board on the redetermination of benefits for County Ditch 3, and County Ditch 64.

New assistant county attorney Mindy Quittem was officially sworn into office by county attorney Kathryn Karjala-Curtis at the meeting.

The board approved a resolution declaring April 8-14 Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The county attorney’s office will hold an open house event on Friday, April 13, from 2-4 p.m. in an effort to educate the public about their legal rights and options.