January 25, 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

TIME TAB

9:00 a.m. #1 Pledge to the Flag

9:05 a.m. #2 Approval of Agenda

Approve Minutes of January 11, 2022

Approve Minutes of January 18, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Assessor

  • Mary Jo Otten Retirement
  • Credit Card Request-Alisa Jacobsen

9:15 a.m. #4 AMC

  • Matt Hilgart

9:45 a.m. #5 Social Services

  • Claims

9:55 a.m. #6 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Contract

10:10 a.m. #7 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Update
  • Solid Waste
  • Update

10:30 a.m. #8 Land & Water

  • Consideration of Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission

11:00 a.m. #9 NorthWest Community Action

  • Leah Hasson & Randy Jensen
  • Blue Plus Vehicle Repair Grant

11:30 a.m. #10 Hospice Red River Valley

  • Brenda Iverson

12:00 p.m. #11 Tourism

12:15 p.m. #12 Law Enforcement

  • North Building

12:30 p.m. #13 Official Bank Bid Opening

12:45 p.m. #13 Recess

12:50 p.m. #14 Work Session

  • Official Bank Bids

Correspondence:  

Old/New Business

  • Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • Home Health Task Force
  • Law Enforcement Center
  • Tourism/Lodging Tax

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January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:00a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel, and Ed Arnesen. Also present was County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson. Absent was Commissioner Joe Grund.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda.

Approval Of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from January 11,2022.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from January 18,2022.

Assessors

Mary Jo Otten Retirement

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and moved for adoption:

RECOGNITION OF YEARS OF SERVICE

  MARY JO OTTEN

RESOLUTION 2022-01-03

WHEREAS: Mary Jo Otten has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County since July 18,2011 as Lake of the Woods County Assessor;

WHEREAS: Mary Jo has resigned from Lake of the Woods County service effective January 27,2022 with 10 years and 6 months of service;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESLOVED That Lake of the Woods Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Mary Jo for her dedicated service and wishes her well on her retirement.

This resolution was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was carried unanimously.

Request for Credit Card

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the request for a credit card for County Assessor Alisa Jacobsen.

AMC

Matt Hilgart and Jill Suurmeyer representing the Association of Minnesota Counties gave a presentation about the new Final Rule for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds and how they can be used in the community. They discussed different options that are pre-approved by the final rule and gave examples of how other counties are distributing funds.

Set Work Session

A work session for the American Rescue Plan funds and Solid Waste was set for 2/22/22 after the board meeting.

Social Services

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $7,259.06; Commissioners Warrants $1,834.13; Commissioners Warrants $16,843.19.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $38,388.38; Road & Bridge $34,022.17; County Development $3,000; Solid Waste $31,392.67; EDA $1,692.02.

                                                     WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

                            Warrants Approved On 1/25/2022 For Payment 1/28/2022

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 8,443.39

Counties Providing Technology 4,647.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 19,357.00

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 3,500.00

Integris DBA 10,794.66

KRIS Engineering Inc 6,804.49

Mn Assn Of Counties 2,200.00

North East Technical Service,Inc 2,647.94

Nw Mn Household Hazardous 5,945.00

Sandpieper Design Inc. 3,697.02

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 11,994.82

St. Louis County Auditor 2,000.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

34 Payments less than2000 20,195.42

Final Total: 108,495.24

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: January 12,2022 for $69,588.73; January 21,2022 for $93,480.77; January 19,2022 for ($641.10); January 24,2022 for $565,246.39.

Auditor/Treasurer Contract

The board discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Contract and opened the discussion up to the public for comments.

Approval of Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Auditor/Treasurer contract and for Chair Buck Nordlof and Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same. 

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to add the resolution for the Auditor/Treasurer appointed position to the agenda.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen for adoption:

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

RESOLUTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICE OF 

AUDITOR-TREASURER

RESOLUTION NO. 2022-01-04

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Auditor-Treasurer is currently an elected office of Lake of the Woods County. 

WHEREAS; Minn. Stat. 375A.1205 allows a County Board to appoint certain offices including the County Auditor-Treasurer; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefit to having appointed persons in the position of the County Auditor-Treasurer because it promotes efficiency and consistency of County business with individuals qualified to oversee a broad spectrum of complex issues within the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners wants to ensure that the individual holding this position possesses the skills and/or experience necessary to properly carry out the responsibilities of this position; and

WHEREAS; pursuant to Minn. Stat. 375A.1205, Subd. 1, the parties have executed a contract between the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners and the Lake of the Woods County Auditor-Treasurer that provides that the Lake of the Woods Auditor-Treasurer will be appointed to the position and retain tenure, pay and benefits equal to or greater than the length of service; and 

WHEREAS, the Contract shall be effective thirty days after the adoption of this resolution, and will end on December 31, 2022. The Contract shall remain in full force and effect unless (a) modified by mutual consent of the County Board and Officer, (b) terminated as provided in the Contract or (c) the County Board adopts a resolution to provide for the election to the Officer’s position pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205, Subd. 7. By December 1, 2022, the parties shall meet to discuss the terms of a subsequent contract; and

WHEREAS, the person elected at the last general election to an office made appointive under Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205 must serve in that capacity and perform the duties, functions, and responsibilities required by statute until the completion of the term of office to which the person was elected, or until a vacancy occurs in the office, whichever occurs earlier; and

WHEREAS; in accordance with Minn Statute 375A.1205, Subd. 6, a proposed resolution notifying the public of its intent to appoint the Auditor-Treasurer as described above was published for two consecutive weeks in its official publication; and

WHEREAS; the County Board of Commissioners provided an opportunity for public comment on November 9, 2021; and

WHEREAS, after the public comment opportunity, at the same meeting or a subsequent meeting, the County Board of Commissioners may adopt a resolution that provides for the appointment of the office or offices as permitted in this section; and

WHEREAS, the resolution must be approved by at least 80 percent of the members of the County Board upon which it may take effect 30 days after it is adopted.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners appoints the Auditor-Treasurer position pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners has entered into a contract with Lorene Hanson that will become effective thirty days after the adoption of this resolution by the County Board and will retain all tenure, pay and benefits equal to or greater of her previously elected position.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners may adopt a resolution in the future to provide for the election of an office that was made an appointed position pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205, but not until at least three years after the office was made an appointed position.

This resolution was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was carried unanimously.

Land & Water

Consideration of Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission Training Session

Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund came to the board to request the approval of a training session for Board of Adjustment/Planning members in the amount of $2,250.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the amount requested for training.

Public Works

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects. There was a brief discussion about the fish guts removal process and a request to have a meeting with the resorts.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to add approval of bids for projects SAP-039-599-001 and SAP-039-649-005.

Approval of Bids

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to authorize the advertisement for project bids on SAP-039-599-001 and SAP-039-649-005.

Set Meeting Date

A meeting with local resorts was set for February 8th 2022 at 6:30p.m.

NorthWest Community Action

Leah Hesson and Randy Jensen representatives from NWCA gave a presentation to the board about a new car repair grant from Blue Plus/Blue Shield. The initial grant is for $40,000 and can be used in LOTW, Marshall, Roseau, and Kittson counties. They gave various examples that show a need in the community to help those who need car repair but can not afford it on their own. They are requesting $10,000 from each county to add to the grant funds to help with this program. The board requested to add this to the next agenda and no action was taken at this time. 

Hospice-Red River Valley

Brenda Iverson came to the board to discuss the Red River Valley Hospice care program. This program is now training 4 local nurses to do in home care and they have a projected start date of April 5th. They are trying to create awareness and answer any questions the community might have. 

Open Official Bank Bids

The board opened the official bank bids at 11:30a.m. Two bids were received from: Border Bank and RiverWood bank. The board will review the bids in a scheduled work session following the regular bboard meeting.

Law Enforcement

North Building Renovation and Furniture

Deputy Sheriff/Investigator Craig Severs joined by phone to discuss the improvements and requests for the North Building offices. They agreed that the project should be done in phases beginning with furniture and paint.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to move forward with the purchase of furniture and paint for the North building.

Tourism

Attorney Patrick Plunket joined by phone to discuss Tourism with the board. Consensus was made by the board to explore and move forward with special legislation for lodging tax.

Recess

With no further business before the Board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 12:25p.m.

Attest: February 8, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman James “Buck” Nordlof

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:00a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and Joe Grund. Also present was County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Set work session-RFP Bank.

Auditor/Treasurer Contract

The board discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Contract and any changes that would need to be made. No action was taken at this time, to be added to next agenda.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 10:05a.m. and reconvened at 10:25a.m.

Tourism

Old Business- The board discussed tourism and no action was taken at this time.

NWA Transportation

The board discussed a request for $10,000 for assistance. No action was taken at this time, to be added to next agenda.

Union Negotiations

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the special meeting and open the closed session pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 Union Negotiations. 

The following were present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Attorney James Austad and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the special meeting.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 1:13 p.m.

Attest: January 11, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman James “Buck” Nordlof

January 18, 2022

AGENDA

Special Meeting

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

TIME TAB

9:00 a.m. #1 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Contract

10:00 a.m. #2 Tourism

10:30 a.m. #3 NWA Transportation

11:00 a.m. #4 Union Negotiations – Closed Session

12:00 p.m. #5 RECESS

Correspondence:

Old/New Business

  • Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • Home Health Care Task Force
  • Law Enforcement Center
  • Tourism/Lodging Tax

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January 11, 2022

 January 11, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:00a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and Joe Grund. Also present was Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of January 4, 2022.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $25,387.51; Commissioners Warrants $1,076.64; Commissioners Warrants $4,599.53.

Law Enforcement

Deputy Sheriff/Investigator Craig Severs gave an overview to the board about the working conditions in their current office and requested the board look into furnishing and improving the North building for office use. The board discussed the long term uses for the building and how the improvements are necessary to create safe and convenient working space as well as allowing privacy for interviews. Craig requested that the Building Committee take a look at the improvements needed and come back with a better estimate of costs and improvements. No action was taken by the board at this time. 

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to add the following to the Agenda: Purchase of a Semi-Truck for the Landfill, Authorization of SAP 039-608-025 Bids.

Public Works

Public works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update to the board on various County projects and discussed the timeline of the demo landfill and possible solutions for the Williams school building.

Solid Waste

Purchase Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a semi-truck for Landfill up to $50,000. 

Highway Department- Authorization to Advertise Project for Bid: SAP 039-608-025

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize the advertisement for project bids on SAP 039-608-025.

Set County Road Tour Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set the county road tour date for October 19, 2022. 

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $224,941.55; Road & Bridge $75,459.51; Solid Waste $38,433.26; EDA $1,555.00.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 1/11/2022 For Payment 1/14/2022

Vendor Name Amount

Air Med Care Network 16,803.00

Hotsy Minnesota 2,397.61

Howard’s Oil Company 5,981.65

Integris DBA 2,014.38

Mar-Kit Landfill 12,861.50

Mn Assn Of Counties 5,538.00

Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 17,501.25

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 162,970.00

Mn State Dept-Correction 25,412.79

Motorola Solutions, Inc 10,000.00

Northern Light Region 5,148.25

OnSolve,LLC 7,500.00

Schneider Geospatial, LLC 8,400.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

University of North Dakota 9,432.78

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 14,610.00

Woody’s Service 5,185.65

50 Payments less than 2000 22,363.96

Final Total: 340,389.32

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: December 30,2021 for $47,162.51; December 30,2021 for $10,167.44; January 5,2022 for $53,779.13.

EDA Director- Phone Stipend

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the authorization of a Lake of the Woods County cell phone for EDA Director Ryan Zemek in the amount of $60.00 effective 2/01/2022.

Set Meeting Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set a special meeting date for 1/18/2022 at 9:00 a.m. for the County Auditor/Treasurer Contract, Tourism, a closed session for Union Negotiations, NWA Transportation, and for the Building Committee to meet following the meeting.

County Home Health Nurse

Steve Christianson and Greg Brown came to the board with concerns about the need for a County Home Health nurse. Their concern is when county residents need care there are no at home care nurses available. Social Services Director Amy Ballard explained that the county does have other options in place for those that need care and Hospice care will also become available soon. No action was taken by the board at this time.

Recess

With no further business before the Board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 10:20 a.m.

Attest: January 25, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman James “Buck” Nordlof

January 11, 2022

AGENDA

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

TIME TAB

9:00 a.m. #1 Pledge to the Flag

9:05 a.m. #2 Approval of Agenda

Approve Minutes of January 4, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Social Services

  • Claims

9:15a.m. #4 Law Enforcement

  • Furniture Requests

9:30 a.m. #5 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Update
  • Solid Waste
  • Update

9:45 a.m. #6 Set County Road Tour

9:50 a.m. #7 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • EDA Director-Stipend
  • Contract Approval

10:15 a.m. #8 RECESS

Correspondence:  

Old/New Business
Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
Land Trade
Township Road Inventory
Home Health Task Force
Law Enforcement Center
Tourism/Lodging Tax

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January 4, 2022

January 4, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson called the meeting to order at 9:00a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and Joe Grund. Also present was County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

Election of Chair and Vice Chair 

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson called for nominations for Chair for Lake of the Woods County Board for the year 2022. Commissioner Joe Grund nominated Commissioner Buck Nordlof for Chair with Commissioner Jon Waibel seconding the nomination. County Auditor/Treasurer called for nominations two more times.

Chair
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the nominations for Chair.

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson called for a roll call for Commissioner Buck Nordlof for Chair.  Roll call carried as follows: All in favor: Commissioners: Jon Waibel, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Joe Grund and Buck Nordlof.  Against:  None.  Commissioner Buck Nordlof assumed the position of Chair of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners for 2022.

Vice – Chair

Chair Buck Nordlof called for nominations for the position of Vice-Chair for the year 2022.  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen nominated Commissioner Ed Arnesen for Vice-Chair for Lake of the Woods County Board with Commissioner Jon Waibel seconding the nomination. Chair Buck Nordlof called for nominations two more times.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the nominations for Vice-Chair.  

Chair Buck Nordlof called for a roll call for Commissioner Buck Nordlof for Vice-Chair.  Roll call carried as follows: All in favor: Commissioners, Jon Waibel, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Joe Grund and Buck Nordlof.  Against:  None.  Commissioner Ed Arnesen assumed the position of Vice-Chair of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners for 2022.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Audit Engagement Letter.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of December 30, 2021.

OFFICIAL COUNTY NEWSPAPER BID-OPENING

Chair Buck Nordlof called for the bid opening at 9:15 a.m. for the Official Legal Newspaper for the year 2022.The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and unanimously moved for adoption: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING OFFICIAL LEGAL NEWSPAPER for YEAR 2022 Resolution No. 2022-01-01WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners per Minnesota Statutes 279.08 called for legal bids for the official newspaper for the year 2022 WHEREAS, upon opening all bids, Lake of the Woods County designates the Northern Light Region as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022; WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022, is awarded the first publication of the annual financial statement at $7.00 per standard advertising unit, (no other bids received, therefore no second publication required);WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022, is awarded the first publication of the notice and list of the real estate remaining delinquent taxes on the first Monday of January, at $7.00 per standard advertising unit and; WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022, is awarded the second publication of the notice and list of the real estate remaining delinquent taxes, at $7.00 per standard advertising unit, and; BE IT RESOLVED, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners further designates the Northern Light Region for all other legal publishing, not specified above, for the year 2022. 

Lake of the Woods County
Bid Tabulation
Legal Publishing 
Year 2022
January 4, 2022
Per Standard Advertising Unit
Financial StatementDelinquent Tax ListAll Other Publications
1st Publ.2nd Publ1st Publ2nd Publ  
Northern Light Region
PO Box 1134
7.00 7.007.007.007.007.00
Baudette, MN  56623
218-634-2700
Award To:
Official Legal Newspaper
Northern Light Region
1st Publ/Financial Stmnt
7.00 
2nd Publ/Financial Stmnt If applicable         7.00 N/A 
1st Delinq Tax List
        7.00  
2nd Delinq Tax List
        7.00  
All Other
        7.00  

County Auditor/treasurer

Bank Signature Cards

Wells Fargo Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith and Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the Wells Fargo signature cards for account numbers 3908, 6724, 5716, 6372 and 3100.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for account number 8645 and investments.

Border Bank Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith to sign the Border Bank signature card for account number 2404.

Wells Fargo Motor Vehicle Checking Account

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Erik Tange, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Anna Sanchez, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Chelsea Anderson for account number 5502.

Official Depositories

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to designate the following institutions as Official Depositories of county funds for the year 2022:

  1. Wells Fargo, Baudette Branch
  2. RiverWood Bank, Baudette Branch
  3. Border Bank, Baudette Branch
  4. Multi Bank Securities

It was further moved to designate Wells Fargo Minneapolis, as the official safekeeping Institution for Lake of the Woods County.  

Elected Officials – Minimum Salaries

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson presented the 2022 Minimum Salaries for Elected Officials to the board for approval.

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund and moved for adoption:

Resolution For

Establishing Minimum Salaries for Elective Offices

Resolution No. 2022-01-02

WHEREAS, M.S. 388.18, Subd. 2, (County Attorney), M.S. 386.015, Subd. 2b, (County Recorder), and M.S. 387.20, Subd. 2b, (County Sheriff), requires the County Board, at the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for County elective offices, to establish minimum annual salaries to be paid to the respective office holders at the term next following;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following statutory minimum annual salaries are hereby established for county elective offices for the term beginning in January of the year 2022:

County Attorney: $90,854.40 

County Recorder: $62,004.80

County Sheriff: $77,043.20

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

APPROVAL OF 2022 COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Committee Appointments for 2022:

2022 ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES (AMC)

Ag Task Force: Commissioner Jon Waibel; Alternates: Commissioners;

Environmental and Natural Resources: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioners;

General Government: Commissioner Buck Nordlof; Alternates: Lorene Hanson and Commissioners;

Health and Human Service: Commissioner Joe Grund and Amy Ballard; Alternates: Commissioners;

PILT Advisory: Commissioners and Josh Stromlund;

Public Safety: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Transportation and Area Transportation Alliance: Commissioner Jon Waibel and Anthony Pirkl; Alternates: Commissioners;

2022 COUNTY RELATED COMMITTEES

Airport Commission:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Beaver Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Lee Hancock, Anthony Pirkl and Steve Levassuer;

Border Coalition/Passports: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, Sue Ney and Jill Olson;

Building and Safety Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Anthony Pirkl, Peder Hovland, Lorene Hanson, Amy Ballard, one from Law Enforcement, and Safety Director;

Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP): Jill Olson and Commissioners;

County Extension Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Lorene Hanson.  Additional Members: Tabitha Ubel, Kenneth Horntvedt, Nicole Olson, Colleen Stanton and Sandy Peterson. Extension Members: Brenda Nelson, Lisa Loegering and Karen Santl. 

County TV:  Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Lee Hervey, Lorene Hanson, Peder Hovland and Jill Olson;

Data Privacy Administrator: Savanna Slick;

Department Head Liaison: Chair/Commissioner Buck Nordlof; Alternates: Commissioners;

Department Liaisons:  

Assessor – Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Land and Water Planning Office – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Attorney – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; 

MIS – Commissioner Joe Grund; 

Sheriff – Commissioner Jon Waibel; 

Social Services – Commissioner Joe Grund; 

Recorder – Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Highway – Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Auditor/Treasurer – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

H/R – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

County Surveyor- Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Veterans Service Officer – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

Tourism Bureau- Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Wheelers Point Sewer- Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Department of Natural Resources: Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Drainage Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Joe Grund, Byron Tviet, Anthony Pirkl, Josh Stromlund, Dennis Johnson, Marshall Nelson and SWCD Representative;

Enhanced 911 Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Commissioner Jon Waibel, Eric Solo, Gary Fish, Jill Olson and other local appointees;

GIZIIBII: SWCD Representative Corryn Trask;

Grievance Committee: Chair/Commissioner Buck Nordlof, James Austad, Savanna Slick, Daryl Fish, Josh Stromlund and Angie Eason; Alternate: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Information Systems/Technology Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Peder Hovland, Josh Stromlund, Boyd Johnson, Lorene Hanson and James Austad; 

Insurance Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, Amy Ballard, Lorene Hanson, Sue Ney, Daryl Fish and Savanna Slick;

Jail Committee: Commissioners, Gary Fish, Anthony Pirkl, James Austad, Tami Mauer, Peder Hovland and Lorene Hanson;

Joint Drainage Authority: 

JD22: Commissioner Joe Grund-District 3, Commissioner Ed Arnesen-District 5, Commissioner Jon Waibel-District 4; 

JD 62: Commissioner Joe Grund- District 3, Commissioner Ed Arnesen-District 5, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen-District 2; 

Labor/Management Committees: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Savanna Slick; Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Lake of the Woods Affordable Housing/Loan Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Sue Ney, Mary Jo Otten and Lorene Hanson; Alternate:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Law Library:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen, James Austad to appoint and Chief Judge to appoint;

Motor Pool Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel, Lorene Hanson, Jodi Ferrier, Mary Jo Otten, Josh Stromlund, Peder Hovland; Alternate:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Ordinance Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, James Austad, Gary Fish, Josh Stromlund; 

Park Commission: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Anthony Pirkl and Joe Laurin; Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Personnel Committee (combined Compensation Plan and Personnel): Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Savanna Slick, Sue Ney, Anthony Pirkl, Christine Hultman, Lorene Hanson and Daryl Fish;   

Public Information Officer: Lorene Hanson; Alternate: Savanna Slick and James Austad;

SHIP Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Snowmobile Trails Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund and Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Solid Waste Committee/Household Waste: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen (as the (NWMNHHW representative for the Joint Powers Agreement), Commissioner Joe Grund, Anthony Pirkl, Tina Rennemo, Lorene Hanson and Mary Jo Otten; 

Subdivision Controls Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Josh Stromlund, Mary Jo Otten, Sue Ney, Peder Hovland and Commissioner of the District involved;

Township Road and Trails: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Anthony Pirkl, Josh Stromlund, Peder Hovland, Boyd Johnson and Mary Jo Otten;  

Northwest Angle Development: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; Alternates: Commissioners;

Vets Service: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Commissioner Joe Grund, Legion Commander or Delegate, VFW Commander or Delegate and Rick Rone;

Wellness Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Angie Eason, Julie Berggren, Savanna Slick, Mary Jo Otten, Cassondra Brune;

2022 BOARDS/COLLABORATIVE/COALITION

Arrowhead Library System:  Ronald Rudd (01-01-19 to 12-31-22) appointed 01-08-19; Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof (01-01-19-12-31-22);

Board of Adjustment-/Planning Commission: District 1- David Marhula, District 2-Monica Dohman, District 3- Marshall Nelson, District 4- Tom Mio, District 5-Nancy Dunnell; at large; Ken Horntvedt and Weston Johnson; non-voting Commissioners;

Border Substance Abuse Court and Steering Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel and Amy Ballard;

Humane Society: Commissioner Joe Grund and Gary Fish;

Headwaters Regional Development Commission: Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Commissioner Buck Nordlof; Alternate: Commissioner Joe Grund;

Joint Powers Natural Resources Board: Commissioner Joe Grund and Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Keep It Clean Committee/Aquatic Invasive Species: Commissioner Ed Arnesen;

Lake of the Woods County Children and Families Collaborative and Prevention Coalition Committee:   Commissioner Joe Grund;

Lake of the Woods Criminal Justice Coalition and Children’s Justice Initiative: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Lutheran Social Service Board: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Amy Ballard; Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Mid-State Co-op: Delegate #1 – Peder Hovland, Delegate #2 – Mary Jo Otten;

Minnesota Counties Computer Co-op: Delegate #1 – Peder Hovland, Delegate #2 – Lorene Hanson; Alternate: James Austad; 

Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust: Commissioner Jon Waibel; Alternates: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Lorene Hanson;

Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioners;

North Country Community Health Board:  Commissioner Joe Grund (term expires 12/31/22) and Tom Mio (term expires 12/31/23) these are three-year terms;

North Country Community Health Services Advisory Committee: re-appoint Commissioner Joe Grund (term expires 12/31/22) and Tom Mio (term expires 12/31/23) these are two-year terms;

Northern Coalition Regional Charging Network: Cody Hasbargen

Northern Counties Land Use Coordinating Board: Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Josh Stromlund; Alternates: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Northwest Board of Aging/Area Agency: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Amy Ballard; Alternates: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Northwest Community Action:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioners;

Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center Board: Amy Ballard (term expires 12/31/2022, appointed in 2019).  This is a four-year term;

One Watershed/One Plan: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Rainy Rapid River Board: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Josh Stromlund; Alternate: Commissioner Joe Grund;

Recreation Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel and Anthony Pirkl;

Red River Valley Development Association:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Ken Horntvedt;

Regional Advisory: Jill Olson;

RRWS One Plan Committee: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Nancy Dunnell; John Sonstegard;

NW Emergency Communications Board: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Jill Olson;

SWCD District Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund and Josh Stromlund; Alternate Commissioner Jon Waibel;

County/City/Tourism Joint Powers Board: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Gregg Hennum; Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel.

Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Baudette: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; Alternate Commissioner Buck Nordlof.

Joint Jail Koochiching County Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Sheriff Gary Fish, Tami Mauer, James Austad; Alternate: Craig Severs. 

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open ditch authority.

Ditch Assessments

The following Ditch Assessments were recommended by the Ditch Authority and presented to the County Board for 2022:

  • CD 1: $22,800.00
  • CD 2: $882.40
    • JD 16: $8,500.00
    • JD 24: $16,000.00
    • JD 26: $24,000.00
    • JD 28:  $50,000.00
  • JD 22:  $4,800.00 (Joint Ditch with Roseau County)
  • JD 62: $16,900.00 (Joint Ditch with Roseau County)

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority meeting and reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Ditch Authority to set the 2022 Ditch Assessments as follows: County Ditch 1-$22,800; County Ditch 2-$882.40, Judicial Ditch 16 Outlet Fee- $8,500; Judicial Ditch 24- $16,000; Judicial Ditch 26- $24,000; Judicial Ditch 28-$50,000; Judicial Ditch 22-Joint Ditch with Roseau-$4,800; Joint Ditch 62 with Roseau-$16,900.

Remove from Agenda

In the absence of the County Engineer the board decided to delay setting the County Road Tour date until the following meeting. 

Old Business

The Board referenced old business for the Lake of the Woods Tourism Joint Powers Agreement for discussion.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to send a letter of formal intent per the Lake of the Woods Tourism Joint Powers Agreement and for Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the same. 

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 9:50 a.m.

Attest: January 11, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman James “Buck” Nordlof

January 4, 2022

 AGENDA

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

TIME TAB

9:00 a.m. #1 Pledge to the Flag

9:05 a.m. #2 County Auditor/ Treasurer

  • Election of Chair

Chairman

  • Election of Vice-Chair

9:10 a.m. #3 Approval of Agenda

Approve Minutes of December 30, 2021

9:15 a.m. #4 Legal Newspapers Bid Opening

  • Motion to Designate Official Legal Newspaper for 2022

9:20 a.m. #5 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Wells Fargo Signature Cards- Auditor/Treasurer and Chairman 
  • Official Depositories
  • Elected Officials-Minimum Salaries

9:30 a.m. #6 Committee Appointments

  • Approval of 2022 Committee Appointments

9:45 a.m. #7 Ditch Authority

  • Close Regular Meeting/Open Ditch Authority
  • Approve Ditch Assessments
  • Close Ditch Authority/Open Regular Meeting

9:55 a.m. #8 Set County Road Tour Date

10:00 a.m. #9 RECESS

10:05 a.m. #10 Work Session 

  • EDA Director

Auditor/Treasurer

Old/New Business
Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
Land Trade
Township Road Inventory
Home Health Task Force
Law Enforcement Center
Tourism/Lodging Tax

Information to attend by web or phone:
https://lotw20.my.webex.com/join/peder_h
Dial in: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 627433446

January 12, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

January 12, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

Call to Order

Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen and Ed Arnesen. Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and County Attorney James Austad.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Affidavit of Lost Warrant and Stonegarden Salary Resolution.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of January 5, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $19,393.45 Commissioners Warrant’s $828.58, Commissioners Warrant’s $4,496.07.


Rural MN CEP Contract

It was the consensus of the Board for Chair Joe Grund to sign the contract addendum with Rural MN CEP.

Schackman, Kramer & Associates Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement with Schackman, Kramer & Associates and for Social Services Director Amy Ballard and County Attorney James Austad to sign the same.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $282,644.16; Road & Bridge $84,540.46; Solid Waste $32,280.58; EDA, $2,198.82. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 1/12/2021 For Payment 1/15/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Air Med Care Network 16,803.00

Bollig Inc 3,000.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 7,534.26

Esri 25,000.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 17,000.00

Howard’s Oil Company 2,918.88

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 101,188.00

Mn Assn Of Counties 5,333.00

Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 15,225.00

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 149,886.00

Nw Mn Household Hazardous 6,651.00

OnSolve,LLC 7,500.00

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 2,000.00

Schneider Geospatial, LLC 8,400.00

University of North Dakota 9,202.71

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 2,640.00

50 Payments less than 2000    21,382.17

             Final Total: 401,664.02

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: December 31, 2020 for $608,272.41; December 31, 2020 for $12,329.15, December 31, 2020 for $64,659.40; January 6, 2021 for $138,772.03.

Affidavit for Lost Warrant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant for Kim Hough, dated December 18th, 2020 for $37.62 without furnishing indemnifying bond.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Conditional Use Permit #21-01CU by Grant and Savanna Slick

A 4.6-acre tract in Section Twenty-nine (29), Range One Hundred Sixty-one (161) North, Range Thirty-one (31) West – Parcel ID#: 24.29.22.020. Applicants are requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 401.C of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance to operate a short-term transient rental in a Rural Residential Zoning (R2).

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Buck Nordlof, and carried unanimously to table the decision on conditional use permit #21-01CU for further review by the planning commission.  It was further moved to schedule a work session for the Commissioners and the Planning Commission to review and work on ordinances for short-term rentals.

COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS

Highway

Authorization to Advertise Projects for Bids: SAP 039-608-024, SAP 039-606-019 and
SAP 039-631-007

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to authorize the advertisement for project bids for: SAP 039-608-024, SAP 039-606-019 and SAP 039-631-007.

Bostic Creek Grade Stabilization Final 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the final payment for LOTW 2020 Bostic Creek Grade Stabilization for Wright Construction of TRF, Inc. of Thief River Falls, MN in the total amount of $232,513.00 and hereby authorize final payment of $14,044.83.

Office Manager Retirement

Office Manager, Marti Carlson has submitted her resignation effective May 14, 2021.

Permission to restructure and hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the restructure of the Public Works Office and to advertise and hire.

Set Road Tour Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to set the road tour date for October 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Update

County Engineer AJ Pirkl discussed the need for hands-free headsets for safety.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve up to $100 reimbursement for Highway Department employees to purchase a hands-free headset for safety reasons.

Solid Waste

Purchase of walking trailer and snow pusher

County Engineer, AJ Pirkl reviewed three quotes for a walking trailer and four quotes for a snow pusher with the Board.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a Wilkens walking trailer at a cost of $75,653.34.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a Bobcat snow pusher at a cost of $2,800.

Update

County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided the Board with an update regarding communication with the MPCA.

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY FAIR BOARD

Jenny Johnson, representing the Lake of the Woods County Fair Board, met with the Board to provide an update on the grandstand project. Commissioners Joe Grund and Cody Hasbargen will plan to attend the Fair Board meeting on January 20, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at the VFW.

STONEGARDEN SALARY RESOLUTION

Stonegarden Sheriff Salary

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following:

AMEND COUNTY SHERIFF SALARY

Resolution No. 21-01-02

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Homeland Security has asked local law enforcement agencies along our Nation’s border to step up border monitoring, pursue joint objectives, and enhance their capabilities for providing border security; and,

WHEREAS, in an effort to assist local governments in fulfilling this request, the Department of Homeland Security through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, offered “Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant; and,

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office is a successful recipient of an

Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant; and,

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff has undertaken, as additional duties, the responsibility to avail himself and his officers for additional training, or to provide such training for his officers’ himself, for border protection and border security, and the additional duties of improving the distinct capability of the sheriffs’ office as a whole with regard to border security and border patrol as part of a joint mission; and in addition, as and for additional duties, the sheriff will necessarily devote more of his own time to border patrol and border enforcement; and,

WHEREAS, the Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant given to assist the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office in its efforts to secure the border includes the sum of $120,000.00 and $60,360.00, of this grant is for salaries.

WHEREAS, it is estimated that these additional border security duties will necessitate that the

Sheriff expend on average another eight (8) hours per week; and,

WHEREAS, through the Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant, all of the additional overtime worked by officers devoted to border security issues is fully reimbursable under the grant, including the cost of officer overtime pay, PERA, Medicare and worker’s compensation, so that the net cost of the additional homeland security duties to Lake of the Woods County is fully reimbursed by the grant.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the resolution setting the sheriff’s salary, as

originally set by this board on December 15, 2020 was $91,162.08 and fringe benefits were

$17,457.54, be amended so that the sheriff’s salary is increased by the sum up to $18,162.56 and fringe benefits are increased up to $3,478.13 commencing January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, with the increase funding from the Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant contingent upon the following:

  1. That the Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant funding be available; and
  2. That the Sheriff works, in addition to his regular duties, eight (8) hours per week of said

Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant.

At such time that the Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant funding is no longer available and/or if the Sheriff is unable to complete the additional eight (8) hours per week of Operation Stonegarden 2019 grant work, the Sheriff’s salary shall return to the original balance set by the board on December 15, 2020 in addition to the accumulated Stonegarden wages earned based on Stonegarden funding available and actual hours worked.

CALVIN BENSON, DISTRICT OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVE

from the Office of Congresswoman Fischbach

Calvin Benson, District Outreach Representative from the Office of Congresswoman Fischbach, discussed federal issues and opportunities that pertain to Lake of the Woods County. 

JOINT POWERS/TOURISM BUREAU/CHAMBER BUILDING

The Board discussed looking into options and their expectations for the tourism bureau.

RECESS

The Board took a brief recess at 12:15 p.m. and reconvened at 12:25 p.m.

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open ditch authority.

Ditch Assessments

The following Ditch Assessments were recommended by the Ditch Authority and presented to the County Board for 2021:

  • CD 1: $22,800.00
  • CD 2: $882.40
    • JD 16: $8,500.00
    • JD 24: $16,000.00
    • JD 26: $24,000.00
    • JD 28:  $50,000.00
  • JD 22:  $4,800.00 (Joint Ditch with Roseau County)
  • JD 62: $16,900.00 (Joint Ditch with Roseau County)

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority meeting and reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Ditch Authority to set the 2021 Ditch Assessments as follows: County Ditch 1-$22,800; County Ditch 2-$882.40, Judicial Ditch 16 Outlet Fee- $8,500; Judicial Ditch 24- $16,000; Judicial Ditch 26- $24,000; Judicial Ditch 28-$50,000; Judicial Ditch 22-Joint Ditch with Roseau-$4,800; Joint Ditch 62 with Roseau-$16,900.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 12:30 p.m.

Attest: January 26, 2021

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair of the Board, Joe Grund 

January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen and Ed Arnesen. Also, present was: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Non-elected Department Head Reviews/Human Resources, School Agenda/Auditor-Treasurer, Land Sale, Closed Session, Covid-19 Update.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of January 12, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $13,769.38, Commissioners Warrant’s $3,418.80, Commissioners Warrant’s $7,768.20.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $41,215.86; Road & Bridge $19,167.96; County Development $1920.50; Solid Waste $19,185.86; EDA, $6,400. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 1/26/2021 For Payment 1/29/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Compass Minerals America 5,259.19

Counties Providing Technology 4,310.00

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 8,750.00

Hildi Inc 4,700.00

Information Systems Corporation 9,279.00

Interstate Billing Service Inc 3,149.06

Locators & Supplies Inc 2,014.02

Mar-Kit Landfill 10,931.50

Mn Assn Of Counties 2,200.00

Northern Light Region 3,445.35

Northwest Tire Inc 3,040.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

WIDSETH 3,705.50

41 Payments less than 2000   20,838.06

                                Final Total: 87,890.18

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: January 13, 2021 for $141,715.88; January 15, 2021 for $375,832.87, January 15, 2021 for ($7,500); January 20, 2021 for $2,086.06.

School Agenda

The Board talked about agenda items for the Lake of the Woods County Board meeting that is held out at the school on February 23, 2021.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Non-Elected Department Head Reviews

The Board will prepare for the Non-Elected Department Head Reviews after the Board meeting on February 9, 2021.

SHERIFF

Central Square Decision

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the implementation of Central Square into the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department.  Financing options and payment terms will be researched and be determined by the Board.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Public Health Manager, Kay M. Schell, gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many moving parts with the two-dose schedule and the two different types of vaccine.  Priority of who gets the vaccine has changed to focus on daycare providers and school employees.  Long-term care residents at CHI LakeWood Health are scheduled for their second dose soon. A vaccine clinic will be held on Thursday for those over 65 with health issues, this is done by appointment. Schell said there may be a pause before they get more vaccine.

RECESS

The Board took a brief recess at 10:00 a.m. and reconvened the meeting at 10:10 a.m.

PUBLIC WORKS

Highway

Permission to Purchase a Skid Steer and Excavator 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a Bobcat 770T4 with tracks at $65,215.58.

The skid steer at the Northwest Angle needs a new motor and will cost approximately $20,000 to fix.

Solid Waste

Landfill Permit Update

MPCA has been consistent about allowing use of the current landfill until 2025.  The County has four years to create a new landfill plan. The MPCA is in the rule making process right now for new demo landfills.  The County has money dedicated to the contamination plan/investigation of the current landfill.  Another discussion with the MPCA will take place on February 3, 2021.

ZIPPEL BAY JETTY

Dredging Maintenance Options

Nick Panovich from Zippel Bay Resort met with the Board to discuss maintenance dredging of the Zippel Bay Jetty.

LAND SALE

Motion

It was the consensus of the Board to review land and set a date for a County land sale of March 4, 2021.

CLOSED SESSION

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to close the regular meeting at 11:10 a.m. and go into closed session pursuant to MN. Stat § 13D.05. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote was, unanimously carried. 


In attendance: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen and Ed Arnesen; Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney James Austad, Land and Water Planning Director Josh Stromlund and Public Works Director AJ Pirkl.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel to close the closed session at 12:31 p.m. and open the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

AMEND AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve amending the agenda to add a Public Hearing Date.

PUBLIC HEARING DATE

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve a date to hold a Public Hearing for an Off-Sale Liquor License for Log Cabin Liquor on February 23, 2021.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 1:00 p.m.

Attest: February 9, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair of the Board, Joe Grund