Flood homes razed
In a sign of continued recovery after the June 2012 flood, two Moose Lake homes were razed last week. The City of Moose Lake purchased the homes using DNR Buyback funds. The home located at 87 7th Street, purchased from Linda Berg, was torn down November 13, and the one located at 212 2nd Street, purchased from Bill and Bette Eknes, came down the next day. The homes were demolished by Buetow Trucking & Excavation LLC. According to Moose Lake City Administrator Pat Oman, "Because State funds were used for purchase/demolition the property is reverted to a public property in perpetuity, and the City of Moose Lake will need to plan on what these lots could become. This will be a publicly discussed planning process. Possible options include, but are not limited to, community garden, forest garden, water storage system." The City of Moose Lake has also been working with Central Minnesota Housing Partnership (CMHP), a nonprofit entity focused on affordable housing, on the possibility of CMHP purchasing the home located on 232 Lakeshore Drive. The home would be demolished and a new single family home would be constructed, said Oman.