Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Move may impact development


In a letter to Carlton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dick Brenner, the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa "announced to tribal, state and local municipal governments and federal land managers its intent to apply to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate its reservation lands to Class I air quality standards."

Brenner explained, "If this occurs they will have power over any development in our region by claiming it interferes with their air quality."

According to their letter, the Fond du Lac Band has scheduled a public hearing at Black Bear Casino on Thursday, October 2 in the Otter Creek Room from 3-9 p.m. Informational sessions will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Five minute oral presentations can be made after signing up or a written comment will be taken during the hearing.

The Fond du Lac Band is asking only to designate reservation lands within the existing reservation boundaries. Brenner continued, "The problem to this move by the band is that it adds another dimension to economic development in our area. They in fact would be able to stop a paper mill expansion in Cloquet or the Enbridge Pipeline, for example. This is a serious situation affecting the future economic health of our community and region."

Brenner urged local community leaders to voice their concern and contact their legislative representatives on the local and federal levels. The public comment period will be open through October 13. The band contact person on this process is Alex Jackson, Air Program coordinator, at

Other business

In other county matters, the Carlton County board approved a letter of support for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project and its current proposed route through the county to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Work continues on the local route with a pipe storage yard approved for the Doug Omar Pit on Old Highway 61 between Atkinson and the Carlton junction. Pipeline materials have been stored there in the past during other pipeline construction.

With a recommendation by the Planning Commission, the Carlton County board approved a conditional use permit for Douglas Rilea at 4960 County Road 6, Kettle River, across the road from the old Marshall Strawberry Farm. Rilea will operate an auto and light duty to medium duty truck repair business with occasional farm equipment repair/welding also.


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