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By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Efforts in motion to preserve the covered Sturgeon Island bridge


August 15, 2019

The Windemere Township Board of Supervisors decided at its August 8 meeting to allow a committee interested in preserving the covered Sturgeon Island bridge to submit an application requesting it be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. If the bridge is declared historic, different funding mechanisms become available for its restoration. It was estimated the process of declaration could take up to a year.

The first step is to form the committee. Letters of interest in serving on the Sturgeon Island Bridge Preservation Committee can be mailed to Windemere Township, 91546 Military Road, ATTN: Township Clerk, Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783, or via email to no later than 5 p.m. Friday August 23. Up to seven applicants will be selected for the committee. It was mentioned that the application would need to be completed prior to October to be considered this year for selection.

If the bridge is ineligible, the board will pursue replacement of the bridge through the state’s town bridge program funded by sales tax.

Other business

The board declared Road T-756 an abandoned township road.

The board also decided to let the county sell the tax-forfeited Dobos property. The township will keep the lien in place and collect the funds at the sale.

Phill White, zoning administrator, said they are still busy, saying there have been a lot of interactions with real estate agents and delineations requested. He said water levels are dropping on area lakes.

The township board is scheduled to meet with the planning commission August 22 at 6:30 p.m., and the next regular planning commission meeting is set for September 24.


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