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MnDOT Hwy. 6 Informational Meetings in Emily Feb. 26

The City of Emily will be holding two Public Information Meetings on Thursday, February 26, 2015 with representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding plans for reconstruction of State Highway 6 through the City of Emily. The meeting for businesses will be held at 4 p.m. in the Emily City Hall Council Chambers.

The meeting for community members will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Emily City Hall gym. The meetings are open to the public. The Emily City Hall (previously Emily Charter School) is located at 39811 State Highway 6. A quorum of the Emily City Council may be in attendance. No formal action will be taken.

Crow Wing County Recorder Expands Electronic Recording of Documents

Crow Wing County has expanded its e-recording services so more customers can file deeds, mortgages and other recordable documents electronically, County Recorder Mark Liedl has announced.

Rather than mailing documents or physically taking documents to the County Recorder’s office in Brainerd for recording, customers will now have the option to scan or upload documents electronically through a secure e-recording web-based service. This new service will significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to record land records and other time-sensitive documents.

“E-recording streamlines the recording process within our office, providing faster and more efficient customer service. What before could take days or even weeks to complete can now happen in minutes,” Liedl noted. “This means better service to our customers and less cost to Crow Wing County taxpayers.”

High-speed Internet access, a personal computer and a scanner are the minimum requirements for to begin e-recording. Recording fees can be processed electronically through any of the e-recording service providers using secure Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments.

Liedl noted that the Recorder’s Office is accepting all document types for e-recording, with the exception of deeds that split an existing tax parcel, which require an additional processing fee by the County Auditor-Treasurer’s office.

Customers who are interested in utilizing the County’s new e-recording service can visit the Recorder’s Office website at www.crowwing.us for information on how to get started, and may contact the office at (218) 824-1231 with additional questions.

The Crow Wing County Recorder’s Office records and processes more than 20,000 documents annually, primarily land-related legal documents such as deeds and encumbrances on property such as covenants, easements,  mortgages and tax liens. The office also records land use permits, variances and military discharge papers.

The office is dedicated to providing excellent service to customers at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

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Meaningless Words

Letter to the Editor

Recently I received a July 2014 House Research paper on state agency heads salaries and the parameters under the statues to establish salaries. Of the state agency heads listed the majority are eligible for a salary of $119,517.

Also received was a February 4, 2015 communication regarding changes under the statues that would be made to agency heads salaries. Effective January 1, 2015 agency heads salaries would average $150,000 and this was also reported in the evening TV news on February 10th. In round numbers the state agency heads can receive a $30,000 raise. This raise is more than some low and middle income individuals or families earn a year.

When government said it needs or wants to do something for the low and middle income individual or families what does that mean? It is said by government that the proposed 6.5% sales tax on gas would mean about $100 annual for individuals or families. For individuals or families with a $30,000 or even $50,000 annual income, which is not unknown, compared to a state agency heads that could average $150,000, that $100 in increased gas tax is a much higher percentage of the net income for low and middle income people. So is it only meaningless   words about doing something for the low and middle income individuals and families? In the real world low and middle income individuals and families pay a higher percent of their net income in taxes than the upper income people.”

Kent Rees
Emily MN

Tax Deduction Drives Local Economy

Letter to the Editor

Every year, thousands of tourists flow in and out of northern Minnesota. Traditionally, these tourists take advantage of many of the wonderful second homes and cabins in the area - creating jobs in the process. With tax season in full swing, we need to acknowledge the key role the Minnesota Mortgage Interest Deduction plays in making those second homes and cabins available.

The state Mortgage Interest Deduction allows homeowners in Minnesota to deduct the interest paid on their mortgage each year. By lowering the cost of owning a home, the Minnesota Mortgage Interest Deduction provides current and potential homeowners the flexibility they need to invest in a second home or cabin. Simply put, without the state mortgage interest deduction, the cost of owning a home in Minnesota would rise, threatening the housing market that drives our economy. Fewer places to stay will result in fewer tourists, which will result in fewer local jobs.

The Minnesota Mortgage Interest Deduction is doing what good policy should: supporting our local economy and creating jobs. Minnesota policymakers must ensure that any legislative action in St. Paul continues to support and strengthen our communities and economy.

Senator Carrie Ruud, Rep. Dale Lueck and Rep. John Heintzeman

Are you protected against Measles Disease?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is assisting the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Public Health and Fairview Hospital in handling a case of measles diagnosed in a 20 year old male University student.

“Although the risk of severe complications from Measles infection is low, in some instances it can be fatal’”, said Dr. Peter Henry, Medical Consultant for Crow Wing County Public Health. “Secondary infections such as encephalitis, a condition associated with inflammation of the brain, pneumonia and bronchitis can occur. Contrast this risk with the significantly lower risk of the incidence of severe complications from the measles vaccine”.

MDH states that people should take proper precautions to protect themselves and their children against the disease. In particular, Minnesota parents should make sure their children have been properly immunized against measles.

The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) is a system that stores electronic immunization records for Minnesota health service providers. MIIC combines immunizations a person has received into a single record, even if the shots were given by different health care providers in the state. To see if you are current with your measles vaccination you can request a copy of your MIIC record from your health care provider or from your Local Public Health.

To schedule an appointment for a measles shot, call your home medical clinic or health care provider. People needing a measles shot who are without insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccinations may call Margie Young at Crow Wing County Public Health at 218-824-1098 for a list of other counties offering reduced cost vaccinations.

Crow Wing County’s Department of Community Services administers more than seventy federal and state benefit and assistance services and programs totaling more than $130 million dollars annually. The Department is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and efficient management in performing its mission of promoting and protecting the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of all Crow Wing County residents.

Farm Groups ask for Gray Wolves to be Delisted from Endangered Species Act

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) joined together to ask the Minnesota Members of Congress to cosponsor legislation to reissue the December 2011 U.S. Department of Interior rule that would delist the Western Great Lakes Gray Wolves population in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and turn the management of the wolf back to state control.

MFBF and MFU encouraged members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign onto Representative Ribble’s bill alongside Congressmen Peterson, Emmer and Walz. They asked Senators Klobuchar and Franken that action be taken in the Senate to establish legislation similar to that in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under state management the gray wolf population has far exceeded state and federal recovery goals. Even so, on December 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell immediately reinstated Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. This decision leaves farmers, ranchers and pet owners helpless in protecting their animals against wolf attacks. MFBF and MFU have been hearing devastating stories from members about the inability to protect livestock from these vicious attacks.

In order to meet delisting criteria set by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the gray wolf population needed to be between 1,251 and 1,400. Once turned over to state management, Minnesota set a minimum population of 1,600 wolves. The state’s current wolf population is now more than 2,400, which far exceeds state and federal recovery goals. The State of Minnesota has done and will continue to do a good job of monitoring the population to allow for a healthy population while also giving pet and livestock owners options to protect their animals.

MFBF and MFU are asking for management of the wolf population to be back under the control of the state not the ESA.

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