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County Board Meeting May 21

Posted: 05/22/2019

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Parks & Trails

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Douglas County is fast becoming a destination for its wonderful wineries and locally brewed beer. On May 21, the commissioners approved several applications that will allow expanded service.

Burr Vineyards in Brandon Township will now be allowed to host special events including private musical performances, weddings and reunions. The family owned winery has been producing and selling wine for several years.  

Commissioners also approved a brewer’s license for Carlos Creek Winery’s new 22 Northmen Brewing Company and set fees for Brewer’s Tap Room on sale and off sale licenses.

Douglas County is also home to avid gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts. Robin Trott, Douglas County Extension Educator, shared information on her Horticulture Survey. She is looking for input from all Douglas County residents to see what they’re interested in learning more about. Topics include lawns, landscapes, local foods, fruits and vegetable growing, water quality, trees, flowers and more! The survey is available online or by calling Douglas County Extension at 320-762-3890.

In other action, the commissioners voted to return the Child Care Assistance Program to Douglas County. This program provides financial assistance to help families with low income pay for childcare. Currently the program is managed by Lakes & Prairies, a community action program in Moorhead.  Returning it to the county would provide an opportunity for more outreach at a local level.

The Douglas County License Bureau has a new interim director. Commissioners appointed Susan Crotteau to fill that role.

They voted to add land to Chippewa County Park, cover the no parking signs on CSAH 42 at Rotary Beach during the week of July 4th and accepted a $500 donation to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office provided by Gaylord Beck of Beck’s Radiator Warehouse.

Finally, on an interesting note, they voted to return a time capsule to the Douglas County Historical Society. The time capsule was buried in 1958, opened in 2008 when additional items were added, and reburied on the courthouse lawn. It will be moved at the time the statue of the civil war soldier is removed and readied for its move to the new Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Alexandria.

 

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