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A lawsuit filed in Chippewa County asks the court to determine the rights and responsibilities of the Judicial Ditch 7 or Hawk Creek Drainage Authority as it decides how to replace timber bridges spanning the waterway in Lone Tree Township. There are 13 timber bridges, like this one on 20th Street Northeast. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Longtime Hawk Creek bridge dispute is on its way to court


MONTEVIDEO -- A dispute that could be said to be over 40 years in the making has five county commissioners and the county attorneys from Chippewa, Renville and Kandiyohi counties huddled together in a closed meeting today in Montevideo.

The commissioners represent the Judicial Ditch 7 or Hawk Creek Drainage Authority.

They are meeting with their county attorneys to determine how to respond to a lawsuit filed by landowners in Lone Tree Township in Chippewa County.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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