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A large portion of the park would be located in exhausted gravel pits that were never reclaimed and the cause of much erosion near the Minnesota River.

Renville County board supports proposal for OHV Park on split vote

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Renville County board supports proposal for OHV Park on split vote
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

OLIVIA -- Renville County's board of commissioners approved moving ahead with possibly developing an off highway vehicle park.

The commissioners voted three-to-two at their meeting Tuesday morning in Olivia to authorize staff to begin the process of applying for federal and state grant funds for the park. Both supporters and opponents of the proposal filled the meeting room as the commissioners discussed the issue.

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It will cost an estimated $1.3 million to acquire property and develop the park. The county's cash and in-kind share of costs could be roughly 10 percent of the total if grants are obtained, according to Mark Erickson, director of community development and environment.

Two landowners have offered to sell adjoining parcels of 157 acres and 115 acres in sections 22 and 23 of Sacred Heart Township. The area is east of the Enestvedt Seed Farm and bisected by Renville County Road 15, part of the Minnesota Valley Scenic Byway route.

Commissioners LaMont Jacobson, Paul Setzepfandt and Bob Fox voted to go ahead with seeking funds for the park. Commissioners John Stahl and Ralph Novotny voted no.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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