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Meeker Co. Board OKs expansion of recreation area boundary

LITCHFIELD -- The boundary for the Greenleaf State Recreation Area in Meeker County is being expanded to include a four-acre tip of an island in Sioux Lake.

Acting on the recommendation of the Meeker County Planning Commission, and at the request of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution to support the expanded boundary.

The addition of the 4.4-acre section of a small island rounds out the 1,200-acre tract of land included in the boundary that's located between Greenleaf Lake and Sioux Lake in Ellsworth Township.

The state owns only about 386 acres of the land, which is gradually being developed for public use. Additional purchases of land within the boundary may be negotiated in the future.

Most of the island had already been included in the legal boundary of the recreation area. The action this week brought in a tiny tip of the island that had been previously excluded.

Land must be located inside the legal boundary of the recreation area before the state can purchase it.

Commissioner Dave Gilbertson abstained from the vote. Gilbertson is part owner of the land with several other individuals, according to Meeker County Administrator Paul Virnig.

In other action:

- The commissioners approved about $30,000 in lake improvement projects that will be distributed to various lake improvement associations. Projects include treatment for curly leaf pondweed and milfoil, installation of a weir and water monitoring, among other things.

- The resignation of three longtime highway employees was accepted as part of the county's voluntary early retirement program.

- The commissioners approved hiring Angella Erickson as the new assistant county attorney.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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