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Swift County begins mapping survey in Camp Lake Township

BENSON -- A slow process to map Swift County townships with a global positioning system will take another step forward this year.

At their meeting Tuesday, the Swift County Commissioners approved an $18,280 contract with GIS Midwest of Willmar to complete a survey of Camp Lake Township.

It will be the second township to undergo the GPS mapping in the county. The cost of the process is "why we're going slow," Auditor Byron Giese said.

The contractor will gather GPS coordinates on Camp Lake Township's 133 section corners and meander corners that were established by surveyors from the Federal Government's Land Office in 1856 as part of the U.S. public land survey system.

The existing section corner monuments will be located and inventoried, and coordinates will be developed for any missing corner positions.

According to information from GIS Midwest, the section corner recovery process will include searching and find historic information to recover the original point where the original surveyor "drove a stake into the prairie about 130 years ago."

County surveyor record books, maps and highway engineer records will all be used to compile an organized database to use while searching for lost section corners.

Once that is done, the company will go through the township with GPS equipment and "record the locations of all the iron pins that can be found," according to the proposal. They'll then work "detective style" to look for the remaining section corner locations.

The information will provide a "foundation" to build the geographical information system map.

- In other action, the commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Gerald Sandstrom, doing business as Sandstrom Energy Generation, to construct a 10-kilowatt wind turbine on property north of Benson and approved a resolution to apply for a grant to purchase additional land at the Appleton Off-Highway Vehicle Park.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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