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Kandiyohi County Board to meet Tuesday

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday for their regular business meeting.

The board will hear a presentation on the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and an update on Safe Avenues from Stephanie Felt, SANE project coordinator.

The board will also consider a grant for watercraft inspections for aquatic invasive species and a memorandum of understanding for the BNSF Railway wye connection track and industrial park spur projects.

At 10:45 a.m., the board will re-consider Duane Hultgren’s appeal of the county wetland technical evaluation panel’s denial of his after-the-fact application for digging ditches in a wetland in Colfax Township.

Hultgren, of Raymond, previously met with the board to discuss the denial and the board members tabled action until Tuesday’s meeting.

The issue came to light last year when the Department of Natural Resources received a tip of a potential wetland violation on property Hultgren owns in Colfax Township. After a fly-over by the DNR and on-site viewing, the DNR determined Hultgren had dug a series of ditches that totaled 4,600 lineal feet through a partially drained lake bed known as Fish Lake. Their report said the ditches were 2½ to 3 feet deep and 4 to 6 feet wide and that excavated soil that was placed alongside the ditches ranged from 6 to 12 feet wide.

At the March 4 board meeting, Hultgren didn’t deny doing the excavation and creating –– what he called –– trenches without a permit. Hultgren also said he did nothing wrong and his trenches do not violate any wetland rules.

Prior to the regular board meeting, the commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. as the Family Services Committee, when the board will hear annual reports on emergency preparedness and correctional health and receive an update on PACT for Families.

 The board meets on the second floor of the Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar.