Vegsund Park next up for improvements

By Greg Hunt

Bids were approved for this summer’s projects to upgrade Vegsund Family County Park, located northwest of Stanchfield.

At the May 4 Isanti County Board meeting, Parks Director Barry Wendorf presented his recommendations for the next stage at Vegsund. Base work for the road, parking lot and two-miles of trails was awarded to Leaf Construction for $67,600. Picnic shelter footings and slab will be completed by Paul Yerigan Construction for $9,500. A fishing pier on Seventeen Lake was approved for the $23,600 bid by MINNCOR Industries.

The construction bid for the log picnic shelter, similar to the one completed last year at Anderson Family Park, was approved at an earlier board meeting.

Funding for Vegsund will come from the Park Department’s “Special Projects Budget” and the Park’s reserve fund. Wendorf reminded the board that up to 75 percent of costs will be reimbursed through the Legacy Grant award.

“Barry did just an outstanding job securing grants for the parks in our county,” commented Commissioner George Larson.


Memberships in one or two EMS affiliations?

Presently, Isanti County is a member of two emergency management affiliations: the Central Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Region and the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board. Commissioner Alan Duff assembled interested parties at the May 4 meeting to gather exploratory information on whether it’s in the county’s best interest to belong to just one group.

The Central Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Region (Central MN EMS) helps coordinate emergency medical services within the counties of: Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright.

The Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB) performs those services for residents in Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties, and the city of Minneapolis.

After listening to representatives from both groups, along with Bruce Hildebrandt of Allina Ambulance and Chisago County Commissioners George McMahon and Rick Greene, the board elected to form a committee to further study the membership benefits received from either group.


In other action, the board:

• Approved the renewal permit for Haubenschild Farm Dairy Inc. which will expand the the business by 270 animal units.

• Listened to an appeal from Spectacle Lake resident Paul Oium to pursue a county swim park on the lake. Commissioner Larson stated the Parks Board has looked at the Manke family property for 20 years, but the family is not interested in selling their land where a resort stood in past years.

Next meeting: Wednesday, May 18 (9 a.m.).