County considers forming Blue Lake improvement district

Isanti County is considering whether a lake improvement district near Princeton should be established.

At their Sept. 18 meeting, commissioners agreed to hold a public hearing to consider a petition filed earlier this month to form such a district for Blue Lake. The hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the County Board room.

The petition states the lake improvement district will help provide funding to get rid of curly leaf pond weed and other weed eradication as necessary. A cleaner lake for better recreation is the anticipated result for those who own property on the lake.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, Blue Lake is a 309-acre body of water in southwestern Isanti County. The two township-owned public accesses are located on the southeast and northwest shores.

Boat navigation during early summer is affected by dense stands of curled pondweed in shallower areas. The lake is well developed and popular with boating and fishing enthusiasts, as it’s managed primarily for walleye and largemouth bass. About 175 pounds of walleye fingerlings are stocked biennially, the DNR continued.

A copy of the petition for establishing a Blue Lake improvement district is available for public review at the Isanti County Administrator’s office.

In other action, the board:

• Set a public hearing for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 regarding jurisdictional transfers of portions of Co. Rd. 50 (from CSAH 7 and east .200 miles) and Holly Street NW (from 345th Ave. and north .166 miles) back to the townships.

• Agreed to enter into a grant contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct the County Veterans Service Office Enhancement Grant Program. Isanti County Veterans Service Officer Jim Rostberg requested the grant, which will be used to provide outreach to the county’s veterans; assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society; collaborate with other organizations for improving services offered to veterans; reduce homelessness among veterans; and enhance the operations of the county veterans service office.

• Accepted the resignation of jailer Patrice LeRoy and agreed to fill the vacant full-time correctional officer position and advertise for part-time correctional officers.

• Approved the final plat for Eastlund Acres.

• Approved a conditional use permit for a rural retail farm winery tourism business in North Branch Township. Requesting the permit were Michael and Katherine Peters who anticipate opening a winery with wine tasting.

• Learned from Commissioner Susan Morris that local district judge John Hoffman recently penned a letter in praise of the security enhancements at the Isanti County Government Center.

• Approved the Irving and John Anderson Park Master Plan as presented by Parks Director Barry Wendorf.