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REMEMBERING DEPUTY JOSH OWEN

REMEMBERING DEPUTY JOSH OWEN

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office, along with local law enforcement agencies, will be placing a wreath on the front steps of the Pope County Courthouse on April 15, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in remembrance of Deputy Josh Owen. Please feel free to join us at that time or stop by throughout the day.

In case of inclement weather, the display will be immediately inside the north Courthouse entrance.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the continued support from our community and we are forever grateful.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202404 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202404 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

202404, Repealing Outdated Provisions of the Pope County Environmental Health Administrative Ordinance, was adopted by the Pope County Board of Commissioners.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 331A.01 and 375.51, a summary of Ordinance No. 202404 is provided as follows:

Ordinance No. 202404 specifically repeals Ordinance No. 201001, adopted May 18, 2010, which addressed licensure and fees regulating certain activities under the authority of public health offices under Minnesota laws and rules, where separate procedures are not established by delegation agreements with the State of Minnesota.  Specific public health licenses and fees are now addressed elsewhere in Ordinance Nos. 201501, 201502, 201503, 201504, and 201505, and public health officials advised no further need for the remaining provisions of Ordinance No. 201001.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the ordinance are available for public inspection on the County’s public website at www.popecountymn.gov, in the office of the Pope County Administrator during normal business hours, or upon request by calling 320-634-7704.

APPROVED and ADOPTED by the Board of Commissioners of Pope County, Minnesota on April 2, 2024.

A copy of the adopted ordinance can be viewed here.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202403 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202403 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on April 2, 2024, Ordinance No. 202403, the Pope County Dangerous, At-Large, and Nuisance Animal Ordinance, was adopted by the Pope County Board of Commissioners.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 331A.01 and 375.51, a summary of Ordinance No. 202403 is provided as follows:

Ordinance No. 202403 regulates dangerous, at-large, and nuisance dogs, domestic animals, and prohibited animals in the County. The ordinance declares dogs and domestic and prohibited animals running at large without permission on the property of another to be unlawful; defines procedures and powers related to the designation of dangerous dogs and animals; allows for the declaration of dogs and other domestic or prohibited animals to be nuisances when running at large, exhibiting dangerous propensities, disturbing the peace, producing uncontrolled waste, menacing, attacking, or biting; and provides for the impoundment, enclosure, and claim procedure for seized animals. The ordinance defines the penalty for its violation as a misdemeanor, and also allows for other statutory and taxation of cost remedies to be pursued for violations.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the ordinance are available for public inspection on the County’s public website at www.popecountymn.gov, in the office of the Pope County Administrator during normal business hours, or upon request by calling 320-634-7704.

APPROVED and ADOPTED by the Board of Commissioners of Pope County, Minnesota on April 2, 2024.

A copy of the adopted ordinance can be viewed here.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202402 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202402 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on April 2, 2024, Ordinance No. 202402, Regulating the Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products in Public Places and Prohibiting the Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products by Those Under the Age of 21, was adopted by the Pope County Board of Commissioners.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 331A.01 and 375.51, a summary of Ordinance No. 202402 is provided as follows:

Ordinance No. 202402 regulates the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in public places and prohibits the recreational use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products by those under the age of 21.  In accordance with recent state legislation, local governments may regulate certain uses of cannabis and related products in public places and as otherwise allowed by statute. The ordinance prohibits the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in public places; prohibits the smoking or vaping of cannabis or other derived or similar products in a location where inhalation of a minor may occur; and prohibits recreational use of cannabis or other derived or similar products by those under the age of 21. The ordinance defines the penalty for violation as a petty misdemeanor, a fine-only penalty not to exceed $300 in accordance with law.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the ordinance are available for public inspection on the County’s public website at www.popecountymn.gov, in the office of the Pope County Administrator during normal business hours, or upon request by calling 320-634-7704.

APPROVED and ADOPTED by the Board of Commissioners of Pope County, Minnesota on April 2, 2024.

A copy of the adopted ordinance can be viewed here.

NOTICE TO POPE COUNTY LANDOWNERS ON COUNTY ROAD DUST CONTROL APPLICATION

NOTICE TO POPE COUNTY LANDOWNERS ON COUNTY ROAD DUST CONTROL APPLICATION

The Pope County Highway Department is planning for the application of liquid calcium chloride for dust control on county roads in Pope County.

Residents along county roads should contact the Pope County Highway Department if they wish to have calcium chloride applied to their road.

The cost of a single application is $1.42/ linear foot. All costs must be paid in advance of the application and is for a one-time application.

Interested parties should contact the Pope County Highway Department at (320) 634-7745 on or before Friday, May 3rd, 2024.

Residents along city and township roads are to contact their local road authority if they wish to have the calcium chloride applied. The cities and townships are responsible for administering the dust control program for roads under their jurisdiction.

It is to be understood that roads will still be maintained as necessary as determined by the road authority.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202402 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT REPEAL OF OUTDATED PROVISIONS OF THE POPE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATIVE ORDINANCE

The Pope County Board of Commissioners shall have on its agenda a proposed ordinance and shall conduct a related public hearing on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 9:00 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Courthouse Third Floor Boardroom on the proposed adoption of Ordinance No. 202404, which would repeal outdated provisions of the Pope County Environmental Health Administrative Ordinance. The proposed ordinance, if adopted, would specifically repeal Ordinance No. 201001, adopted May 18, 2010, which addressed licensure and fees regulating certain activities under the authority of public health offices under Minnesota laws and rules, where separate procedures are not established by delegation agreements with the State of Minnesota.  Specific public health licenses and fees are now addressed elsewhere in Ordinance Nos. 201501, 201502, 201503, 201504, and 201505, and public health officials advise no further need for the remaining provisions of Ordinance No. 201001.  The draft ordinance may be viewed here on the Pope County website at www.popecountymn.gov under News and Announcements.  The public may also view the draft ordinance and offer written comments on the ordinance before the date and time of the hearing to the County Administrator’s Office in person or by mail at the Pope County Courthouse, 130 Minnesota Ave. E., Glenwood, MN 56334.  The public is also invited to attend and offer oral or written testimony before the Board at the public hearing.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT DANGEROUS, AT-LARGE, AND NUISANCE ANIMAL ORDINANCE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT DANGEROUS, AT-LARGE, AND NUISANCE ANIMAL ORDINANCE

The Pope County Board of Commissioners shall have on its agenda a proposed ordinance and shall conduct a related public hearing on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 9:00 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Courthouse Third Floor Boardroom on the proposed adoption of Ordinance No. 202403, which would regulate dangerous, at-large, and nuisance dogs, domestic animals, and prohibited animals in the County. The proposed ordinance, if adopted, would declare dogs and domestic and prohibited animals running at large without permission on the property of another to be unlawful; define procedures and powers related to the designation of dangerous dogs and animals; allow for the declaration of dogs and other domestic or prohibited animals to be nuisances when running at large, exhibiting dangerous propensities, disturbing the peace, producing uncontrolled waste, menacing, attacking, or biting; and provide for the impoundment, enclosure, and claim procedure for seized animals. The proposed ordinance defines the penalty for its violation as a misdemeanor, and also allows for other statutory and taxation of cost remedies to be pursued for violations. The draft ordinance may be viewed here on the Pope County website at www.popecountymn.gov under News and Announcements.  The public may also view the draft ordinance and offer written comments on the ordinance before the date and time of the hearing to the County Administrator’s Office in person or by mail at the Pope County Courthouse, 130 Minnesota Ave. E., Glenwood, MN 56334.  The public is also invited to attend and offer oral or written testimony before the Board at the public hearing.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 202403 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT CANNABIS PUBLIC USE ORDINANCE

The Pope County Board of Commissioners shall have on its agenda a proposed ordinance and shall conduct a related public hearing on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 9:00 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Courthouse Third Floor Boardroom on the proposed adoption of Ordinance No. 202402, which would regulate the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in public places and prohibit the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products by those under the age of 21.  In accordance with recent state legislation, local governments may regulate certain uses of cannabis and related products in public places and as otherwise allowed by statute. The proposed ordinance, if adopted, would prohibit the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in public places; prohibit the smoking or vaping of cannabis or other derived or similar products in a location where inhalation of a minor may occur; and prohibit recreational use of cannabis or other derived or similar products by those under the age of 21. The proposed ordinance defines the penalty for violation as a petty misdemeanor, a fine-only penalty not to exceed $300 in accordance with law. The draft ordinance may be viewed here on the Pope County website at www.popecountymn.gov under News and Announcements.  The public may also view the draft ordinance and offer written comments on the ordinance before the date and time of the hearing to the County Administrator’s Office in person or by mail at the Pope County Courthouse, 130 Minnesota Ave. E., Glenwood, MN 56334.  The public is also invited to attend and offer oral or written testimony before the Board at the public hearing.

INFORMATION ON PROPOSED BIG STONE SOUTH TO ALEXANDRIA POWERLINE PROJECT IN POPE COUNTY

INFORMATION ON PROPOSED BIG STONE SOUTH TO ALEXANDRIA POWERLINE PROJECT IN POPE COUNTY

Pope County and its residents have been receiving correspondence from proponents Otter Tail Power Company and Missouri River Energy Services regarding a proposed powerline project, the “Big Stone South to Alexandria” line.

According to filings by the project proponents, the currently-proposed potential routes for this project do include a significant portion of Pope County land.

Therefore, as a public service, Pope County is advising its residents of the proposed project and noting upcoming opportunities for public engagement at upcoming public meetings, which include an open house on February 20, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Central Square, 105 2nd Ave NE, in Glenwood. Other dates and project information can be found on at www.bigstonesouthtoalexandria.com, the proponents’ project page.

Note that Pope County is not affiliated with the proposed project before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and questions or comments regarding the project should be directed to the proponents, Otter Tail Power Company and Missouri River Energy Services, or to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Contact information for each of those agencies appears below.

 

PROJECT PROPONENTS: REGULATORY AUTHORITY:
Big Stone South to Alexandria
Otter Tail Power Company and Missouri River Energy Services
(800) 598-5587
connect@BigStoneSouthtoAlexandria.com
www.bigstonesouthtoalexandria.com
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
(800) 657-3782
consumer.puc@state.mn.us
www.mn.gov/puc/