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Legislative update

Friday, October 22, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

The Aitkin County Association of Townships held its quarterly meeting this week. They conducted the meeting using a hybrid in-person and remote video conference format. The group met in person at the Aitkin County Commissioners’ board room, with Aitkin County providing video conferencing capability to allow township officials to also participate remotely.

The large county meeting room facilitated appropriate spacing for members that attended in person and the video conferencing system went on without a hitch.

Mark Jeffers, Aitkin County Economic Development Coordinator presented the county’s draft five-year economic development plan. The plan looks across all avenues within the county on measures that can enhance the economic health of the area. Objectives include:

  • Provide a single point of contact for existing business owners, new business owners and entrepreneurs that identifies all resources available for their business success.
  • Spotlight quality of life in Aitkin County by highlighting our extensive outdoor recreational resources.
  • Improve broadband access to all Aitkin County residents and visitors to support vibrant communities.
  • Attract businesses located outside of Aitkin County.
  • Listen to the needs of the community to drive the economic engine.

The detailed plan can be accessed here. It was introduced to the county board of commissioners at their Oct 12 meeting. It is currently under review and ultimately will return to the board for final consideration and implementation.

Don’t hesitate to provide input to your county commissioner or Mark. Contact info can be found at this link.

The Kurt Peysar Aitkin County Auditor updated the group on local elections that occur on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Absentee voting and voting in-person are already in progress. The Aitkin School District has a levy question on the ballot and the Hill City School District will be filling two vacant school board positions.

Detailed information on the polling places for these elections is here.

Aitkin School Superintendent Dan Stifter provided an update on the levy question. He can be contacted (218) 927-2115, ext. 3420 for more info.

This week we finally saw significant frost on the pumpkins. That was quite a change from the very enjoyable above average temperatures that we have experienced for most of October.

This is a great time of the year to participate in outdoor activities. Think safety and remember school buses are on the road weekdays every morning and afternoon. Please obey those flashing lights and stop-arm signals.



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