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New Law: Red Wing golf course sale authorized

Published (7/15/2011)
By Nick Busse
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The City of Red Wing wants to let a private investor buy its municipally owned golf course, but first it needs permission from state lawmakers. A new law allows the deal to go through.

Red Wing owns Mississippi National Golf Links, a 36-hole public golf course. The city contracts with a private firm to run it, but still ends up paying certain capital and maintenance costs. City officials say selling the course would save local taxpayers money while allowing the course to continue to operate.

Effective upon local approval, the law gives the city authority to sell the golf course, as long as the facilities remain open for public use. Also, effective May 25, 2011, the law allows the Department of Administration to give the city ownership of the road leading to the course.

The land on which the course resides was declared surplus state property in the 1970s, and Red Wing obtained it from the state by way of a special law passed in 1976. Supporters of the new law said it was unclear whether the law allows the city to sell the land, so city officials needed lawmakers to grant them the authority.

Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) and Sen. John Sterling Howe (R-Red Wing) are the sponsors.

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