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A park, a trail and a breather for library

Construction-orange fencing cautions visitors of ongoing repairs to the Douglas County Services Center building in Alexandria. Photo by Crystal Dey.

A tiny voice was heard in the background at the March 27 county board meeting. She wasn't presenting before the board, but watched as her father addressed the commissioners. The action they took will surely benefit her in the near future.

Douglas County commissioners heard the request of Millerville Township supervisor Steve Boesl to apply funds toward building a new park in Millerville.

Park Superintendent Al Lieffort supports the project.

"We don't have a park in Millerville Township," Lieffort said.

Outdated equipment sits near a baseball field in the churchyard. Lieffort said the equipment doesn't meet safety standards and should be removed.

Millerville Township supervisors and a group of community volunteers developed a new design for rebuilding the playground, including a restroom facility. Supervisor Ken Kuhn also attended the meeting in support of the project.

Seventy-five percent of funds collected in a township are devoted to projects within that community. Currently there is $8,500 in the county park dedication fund that has come from money collected in the Lakes Aaron and Moses subdivsions.

The playground project is estimated to cost $62,000 upon completion. More than $25,000 has already been raised through local donations and fundraisers.

Grants have been applied for from Otto Bremer, Runestone Electric Association's Operation Round-up, Tastefully Simple, Veden Trust and Douglas Machine.

Commissioners approved the Millerville Township supervisors' request for $8,500.


County commissioners accepted the Central Lakes State Trail Maintenance Cooperative Agreement on March 27. The 37.5-mile trail extends from Fergus Falls to the city of Osakis in Douglas, Grant and Otter Tail counties.

Under the agreement, the state will provide funding to the county for continued maintenance at a maximum rate of $1,100 per mile annually for a total not to exceed $41,250.

Approval was also given to Public Works Director Dave Robley to hire seasonal workers.


Construction is ongoing at the Douglas County Services Center building. Part of that construction is asbestos abatement.

Rumors have been circulating that the Douglas County Library will be relocating to allow for removal of asbestos in that portion of the building. Board chairman Jerry Johnson said that is not true - not yet anyway.

"OSHA feels that there isn't a real need [for abatement] right now because the numbers that they have found are very low," Johnson said.

Construction and abatement on the library have been postponed "indefinitely," possibly for one to two years, at this time.

At the library's request, the county will monitor the air every six months. Johnson said the library staff has expressed its acceptance of these terms. Library Director Karen Simmons said the library board agrees with the county's action as well.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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