Many readers might remember 10 years ago when local woman, Rose Marie Bly went missing.
Bly was last seen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2009 when she left her home on the 2300 block of River Road in St. Croix Falls. She left to meet her cousin at a local bar in Cushing.
Bly was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. Some time later that night she had called her husband to let him know that she would be home by midnight. However, Bly never arrived in Cushing, and has never been heard from again.
Five days after Bly vanished, her car was found abandoned in a parking lot in Grantsburg near the post office that was often used by truck drivers to park their tractor trailers. The car was not damaged. There were no signs of foul play and the keys were missing.
At the Polk County Board meeting on Monday night one of the items that was originally slated for consideration was Resolution 33-19, a resolution creating a Polk County Ordinance regarding a temporary moratorium on livestock facilities.
The resolution stems from the recent dust up in Burnett County regarding a request for a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) in the Trade Lake area.
CAFO is an EPA term for a large concentrated AFO (animal feeding operation). A CAFO is an AFO with more than 1,000 animal units (an animal unit is defined as an animal equivalent of 1,000 pounds live weight and equates to 1,000 head of beef cattle, 700 dairy cows, 2,500 swine weighing more than 55 pounds, 125,000 broiler chickens, or 82,000 laying hens or pullets) confined on site for more than 45 days during the year.
Any size AFO that discharges manure or wastewater into a natural or man-made ditch, stream or other waterway is defined as a CAFO, regardless of size.
At the St. Croix Falls School Board meeting on Tuesday night, Athletic Director Paul Randolph was present to discuss a number of topics, amongst them was the request of one student's family to “rejoin” the ski-team co-op with Chisago Lakes.
The school district hasn't participated in the co-op for a number of years.
“The last time we participated in it was eight years ago,” noted Randolph. “It was a seventh grader. She participated for a year and then was done. During that time, they (Chisago Lakes) have changed athletic directors three times.”
Randolph noted that if the board decided to approve the request, it would only be good for one year as the Chisago Lakes School District had formally requested to dissolve the co-op to their athletic governing body.
“They have the numbers sufficient to support it,” said Randolph. “They have numbers in the 30s. I approached Forest Lake about a co-op and they were not interested either, because they also have the numbers to support the program. And North Branch doesn't have a downhill team, only a cross country ski team.” August 15, 2019
Committee reports were next and Luck Golf Course Superintendent Kevin Clunis was present to provide the board an update:
“July 19 we will remember for a long time. My first count of about 150 trees damaged was way low. As the week went by and I recounted, there were 164 trees that ended up on the ground from the storm and 112 more trees were damaged with another 78 that still had hangers up in there – and that's 352 trees that had some sort of damage (his math). The 164 on the ground are being taken care of now, with 54 other trees to be removed as they are too damaged – and there's still a couple more I'm debating on – to keep them or cut them.”
“Not the beer tree?” queried Rasmussen. “You are keeping that right?”