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Lake County Resumes Expansion Work for Superior Hiking Trailhead Parking

Crystal Bay Township, Lake County, MN – The Lake County Highway Department has resumed work to expand the parking area for the Superior Hiking Trailhead on Little Marais Road (Highway 6) in Crystal Bay Township outside Finland. Lake County staff will be constructing a significantly larger parking area and new entrance off Little Marais Road. This new parking area will provide additional parking for this popular trailhead and will provide a larger setback from nearby Sawmill Creek. 

Construction work is expected to be wrapped up by mid-June. In the meantime, trail users are asked to utilize the old parking area and if crews are working and hauling materials, they may direct you to the nearby Lake County gravel pit where alternate parking will be made available. Your cooperation is requested to help expedite the project and keep the worksite and trail access safe for everyone.   

Questions regarding the project can be directed to the Lake County Highway Department at (218) 834-8380.

June 2, 2021 Timber Auction

Auction Location Change

Auction has been moved to the Lake County Highway Department parking lot
1513 Highway 2, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Please practice current Covid guidelines as recommended by the MDH

Auction Announcement

Auction List of Tracts

Cutting Regulations

County Forest Road Closures

Due to spring thaw, some Lake County-managed forest roads were not firm enough to support vehicle traffic. All county forest roads are now open. Please check this page for a list of these roads and any further updates on their status. Thank you for your cooperation.

Property Taxes Due May 15

Lake County has a drop-box available in front of the Law Enforcement Center Building at 601 3rd Ave.  There will be a sign on the drop box indicating that property tax payments are being accepted.

Taxpayers can now view or print their current or delinquent tax statements whenever they desire using http://parcelinfo.com.

Taxes can be paid by mail, using the drop box or online.

Appointments can be made for in-person payment.  Please call (218) 834-8315 to schedule a time.

Please see the Auditor’s office webpage for details.

Lake County to Restrict Vehicle Weights on The Garden Lake Bridge

The Lake County Highway Department and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will post reduced legal weight limits over the Garden Lake Bridge on Fernberg Road (CSAH 18), beginning no later than March 1, 2021. The maximum vehicle weight will be set at 32 tons for truck/trailer combinations and 20 tons for single unit trucks.

The decision is a result of an updated load rating analysis, which is completed regularly to address changes in standards and regulations across the state’s roadway network. The reduced legal weight posting is necessary for the bridge to remain in service for the remainder of its planned life span. The bridge remains safe for use. Questions can be directed to the Lake County Highway Department at (218) 834-8380. 

Lake County ADA Transition Plan for Pedestrian Infrastructure

The Lake County ADA Transition Plan draft is available for public review and comment through March 2, 2021.  The draft plan can be viewed online at www.co.lake.mn.us/highway/construction-projects/  Hard copies are also available for review at the Lake County Highway Department, Court House, or Health and Human Services Center. 

The Lake County ADA Transition Plan includes an evaluation of the county’s pedestrian infrastructure located in the public roadway right-of-way.  Infrastructure was evaluated for compliance with the guidelines of the Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), as adopted by MnDOT.  The plan also includes schedule goals and the framework for how non-compliant facilities will be corrected to PROWAG standards. 

Alternate accommodations to review and comment on the draft plan will be made available upon request.  Request for accommodation can be made to Darbie Eschenbacher by calling 218-510-0649 or by email at Darbie.Eschenbacher@co.lake.mn.us

Comments on the plan can be emailed to the Lake County Highway Engineer Jason.DiPiazza@co.lake.mn.us, or mailed/delivered to the Lake County Highway Department at the address above.  Comments will be reviewed by the Highway Engineer and included in the final plan.  The final plan is scheduled to be reviewed by the County Board in March, 2021 for consideration and adoption.

County Small Business and Nonprofit Organization Economic Relief Grant Program

The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved another round of Economic Grant Relief to distribute $256,250 of state funding to help small business and nonprofit organizations.

Tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your business or nonprofit organization.

Your organization is invited to submit a grant application; download the document below to learn more about grant eligibility, procedures and guidelines.  

2021 Recycling Center Schedule

In 2021, the Lake County Recycling Center is open Monday-Friday, 7:30AM to 5:30PM and on Saturday between 8:00AM and 12:00PM.

The Recycling Center will be closed all Sundays and the following days:

  • January 1st, 2nd
  • February 15th
  • March 8th
  • April 2nd, 3rd
  • May 31st
  • July 5th
  • July 10th
  • September 6th
  • November 15th
  • November 25th, 26th, 27th
  • December 24th, 25th

2021 Recycling Center Schedule

Do Not Plow Snow Onto County Roads

Do not deposit snow on public roads! This includes pushing snow across county roads!

According to the Lake County Highway Department, depositing snow in any fashion onto a County Road is illegal and punishable as a misdemeanor under Minnesota Statute 160.27 and various local ordinances which prohibit plowing, shoveling, blowing or placing snow onto public roadways.  Any violation will be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Department in the interest of public safety.

Lake County Highway Department also cautions that the act of placing snow onto a public roadway can subject a person to a civil liability if a road hazard, such as a slippery area, frozen rut or bump, occurs and causes a traffic accident.  This civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person who actually placed the snow onto the roadway.  You also may be liable for damage to County snowplow equipment.

Lake County Highway Department asks all citizens to obey these rules which are designed to keep Minnesota’s 131,100 miles of streets, roads and highways safe during winter months.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Jason DiPiazza
Lake County Highway Engineer

CARES Act Charitable Nonprofit Grants

Lake County has received $1.28 million to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as small businesses, charitable nonprofits, congregate care facilities, health services, local government expenses, and individuals in need.

“Our highest priority is to send the bulk of these funds to our small businesses and non-profits who are hardest hit financially during this crisis, along with our most vulnerable citizens and those who care for them,” according to County Administrator Matt Huddleston. “We’re pleased that up to $850,000 is available directly to our business community.”

Learn more from the documents below or at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s website (updated 10/22).

CARES Act Lake County Small Business Relief Fund

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners has partnered with the Lake County Chamber of Commerce to create a Small Business Relief Fund, utilizing funds from Lake County’s CARES Act allotment.

Small businesses play a crucial role in each Lake County community, and this fund will provide monetary relief to help ease the burden of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible small businesses may apply for up to $10,000 in grant funds, to be used for the reimbursement of eligible expenses, as defined below.

Guidelines and application are available on Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s website

(Article originally from Lake County Chamber of Commerce).

Press Release – Caribou River Fatality

At approximately 2132 hours on September 7, 2020, Lake County Dispatch received a report of 29 year old man from Rochester who had fallen into the Caribou River and was unresponsive.  It was reported that Daniel Allman had been hiking with a friend when he fell approximately 100 feet from a cliff, landing in the water below.  Allman was removed from the water by his friend.  Lifesaving attempts were performed by the friend, Lake County Rescue Squad and Lake County Ambulance Service.  Allman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Responding agencies were Lake County Rescue Squad, Lake County Ambulance Service, Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release – Plane Crash on White Iron Lake

8/21/2020 – 2:24PM – The pilot, and only occupant, of the plane has been identified as Dr. Kyle Edlund, of Woodbury Dental Care.  Dr. Edlund was flying a Lance Air 4-seater, single engine N997S. 

Correction: Dr. Edlund was last at his hotel in Ely at 10:15 pm and flew out soon after.

8/21/2020 – 9:00AM – At approximately 2308 hours on 08/20/2020, Lake County Dispatch received a call reporting a possible plane crash on White Iron Lake.  The pilot, and only occupant, left the Ely Airport shortly after 9:00 pm and ended up crashing into White Iron Lake.  The plane was heading towards the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport from the Ely Airport.

Responders found the victim, a 58-year old male from Woodbury, MN, died on impact.

Responding to the scene were the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Rescue Squad, Morse-Fall Lake Fire Department and Ely Ambulance.

This accident is still under investigation.

Lake County Supports Governor’s Mask Mandate

“Lake County is pleased to see the state take leadership on this issue,” said Matthew Huddleston, Lake County Administrator. “Masks are an important way to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect ourselves, families, neighbors and businesses. Businesses need to stay open and we want to see all residents stay healthy.”

Mask Up Minnesota to help slow the spread of COVID-19

MSA Professional Services

MSA Professional Services
Address:
David Wierzba
332 W Superior St
Ste 600
Duluth, MN 55802
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (715) 790-3555
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

North Country Land Surveying

North Country Land Surveying
Address:
Anthony (Tony) Lueck
6098 Ryan Road
Duluth, MN 55804
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 525-3708
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Northern Lights Surveying & Mapping

Northern Lights Surveying and Mapping
Address:
1518 S 8th St
Ste 2
Virginia, MN 55792
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 741-2575
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Samuel Parker

Samuel Parker
Address:
PO Box 38
Lutsen, MN 55612
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 663-7528
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

SEH

SEH
Address:
Chris Larsen
418 W Superior St
Ste 200
Duluth, MN 55802-1512
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 279-3000
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

TKDA

TKDA
Address:
David Szyszkoski
4560 Norway Pines Place
Hermantown, MN 55811
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 727-8796
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Tofte Land Survey

Tofte Land Survey
Address:
326 2nd Ave
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 834-2843
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Arro of the North, LLC

Arro of the North, LLC
Address:
David Serrano
Charlie LeDuc
825 3rd Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649
Website:
Email:
Phone 1: (218) 283-2776
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

JPJ Engineering, Inc.

JPJ Engineering, Inc.
Address:
Randy Morton, PLS
5670 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811
Website: http://www.jpjeng.com/
Email: JPJ@jpjeng.com
Phone 1: (218) 720-6219
Phone 2: (none available)
Fax: (218) 720-6267

Brett Land Surveying

Brett Land Surveying
Address:
Jeff Brett
PO Box 565
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 387-1726
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Bill Hayden Land Surveying, Inc.

Bill Hayden Land Surveying, Inc.
Address:
Folz Blvd
PO Box 510
Moose Lake, MN 55767
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 485-4811
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Benchmark Engineering

Benchmark Engineering
Address:
PO Box 261 Mt Iron, MN 55768
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 735-8914
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Bear Island Surveying

Bear Island Surveying
Address:
Charlie Chernak
943 E. Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 365-6893
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

ALTA Land Survey Company

ALTA Land Survey Company
Address:
Dave Evanson
102 South 21st Ave. W
Suite 4
Duluth, MN 55806
Website: http://www.altalandsurveyduluth.com/
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 727-5211
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Up North Title

Up North Title
Address:
607 8th St. N
Virginia, MN 55792
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 749-1031
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

St Louis County Title Company

St Louis County Title Company
Address:
309 Alworth Bldg.
Duluth, MN 55802
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 727-8696
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Pioneer Abstract

Pioneer Abstract
Address:
1728 London Rd
Duluth, MN 55812
Also located in Superior, WI
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 728-0476
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Northeast Title

Northeast Title
Address:
107 E Camp St.
Ely, MN 55731
Also located in Cook and Virginia
Website: http://www.northeasttitlecompany.com/
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 365-5256
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

National Title – Duluth

National Title – Duluth
Address:
404 W. Superior St.
#200
Duluth, MN 55802
Website: http://www.nationaltitleduluth.com/
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 727-1176
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (218) 727-1076

Consolidated Title & Abstract Company

Consolidated Title & Abstract Company
Address:
100 Providence Bldg
332 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Website: http://www.firstam.com/
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 722-1495
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Carlton County Abstract

Carlton County Abstract
Address:
817 Cloquet Ave
Cloquet, MN 55720-1546
Website: http://www.carltoncoabstract.com/
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 879-3454
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Canoe Country Title

Canoe Country Title
Address:
PO Box 240
Ely, MN 55731
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 365-5551
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

Arrowhead Abstract & Title Company

Arrowhead Abstract & Title Company
Address:
100 Torrey Building
314 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Also in Ely and Moose Lake
Website: http://www.arrowheadabstract.com/
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 722-0052
Phone 2: (not available)
Fax: (not available)

All American Title Co.

All American Title Co.
Address:
2504 1st Ave. Hibbing, MN 55746
Website: (not available)
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 263-6525
Phone 2: 1 (866) 405-6565
Fax: (not available)