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.
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.
The Lake County Household Hazardous waste facility opens on May 12th from 12:00-5:30PM every Wednesday until fall. No early or late drop offs, contact Lake County Solid Waste at (218) 834-8303 for more information.
Senior Engineering Technician
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.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 244.052 and and 253D, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department would like to post notice of a release of an individual convicted of criminal sexual conduct. Please view the document below for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Lake County Highway Engineer
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).
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).
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.
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 has established a Mini Grant Program with CARES Act funds to support Congregate Care facilities in Lake County. Funds may be used for planning for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more from the documents below.
“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.”
On July 12, 2020 at approximately 0838 hours, Lake County Dispatch received a report of a truck on fire on the Prospector UTV trail off the Kawishiwi Trl. The truck apparently was involved in a crash and struck several trees, causing it to start on fire. It appears to be a full-size Chevrolet extended cab truck. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle perished in the fire. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall are still investigating the accident and fire, trying to determine the owner and occupant of the vehicle. If you have any information related to the accident, either the possible owner of the vehicle or the possible occupant of the vehicle, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
While things are reopening and folks are getting back to work, it is still important that mitigation measures are being followed to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. The risk is still very real. To protect yourself and others, take time with your coworkers to make sure you can make distancing work in your workplace. Stay safe, stay healthy!
Visit Lake County’s Coronavirus Hub for more information.
306 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
4913 Matterhorn Dr
Duluth, MN 55811
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 720-5833 (Duluth, W Superior St)
Phone 2: (218) 726-1487 (Duluth, Matterhorn Dr)
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1708 W Hwy 61
PO Box 819
Grand Marais, MN 55604
202 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
5005 Matterhorn Dr
Duluth, MN 55811
Email: (not available)
Phone 1: (218) 387-1950 (Grand Marais)
Phone 2: (218) 722-1321 (Duluth)
Fax: (not available)
Lake County is pleased to announce that it is now transitioning to ‘Limited Public Access’ status, allowing residents to enter county government offices by appointment. Those in need of County services are asked to contact departments directly for appointments.