Anoka County buys land for parks, hunting

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2013 - 12:02 PM

With help from the state and grants, Anoka County purchased 343 acres along Rice Creek.

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care4mnJan. 16, 13 9:13 AM

I wonder if our elected officials ever think about the loss of property tax revenue when making this type of decision? It is wonderful to have swaths of land for recreational activities but it does come at a price. Now instead of property tax revenue from this prime river front property we have the costs of maintenance, amenities and law enforcement. Just sayin'

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parksworkerJan. 16, 1310:58 PM

We are just thankful that our parks manager returned from Stockholm, Sweden without a huge ego after receiving his recent "Parks Trophy". He was given one this past summer (I think an image of Nobel was imprinted on it too!). And, care4mn, I suggest reading our manager's "master plan" document where Kordiak County Park will be relegated to a city park. Kind of a mean thing to do when the guy created the county park system, wouldn't you think? BUT, the upside is that the citizens of only that city (not the entire county) will be on the hook for paying for it!

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meechemillJan. 17, 1310:28 AM

I think it's great - Sounds like the County got a good deal on the land too. We need to preserve all the land we can for posterity and this is a really good idea. Generations to come will be able to enjoy the parks and lakes because of this purchase.

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