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Jay Backstrom, Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District Board chairman, asks Beltrami County commissioners recently for $25,000 to consolidate with the Marshall-Beltrami SWCD and to transition into the Beltrami County Environmental Services Department. The County Board gave $10,000 and asked Backstrom to return with a report before requesting the remaining $15,000. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Soil and Water Conservation District transition is a rocky road

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The Marshall-Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District is no more, and the Beltrami County SWCD finds itself traveling a rocky road to become a Beltrami County agency.

While no formal agreement has been signed, the direction calls for the Beltrami SWCD to become part of the Beltrami County Environmental Services Department. It's a move that became necessary when the county stopped funding SWCD administration.

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