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Special meeting scheduled for Perkins Lake environmental assessment consideration

MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners will consider whether an environmental assessment is necessary for a zoning amendment and proposed development at the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property on Perkins Lake at a special board meeting on Tuesday, July 31 at 9:00 a.m.

The requirement to consider whether an Environmental Assessment Worksheet is necessary was prompted by a citizen petition with 165 signatures that was sent to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. The petitioners' representative, Michael O'Reilly, owns land that is surrounded by the proposed commercial development.

The deadline for the board to consider the request for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet is August 2. Environmental Services/Planning and Zoning Administrator Bill Kleindl suggested meeting to discuss the issue on July 31 in case the board needed extra time or information before making a decision.

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.