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Nobles County sells one oddball property, has no bids for another

Commissioners had a closed bid sale for two small pieces of land, but only one received bids and was sold at Tuesday's meeting.

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WORTHINGTON — A 3,500-square-foot piece of land owned by Nobles County was sold Tuesday for $1,000 to Patricia Karl of Worthington, after a sealed bidding process in which she was the only bidder.

Both Karl’s newly purchased parcel, located in the Green Thumb Addition, and another parcel up for sale that received no bids, the south five feet of Lot 7, Block 6 in the Cherry Point Park area, were likely vacated alleyways that at some point may have been left off the property survey of one of the adjacent landowners.

County commissioners decided to sell both parcels in a sealed bid process during an October meeting.

As there were no bids for the Cherry Point Park parcel, which also seems to have a corner of a building on it from a neighboring property, county commissioners advised Joyce Jacobs, Nobles County auditor-treasurer, to talk to the person who owns that building.

“I will be doing that,” Jacobs said.

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In other news Tuesday, the board:

  • Approved a 2-year feedlot program delegation agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which describes the county’s plans, strategies and goals for the feedlot program.

  • Renewed its guardianship service agreement with Vicki Poier for $20 per hour plus mileage costs, with Lutheran Social Services for $55 an hour plus mileage and with Prairie Support Services Guardianship for $27 per hour plus mileage.

  • Approved an updated agreement with Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services for a health educator for Nobles County, which is supported with grants from the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

  • Renewed its partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to administer the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program in the county, which serves an average of 1,100 people monthly, with a grant of $237,000.

  • Approved a contract with St. Cloud attorney firm Rinke Noonan for assisting the county with a property tax appeal case.

  • Renewed a contract with Miriam Johnson/Godspeed Transcription by Miriam to assist the Nobles County Attorney’s Office support staff in meeting deadlines for preparation of cases.

  • Renewed a contract with Travis Smith and Kayla Johnson for appellate work and other special prosecution duties for the Nobles County Attorney’s Office.

  • Approved a cost-sharing agreement for transportation of students in foster care in District 518.

  • Approved a two-year agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for snow removal on Minnesota 264 and Nobles County 62.

  • Received the annual report on adult protection and child support from Nobles County Community Services.

  • Approved an agreement for $30 per hour with Tammy Markus for qualified residential treatment program assessment services for children being considered for placement in residential treatment settings.

  • Approved an auditing agreement with Clifton Larson Allen for $72,161 for the county’s 2021 audit.

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