Stevens County Coordinator Rebecca Young.

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, County Coordinator Rebecca Young noted that there has been some momentum in rural counties of the state to pass a resolution asking the governor to open the state’s economy on May 4, when the stay-at-home executive order is expected to end. About four county boards are taking such measures under consideration, but Young said the Association of Minnesota Counties has serious concerns about such measures.

“This is a public health emergency. The state’s managing it from that aspect,” said Young. “And to start putting pressure on it, they liken it to some of the 2nd Amendment resolutions — the Sanctuary City amendments — that are going out there. They feel like to keep a good relationship, to solidify resources and all that, that it’s counter-productive to what the governor’s staff is working for right now.”

The commissioners will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday for their weekly emergency management update. Those interested in attending should call 320-208-6583 to make arrangements.

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            The Stevens County Planning Commission passed two petitions for Conditional Use Permits at a meeting last Monday. One approved an expansion of the runway at Morris Municipal Airport. There was only one comment from the public on the petition, and it was in support of the project. The other approval was for an expansion of operations at Fresha, LLC. There were a few public comments submitted in support of that petition. Both of those are in Darnen Township.

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