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Sandpiper Construction to Begin in 2018

By Staff | May 6, 2016

Construction of the part of a new oil pipeline that will run through Pierce County could start in 2018, Pierce County Commissioners learned at their meeting Tuesday morning.

The board met with Katie Haarsager, community relations advisor for Enbridge Pipeline Company, who said that the in-service date for the Sandpiper Pipeline was moved to 2019, due to regulatory delays in Minnesota. Haarsager said construction could start in 2018, and that once completed the county could receive a conservative estimate of $500,000 in property taxes due to the pipeline.

Once completed, the pipeline will carry oil from North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minn., via a pipe that is two feet in diameter. From Clearbrook, the oil will travel to a terminal in Superior, Wis., via 30-inch diameter pipe. In the county, the pipeline would go through Tofte, Hurricane Lake, Rush Lake, Walsh and Torgerson townships.

The board gave permission to N.D. Pipeline Company LLC, who is building the part of Sandpiper going through the county, use 20th Ave NE as a means to get trucks and equipment down to 68th St NE. The board gave permission to use 68th Street NE in its September 2015 meeting, as an area the pipeline would cross between Dewey and Walsh townships had wetlands.


The board approved a motion to send a letter to the City of Rugby to begin paying rent in the amount of $1,200 for space occupied at the Law Enforcement Center in January of next year. Auditor-Treasurer Karin Fursather said the city had been sent a bill for rent and the county did not receive a response.

Commission chairman Dave Migler questioned the need for the joint city-county LEC board.

“It’s fruitless to have those meetings,” Migler said, adding that the LEC board did not meet in January.

States’ Attorney Galen Mack said that as long as the county is receiving money for the Law Enforcement Center, the joint board has to be in place.


The board met with Shelley Block, Rugby Chamber of Commerce executive director, who was requesting cooperation in repairing the Geographical Center Monument near Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant in Rugby. Block said that two years ago it had been discovered that a rock was missing from the monument. Block said the Convention & Visitors Bureau got a hold of Kimball Masonry, who noticed rocks on the top of the monument were loose. Mack said he could not advise the county giving money to support monument repairs, and that the county could face liability if it does so.


The board approved a transfer of funds in the amount of $1,837.70* to Torgerson Township.

The board approved an abatement request from Amanda Rost, and denied an abatement request from Gary Oksendahl.

The board approved a $100,000 transfer from the County Poor Relief fund to Social Services.

The board approved allowing the auditor to issue checks to election workers.

The board approved an increase in rent for the Memorial Hall kitchen and dining room from $30 to $50, effective July 1.

The board tabled a bid proposal from B&J Excavating for work on the permanent alternate route project in Hillside Township. The bid was $156,512.75, which was more than what the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed for repairs.

Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, informed the board that out of H.B. 1176 funds the county received, $550,216.91 would go toward the Selz road project,$342,116.89 would go toward the Balta road project (excluding the city) and $560,000 would go to graveling from Balta 9 miles east to the county line. Out of S.B. 2013 funds, $993,977.56 would go toward repairing the Rugby golf course road.

Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board that there were 45 total calls in April: 1 medical; 5 fire; 10 assist other agencies; 5 prisoner transports; 16 arrests; 19 citations; 30 papers served; 6 warrants served. Siegler informed the board he is looking for a part-time dispatcher. The board tabled a bid proposal from McGuires for a new vehicle.

Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner informed the board that the facility population sits at 119; March showed a profit of $11,627.12; there were two job openings at the facility; that he is looking into corrections officer training at the facility.

The board approved a call for bids for a new motorgrader.

The board approved the March meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer’s checks.

* Edited from print edition. NOTE: The number in the print edition was incorrect. Torgerson Township received $1,837.70 not $1,387.70 in the fund transfer.

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