Houlton farm

The city of Elk River hosted an open house on the Houlton Farm acquisition Wednesday at City Hall. The Trust for Public Land is in the process of buying the 335-acre farm for a conservation area open to public hunting and fishing. The farm is located along the Mississippi and Elk rivers, near the Orono [...]

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The city of Elk River will host an open house on the Houlton Farm property acquisition from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 24, at Elk River City Hall Upper Town Conference Room, 13065 Orono Parkway. Topics covered will include: •How and when the city will acquire the property •Grant requirements for the property •A wildlife and [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Efforts to turn the Houlton Farm in Elk River into a publicly owned conservation area are moving forward. Representatives from The Trust for Public Land and the city of Elk River met Tuesday with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council in St. Paul. The Council voted to add the farm to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A new grant possibility has emerged for the city of Elk River to acquire the Houlton farm. The new player is The Trust for Public Land, which has grant funds available and has offered to seek approval to buy the farm and donate it to the city. The farm is [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The city of Elk River has received word that it will not get a $2 million grant that would have helped pave the way for the Houlton Farm to become a park. The notification came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. John Houlton, who represents the farm’s ownership group, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council has agreed to settle the issue of deferred water and sewer assessments on the Houlton Farm by reducing the amount the owners owe by $120,000. Under the plan, the city would recoup that money by renting out crop land at the farm. The Conservation Fund [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council appears open to at least considering becoming a financial partner in the purchase of the Houlton Farm for a park. At issue are deferred special assessments from a 1992 project that brought city sewer and water to the western area of Elk River. The Houlton [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Work is continuing to possibly turn a 335-acre riverfront farm in Elk River into a park. The farm is located near the Orono Dam and has been in the Houlton family since the 1870s. Steve Hobbs, Minnesota project director for The Conservation Fund, said they already have about a third of the [...]

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The public is invited to attend an informational meeting to discuss the Houlton Farm property in Elk River. Meet with representatives from the city of Elk River, the Friends of the Mississippi River and The Conservation Fund to discuss the land acquisition process. The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, [...]

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