Houlton farm

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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by Joni Astrup Associate editor A 315-acre farm along the Mississippi River in Elk River is for sale, and the Elk River City Council is interested in gathering more information about the possibility of buying it for park land. The city staff had been approached by Dotseth Realty, inquiring if the city is interested in [...]

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