WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to create a task force to study sewer treatment for properties near the Highways 371 and 200 junction east of Walker.
The task force will recommend, within 90 days to the county board, how to handle sewage disposal from future development at this intersection, including that from a planned Northern Lights Casino expansion.
Cass Administrator Robert Yochum was charged with seeking task force representation from Leech Lake Reservation, the county, Shingobee and Turtle Lake Townships, Tri-County Leech Lake Watershed Project and Breezy Point Homeowners Association.
More than 100 people filled Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School cafeteria for a meeting Tuesday. Leech Lake Reservation's project manager Dale Hall of Bossardt Corp. described the reservation's current sewage treatment proposal.
Leech Lake Reservation plans to build a new, larger casino at the junction within the next year, followed by a hotel complex in another development stage.
The reservation asked the county about a month ago to trade 141 acres of county managed tax forfeited land a mile and a half north of the current casino for tribal land. The current county site would be used to develop sewer ponds to treat sewage from the casino complex.
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