WALKER -- Cass County Deputy Bill Connor introduced his new partner, Portos, to the county board Tuesday.
The sheriff's department bought and trained the 2 1/2-year-old pedigree dog who was bred in Poland with $18,300 in private and business donations. Portos has been certified to identify six narcotic drugs, to apprehend and to track, Connor said.
Minnesota DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam is scheduled to meet with the Cass County Board at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 during the regular board meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
Also on the board's agenda that date, depending upon the weather, will be a 1 p.m. tour of a proposed road easement on Bear Island in the east part of Leech Lake.
County Engineer David Enblom obtained board approval to sign an agreement with BNSF Railroad to enable the railroad to install signal cross arms at the east intersection with Cass County State Aid Highway 36 in southern Cass County.
The installation date will depend upon the railroad's budget, Enblom said.
The board set as priorities replacing bridges on Cass County State Aid Highways 1, 7, 58, and two on 17; County Roads 103, 161 and 147; town roads in Wilson and Wabedo; and on city streets in Lake Shore and East Gull Lake.
Enblom said timing to replace these bridges will depend upon when paving projects are being done in the same vicinity.
Commissioner Bob Kangas and Land Commissioner Norm Moody were named to represent the county on a U.S. Forest Service Trail Planning Team.
The board authorized Recorder Katie Norby to spend about $25,000 to convert additional microfilm records to digital images. When complete, the office will have 40 years of records in digital format, making them available to other county departments and through Internet remote access systems.
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