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Beltrami County Board to discuss designating Three Island Park to National Register of Historic Places

The State Review Board is planning to consider nominating a site within Beltrami County's Three Island Park to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will discuss the county's application of Three Island Park for the register during its meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the County Board Room at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Three Island Park, approximately 12 miles north of Bemidji, is in Port Hope Township. The county acquired the park in 1967 when the state deeded the land to the county to be used for a park and recreation area.

In a letter written to County Administrator Tony Murphy, Barbara Mitchell Howard, deputy state historic preservation officer, invited commissioners to attend the State Review Board meeting March 27, where the Review Board will consider the county's application.

Before Three Island Park was last restored, an archaeological survey was completed and cultural material was recovered from the site, according to the county's National Register registration form.

Artifacts such as pottery shards, worked bone tools, projectile points, and well-preserved and abundant animal remains were found, indicating the site primarily functioned as a seasonal fishing camp.

In her letter Howard stated having the site listed in the National Register does not mean limits will be placed on the property by the federal government.

In other business, the county board will consider 2012 forest development bids, engineering services needed to replace the jail boiler and the Beltrami County Soil and Water District's request for funds for a project on Moose River.