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Beltrami County Board recommends nomination of Three Island Park for National Register

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners agreed during its regular meeting Tuesday to recommend Three Island Park to be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners agreed during its regular meeting Tuesday to recommend Three Island Park to be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

Located within the park is a precontact-age, woodland tradition campsite where cultural material was recovered during an intensive archaeological survey and evaluation undertaken in preparation for planned upgrades to the park.

The material found included pottery shards, worked bone tools, projectile points and a concentration of fish scales that indicates the site primarily functioned as a seasonal fishing camp.

Recreation Resource Manager John Winter asked the board to make the recommendation.

"What we found is that the site is so unusual," Winter said. "Most sites have been impacted and destroyed. This is intact."

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The State Review Board of the Minnesota Historical Society is prepared to review the county's application to designate the site on the National Register on March 27 in St. Paul.

In other business, the board moved to hire Engineering Design Initiative to replace existing 25-year-old boilers in the county jail.

The board also agreed to request funds from the Consolidated Conservation Fund for erosion repair and stream bank erosion occurring on the Moose River that is creating problems along the road bed of County Road 706.

Work meeting

Beltrami County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Mack presented a redistricting plan for county commissioner districts during Tuesday's work meeting prior to the regular meeting.

Mack pointed out that there was disproportionate growth within several different wards in Bemidji. Approximately 4,300 people switched districts and will have to vote in different locations with redistricting.

Members of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also met with the County Board to discuss benefits of Consolidated Conservation ditches in Beltrami County.

The two parties discussed the Minnesota DNR process and schedule of ditch benefit redeterminations on Consolidated Conservation lands.

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