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Pioneer Editiorial: Commissioners take active role in improvements

Beltrami County has made many improvements to parks and infrastructure in recent years. Specifically, Rognlien Park had once been a shabby little hangout on Grant Lake, strewn with litter and showing signs of vandalism. Now, the park is a delight...

Beltrami County has made many improvements to parks and infrastructure in recent years.

Specifically, Rognlien Park had once been a shabby little hangout on Grant Lake, strewn with litter and showing signs of vandalism. Now, the park is a delightful family picnic and swimming venue. Grass is tended, restrooms are installed, trees have been planted and a new shelter invites gatherings.

Now, Three Island Park has received not only a facelift but a wide range of amenities. At one time, the area near the dam showed signs of wear and tear. Now a ladder helps spawning fish reach Three Island Lake. An archeological exhibit shows that people have camped near the river for thousands of years. And a building, complete with fireplace, offers shelter in summer and winter. The shelter was built with donations from the North Country Snowmobile Club, whose members groom the county's more than 400 miles of trails.

The new facilities at Three Island Park are scheduled for a dedication ceremony Sept. 24.

To witness these improvements first hand, the Beltrami County Commissioners, along with county employees responsible for such improvements, will take an eight-hour tour of parks and roads currently under construction or in line for proposed projects.

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We commend the commissioners for their active approach to the county's business. They could simply meet and take reports from the parks and road department officials, but they are taking a whole day out of their personal schedules before they convene the regular evening meeting. Whether we agree with all the decisions the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners makes, there is no question the members are sincerely dedicated to their roles in local government.

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