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Jackson County Ditch (CD) 3 

Location: primarily Ewington and Alba Townships, but also includes sections of West Heron Lake and Rost Townships 

Size: provides drainage to approximately 15 square miles or 9,909 total acres 

Proposal: consists of cleaning/improving 3 open ditches, constructing 21 new tile branches and 19 new tile sub branches.

Status: The petition for outlet for the existing Lateral 1 was submitted to Jackson County. The Jackson County board held a hearing for this on November 21, 2017. The Jackson County Commissioners voted unanimously to grant the petition contingent upon the approval of the CD 3 improvement project. They also voted unanimously to adopt the benefits and outlet fees as recommended.

An appeal of the Redetermination of Benefits was filed with the court administrator on August 2, 2017. The Jackson County board held a hearing on December 7, 2017 to hear a request for a new Redetermination of Benefits on CD 3. The Jackson County Commissioners voted unanimously to deny a request for a new redetermination based on the fact that there is not reason to change it, that they approve of the method used, and that there is no reason that it is not correct.

The HLWD held Adjourned Hearing 2 on March 29, 2018. Based upon the evidence, the Board of Managers of the HLWD found that the detailed survey report and viewers' report have been made and other proceedings have been completed under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103#; that the reports made or amended are complete and correct; that the damages and benefits have been properly determined; that the estimated benefits are greater than the total estimated cost, including damages; that the proposed drainage project will be of public utility and benefit, and will promote the public health; and that the proposed drainage project is practicable.

On April 17, 2017, the Board of Managers of the HLWD approved the Findings of Fact and Final Order Establish Drainage Project, Adopting and Confirming Viewers' Report of Improvement Benefits and Damages, Authorizing the Application of Separable Maintenance, and Direcint Construction of the Project.

Preliminary Engineer's Report

Preliminary Hearing

DNR Comments

BWSR Comments

Final Engineer's Report

Engineer's Amendment #1

Engineer's Amendment #2

Engineer's Amendment #3

Engineer's Amendment #4

Final Hearing Minutes

Adjourned Hearing 1 Minutes

Order Setting Adjourned Hearing 2

Engineer's Amendment #5

Viewers' Report

Agenda - Adjourned Hearing 2

Engineer's Handout

Engineer's Presentation

Chronological History of CD 3

Bruce Krahmer Handout 1

Bruce Krahmer Handout 2

Adjourned Hearing 2 Minutes

Findings and Order

HLWD Project 2 

Location: Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, and 14 in LaCrosse Township and Section 7 in Weimer Township

Size: 985 acres

Project: open ditch and drain tile system with two tile branches

Status: Project was constructed in 1973. ROB was ordered on March 20, 2017. ROB hearing was held on May 25, 2017. An adjourned hearing was held on June 27, 2017. The Findings and Order Approving the ROB was signed on August 14, 2017.

May 25 Hearing

June 27 Hearing

Final Order

HLWD Project 4 

Location: Sections 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 34, and 35 in LaCrosse Township

Project: open ditch

Status: Project was constructed in 1976. ROB was ordered on March 20, 2017. ROB hearing was held on May 25, 2017. An adjourned hearing was held on June 27, 2017. The Findings and Order Approving the ROB was signed on August 14, 2017. The HLWD approved the Findings and Order for Reestablishment of Records at their October 24, 2017 meeting. An information meeting regarding the possibility of consolidating HLWD Projects 4 and 84-4A was held on December 6, 2017. Several landowners voiced concerns regarding this proposal.

May 25 Hearing

June 27 Hearing

Final Order

Findings and Order for Reestablishment of Records

HLWD Project 84-4A 

Location: Sections 16, 17, 20, 21, and 28 in LaCrosse Township 

Project: open ditch

Status: Project was constructed in 1985. ROB was ordered on March 20, 2017. ROB hearing was held on May 25, 2017. An adjourned hearing was held on June 27, 2017. The Findings and Order Approving the ROB was signed on August 14, 2017. The HLWD approved the Findings and Order for Reestablishment of Records at their October 24, 2017 meeting. An information meeting regarding the possibility of consolidating HLWD Projects 4 and 84-4A was held on December 6, 2017. Several landowners voiced concerns regarding this proposal.

May 25 Hearing

June 27 Hearing

Final Order

Findings and Order for Reestablishment of Records

Jackson County Judicial Ditch (JD) 30

Location: Sections 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, and 30 of Heron Lake Township and Section 13 of West Heron Lake Township 

Size: 3,483 acres 

Proposal: several improvements to Open Ditch No. 2, replacement of an Open Ditch No. 1 field crossing, relocation of an Open Ditch No. 1 field crossing, replacement of a portion of Branch F, construction of a woodchip bioreactor at the Branch F outlet, and the construction of a new lateral named Branch F-4.

Status: bid was awarded to Hutton Drainage & Excavating, Inc. of West Concord. Construction began in 2016. The Final Acceptance Hearing was held on December 6, 2017. Damages payments were made on March 20, 2018.

Final Hearing

Final Order

Final Acceptance Hearing

Findings and Order for Acceptance of Contract

Jackson County JD 30 Branch A-1 

Location: Section 18 of Heron Lake Township 

Size: 135 acres 

Proposal: installation of 2,879 feet of 18-inch tile at a grade of 0.10% and the construction of a woodchip bioreactor at the Branch A-1 outlet.

Status: same as JD 30 above 

Final Hearing

Final Order

Final Acceptance Hearing

Findings and Order for Acceptance of Contract

Jackson County JD 30 Branch A-1 Lateral 

Location: Section 18 of Heron Lake Township 

Size: 135 acres 

Proposal: installation of 51 feet of 18-inch buried tile at a grade of 0.10%, which will extend the proposed Branch A-1 improvement underneath 430th Avenue in order to provide drainage to approximately 45 acres of the Branch A-1 watershed west of 430th Avenue.

Status: same as JD 30 above 

Final Hearing

Final Order

Final Acceptance Hearing

Findings and Order for Acceptance of Contract

Jackson County JD 19 

Location: primarily located in Hunter and Heron Lake Townships. The JD 19 mainline tile begins in Section 12 of Hunter Township and spans across Sections 2, 3, 11, and 12 of Hunter Township and Section 34 of Heron Lake Township where it oulets into an intermittent stream which leads into JacksonCounty JD 3. Other tile branches drain land from Section 34, 35, and 36 of Heron Lake Township; Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, and 12 of Hunter township; and Section 6 of Des Moines Township.

Size: 3,168 acres

Proposal: The entire system is replaced and flow from Branch L in Sections 1 and 12 of Hunter Township would discharge directly into the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wetland on the south side of County State Aid Highway 14. The farmland surrounding the DNR wetland would be protected with berms where necessary. 

Status: Final Engineering Report submitted, DNR and BWSR comments received. Final hearing held on September 28, 2017, project approved. Findings and Order were approved at the HLWD meeting on October 24, 2017.

Order Setting Final Hearing

Final Engineering Report

DNR Comments

Agenda

Final Hearing Minutes

Establishment Order

Jackson County JD 14 

Location: Sections 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 in Heron Lake Township

Proposal: improve the main line and existing lateral by increasing the drain capacity and outlet

Status: petition was accepted and engineer appointed on April 18, 2017. Preliminary Engineering Report submitted, DNR comments received. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Heron Lake Community Center.

Preliminary Engineering Report

DNR Comments

BWSR Comments

Amended Preliminary Engineering Report

Order and Notice of Preliminary Hearing

Engineer's Handout

Engineer's Presentation

Findings and Order for Continued Proceedings

Order Authorizing Engineer's Final Report

Order Appointing Viewers

Jackson County JD 3

Location: Sections 20, 21, 22, 25 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of West Heron Lake Township; Sections 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34, of Heron Lake Township, including a portion of the City of Lakefield; Section 36 of Alba Township; Section 1 of Ewington Township; Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12 of Rost Township; and Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 17 of Hunter Township, including a portion of the City of Lakefield

Proposal: improve the main line, its branches, and its exising laterals by increasing the drain capacity and outlet

Status: petition was submitted on April 5, 2017. The petition was accepted and engineer appointed on May 16, 2017. A request for a redetermination of benefits was submitted to the Jackson County board. They held a meeting on December 7, 2017 to consider this request. Kurt Deter, Rinke Noonan briefed the county drainage authority that it may want to look into the option of transfering authority for the ditch system to the HLWD according to Minnesota Statutes 103D.625. The transfer of authority would alleviate the confusion that has transpired in the Jackson CD 3 proceedings. The commissioners tabled the request.

HLWD Project 6 

Location: Sections 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, and 26 of West Heron Lake Township

Project: clean out and deepend approximately 2.3 miles of existing open ditch, completed in 1980.

Status: A hearing for the correction of the Final Order for Project 6 to abandon tile replaced by the improvement project was held on July 20, 2016. The managers determined an error was made in the final order for Project 6, which failed to abandon tile lines which were replaced by the improvement. The Final Order for Project 6, dated May 10, 1978 was corrected.

Hearing

Final Order

Jackson County JD 31 

Location: Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29 and 30 of West Heron Lake Township

Size: 4.1 square miles

Project: Construction of an open ditch system generally following the route of the main tile system across Sections 17 and 20 of West Heron Lake Township. Proposed laterals replaced the function of themain tile across portions of Sections 19 and 20 and replaced the function of Branch 7 across protions of Sections 17 and 18.

Status: Project is completed. Final Acceptance Hearing was held on January 21, 2015.

Final Acceptance Hearing

Findings and Order for Acceptance of Contract

Nobles CD 12 

Location: upper watershed of Okabena Creek within the City of Worthington from the intersection of Diagonal Road and Oxford Street at the west end of the city.

Project: A 12.9-acre flood storage basin, referred to as the I-90 Basin, is proposed south of the existing I-90 culvert crossing. Constructing this basin will provide additional flood storage, reduce the ponding elevation at the I-90 embankment, and will reduce upstream flood elevations. This basin would have a total storage volume of 77.2 acre-feet. Construction of the I-90 Basin would need to occur prior to the enlargement of any upstream crossings. The project also proposes enlargement of both the East Oxford and oslo Street crossings. The East Oxford crossing improvement would replace an existing eight foot by ten foot box culvert with a ten foot by fourteen foot box culvert. The larger box culvert would accommodate increased discharge and reduce upstream peak water surface elevations and reduce flood elevations between Oxford and McMillan streets. The East Oxford culver enlargement would need to occur prior to the Oslo Street improvement. The Oslo Street corssing improvement would replace an existing 84" pipe with a ten by ten foot box culvert. This increase in capacity will reduce upstream flooding.

Status: Hearing held March 30, 2017. Subject to the requirement that the petitioner shall obtain all required permits and all necessary rights-of-way and flowage easements from owners of land affected by the project, the Board authorized the project and issued its order in accordance with M.S. 103E.227, Subd. 5. The order was issued on April 25, 2017. The HLWD approved the permit application for erosion control during and after construction at the meeting on April 17, 2018. Construction will begin in 2018.

Hearing

Order Approving Project

Murray County JD 13

Location: Sections 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, and 27 of Bondin Township

Size: 4.2 square miles

Project: an open ditch and tile improvement from Sections 8 to 27

Status: project is completed; Final Acceptance Hearing was held on April 15, 2002.

Final Hearing

Final Acceptance Hearing

Findings and Order for Acceptance of Contract

Drainage Project Locations Map 

Judicial and County Ditch Improvement Project Locations