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Apr 08

Get Outdoors! But Be Safe

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 8:20 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 4/7/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • In response to the current COVID-19 situation, all hearings and meetings for drainage have been postponedWe will send out new notices for all hearings and meetings that need to be rescheduled.                                                                                     

Get Outdoors:

As we all are aware, Governor Walz has issued the Stay at Home Executive Order 20-20.  This order doesn’t mean we have to live confined to our homes and chained to chairs and couches.

The 20-20 Executive Order gives people the freedom to enjoy the outdoors.  As Minnesotans, many of us probably are outdoor enthusiasts already.  We can still enjoy our state parks and their many activities that may include, walking, running, canoeing, boating, and fishing, just to name a few.

For those of us that enjoy the state parks, there are some things you can’t do because of the COVID-19 situation.  Some of the things closed due to the current situation include, camping and campgrounds, camping cabins, yurts, all overnight lodging facilities, group centers, visitor centers, trail centers and state park contact stations.

Hunting and fishing seasons will still be open.  State parks and other wildlife management areas will remain open to our outdoor enthusiasts.  Public water access areas will also be open for people to enjoy boating activities, although docks may not be available at all locations.

We are very fortunate to have many beautiful state parks to enjoy.  We have great local options of beautiful parks and trail systems that we can spend a day outdoors.

So, in short, we are all in a rough spot with the COVID-19 situation, why not try to make the best of it.  Plus, just my opinion, spring can be such an enjoyable time to get out and enjoy outdoor activities, before the bugs come out.  Ticks are being reported as of two weeks ago already, so stay vigilant of those critters on ourselves and our animals.                         

Project Updates:  

  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No new news from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Working on checklist items.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Crews still have equipment on-site, although I'm not sure how much work was done last week.  Areas are still very muddy and tough to work in.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  As soon as things dry out a bit more, crews will start work.


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD87 (Garden City Twp.)  We are working with MN DOT and engineers to get this tile issue resolved.  No easy task when it involves a state highway and boring a pipe under the road without closing roads to traffic.
  • CD27 (Lincoln Twp.)  Repairs were completed Monday to a short area of the old tile just west of Lake Crystal.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  I was out investigating some collapsed tile issues and more additional sloughing of the open ditch area.
  • CD50 (Lincoln Twp.)  Crews should be starting repairs for two tile breaks and an area of sloughing this week.
  • JD09 (LeRay Twp.)  Had a concern about some tile and erosion issues, situation turned out to be a private tile matter, no public drainage action needed.
  • CD63 (Decoria Twp.)  Two areas of tile breaks along some old sections of tile on this public system.  One area of tile repair needed shown below.march 2020 pic 3

We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist