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Baraga County Salutes Outgoing Commissioners

Three of Baraga County’s five commissioners bid farewell to the board at their final meeting last evening. All of them did so by complementing the county’s staff. Lyle Olsen…

We definitely have some very good employees, and it’s been a very good experience for me, and I appreciate all the support that I got.

Dan Robillard…

It couldn’t happen without the administration. If we didn’t have you people, we’d be stumbling.

And outgoing board chair Bill Rolof…

We don’t have a lot to work with, financially-wise, and I think that they do a great job at it.

All three finish their terms at the end of the year, and were presented with certificates of appreciation for their service.

Gale Eilola and Brad Dakota will be the only holdover commissioners next year. Bill Menge will return to the board to represent District Four. Craig Kent will represent District Three, and Chad Cichosz District Five.

At a brief meeting last evening, the county board increased the scheduled pay increases for the undersheriff and district court clerk, to keep them in line with raises that have been provided to other staff members. 

Commissioners allocated $200,000 from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funds toward recreation developments and improvements. It is hoped that the money can be used as matching funds for larger grants to help develop the new Sturgeon River Park, and the existing Point Abbaye Park.

After a public hearing, commissioners also approved the county’s 2023-2027 Recreation Plan. The state Department of Natural Resources requires that such plans be updated every five years in order to apply for state grants.

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