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County turns down VFW land request

Last week the St. Croix County Finance Committee rejected a request from VFW Post 10818 for a donation of a parcel of land in New Richmond.

VFW Building Committee Chairman John Heintz asked county supervisors to donate a portion of the land that was cut off from the main part of Health Center property when Highway 64 was reconstructed. He asked for a 400-foot-long parcel along Fourth Street.

Heintz said the VFW, which has no building of its own, has fund-raisers from time to time, giving 90 percent of the proceeds back to the community. For the past two years the organization has been putting away 10 percent for a building fund.

"If we had a parcel of land, we could maybe build at a future date," said Heintz.

While the request has merit, over the years the County Board has had numerous requests to donate or sell county-owned land in New Richmond or Hudson and has consistently said it will only sell land at market value, replied Finance Committee member Daryl Standafer.

Other committee members agreed that they couldn't consider donating land.