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Farmington School District 192 approves easement

The Farmington School Board has given its approval to sell an easement necessary for the construction of a long-planned power line running across the state.

The district agreed at a Monday night board meeting to sell the six-acre easement at the southern border of a 176-acre property it owns in Castle Rock Township to the group behind the CAPX2020 project.

The district will receive $50,000 for the easement.

Even if board members hadn't approved, the easement was likely to happen. Superintendent Jay Haugen told board members the power line group could ultimately have used the power of eminent domain to take the land, likely for the same $50,000 the board accepted Monday.

The district bought the Castle Rock property as the original site for the new high school that ultimately went up on the western edge of the city. The district has been renting the property to a farmer for $22,000 per year.

The new easement should not affect the district's use of the property.

The easement is one of two the district has been asked to grant on the property. Board members may make a decision later this month on whether they are interested in selling a conservation easement of as much as 86 acres along a stretch of the Vermillion River that runs through the property. That easement would restrict development in the area and could lead to the district paying for projects that restore habitat along the river.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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