Independence City Council

Independence Mayor Marvin Johnson brought before the Independence City Council on Monday, Nov. 17, a traffic issue relating to the Turner Road cartway that heads east from the Twin Cities Polo Club grounds. Johnson said an owner of land along the cartway is blocking it with logs and cement blocks. The landowner has built a […]

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Johnson family wanted event center in barn The Independence City Council took up a controversial request to turn a barn on the Johnson family farm at 6325 County Road 6 (Hilltop Farm) into an agriculture event center, and a crowd of neighbors gathered in the council chambers Tuesday, Oct. 28, to see what would happen. […]

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The city of Independence has joined the city of Medina in crafting an amended ordinance that requires watercraft operators to drive slowly and produce no wake during periods of high water on all of Lake Independence. The current ordinance has been in place for a number of years. It calls for slow watercraft speeds and […]

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Six single-family lots are planned Jim and Lynda Franklin began their plans for their Franklin Hills subdivision in Independence last fall by asking the Independence City Council to approve a final plat for two of six lots. Now the Franklins have decided to go ahead with all six lots. Franklin Hills is located on 41.32 […]

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The Maple Plain and Loretto Fire Departments are looking for buildings that can be set on fire and used to give firefighters hands on training in real life situations. Earlier this year, the two fire departments thought they had a likely structure. Stephen and Mary Lindholm, of Clarkfield offered a vacant home on property they […]

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Independence City Council caught in dispute  The Independence City Council is finding itself in the middle of a dispute between a couple who live on Lake Independence and two fire departments that want to burn down a house next door and give firefighters hands-on experience in the process. Mark and Sharyl Fischer, of 3162 Independence […]

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Study offers cost-effective ideas  The cost of improving water quality in lakes Independence and Sarah is looming like a dark cloud over cities in the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed District, including Independence, Loretto, Medina and Greenfield. A cleanup plan for each lake — called a total maximum daily load plan, or TMDL — spells out […]

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The Independence City Council, Tuesday, March 25, expressed its support for a Three Rivers Park District master plan for a proposed regional trail between Carver and Baker Park Reserves. Council support came in the form of a joint resolution with the city of Maple Plain. After the meeting, Independence City Administrator Toni Hirsch said that, […]

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