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Mike L

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It's my understanding that the RL band purchased it several years back. Any rumors about what might be done with it? Seems a shame to let it deteriorate.

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According to Kelly it's well on it's way...

Good Luck!

Ken

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I know of one Band Member that would like to do something with it but the Tribal Council turned him down. The building is getting in pretty tough shape and the last owner sold off 1/2 the land trying to stay afloat so it could be difficult putting a mound sewer system as is now required. The good point is the channel to the lake which is valuable.

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Thanks. This may warrant some follow-up.

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That building was in tough shape 15 years ago. But i'll never forget going up there as a kid and playing the wall mounted clay pidgoen game. "c'mon dad just one more quarter?" grin.gif

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I rocked "Trapshoot" It was the outdoorsmen version of "Pong".

The building is in tough shape and it was chopped up pretty bad by the owners that that had it last. The channel is great and a perfect location. The one band member that wants to to do good with it has some great ideas but the tribe keeps turning him down. To bad it was one of the big dogs in its day.

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Is this the building on the north side of the channel as you head out to the lake from the access?

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No, that is the DNR Fish Hatchery. Sunet is about 3/4 of a mile south.

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I might know a good lender that could help.....

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Doesn't matter. The tribe has the funds to make something out of it, they just chose not to.

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I'm not talking about financing a tribal member....

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Do you think a non tribal member is just going to walk up and do something? I'm guessing Red Lake Nation is not going to give up lake shore properety on the non-reservation side.

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I could see the band opting for a retail outlet for Red Lake Nation Foods.

A trial run before Mall of America.

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I could see the band opting for a retail outlet for Red Lake Nation Foods.


Or a safe harbor on the east side of the lake for commercial fishing... why run the whole lake(s) if you are on the west side of Upper?.....

my guess is the band will own that property forever...

Good Luck!

Ken

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my guess, is they write a check to hudeks now too...

I'd write one if I had the money.

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my guess, is they write a check to hudeks now too...

I'd write one if I had the money.


For nearly a year I've been afraid that your guess may be exactly what could happen.

TO AVOID THIS

I propose that we all start asking the State/DNR to purchase the resort and turn it into a public access/state campground; much like Father Hennepin State Park.

I would appreciate other people opinion on this option (both locals and frequent URL visitors).

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I like the public access/campground idea. It'll probably never happen, but one can dream.

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Sounds great! Now where to come up with a million plus in THIS state's budget.... Our current legislature is proposing to spend the couple of billion we have in surplus and also raise taxes to afford another 4 billion in spending... doubt you're going to see Hudec's as public land. I already thought about the band buying it and hesitating posting it... why fuel the fire?

Good Luck!

Ken

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Yes Ken, that is the $575,000 question.

From the perspective of someone who works in the bond industry, here is what I would propose. The state issue revenue bonds for this purchase. A portion of what is collected for camping fees, launch fees, etc goes to make the bond payments.

States,Counties, Cities do this all the time for capital projects and it doesn't require any extra tax money because the future revenues from the project is what will be used to payoff the upfront investment in the project.

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just find 30 or so folks with 20k each. shocked.gif

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and another quarter - half million for demo costs, rehab, new septic, well etc. etc. with new construction I bet over a million easy!

Good Luck!

Ken

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At 5 acres it barely qualifies for a single family residence

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