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Olmsted County Board approves plan to buy land for Root River Regional Park

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Root River Regional park will be growing in Olmsted County-- but not thanks to a controversial expansion proposal.

Tuesday, the Olmsted County Board approved the completion of the of the purchase of the R. Scott Fritz estate. Officials say $675,000-dollars was approved to purchase the 35 acre estate. The county refers to this land as the "donut hole," because it's in the middle of already county owned property.

One of the agreements made in the 2007 R. Scott Fritz Trust between the Fritz family and Olmsted County gave the county the opportunity to purchase the remainder of the land containing the home of the Fritz's, if they decided to sell the property.

The tentative closing date is set for January 15th of 2014. Today's approval is separate from the controversial zoning plan that could leave nearly 30 families with their homes in jeopardy. A decision on that plan will not be made until next year.

The acreage approved this morning will be added to the current 90 acres of the Root River Regional Park and Recreation Area... providing public land for nature-based outdoor recreation use by county residents.

The Mayowood bridge project and the proposed pay raises for the sheriff, county attorney, and county commissioners were also approved at Tuesday's meeting.

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