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County: Clock ticking on Knife River property


June 13, 2017

The clock is ticking on a land transfer agreement between Linn County and the City of Sweet Home. City staff was directed in November to negotiate with the county for the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.).

The property in question has been owned by Linn County since Dec. 30, 2010 as a result of foreclosure on more than 400 acres against Western States Land Reliance Trust, the previous owner, for nonpayment of property taxes. It is located west of the north terminus of Clark Mill Road.

The county nearly three years ago offered to give the 220-acre...

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