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Mississippi National Golf Links contract advances

Red Wing City Council members agreed to work with Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation earlier this month, but on Monday

they approved a detailed contract finalizing the management of Mississippi National Golf Links.

Many of the key terms were part of the plan outlined when the council voted 6-1 on Nov. 4 to work with the group, but some

details needed to be hammered out for the final contract.

Council members made some changes and discussed various pieces of the plan Monday night but ultimately approved the

agreement. RWMGC’s board was expected to review the contract Tuesday, and the council authorized President Lisa Bayley to

sign the agreement if approved.

Mississippi National was shuttered this year, except for the driving range. Members of the group and city have been

working to finalize an agreement so the 36-hole golf course can be ready to re-open for the next season.

The agreement says the course will be in playable condition by April 1, 2014.

The city will contribute $210,000 for next year, and funds are set to drop by about 25 percent annually after that.

The group must show by Feb. 15, 2014, that is has a minimum of $400,000 between cash in the bank and receipts for expenses

paid since the council agreed to work with RWMGC earlier this month.

It also needs to provide evidence each October that it has at least $125,000 in the bank, for the following year.

The council can cancel the agreement if those terms aren’t met.

The plan lays out details such as maintenance responsibilities and capital improvement plans.

Other public uses

Under the contract, RWMGC would agree to run a 36-hole public golf course and to allow activities such as cross-country

skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, hunting and sledding on the property to continue.

The council would have to approve a reduction in the number of holes if that became necessary.

The city must have $50,000 at all times from the group to cover possible unpaid expenses such as taxes and insurance

premiums, according to the agreement.

The City Council made some changes and additions Monday, such as requiring that the group has a "local" rate for golf --

if it has one -- as pertaining to city of Red Wing residents.

The contract is for five years, but can be re-evaluated as needed.

RWMGC, a local nonprofit, was the only group that responded to the city’s request for proposals for MNGL. The city’s ad

hoc golf course committee and representatives from the organization have been meeting to discuss the proposal and ask and

answer questions since its submission at the end of September.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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