Duluth School District Might Use Eminent Domain To Get Property

By KBJR News 1

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 8:20 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Duluth School district may see its first case of having to use eminent domain to buy property for school land.

The district says it wants to acquire a portion of an undeveloped land near Piedmont Elementary School.

It says is necessary for safe access to the playground and loading area.

The district has been attempting to buy it through negotiation since this Spring, but says it is willing to use the legal process of eminent domain if it has to.

"It's hard to say if we're going to reach an agreement but since the property is needed probably by the Springtime, we need to start the process if we're going to use the eminent domain process in order to have the property limits needed at the beginning of the year," said the attorney for the district, David Oberstar.

Since February 2008, the school has acquired 57 properties without using eminent domain.

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