Proctor denied annexation of Midway Township

By KBJR News 1

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- An administrative law judge from Minneapolis has ruled against Proctor in the city's case for the proposed annexation of Midway Township.

The decision says there's no clear indication that the annexation would be in the best interest of Midway Township.

Proctor was trying to annex Midway Township in an effort to keep property taxes stable by increasing Proctor's tax base.

The judge ruled that neither Proctor nor Midway is experiencing the significant growth and development that characterizes a need for annexation.

However, many people living in Midway are thrilled about the ruling.

"It puts an end to a long battle. It gives us the opportunity to focus on things that we should be focusing on. We have projects that we should be doing but everything has been kind of held until we get this out of the way," said Jim Aird, vice chair of Midway.

"We are a township that has large lot size and we have farms, and our people enjoy the way of life they have," said Earl Elde, chair of Midway.

Court documents reveal that Proctor's approach to the annexation also lacked any meaningful opportunity for Midway or the affected residents to know what to expect from the process.

The effort to annex Midway Township to Proctor has been ongoing for several years.

The chair and vice chair of Midway say the people there seem to have a strong sense of identity and independence, and enjoy a simple lifestyle.

They say it's not over-regulated, and they don't have the assets that encumber cities with large budgets... and they hope to keep it that way.

Elsa Robins