Rice Lake Service District files suit against farmers

Rice Lake Service District has filed suit for eminent domain over easements on the land of area farmers who have not agreed to allow a pipeline to go across their land to help drain Rice Lake, which has risen several inches over the summer.

The idea of a lawsuit has been in the works for some time, with former district board member Bob Hargrave mentioning the possibility at a county meeting in April.

The complaint mentions three specific families, and lists members individually to meet the complaints definition of the defendants as “all persons appearing of record or known by Plaintiff to be owners or claimants of the property that is the subject of this condemnation action.”

Flint McColgan