MAP: Wisconsin Property in the Path of the St. Croix River Crossing Project

At least one Houlton farmer is upset about the St. Croix River Crossing Project and what it will do to farmland that has been in his family for generations. Who else is in the project's path?

Not everyone in Wisconsin is thrilled about the St. Croix River Crossing Project.

The Star Tribune on Tuesday published a story by Kevin Giles and Andrew Johnson about disgruntled Houlton farmer Ed Gillstrom. Gillstrom's land is in the direct path of what will become an expressway connecting the current Highway 35/64 to the new bridge, and he's concerned about what will be left of his hay fields after the new highway is built.


A quick look at St. Croix County property records shows the apparent path the new highway will take and property owners who likely will be affected.



According to 2011 property tax records, the land is owned by the following people and corporations.

  • RED: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • BLUE: Edward & Mary Gillstrom
  • YELLOW: Peter C., Bridget A. & Paul Lentz
  • GREEN: St. Croix Meadows Inc., a corporation based in Cottage Grove
  • ORANGE: St. Joseph Development, a corporation based in Lake Elmo
  • PURPLE: John E. & Marlene Garner
  • BROWN: Keith B. & Peggy L. Nelson
Micheal Foley May 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I was at the open house too. I'll have a story about it in the next day or two. The map above shows the land that DOT currently owns (acquired in the '90s), but they'll actually have to acquire a different corridor further south and east. Hopefully when they sell the other land off they give first dibs to the people they originally took it from.
Susan May 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Thanks for the update on the WIDOT land purchase date that I spoke of earlier. Seems my information was incorrect, or I was misled.
country boy May 15, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Jim, Were you at the Houlton school tonight to present your "facts" for the north corridor to MNDot and WISDot for their reconsideration? Or maybe attending to pick up some real information instead of conjecture.
Jim May 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
MnPCA map clearly shows the Tamarack river dumping intothe Saint Croix River: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/water/water-types-and-programs/minnesotas-impaired-waters-and-tmdls/tmdl-projects/st.-croix-river-basin-tmdl-projects/project-lake-st.-croix-excess-nutrients.html Again if anyone wants a tour of the toxic waste dump 8 miles east and a mile south of Bruno I'd ba happy to arrange same. And now we have a Sand mine dumping sludge into the Pristine Saint Croix River, http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/18/environment/frac-sand-sediment-saint-croix-spill/ Government has consistantly failed to monitor industrial operatings leading to pollution of the Saint Croix River and Lake Saint Croix.
Micheal Foley June 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I just posted an update you'll probably want to check out: http://patch.com/A-tXtX. It shows how property bought by WisDOT in the 1990s won't be used for the project and what property owners will have to give up property because of updated designs.


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