Family might get to keep cabin in DNR land dispute
A Green Bay family might get to keep the vacation home they were originally told to give up as part of a land dispute with the state DNR. But they'd have to buy it back from the government.
Yesterday, Marinette County Circuit Judge David Miron threw out his original ruling from July in a case involving the Jerry Wied family.
They bought four acres on Lake Noquebay in 1985.
But in 2003, an assessor found that the DNR had bought a 700-foot stretch along the lake where the family's log cabin sits.
In July, Judge Miron gave the Wied family a year to vacate the property, and to destroy the cabin, remove two sanitation tanks and put a cap on a water well.
Wied appealed, saying he was entitled to the disputed property because he held it for years without interruption.
Tuesday, Judge Miron dismissed the original order, and he wanted appraisals and other cost estimates for the land.
The hearing will resume next April, when the judge may allow the Wieds to buy the property from the DNR.
Jerry Wied said he's not happy about paying for it twice but he is excited about the chance to keep the vacation home.
The DNR's Laurel Steffes says her agency will fight to keep the shoreline property.
She said it was bought with tax dollars for the public's benefit and the state needs to represent the public's interests.