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Mississippi National golf contract advances

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RED WING, Minn. -- Red Wing City Council members agreed to work with Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation earlier this month, but on Monday they approved a detailed contract finalizing the management of Mississippi National Golf Links.

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Many of the key terms were part of the plan outlined when the council voted 6-1 on Nov. 4 to work with the group, but some details needed to be hammered out for the final contract.

Council members made some changes and discussed various pieces of the plan Monday night but ultimately approved the agreement. RWMGC’s board was expected to review the contract Tuesday, and the council authorized President Lisa Bayley to sign the agreement if approved.

Mississippi National was shuttered this year, except for the driving range. Members of the group and city have been working to finalize an agreement so the 36-hole golf course can be ready to reopen for the next season.

The agreement says the course will be in playable condition by April 1.

The city will contribute $210,000 for next year, and funds are set to drop by about 25 percent annually after that.

The group must show by Feb. 15 that it has at least $400,000 between cash in the bank and receipts for expenses paid since the council agreed to work with RWMGC this month.  

It also needs to provide evidence each October that it has at least $125,000 in the bank for the following year.

The council can cancel the agreement if those terms aren’t met.

The plan lays out details such as maintenance responsibilities and capital improvement plans.

Under the contract, RWMGC would agree to run a 36-hole public golf course and allow activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, hunting and sledding on the property to continue.

The council would have to approve a reduction in the number of holes if that became necessary.

The city must have $50,000 at all times from the group to cover possible unpaid expenses such as taxes and insurance premiums, according to the agreement.

The contract is for five years but can be re-evaluated as needed.

RWMGC, a local nonprofit, was the only group that responded to the city’s request for proposals for Mississippi National Golf Links.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
(651) 301-7877
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