Faribault Co Commissioners Appear to Reverse Stensland Decision

The Faribault County Commissioners appear to reverse their decision on a piece of tax-forfeited land in Blue Earth that had been owned by Bruce Stensland.  The land in question is where Stensland operated his car repair business, Bruce’s Auto Repair, at the corner of Seventh and Rice Streets.


On a 3-2 vote, the County had previously denied a request from  Stensland to repurchase the property.


At the Commissioner’s meeting yesterday, a vote to bring the matter back to the floor passed and the issue produced many minutes of debate.


Commissioner John Roper questioned whether the time for repurchasing the property had passed.  County Attorney Kathryn Karjala said it his her option the county could allow the repurchase and that the courts have shown a great deal of leniency with timeline because of the coronavirus pandemic.


The board voted 4-1 to allow Stensland to repurchase the property on the condition he also pay a bill of about $500 from Blue Earth Light and Water.


Roper said the vote needed to be unanimous, but for now the decision stands.