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Top county taxpayers listed

Firm wants to put solar panels on schools

April 17, 2010
By Fritz Busch — Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Brown County Commissioners will view a list of top county taxpayers Tuesday at their regular board meeting.

Wal Mart Stores are tops in two of three categories - net tax capacity $188,780 and net tax payable $341,258.

Christensen Family Farms was tops in estimated market value ($10,058,500).

Wal Mart followed at $9,634,400. Harvest Land Cooperative was third at $8,691,500.

Following were River Region Co-op $6,769,500; Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M) $6,600,000; Kraft Inc. $6,313,100; Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E) $5,387,500; Randy Thordson $5,144,500; Inland American NU Atlas, LLC, $4,728,100; and Dayton Hudson Corp. $4,215,000.

Following Wal Mart in net tax capacity was Harvest Land $168,295; 3M $131,250; River Region Co-op $127,478; Kraft $125,512; DM&E $106,760; Christensen Family Farms $101,201; Inland American New Ulm Atlas, Inc. $92,541; Dayton Hudson Corp. $83,550; and Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) $65,628.

Following Wal Mart in net tax payable was 3M $237,278; Harvest Land $227,682; Kraft $226,910; River Region Co-op $173,422.23; DM&E $157,111.65; Dayton Hudson Corp. $151,070; Inland American NU Atlas $130,124.69; Wayzata Bay Center $116,482.87; and Tim NU Properties $113,023.62.

Commissioners will consider Planning Commission recommendations at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Brown County Economic Development Planning Committee meeting notes stated that Troy Haefner of Global Energy Resources wants to implement a Brown County pilot project to solar energy collectors on the roof of every school in the county.

Investment money from private investor groups, tax credits and depreciation would pay for the project that would be done at no cost to school districts.

Brown County Economic Development Partners will help create a presentation to school superintendents.

The county board meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 in the Commissioners Room.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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