Government Steals Private Land Along the Mississippi River for a Bike Trail

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Several Minnesota families who own land along the Mississippi riverfront will have their land stolen from them so Dakota County can build a bike trail. Most families sold their property to the government but there are a few holdouts who are going to lose their land in a “quick-take condemnation” of their property. This is not what condemnation laws were meant to do.

Some of these families have owned the property since the 1800’s.

Sisters Nancy Drews and Joni Sargent are two of the private landowners and they are taking Dakota County to court. Their 10 acres have been in their family for over a hundred years. Their father left the land to them and it is land that holds important memories for them. It is where the family home is located.

The County planned the bike trails with picnic benches and a dock including other peoples’ land as if it was their land. They didn’t even notify the families because they figured they’d just take the land. They found out the same month their father died. Can you imagine how painful that must have been?

Drews and Sargent said they wanted to simply offer an easement but the government refused. The easement would have been sufficient. The sisters then offered 1.8 acres which would have been adequate but while they were making offers, the County decided to just steal the entire 10 acres.

The government only offered $2 million for the four remaining properties while their property alone was said to be worth $1.3 million over three years ago.

“It’s a real sad thing,” Gunter Drews, Nancy’s husband, said. “History is going the way of the bulldozer again.”

The Supreme Court has left private property owners in the hands of Marxists, corrupt politicians, developers, and extremists. This is going on all over the country.

A Supreme Court case in 2005 has allowed the government to run roughshod over private landowners. The Supreme Court allowed the government to take private property and turn it over to private developers in the case of Kelo v. New London.

Suzette Kelo and her neighbors were forced to turn over their property for use as a resort hotel and conference center, a park, and a 80-100 new residence with office space. Suzette fought the case. The Supreme Court of Connecticut found that the economic project would create new jobs, increase tax revenues, and revitalize a depressed area, thus making it a public use case. On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the State of Connecticut (Kelo v. New London 2005).

The City eventually agreed to move Susette Kelo’s house to a new location and to pay substantial additional compensation to other homeowners.

The redeveloper was unable to obtain financing and abandoned the redevelopment project, leaving the land as an empty lot, which was eventually turned into a dump by the City (Wiki).

This travesty is now an excuse for the government on local, state and federal levels to steal private property.

The government can steal property if it’s “convenient.”

This is theft, it’s Marxist, and it’s wrong. It’s un-American.

Listen to the sisters who appeared on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson Tuesday:

Read more at National Review

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