3/8/13 County Notes

History event seeks participants

Representatives from local historical organizations and sites are invited to apply for a display table at the “History in Your Backyard” event from noon to 3 p.m. April 7 at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.

The event brings together local history groups so people can learn about the county’s many historic opportunities. This is a free family event and there is no fee charged for organizations that participate.

In addition to learning about local history, guests can tour the old county jail, view an exhibit on the history of high school athletics in the county and enjoy light refreshments and a short program on an historical topic. Children’s activities and games also will be available.

For more information about “History in Your Backyard” call 651-275-7075, see www.co.washington.mn.us/hc or e-mail historiccourthouse@co.washington.mn.us. The Historic Courthouse is at 101 W. Pine St. in Stillwater.

Adventure tales at Lake Elmo park

Jim Ryder has traveled by dog sled around the world and visitors can hear about his trip to Hudson Bay from 4 to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Nordic Center Trailhead at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Ryder, a Wisconsin native, journeyed solo by dog team 750 miles across Ontario, Canada, from Fort Severn to Moosonee. Carrying all the provisions for himself and his dogs in a 12-foot freight sled weighing more than 1,500 pounds at the start, Ryder passed through only three Cree Indian villages on the trip. He’ll share stories and images and answer questions about his adventure. Much of the gear he used to travel safely and efficiently will be on display, and Ryder will talk about how he kept warm and well-fed.

The event is appropriate for the whole family, and is free with a valid vehicle park permit.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 one mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo.

For program information, trail maps, and directions, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks. Like Washington County Parks on Facebook to hear about programs and events at Washington County Parks. Get current trail conditions by following Washington County Parks on Twitter at @WashCtyTrails.

E-document submitter approved

Washington County has approved its fourth trusted submitter to expand its electronic recording of real estate documents.

Since November, electronic land record document recording has grown dramatically and now makes up an average of 20 percent of all recorded documents.

The availability of eRecording services means that those needing to record land record documents will be able to securely and cost effectively file documents with the county through a web browser from the comfort and convenience of their offices. All land record documents will be included in this service. This will allow the county to reduce its document processing time to follow the state requirements of a five-day turnaround time for documents submitted electronically. This service will not save time, money and expedite document recordings.

Electronic documents must be submitted by a trusted submitter as approved by the Minnesota Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission under a memorandum of understanding with the county. Trusted submitters are third-party service providers that have been authorized by the commission to submit documents electronically based on the validated adherence of the provider’s submissions to state standards.

After a document is submitted, it is reviewed and recorded by Department of Property Records and Taxpayer Services staff. Recorded documents are returned electronically and recording fees and taxes are retrieved via Automated Clearing House, an electronic network for financial transactions in the United States. According to state law, the duties of the county recorder are to index and exhibit records. State law allows for the electronic recording of these documents.

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