Nowthen group will be allowed to expand events

The Nowthen City Council has approved an interim use permit (IUP) request by the Nowthen Historical Power Association.

Visitors to the Nowthen Threshing Show checked out large steam engines parked on the grounds during the 2011 event. File photo by Kelly Johnson

Visitors to the Nowthen Threshing Show checked out large steam engines parked on the grounds during the 2011 event. File photo by Kelly Johnson

Unanimous approval of the request came at the council’s April 10 meeting.

The approval allows the Nowthen Historical Power Association to hold up to six additional events on the property each year.

As part of the IUP approval, if there is not a large number of complaints about a particular event, it will be allowed to continue for an additional five years.

The city will keep a record of all complaints and verify the validity of those complaints. City officials will also advise the Nowthen Historical Power Association of these complaints.

Conditions of the IUP also require the Nowthen Historical Power Association to come up with a security plan in conjunction with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, create a traffic plan, as well as a first aid plan.

According to Liz Stockman, city planner, these plans will be based on each individual event and the number of people expected to attend.

Another condition of approval is that any events with music are required to end at 10 p.m.

Currently the Nowthen Historical Power Association can hold four events as part of a conditional use permit approved earlier this year. These events include the Nowthen Threshing Show, a spring and fall tractor pull and the three-day We-Soberfest.

Additional events planned include a historic re-enactment Sept. 21 through 23 and a bluegrass concert.

The Nowthen Threshing Show grounds are located at 7415 Old Viking Blvd.

As part of the IUP approval the NHPA can continue to hold the four events approved in the existing CUP.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com


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