As we were gathering at the August launch at the Nowthen sod
field to start range setup, the landowner walked over to talk to
He said that the 3DRC flying club was having problems with
the city of Nowthen and with Anoka County. As the landowner, he
was getting pulled into it. Worst case - everyone loses access
to the field. [3DRC leases the land at the south end of
the sod fields. They fly radio control airplanes and
It sounded like it started with a noise complaint from a
neighbor against the R/C club. The city and county became
involved. He said that part of the bureaucratic issues stemmed
from using land zoned for agriculture for other purposes. The
R/C club has evidently gone before the city already to plead
their case. It sounds like they had to get a special permit for
an event they recently held at their field.
The landowner said that he had received a 6 page document,
but refused to sign it as it essentially required him to assume
all liabilities and responsibilities for these activities on his
lands. It sounded like the city knew of MASA's use of the field
also. He thought that they would have contacted us already.
Obviously, the landowner doesn't want all this legal hassle.
He stated (and only half jokingly) that he might end up kicking
everyone off the property, plowing it up, and planting corn.
The R/C flying club's web site has the following 2 statements
on their forum page.
"3DRC Members - The field is temporarily closed until
further notice. The board is working to get this matter
resolved ASAP. We will try to post updates as we have them.
The property owner has been letting members that show up at
the field that flying is not allowed- please don't "shoot
the messenger". Thanks for understanding and respecting the
"The 3DRC board would like let 3DRC club members know
that we are working on a solution to our recent issues with
the city of Nowthen. We have several challenges ahead of us
but we believe we can reach an understanding with the city
that will be equitable for all parties. I would like for any
club members that want to be updated on what is happening
with the city to e-mail me a preferred e-mail address that I
can send updates to. Everyone will be blind copied so we
will hopefully not have a spam issue. We feel it is best to
keep this information among the club members in the event
that we must move forward with litigation. We also need to
keep this issue off of the forum simply because it is a club
matter and not open for public debate.
I have been in touch with the land owner and have been
informed that we also should not fly at the fields. As said
earlier, don't shoot the messenger and let's be respectful of
the landowner. [Please do NOT attempt to contact the
landowner or anyone with the city of Nowthen or Anoka County
about this!!! If you have suggestions, ideas, or wish to
help, please contact the MASA officers.]
The MASA officers along with NAR President Ted Cochran are
discussing our options and will be looking into what we can do
to help the fight and get the field use back.
In the meantime, we are looking at a couple of options to finish
out the flying season.
- Move the remaining 2013 launches to the Otsego VFW
fields and only fly model rockets and some mid power. All
HPR would have to be done with Tripoli North Branch like
some of you already do.
- Move the remaining 2013 launches to the Tripoli North
Branch field and have launches combined with them or on our
usual weekend on our own.
I have sent an email to Steve Anderson of Tripoli Minnesota
explaining the situation and to see what we can work out.
Sorry for the bad news,
September 24, 2013