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Hubbard County surveying tech Ryan Miller lines up an elevation shot for a project called LIDAR that the DNR asked the county to participate in. At left is engineering tech Henry Mack. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Surveyors work to update county records using history, GPS

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Hubbard County's survey department alternately finds employees chasing satellites and delving into the moldy archives of history.

Depends on the day.


Primarily formed to "re-monument" a federal survey of the county done in 1860, the department finds it's increasingly called into service to settle or head off boundary disputes.

"We'd rather not," said Mike Branstrom, who's been with the survey department 35 years.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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