Winnick Supply seeks screening alternatives

Photo by Ryan HowardIn 2008, Forest Lake approved a conditional use permit for Winnick Supply that included a requirement that 45 spruce trees be planted around the edges of the property. Most of those trees have since died.
After a three-hour meeting attended by about 40 people, the Forest Lake Planning Commission voted Dec. 28 to table a conditional use permit amendment request from Winnick Supply regarding the placement of tree screening around the business.
A longtime presence in Forest Lake, the business, formerly called H. Winnick and Company, moved to its current site around 1940 – a planning commission memo and current owner Ben Winnick gave different years for the move date, but they were within a few years of each other. When the business, now a wholesale supply company, first moved to the southeast intersection of what is now known as U.S. Highway 61 and 11th Avenue, the area it

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