DALLAS — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the construction of a new golf course in a rural Minnesota town for more than a year because the government didn’t have permission to build it.
The order came just a day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted a permit for the golf course at the north end of the town of Eakinsville to open in 2021.
The court order, signed by Judge Robert H. Knecht, said that the Corps of Engineering “has the authority to determine if the proposed golf course project is feasible, within the scope of the applicable law, and within the bounds of the Corps’ authority to perform construction work.”
The project was to be built in Eakingsville, just a few miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, on private land owned by the federal government.
Knesch said that after “a careful review,” the Corps has determined that the project “is feasible, consistent with applicable law and within its jurisdiction.”
The decision comes a week after the Army Corps granted a waiver for the project, and comes as the country faces another major storm.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and winds to parts of the Midwest this weekend, leaving millions of Americans without power.
The Army Corps said it will ask the U,S.
District Court for the District of Minnesota for a temporary stay, meaning that the construction would continue to be stopped pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed in July by the Minnesota Golf Association, is challenging the project.
The project has been plagued by delays and construction problems since the U and Minnesota governments entered into a joint federal-state program to construct the course in 2014.
The agreement allowed the state to purchase the land and then lease the land to the federal Government for the purpose of construction of the course.
The state had hoped to begin construction in mid-2017 but has not yet completed the project and is in the process of redesigning the course, according to the lawsuit filed by the association.
The federal government is also planning to build a golf facility in St. Paul that would use the land owned and leased by the state.
In addition to the Eaklinsville project, construction of two other courses near Eakansville are also under review.
Army announced in January that it would conduct a feasibility study on the construction and use of an open-air golf course along the Mississippi River near Lake Okeechobee, a project that the Army said would help the Corps better understand the feasibility of the proposed project.