When a 1998 survey drew property lines according to the original historical placement of the center section, everyone’s property lines shifted. That shift sent boundaries across roadways, through foundations and past fences, and some property owners have fought bitterly ever since.


By Cynthya Porter
After studying the matter for many months, the Winona County Boundary Commission is preparing to offer a recommendation to the County Board that could put some Elba boundary disputes to rest forever.
Or at least they hope so.
With disagreeing surveys over the past several decades drawing property lines sometimes dozens of feet one way or another, Lot 80 in Elba has been fraught with discontent for more than a decade.
Winona County officials formed the Boundary Commission, made up of surveying and other land use professionals, to dissect the claims of ownership and propose a final plat drawing to resolve disputed lines.