The City of Baxter Cemetery was established in July 1916 and has been operated and maintained by the City since its inception.
Cemetery lots are currently available to current and former Baxter residents at a cost of $600.00 per grave site.
This fee is necessary to continue to provide perpetual care and proper maintenance of the cemetery. For further information please contact the Public Works Department at (218) 454-5115.
Cemetery Rules and Regulations
- Lot Purchases
- Lot Prohibitions
- Perpetual Care
- Monuments and Grave Markers
- Urns and Containers
- Rules to be Observed
Section 2. It is the duty of the Lot Owners to notify the Cemetery Overseer of any changes to their address.
Section 3. Notice sent to a lot owner at the last known address on file with the Cemetery Overseer shall be sufficient and proper notice.
**Note: Lot Owner means person owning burial rights for such cemetery burial site.
Section 1. No person, including lot owners, shall place any objects (i.e.: shells, toys, etc.) on lots excepting items permitted herein (i.e.: monuments, grave markers, urns etc.)
Section 2. No person is permitted to erect fences or hedges on or around any lot.
Section 3. No mound on any lot shall be raised to a height excess of three inches from the surface of the lot.
Section 4. No artificial flowers are permitted in the cemetery from or after June 15th in any year. Lot owners shall remove same by June 15th or the Cemetery Overseer shall dispose of same. This is due to the hazard it may cause to the employees.
Section 5. No planting of trees, shrubs, or perennials is allowed on the lots.
Section 6. The Baxter City Cemetery Board of Trustees reserves the right to remove or alter any tree, shrub, vine or memorabilia, which may become unsightly, dangerous or not in keeping with the landscaping of the cemetery.
Section 1. This care includes cutting, raking and water of lots May 1st to October 1st of each year. Perpetual care does not include the watering of trees, shrubs nor plants in urns or containers.
Section 2. As part of the Perpetual Care, the Baxter City Board of Trustees shall have the right to remove any tree or shrub upon any lot which has or shall become by reason of age or other cause unsightly or detrimental to the lot upon which it is situated or any adjoining lot or avenue.
Section 1. Monuments or markers constructed of any material other than stone or real bronze will not be allowed. No monuments or markers may be constructed of limestone, sandstone, or any artificial material, which will not assure relative permanency.
Section 2. Benches must be constructed of either concrete or marble. Foundations must be set level with the sod and be cut so as to go into the ground not less the four inches or more than eight inches. The outside measurements of the foundations must extend four inches around the perimeter of the bench. Benches placed at the foot of the grave cannot exceed 36 inches long and 30 inches wide and benches placed at the head of the grave cannot exceed 42 inches long and 30 inches wide.
Section 3. All structures, to insure sufficient support must have foundations built on solid masonry, of a depth and size deemed proper by the City of Baxter Cemetery Board of Trustees and Cemetery Overseer who shall have the power to stop all work not done in conformity to these rules. Foundations must be set level with the sod and be cut so as to go into the ground not less the four inches or more than eight inches. The outside measurements of the foundations must extend four inches around the perimeter of the monument.
Section 4. Monument companies may erect monuments in the cemetery subject to the supervision of the Overseer and in compliance with the City of Baxter Cemetery Board of Trustees Rules and Regulations.
Section 5. No monumental work or other structural material shall be brought into the cemetery on Saturdays or Sundays, or the day before any holiday. All work must be completed and the dirt and debris entirely removed before quitting of any work.
Section 1. Any urns or containers that are not utilized by the planting of flowers and/or decorative greenery by July 1st in any year will be removed by the Cemetery Overseer and held for 30 days. Following the 30 day period, containers may be disposed of in the same manner as determined by the Board of Trustees.
Section 2. Perpetual care does not include watering and maintenance of plants in urns or containers. This is the responsibility of the lot owner. If plants in urns and/or containers are not watered and maintained for a period of 30 days, the Cemetery Overseer shall advise the owner to remove the urn and if the owner does not remove same, the Supervisor shall dispose of same in a manner as determined by the Board of Trustees.
Section 3. The Cemetery Board of Trustees will not be liable for any vases, containers, urns and the like that may become misplaced, broken or stolen.
Section 4. Use of shepard hooks or elevated plant stands is encouraged. This assists in the mowing process and prevents damage to planting containers.
Section 5. Do not empty planting containers on the grass. This causes damage to mowers and is a potential safety hazard for the mower operator. Black dirt is provided for your convenience (located behind the garage – along the east fence line). Do not bring in dirt or fertilizing material as this creates serious weed problems.
Section 1. The motor vehicle gates to the cemetery will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except from November 1st to April 1st. Pedestrian gates are open at all times.
Section 2. Motor vehicles may be driven within the cemetery subject to these conditions:
a. The speed of the same shall not exceed 5 miles per hour.
b. They shall only be driven or parked only on marked driveways. Do Not Drive Off Roadway.
c. The days and hours of operation in the cemetery are as noted above.
d. All vehicles shall be equipped with appropriate mufflers so as to reduce noise to a minimum .
Section 3. No bicycles or ATV’s shall be permitted in the cemetery.
Section 4. Children under the age of 15 years must be under the direct supervision of an adult while in the cemetery.
Section 5. All persons are prohibited from picking any flowers, injuring any tree, plant or shrub, or marring or defacing any monument or stone or any structure within the cemetery.
Section 6. No person shall have in his or her possession a firearm or explosive, excepting an on-duty police officer and members of military organizations (i.e. Nation Guard, American Legion Honor Guard) at funerals and civic functions
Section 7. No person shall bring and or allow an animal onto the grounds of the cemetery.
Section 8. No advertising of any form will be allowed in the cemetery.
Section 9. No person shall consume alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, excepting water, or consume any food upon the grounds of the cemetery.