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Fifty Lakes council approves hiring architect for planned bar expansion

The Fifty Lakes City Council approved hiring an architect from Simonson Lumber of Crosslake to draw up architectural plans for the municipal bar’s planned patio expansion at their April 8 meeting, according to draft minutes.

With Mayor Ken Hersey absent, Councilman Greg Buchite acted as mayor at the regular monthly meeting. Buchite told the council he’d discussed the addition with Simonson Lumber and they advised acquiring professional drawings. The council approved spending up to $1,000 on the drawings and a materials list.

In other business, the council:

•Upheld a conditional use permit for Brian Dobie for use of the gravel pit. The permit allows for the extraction of 320,000 cubic yards of gravel, and according to Ron Wickham, vice president of Anderson Brothers Construction Company, only 183,277 cubic yards have been removed to date.

•Accepted applications for two new members of the Fire and Rescue Department, Jacob Grecula and Jeanne Bradley. The council also approved purchasing a new computer for the department, with costs not exceeding $1,700.

•Approved a proposal from CTC’s IT department for an annual contract of $250 per month and an hourly rate of $70 to $85 per hour for any additional services. The city hired CTC last month for an audit of their computer security systems.

•Approved an additional $106.56 beyond the $300 already allocated to be paid to Robin Benzer for the purchase of the mascot bear costume.

Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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