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Winterfest will include fireworks display

This year, Crosslake Winterfest will feature fireworks at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, behind the community center.

The Crosslake City Council approved the fireworks at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 14.

Jon Henke, director of parks, recreation and library, reported that an area will be fenced off from spectators where the fireworks will be fired off, and the area will be searched the next day for any shells that may not have exploded.

Zambelli fireworks carries a $10 million insurance policy, Henke reported, and the city is additionally insured.

Dean Kuhn of Zambelli said that the shell firing site is safe, and that everyone thinks fireworks look brighter and louder in the crisp, cold air.

Jessica Eide, Moonlite Bay owner and Winterfest coordinator, thanked the city, Henke and other contributors for their support of the Winterfest activities.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Approved a plan to install a street light at the southeast corner of County Road 66 and Eagle Pass.

• Read a letter to the council from Crosslake Community School fourth-grader Parker Moan, requesting the council talk about the new school property. Mayor Darrell Schneider reported that the school has filed all necessary paperwork to the state for all site options and is waiting for a response.

• Approved an engineering plan for 2013 roads projects. These include a portion of Bonnie Lakes Road, among other projects.

• Agreed to allow public works director Ted Strand to purchase more sand. The city is low on sand and salt following rain events. As more salt is not available, the city will cut the salt-sand mixture it has with more sand.

• Heard a permit summary from the planning and zoning department. In total, the planning and zoning department issued 441 permits in 2012, with a valuation of $8,823,326. This compares with the 357 permits sold in 2011, with a valuation of $5,658,934.