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Nisswa to improve cemetery

The Nisswa City Council will receive a $25,000 gift to the city from Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn to make improvements at Greenwood Cemetery.

The city council agreed Wednesday, Jan. 16, to accept the gift.

Also, the council learned the McQuinns are offering an additional $75,000 in matching funds for the cemetery. Those funds will be set up with the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation for the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery, a group that will be established to raise the matching funds.

In other business Jan. 16, the council:

• Was reminded that the Nisswa Planning Commission now meets at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month, rather than Monday.

• Learned Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm will begin the design phase for a building on Main Street in downtown Nisswa that would include public restrooms and, possibly, an office for the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.

• Scheduled a council workshop for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Reorganizational meeting

The council met Jan. 4 and made the following annual appointments:

• Ahlquist Law Office on a month-to-month basis as city attorney. Clyde Ahlquist bought former city attorney Paul Sandelin’s law practice in Pequot Lakes.

• Widseth Smith Nolting as city engineer.

• Lake Country Echo as official newspaper.

• BlackRidge Bank and Frandsen Bank as official depositories.

• Mathias C. Justin as city auditor.

Also, mayor Brian Lehman and council members Gary Johnson and Jan Pierce have been sworn in after being elected in November.