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Shadow, police K-9, retired

Shadow, the Pequot Lakes Police Department’s K-9 dog, was retired Jan. 31, the city council learned Tuesday, March 5.

“The dog is at the end of his useful life cycle,” said police chief Eric Klang, noting the department planned to look at the K-9 program as part of its strategic planning.

The city will offer to sell Shadow to police officer Josh Gartner, his handler, for $1.

“Shadow has been a real asset to the department for his working life, and your service with Shadow has been appreciated by the community,” Klang wrote in a letter to Gartner.

Shadow is 11 and is a specially trained narcotics detection dog. The police department began the K-9 program in October 2005. Shadow, a border collie/spaniel mix, has been with Gartner for seven and a half years.

In other business March 5, the council:

• Agreed to place two stop signs at the intersection of North Washington and Oriole Street to replace a yield sign that is being ignored. The intersection is now in a residential area feeding from commercial, and the area has younger families with toddlers.

• Agreed to pay the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. $6,500 for services in 2013.

• Approved a fire protection agreement with the Nisswa Fire Department for $1,379 in 2013 to pay for fire protection to the Inland Trails area.

• Agreed to buy a John Deere lawn mower from Northwood Turf and Power for $12,348.

• Learned talks are continuing on possible Washington Street improvements.

• Agreed to restructure, with conditions, a $100,000 note that Brandon Andersen of Lonesome Cottage owes the city of Pequot Lakes for the purchase of four lots in the business park five years ago.

Council member Dave Sjoblad was absent.