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Council discusses record of city's history

Draft meeting minutes of the March 5 Manhattan Beach City Council meeting show that the council discussed a brief story about the history of the city that potentially would be placed on the back of the plat map at city hall.

Resident Larry Wannebo is writing the story, which was before the council March 5 and in February.

Draft minutes show that Wannebo received information from Allen Township meeting minutes, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota secretary of state and the Crow Wing County Historical Society. Wannebo said the story could also be used on the city website, minutes show.

The council has not yet approved the story for use, and draft minutes show Mayor Paul Allen stated that it might be a good idea for the story to come before the council at its next meeting, when more members are present. Council members Clyde Brodt and Marlene Yurek were absent from the March 5 meeting.

Allen had also noted that the story should have a footnote stating that the information in the story is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, draft minutes show.

In other business March 5, the council:

• Approved a resolution of support for the Crosslake and Pequot Lakes libraries for materials funding from the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

• Renewed the city’s fire service contract, noting that the cost had gone down because of tax capacity.

• Donated $100 to the Initiative Foundation.

• Heard from Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl. Dahl spoke about winter festivities, gun regulations, firearms safety, snowmobile and traffic accidents, Trout Lake access and parking issues, and cracking down on distracted driving largely associated with texting and driving, among other issues.

• Discussed whether council members should ride together to a planning and zoning training session. Regarding the Open Meeting Law, the city’s attorney advised against riding together to the training.