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City of Emily hears update on manganese deposits

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At the April 9 Emily City Council meeting, Char Kinzer of Cooperative Mineral Resources (CMR) gave an update on local manganese deposits, according to meeting minutes.

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Kinzer told the council that following the discovery that manganese and iron veins in the area are deeper than previously thought, CMR has begun the process of abandoning bore holes, though work on the project will continue.

An unapproved summary of actions at the monthly meeting said CMR is looking for partners to continue the mining process, and the cooperative is undecided on what method of extraction will be used.

In other business, the council:

• Agreed to have the city attorney draft a letter and resolution in support of repealing the fiscal disparity tax for commercial properties.

• Accepted the verbal resignation of firefighter Jim Beaman with regret and appreciation for his 21 years of service.

• Approved the election of Mariann Guentzel as chief and Chad Wosmek as assistant chief of the local First Response.

• Agreed to send a letter to request donations to help pay for the open house for the remodeled city hall, as the city does not want to use taxpayer money to pay for the open house.

• Approved a charitable gambling license for Outing and Fifty Lakes Lions for a corn feed Aug. 17 at Granny’s Bar & Grill.

• Approved a charitable gambling license for St. Emily’s Church for a raffle and event in the church parking lot Aug. 3.

• Accepted $200 in donations from Jan Mosman and $200 from Crow Wing Power for the open house.

• Approved a one-day liquor license for St. Emily’s Church.

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