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Brent Christensen, Minnesota Telecom Alliance President, visited the Crosslake City Council Monday, Jan. 13, to explain why some Crosslake residents may be experiencing dropped long-distance calls.

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Christensen said that not every phone company has a contract with all other phone companies, which means that calls originate but are never “terminated,” or received, on the other end.

One researched dropped call, intended to go from Brainerd to Little Falls, went out with a 218 area code and came back with a Connecticut area code. Phone companies search for the cheapest way to connect a call, often routing the call through far-away locations.

Christensen said the issue is finally getting the attention of the FCC. He asked that anyone who experiences the problem in Crosslake call Crosslake Communications right away with the time of the call, the number called from and the number dialed. Crosslake Communications can then work with a separate company to track the calls and research the problem further.

Annual organizational appointments

The council made its annual organizational appointments Jan. 13, including: designating council member John Moengen as Acting Mayor, approving the council’s meeting schedule as once a month on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m., approving the consulting city administrator’s fee increase of $5 an hour, appointing commission liaisons, appointing new commission members and designating the Northland Press as its official newspaper, as it is required to do by state law.

Public Safety

The Crosslake Police Department reported 146 calls to service in December including, most notably, 26 traffic warnings, one traffic citation, 26 EMS calls, 24 alarms, seven motorist assists and nine property damage accidents.

The department’s year-end report states the department responded to 2,084 calls in 2013.

For Mission Township, the department reported 26 calls in December. Those included 11 traffic warnings, one traffic citation, four agency assists and three motorist assits. The year-end report for Mission Township shows the department responded to 417 calls in the township.

The Crosslake Fire Department reported 17 calls in December, including 12 medical assists, two motor vehicle accident assists, one search for a lost person, one good intent call and one false alarm.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Heard an update from Crow Wing County Engineer Tim Bray on future projects in Crosslake.

• Named mayor Darrell Schneider weed inspector and public works director Ted Strand assistant weed inspector.

• Heard in a year end summary that planning and zoning issued 372 permits in 2013, which is less than the 2012 total of 441.

Kate Perkins can be reached at kate.perkins@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EchoJournalKate

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