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Fifty Lakes council accepts resignation of municipal bartender

The Fifty Lakes City Council accepted the resignation of employee Jake Stern at a special meeting Feb. 19, according to unofficial meeting minutes.

Stern, a municipal bar employee who faced disciplinary action in January, offered his resignation in lieu of additional disciplinary action or dismissal.

The council heard complaints that characterized Stern as rude with customers, and council member and liquor store department head Jodie Schrupp cited Stern’s “irreconcilable differences” with bar manager Toni Buchite.

Stern said he loves the place and the people, but he and Buchite have a communication problem. Stern proposed the terms of his resignation be that his work history be made public, that he would leave in good standing, be compensated for time worked, vacation and sick time in addition to $2,500 in severance pay.

The council asked Stern to consider amending his terms to include an agreement to waive his rights to any litigation actions. Final approval of Stern’s resignation included this amendment and reduced payment of his sick pay to 40 percent, with all members except council member Greg Buchite voting in support.

In other news, the council approved a security audit of the city’s server and computer network systems.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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