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$2,000 to go for Crosslake fireworks show

The PAL Foundation received two large donations toward the Crosslake fireworks show, but still needs $2,000 more to reach its goal.

The Crosslake City Council on Monday, June 9, approved a $5,000 donation from John and Carrie Hart and Mike Frank, which will be used for improving the fireworks display. They also acknowledged a $1,000 donation from the Crosslake-Ideal Lions.

Pat Netko, one of the organizers of the fireworks, said that so far, five checks have been mailed in addition to the money in cans at businesses in the city. At this time last year, however, Netko said a total of 18 checks had been received.

Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake director of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, held up a $20 bill and said, "If 100 people give 20 dollars apiece, we're there."

"Here's my 20," she added.

Public safety

Police chief Bob Hartman reported a total of 175 incidents in May. Of these, one burglary was reported, one property damage crash, two thefts, two traffic arrests and one warrant arrest. The department also issued 39 traffic warnings, participated in 25 agency assists, responded to 20 alarms and attended to 18 EMS calls.

In Mission Township, the department responded to 44 calls. Half of the calls were traffic stops, one was a theft and there were nine traffic citations issued.

Fire chief Chip Lohmiller reported 23 incidents in May. The department responded to 17 medical assists and one motor vehicle crash, as well as four fires, one of which was a building fire, one grass fire and two automobile fires.

North Ambulance in Crosslake received 64 callouts in May, 42 during the day and 22 at night. Of the 64 calls, the ambulance transported 47 patients.


Land services supervisor Chris Pence reported planning and zoning permits more than doubled in May compared to the previous month. A total of 52 permits were issued, including two for new dwelling construction, three new septics, six porch/deck/patio permits, and seven access structures.

In other business, the council:

• Heard an update on the Nordic Ridge trails from Alden Hardwick, who informed the council that construction has begun on the walking bridge over the swamp.

• Heard a report from Schneider, who recounted his presentation to the Crow Wing County Board on the new land use ordinance. Schneider reported positive response from residents and increased efficiency in nearly every aspect of the planning and zoning department.

• Approved a switch in positions on the planning and zoning commission. Scott Johnson and Matt Kuker will switch positions, so that Johnson will now be an alternate and Kuker will serve out Johnson's remaining term through Jan. 31, 2016.

• Approved paying back taxes owed on a parcel of land that had been donated to the city in 2009 by Roger Saatzer. The title of the land had never been transferred to the city in error, and Saatzer was still receiving a tax statement for it.

• Discussed how to sell surplus city equipment and determined that those in charge of organizing the sale could decide what would work best. The council approved Parks, Recreation and Library director Jon Henke's surplus list.

• Tabled action on Perkins Road to allow for further research. The proposal includes a donation of land to widen the road and move it further south, which would also allow access to a parcel of land owned by the Corps of Engineers. Council member Mark Wessels said they have been considering "developing a park in there for 20 years."

• Heard a report from Crosslake Communications general manager Paul Hoge, who requested the council approve hiring Measure-X, a phone survey company, for $4,000 for one year. Council approved.

• Heard a report from Henke on happenings at the community center, including an update that the parking lot reconstruction was almost finished and that the community garden had been expanded to 63 plots. The council approved the department go ahead with leasing new copier machines.

• Decided to draft a letter of intent to take over maintenance responsibility on the parking lot on the corner of County Road 3 and County Road 66, with intentions of eventually purchasing the land from the Corps of Engineers.

• Tabled approval of the updated employee handbook and approved updated drug and alcohol policies, with the understanding that it may be necessary to revisit these because of the Legislature's passage of the medical marijuana bill.

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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