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When I moved back up north nearly six months ago to begin writing for the Echo Journal, I never planned to leave the position as quickly as I've ended up leaving. Rarely in my life have I left a job quickly or unexpectedly, often lingering at semi-dysfunctional places of business perhaps a bit longer than I should. My mom tells me I'm "loyal to a fault." That's what makes my exit from the Echo Journal so shocking to me. I'm leaving the best job I've ever had after working at it for less than a year.
Fifty Lakes Planning and Zoning Administrator Gordy Reller announced his resignation at the city council's July 8 meeting, according to draft minutes. Reller said he will stay on the job through the Tuesday, Sept. 9 regular council meeting to give the council time to find a replacement. In a phone interview on Friday, July 25, Reller said the best part about the job has been working with people. "I've always been involved in government because I like meeting people and working with them if possible," he said.
The Fifty Lakes City Council approved a bid for the patio addition to the 50 Lakes Bar & Bottle Shop at its July 8 meeting, according to draft minutes. The council received one bid for the project for $29,350 from Classic Renovations of Pine River. The company will construct a 50-foot-by-14-foot patio, not including the concrete apron, which will be handled separately. In other business, the council: • Scheduled a public hearing for several changes to ordinances for Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
Residents of Lake Shore will face new restrictions on the sale of vehicles and equipment on private property. The city council passed a new nuisance ordinance governing the display of "For Sale" items in response to several complaints about some properties in the city with near-constant displays.
Richard Smith is one of "a bunch of volunteers learning more than they ever wanted to know about pipelines." A member of Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), a Hubbard County-based group organized around opposition to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, Smith spoke Tuesday, July 22, at the Fifty Lakes Foundation Building, urging members of area lake associations to get involved. The Whitefish Area Property Owners' Association (WAPOA) hosted the event, which attracted more than 55 people representing 15 individual area lakes.
The Pequot Lakes School Board got a glimpse at the future of the district's budget at its work session on Monday, July 21, and without changes, the future holds a whole lot of red ink. A five-year budget forecast prepared by School Management Services, a Rochester-based business planning consultant firm specializing in schools, projects Pequot Lakes may be facing statutory operating debt (SOD) by the 2017-18 school year. Board chair Kim Bolz-Andolshek described the forecast as "pretty alarming," but that the information it provided would help the board make more informed decisions about futu
Butterflies filled the skies in Breezy Point on Saturday, July 19, serving as beautiful reminders of the memories of loved ones buried in Pelican Woods Cemetery. The 10th annual Monarch Butterfly Release attracted residents and visitors to admire the surrounding gardens and nature trails while giving the iconic insect an honorable sendoff. Those who attended heard from featured speaker Coralee Fox, a University of Minnesota Extension master gardener and member of the Brainerd chapter of Wild Ones.
The Manhattan Beach City Council approved a new permit application for home occupations in the city at its June 3 meeting, according to draft minutes. The council also approved revised permit fees for home occupation and residential sewer in conjunction with the new application. Those conducting business in the home are required to apply for a permit only if the home occupation falls outside of standards outlined in the applicable zoning ordinance. The new home occupation permit fee is $150, and the fee for residential sewer permit, which includes review and inspection, is also $150.
New bleachers for the football field at Pequot Lakes High School will be installed after the 2014 season, Superintendent Chris Lindholm told the Pequot Lakes School Board at its Monday, July 21, meeting. The bleachers will bring the school in line with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
The Crosslake Community School (CCS) Board held a retreat Wednesday, July 16, to discuss the school's strategic plan for the next three years. The board has identified its core goals in the plan involve academic excellence, community engagement and environmental education. School Director Todd Lyscio said the strategic plan will allow he and other staff to "develop a framework that helps us avoid reactionary planning." "What can happen with schools is, it's pretty easy to get caught up by thinking whatever the latest trend happens to be," he said, citing the use of iPads in schools without