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The community garden in Crosslake is about to expand. Jon Henke, director of parks, recreation and library, asked the council Monday, May 12, to declare a small cabin near the garden plots as surplus property to accommodate the growing interest in the garden. “We’d really like to get this moving,” he said. “The garden folks are ready to get in there.” The garden currently accommodates 44 gardeners, most of the plots being 10 by 20 feet. With 16 gardeners on a waiting list for the community plots, Henke said it’s time to expand.
Nearly 70 years later, memories of World War II remain fresh for two local U.S. Navy veterans. After traveling in late April to the war memorials in Washington, D.C., via the Honor Flight Network, Bob Uppgaard of Ideal Township and Emery Nelson of Nisswa were reminded that many in our nation haven’t forgotten, either. “Emotionally, it gets you,” Uppgaard said. “I was crying all the way, when people are saluting you when you go by and applauding you.” Nelson described his experience as “tremendous.”
The Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500 needs to raise $60,000 to complete major renovations to its 35-year-old building, and the organization is asking its membership and the community for help. Deanna Dubel, president of the Legion Auxiliary, said updates to the kitchen are necessary to bring it in line with Minnesota Department of Health codes, in addition to the need for new flooring, carpeting, water heaters, freezers and a furnace, among other repairs.
The only vehicles on Barclay Avenue in Pine River on Saturday, May 3, were on display as part of the second annual Cars ‘N’ Que event. The car show and barbecue ribs contest, organized by barbecue joint Jr’s No. 19 in Pine River, drew area residents in search of an afternoon of good eats and impressive cars. Those who attended could vote for their favorite ribs, cars and motorcycles, purchase pulled pork sandwiches from the pig roast in support of the Pine River Food Shelf, grab a beer from the beer garden and check out offerings from other vendors.
Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller is researching installation of a dry hydrant to draw water from Trout Lake in case of a fire emergency, at the request of the Manhattan Beach City Council. Lohmiller said currently, if there is a fire in Manhattan Beach and the trucks run out of water, crews need to return to the Crosslake Fire Hall to refill the water tanks. Although the hall is only two miles away from the city’s border on County Road 66, he said in the case of fires, “time is of the essence.”
In the wake of the retirement of longtime wastewater operator John Monnier at the end of May, the Breezy Point City Council hired his replacement Monday, May 5. Bryant Szymanski, a 2006 Pequot Lakes High School graduate, will assume the position at the beginning of June. The personnel committee selected Szymanski after interviewing four candidates April 23, narrowed from a total of 17 applicants.
Negotiation teams for the Pequot Lakes School Board and Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes (EMPL) are scheduled to meet at the table again to discuss teacher contracts Monday, May 12. The negotiation will mark the second time in as many months the groups have met, after not meeting directly since late summer 2013. The groups also negotiated in November 2013 via state mediation services.
Pequot Lakes High School will present its spring play, “Mandate for Murder,” Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, in the high school auditorium. Billed as an “audience participation mystery comedy,” the shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door and are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Children preschool age or younger are free.
A new welding and repair business will open soon in Lake Shore. Lee Wangstad of Fairview Township broke ground Wednesday, April 23, for his new venture at 7673 Interlachen Road. The business, Lee’s Welding and Repair, will offer fabrication work and is set to open in a little more than a month.
Last week, I heard the frogs. Their chirps seemed to rise in a crescendo while the sun waned, welcoming the longer days and the promise of warmer weather. Hearing their song, I was awash with the realization that this harbinger of spring has been absent from my life since moving to the city nearly a decade ago. While the changing of seasons in an urban environment are certainly beautiful in their own ways, I have been marveling at the way we are able to experience the natural world in the north country.