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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.
As more natural landscape is replaced by concrete and parking lots, management of stormwater runoff and snow melt is becoming increasingly important to prevent pollution of lakes, rivers and wetlands. Runoff management is particularly important for homeowners and businesses in urban areas and on shorelines, where water unable to penetrate the soil collects pollutants from impervious surfaces, like driveways, and drains directly into surface water, like lakes.
What began as a long-shot goal nearly two years ago is about to become a reality for one 2005 Pequot Lakes High School grad. Chris Johnson discovered in mid-April that he’s been invited to compete in the qualifying round of NBC and Esquire Network’s popular show “American Ninja Warrior” on May 13 in Denver. The show challenges competitors to complete a series of increasingly difficult obstacle courses designed to test their strength, agility and adaptability.
The Crow Wing County Highway Department held the third open house concerning next summer’s construction of County State Aid Highway 36 in Crosslake on Tuesday, April 15, at Crosslake City Hall. Eleven residents attended to hear county officials Luke Wehseler and Mark Melby describe what they should expect as the county moves forward with right-of-way acquisitions. Melby said there is very little property needs to be acquired for the new right-of-way, and the county plans to stake those areas as soon as possible.
The Pequot Lakes School District selected its new elementary school principal for the next school year. Melissa Hesch, currently principal at Bert Raney Elementary School in the Yellow Medicine East School District, was chosen from a field of nearly 40 applicants after three rounds of interviews. For Hesch and her family, it is somewhat of a homecoming. She told the school board Monday that she wanted to share her “enthusiasm and family’s enthusiasm of returning to the lakes area.”
A licensing exemption to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (DOH) standards on food safety signed into law by Gov.
The Pequot Lakes School Board approved the 2013-15 contract with principals at its Monday, April 21, meeting, securing a total increase in costs of $23,710, or 7.5 percent, over two years. The new contract includes a salary increase of 4 percent the first year and 3 percent the second year, along with an increase of life insurance coverage to $200,000 and an increase of the duty stipend to $750. The district’s health insurance contribution was reduced to $7,086 to match the teachers’ contract, and the difference of $5,164 was shifted over to salary.