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After nearly five years of working at Breezy Point Ice Arena, Breanna Sheley will serve as head coach of the Northern Lakes Lightning girls hockey team when its season begins this winter. Sheley will take over for outgoing coach John Stockler, who resigned from the position at the end of the school year. The Plymouth native started playing hockey as a third-grader, saying she fell in love with the sport and has never looked back.
In a special joint meeting with the city council Thursday, July 20, the Pequot Lakes Planning and Zoning Commission reached an agreement that it would recommend the city council not adopt state building codes. State building codes are required for cities with a population greater than 5,000, but several smaller cities across the state - including Breezy Point - have adopted them as well. If a city with a population greater than 2,500 adopts the codes, it cannot withdraw from them. Pequot Lakes currently has a population of nearly 2,300.
In its Monday, July 17, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved an updated 10-year facilities maintenance plan - an action required yearly by the Minnesota Department of Education. Board member Curt Johnson questioned the the long-term facilities maintenance levy for the coming decade, as the projected total increases from $426,144 in fiscal year 2018 to $567,001 in fiscal year 2019 and continues to increase with each year. Business manager Jenny Max and superintendent Chris Lindholm said the increase continues as the district's facilities age.
We are officially in the middle of summer. The grass is green, the air is warm and the lakes sparkle with sunlight. So let's talk about a winter sport, shall we? Just about all of Minnesota's pro sports team have a big question mark attached to them at the moment (Can the Twins continue to overachieve and hang on for a playoff spot? Are the changes made to the offensive line and running game enough to put the Vikings back in contention?) but no team in this state has a bigger "what if" attached to them than the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Four years ago, Savannah Stone was a state-qualifying member of the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls golf team. This year, she is back as the team's head coach.
For the past two summers, Pequot Lakes fielded a 14-person bass fishing team, refusing to expand as team officials worked through the growing pains of establishing a new team. This summer, registration opened and the team now has 47 athletes, and head coach Tim Bray anticipates that number will continue to grow.
Pequot Lakes' Olivia Lane has two years left in a Patriots uniform, but her plans for what comes next are already set. The junior forward on the girls basketball team has verbally committed to play for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks after graduating in 2019. "This is a dream come true for me," she said. Though she just finished her sophomore, she said she is happy to have this decision behind her. "(Committing early) kind of takes the pressure of everything off," she said. "There is a big advantage to that. I know I want to go there."
In its Monday, June 19, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved its preliminary budget for the 2017-18 school year. In the preliminary budget, the district will operate in the new school year with $20,605,176 in total revenues. Anticipated expenditures include two new school buses, an adjusted health insurance assumption of 10 percent and the addition of the school's robotics program as a budget item of $10,000.
I recently wrote a column saying that winter was over and we should all get out and enjoy the lakes area. A few days later, it snowed. You would think I have learned my lesson, but I clearly haven't. Summer is officially here and the weather is tolerable, rainy days notwithstanding. Now there is little excuse to not get outside every once in awhile. I feel like my parents said that to me all the time growing up, and I'm finally trying to take those words to heart.
Patriot runner Reid Pierzinski etched himself in the school history books this spring. The Pequot Lakes junior picked up a state title in three separate events - two as an individual and one as a member of the 4x400 relay team - and broke five school records. And he has one more year in a Patriot uniform.