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In their September meeting, the Manhattan Beach city council set its 2015 preliminary levy at $70,000, the same amount as the previous year. The decision to work with the same amount came at the suggestion of city clerk/treasurer Barb Hanson.
Three years ago, Kristi Taylor had never set foot in Breezy Point. Now, she calls it home and works to improve it as president and membership coordinator of the Pequot Lakes School PTA. The Billings, Montana, native moved to the area with her husband, Tom, and two sons, Thomas and Lucas, when Tom accepted a position as an assistant general manager at Costco in Baxter. Taylor, a stay-at-home mom with a degree in elementary education, looked to the school system as a means to fill out her day while providing a necessary service to the area. "School is where I feel comfortable," Taylor said.
The Pequot Lakes girls finished first while the Patriot boys were second at the Ottertail Central cross country invitational in Henning on Monday, Oct. 6. Gina Garai was the individual champion for Pequot Lakes, which compiled 23 points while Staples-Motley was second with 55. The Patriot boys finished second behind host Ottertail Central, which had 31 points to 51 for Pequot Lakes. Pine River-Backus placed fourth in the boys' race as T.J. Lukanen was seventh overall. The Patriots are scheduled to run in the Mid-State Conference meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Detroit Lakes.
Faith@Home Ministries, a Christian movement founded by Pastor Mark Holmen, has been based out of Ventura, Calif., for the past five years. Now, Holmen and his family set up shop in Crosslake over the summer. He and his family have been vacationing in Crosslake for more than two decades and decided they wanted more of a small-town life. As long as he is near an airport, Holmen can serve as director of Faith@Home from anywhere in the country. "We just love it," Holmen said. "We love being in a smaller town.
Despite barely having a quorum, the Breezy Point City Council on Monday, Oct. 6, approved a number of city street improvements. Council members Tom Lillehei and Michael Moroni were absent. First, the council approved an extension to Whitebirch Drive and an easement for a connection to County Road 11. "The objective here is to accept this extension as part of the city street system," council member Otto Schmid said. "There are a few concerns we have, but they are very minor." Chief among Schmid's concerns is the amount of right-of-way on the street for snow storage.
Crosslake Community School was established to do things differently from standard public schools. Its newest different offering, the addition of an online curriculum at the high school level, has been met with a warm reception from freshman Maverick Engstrom, who would likely have to put at least one of his dreams on the backburner if he attended a standard public school. Engstrom, 14, who has spent his whole life in Crosslake, has had two loves since he was very young: motocross and ice hockey.
Most school districts, like other governing bodies, are gearing up toward school board elections in early November. Crosslake Community School has the same situation, just two weeks earlier. That is one of several differences between the city's charter school and the usual school district. Elections take place on the days of the school's fall parent-teacher conference - this year on Oct. 21 and 23 - and are only open to parents of students, staff and students over age 18. Another key difference is how the board is made up.
After 16 months of debates and negotiations, Pequot Lakes School District teachers now have a contract. The agreement, announced Sept. 23 and approved by the teachers two days later, was unanimously approved by the school board in a special meeting Monday, Oct. 6. "I have been doing negotiations for a while, and this was definitely one of the tougher ones," board chair Kim Bolz-Andolshek said. "I think we actually found a solution, and not just a Band-Aid for the contract this time.
The Fifty Lakes City Council on Sept.
Geritol Frolics, a vaudeville-style show that features cast members who are at least 55 years old, is set for its 11th annual show to start in two weeks. For most of the cast, the show provides an opportunity to get out and socialize while singing or dancing. For Nisswa resident Diane Anderson, it provides an opportunity to get back into a lifelong hobby. The Minneapolis native has been dancing since age 3 and was a member of the dance line at Roseville High School.