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During their Nov. 5 meeting, it was revealed to the Manhattan Beach City Council that the city's office computer had crashed, resulting in a loss of information. City Clerk Barb Hanson indicated that she was working with Crosslake Communications in an unsuccessful effort to restore the city's accounting program. She said she was not sure how much information was lost. Most information up to the year 2013 can be restored, as those reports were sent to the state auditor's office.
In a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 15, the Breezy Point City Council agreed to order plans and specifications to improve Snowman Circle. The meeting was held to discuss potential improvements to both Snowman Circle and half of Shady Trail. During the meeting, however, five Shady Trail residents and one Snowman Circle resident approached the microphone to say they were not in favor of such improvements.
For more than a decade, Christmas For Kids has brought smiles to the daughters of Lake Shore resident Steve Wacholz. "I was a single dad with five kids and a mortgage payment and a car payment," Wacholz said. "I was check-to-check. It was a blessing to have this.
The Pequot Lakes School Board on Monday, Dec. 15, unanimously agreed to certify the district's final levy for 2015, totalling $4,845,786. The total levy is 2.48 percent higher than the previous year's $4,728,493 levy. According to district business manager Jenny Max, Pequot Lakes residents can expect a slight increase in taxes since the operating referendum - which was previously set at $1 per pupil - moves up to $300 per pupil in 2015.
This time of year, average people have their homes decorated and are doing their best to keep their family in the holiday spirit. Nisswa resident PJ Overvold likes to ensure everyone in the area is in the holiday spirit. Overvold, owner of the Red Umbrella in Nisswa Square, has spent the season decorating a number of private homes, as well as a few public settings - including the Sherwood Forest Lodge in Lake Shore - to bring Christmas joy to the lakes area. "There is nothing really up here in the winter time for people to do that is Christmassy," Overvold said.
Officials from Ideal Township attended a ceremony Friday, Nov. 21, hosted by the Minnesota Association of Townships, and received the Minnesota Township of the Year Award. As one of 1,783 townships in the state, earning the award was a tremendous honor for Ideal supervisors. "It is really based on the people that came before us," town board supervisor Jim Brandt said. "It has been a good township since 1899.
There have been plenty of studies outlining the benefits of owning a pet. It can boost your immune system, keep you more active and provide you with a little extra company. What a pet is best for is improving your mood and reducing stress. Most of the time, that is. About two months ago, my wife was between jobs in a career field that has a high employment rate, but can be very demanding. As someone who is prone to fretting anyway, she was pretty stressed out. We decided it was best if we got a pet.
The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Dec. 8, voted 3-2 to limit certain powers of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), with John Moengen and Steve Roe voting against the measure.
According to draft minutes of its November meeting, the Fifty Lakes City Council unanimously agreed to authorize the city fire department to purchase wiring and miscellaneous fitting to bring the water supply truck to National Fire Protection Association standards, costing the city up to $9,000. The items, according to fire and rescue chief Andy Hemphill, are needed to bring the truck's emergency lighting up to standards, and must be done before the truck is put into service.
With this school year being the first that Crosslake Community School has had high school students in its building - albeit in an online program - the school has little affiliation with the Minnesota State High School League, and its extracurricular activities get little recognition. However, the school's archery program has gone under the radar to find success outside the lakes area.