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During the Manhattan Beach City Council meeting in February, mayor Paul Allen informed the council that a new zoning map would be making its way through the planning and zoning commission before coming to the city council for approval in a future meeting, according to draft meeting minutes. He also said the commission needed to go over the new map and make sure easements and boundaries have been properly shown and roads better designated, and that city hall must be designated as public property. City clerk Barb Wannebo told the council that she hopes to purchase a copy of the manual for the
During their meeting on Tuesday, March 10, the Fifty Lakes City Council unanimously agreed to purchase three new stainless bar tops for the patio of the city's liquor store, the cost of which totals $2,270 with installation, according to draft meeting minutes. The council also approved the installation of DirecTV in the bar with a two-year contract, removing the current service provided by Emily Cable TV.
Open gym at Pequot Lakes School will remain free for the time being. Wanting to have a staff member on hand to oversee the session, the school district initially hoped to charge open gym participants $2 per session. After some public input and internal discussion, an announcement from superintendent Chris Lindholm informed the public that that plan had changed. "For the immediate future, we have decided to cover the cost of staffing open gym out of the general fund, eliminating the $2 per session fee for participants," Lindholm wrote.
Members of seven area churches celebrated in the World Day of Prayer at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa on Friday, March 6, with a Caribbean flare. With the highlighted country being the Bahamas this year, members proceeded down the aisle of the church holding the the flag of the Bahamas and playing Caribbean instruments as they sang. Following a special Day of Prayer service, the congregation enjoyed an authentic Caribbean cuisine, composed of various fruits and seafood.
Dan and Sarah Stiller of Jenkins were done having children. Their two daughters - Hannah, age 8, and Erica, 3 - were both born a few weeks early, and they thought it best to stop where they were. Sarah even had an intrauterine device implanted to prevent pregnancy. However, on Tuesday, Feb. 17, Dan took Sarah to the Brainerd emergency room with severe lower abdominal pain. Doctors initially thought it was a problem with her gall bladder.
During their Monday, March 9, meeting, the Crosslake City Council unanimously agreed to vacate a 21.5-foot portion of right of way at the end of Birch Lane to the individual who owns land on three sides of that portion. The council opened the issue up to the public, but no one "We ran this, as always, through all of the departments and there were no negative comments, or positive ones, to be honest," city attorney Brad Person said. A portion of this right of way had been vacated to the land owner years before, and this vacation will give the landowner more space between the roadway and thei
Prior to their regular March 9 meeting, the Crosslake City Council held its first of a series of town hall meetings in city hall, which was attended by roughly 30 residents. The topic at hand was "What do you want Crosslake to be?" Mayor Steve Roe, who said he would like a member of the public to moderate these meetings moving forward, encouraged residents to step up to the podium and give their ideas of how to improve the city. Eight people made their way to the podium to discuss a variety of things.
The Pequot Lakes School District is mulling over the idea of charging open gym goers $2 per session for use of the facility, which has drawn the ire of a several community members. Though the district has posted signs outside the gymnasium indicated the new fee, superintendent Chris Lindholm has said that no definite decision has been made yet. "We have entertained it," Lindholm said. "We have put on the door that there is a $2 cost per session.
Last Thursday was an interesting day in terms of news. For starters, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality, dramatically cementing the way corporations can affect our now-primary source for news, information and entertainment: the all-powerful Internet. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension - which was supposed to last until April 15 for taking the punishment of his 4-year-old child too far - was overturned in a U.S.
After several months, the city of Crosslake reached a settlement with Paul Hoge, former general manager of Crosslake Communications, for $33,840.61. Hoge's employment with Crosslake Communications was terminated, after a 4-1 vote from the council, as a cost-saving measure last September, following the city's hiring of consultants at CTC in Brainerd to oversee the company. The Crosslake City Council met with Hoge in a series of closed meetings to discuss possible litigation. During the council's meeting on Monday, Jan.