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The Breezy Point City Council on Monday, Nov. 3, adopted a resolution with considerations for road improvements of Snowman Circle and the western half of Shady Trail, from Scenic Overlook to Rainier Drive. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at city hall to discuss such improvements. The estimated total cost of the improvements is $307,845. Initial discussions on road improvements included paving Rainier Drive, which would have added $47,000 to the cost, and the entirety of Shady Trail for an additional cost of roughly $230,000.
Tim Anick has been elected the new mayor of Fifty Lakes. Anick garnered 162 votes in Tuesday's election, good enough for 64.54 percent of the vote. "I would like to thank my constituents for voting for me and knowing that I will do whatever I can for the folks of Fifty Lakes to have a voice when it comes to making decisions in our city," Anick said. He beat his opponent, Richard Schiller, who earned 88 votes (35.06 percent). "I feel the voters of the city had a clear choice between me and Mr. Anick," Schiller said.
The city of Crosslake has elected Steve Roe as its new mayor. Roe, who currently serves on the city council, defeated incumbent mayor Darrell Schneider and fellow challenger Darrin Mitchell by garnering 574 votes, or 45.05 percent of the vote. "I am happy to have won, but I have a huge job ahead of me," Roe said. "I will quietly put together a plan ... and get ready for the new year.
Crosslake Community School held its school board election during its parent-teacher meetings Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 23. School parents and staff elected five new board members and re-elected two incumbents to join board chairwoman Lisa Schumacher, whose position was the only one not up for re-election this year.
Nisswa's Church Street is known for being one of the best streets in the area for trick-or-treaters. Kids can walk up and down that street and probably have enough candy, but they are more likely to remember the experiences they have at the house of Kevin Zell and Shirlee Anderson, collectively referred to as the AnderZells. The two - with the help of some friends - turn their home into the ultimate trick-or-treat hotspot, using lights, props, smoke, a PA system and their own costumes to create a moment that the children will never forget. "We keep getting bigger," Zell said.
The Pequot Lakes School Board on Monday, Oct. 20, unanimously approved its audit report for the fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30. The district's general fund sources of revenue for the fiscal year were $14,149,243, with roughly $860,000 of that coming from local property taxes. The majority of the fund - roughly $12.6 million - came from "state sources." According to the report presented to the board, the district ended up with slightly more revenue than originally budgeted.
Crosslake consultant John Sumption, along with planning and zoning supervisor Chris Pence and land services specialist Jon Kolstad, met 15-20 local business owners Tuesday, Oct.
Crosslake residents filled the Crosslake Community Center's conference room Monday, Oct. 20, to familiarize themselves with the city's three mayoral and five city council candidates during a League of Women Voters candidate forum. Mayoral candidates are Darrin Mitchell, current council member Steve Roe and incumbent Mayor Darrell Schneider. Voters will elect one of these men Nov. 4. Council candidates are Jeff Bisson, Brad Nelson, Dave Schrupp, Darrell Shannon and Douglas Steele. Shannon was not present at the forum.
Eagle View Elementary first-graders took a bus to the Pequot Lakes Legion on Friday, Oct. 10, to learn all about the flag of the United States. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, students took part in various stations to learn the history of Betsy Ross and the flag, as well as the symbolism of the stars and stripes from members of the Post #49 Color Guard.
After plenty of change over the past year for the city of Crosslake and Crosslake Communications, city finance director and treasurer Mike Lyonais gave the city council an idea of where both parties are sitting financially for 2014 during the council's regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Oct. 13. The 2014 salary and benefits budget for Crosslake Communications, according to Lyonais' report, was set at $377,921.