By Kate Perkins
Marge Olek was celebrating Christmas with her family Dec. 23 when she collapsed in her home. Her husband, Ray Olek, performed CPR as their children called 911. Breezy Point police officer Jason Reiber responded to the call and applied an automated CPR device. After further care by first responders and North Ambulance crew members, Marge was flown to the St. Cloud Hospital. There she was treated and released seven days later.
The city of Pine River went to court Jan. 31 in a jury trial regarding an individual who ran the flashing red lights of a school bus. City attorney Ted Lundrigan told the city council Tuesday night, Feb. 12, that the city won the case. The woman who ran the lights was fined a total of $300 for the offense. Lundrigan said in a phone interview that when it comes to school bus transgressions, the city asks for a guilty plea. “We said plead guilty or we will try the case and that’s what we did. And that’s what we will do again,” Lundrigan said.
Prairie Bay Restaurant’s food truck, the Side Dish Local-Motive Kitchen, has served up food in Brainerd and Baxter. When the weather begins to warm, the truck will get back on the streets with plans to head to northern communities this summer. The Side Dish, said Matt Annand, one of Prairie Bay’s owners, is a fully loaded kitchen on wheels. They park and serve a variety of foods, including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, take-and-bake pizza and crème brulée. It’s driven by one of Prairie Bay’s chefs.
Following is a clarification on budget information from the Feb.14 story on Crosslake and Pequot Lakes libraries losing $20,000 in funding. This year the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) received $20,000 less than it requested from the Crow Wing County Board. KRLS requested a 2013 budget of $549,002, but received from the board $529,002. In 2012, KRLS’ budget was $537,412. That means KRLS’ 2013 budget is $8,410 less than 2012.
A 68-unit condominium building will replace the 50-year-old cabins that currently sit at Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake in Nisswa, which will be renamed. Tentatively, the new name for the resort will be GullView Lodge. Demolition and construction could begin next November or December, after the 2013 summer season, and will take around 12 months, said Tom Steffen, one of the partners in the project. Steffen is partnered with Dave Lawrence of Sunstream Resorts, a company out of southwest Florida, and Bill Klohn.
Two city council members and the mayor of Breezy Point raised their right hands and were sworn into office Monday night, Jan. 7, at the first regular council meeting of the year. Incumbent Otto Schmid was re-elected and Diane Williams returns to the council, both for four-year terms. Mayor JoAnn Weaver was sworn in for another two-year term. In addition to swearing in its returning members, the council passed an organizational resolution concerning committees, commissions and their liaisons.
Failures in the city of Breezy Point’s computer server have led the city council to approve purchase of new equipment not to exceed $14,606.80. City Administrator Joe Rudberg stated in a memo to the council Monday night, Jan. 7, that the city’s computer server is for both city hall and the police department. “Almost everything we do requires this server availability,” Rudberg stated.