The physical education teachers at Eagle View Elementary School gave second, third and fourth grade students the opportunity to participate in the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot contest. The pictured eight students won the school level competition out of 150 participants and represented Pequot Lakes at Forest View Middle School in Baxter on Saturday, Dec. 14. Congratulations to Maci Martini for winning the 8-9 year old category and Carly Chaney for placing 3rd in the 10-11 year old category.
The signs in Fifty Lakes asking the public to protect the health of area lakes with a Burma-Shave-style rhyme can stay put for another three years, according to meeting minutes from a Nov. 12 Fifty Lakes City Council meeting. On that night the council overturned a planning commission decision not to renew the interim use permit the Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association (FLPOA) had used to install the signs. According to minutes from the planning commission meeting on Oct. 1, the request to renew the permit at the planning commission level was defeated by a 3-2 vote.
The Breezy Point Ice Fest committee has its first meeting in September or October, months before the event itself, and before ice has even formed over the bay where the event is held. Brothers Michael and Justin Wallin, both of Breezy Point, co-chair Ice Fest for the third year this weekend, Jan. 3-4.
December 2013 went down in the books as the seventh-coldest Brainerd lakes area December on record — and those records go back to 1898. The average temperature between Dec. 1 and Christmas was just 3.9 degrees. Meteorologist Kevin Kraujalis from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Duluth said this winter has also been unusually snowy. In the first 25 days of December, the Brainerd area saw 21.8 inches of snow. That’s second only to December 2008, which leads the record books with 23.8 inches of snow.
Nikki McCarthy’s fourth-grade class at Eagle View Elementary School recently made superhero capes, which will be sent as gifts to children staying at shelters. The project is in coordination with Enchanted Makeovers, an organization that transforms often drab homeless shelters for women and children into comfortable spaces.
From Pine River-Backus and Crosslake to Pequot Lakes and Nisswa, area elementary school and high school students performed holiday programs through December. Band, choir and elementary programs included singing, dancing and instruments as students dressed in their holiday best to perform for parents, grandparents, other family members and friends.
For the 16th year in a row, Fun Books for Kids gave students in the area each a book to take home and keep as a holiday gift. The organization handed out books Wednesday, Dec. 18, to every student at Eagle View Elementary School. Pequot Lakes Middle School students also received books, as did Crosslake Community School students. Last year, Fun Books for Kids, a nonprofit, gave 4,600 books to area children. The organization has five distribution days a year, including the holiday distribution that was Dec. 18.
The Crosslake City Council decided that the city will no longer require landscape contractors and excavators working in the city to purchase a license to do so from city hall. The decision was made at the council’s Monday, Dec. 9 meeting. Council members wanted to repeal the license requirement before the first of the year, when purchase of new licenses would have been required.
Draft minutes from the Dec. 10 Fifty Lakes City Council meeting show the council adopted the city’s 2014 tax levy at $474,540, a 2.8 percent decrease from 2013. That levy will be spread among several funds: $221,870 to the general fund, $200,170 to the road and bridge fund, $50,000 to fire and rescue and $2,500 to parks. Mayor Ken Hersey and council members Jodie Schrupp and Greg Buchite voted in favor of the levy; council member Jay Weinmann voted against the levy. Council member Les Degner was absent. In other business Dec. 10, draft minutes show the council:
The Dec. 12 Echo Journal incorrectly reported that the Crosslake Police Department made two traffic stops and issued 50 traffic citations in November. The department made 50 traffic stops and issued two citations. The Echo Journal regrets the error.