The Nisswa American Legion hosted a Christmas party for children on Sunday, Dec. 8, sponsored by the legionnaires and auxiliary. The basement of the Legion was filled with games for children to play, each with prizes to take home. A sundae bar was set up where children topped ice cream and ate cookies and treats with their families. Each child also received a handmade hat or barrette made by Juli Friedrichs and Pat Olson. Volunteers said the Christmas party has been a tradition for around 20 years.
This year visitors and locals alike will see the Crosslake dam lit with Christmas lights and decorated for the holiday season. The Crosslake Economic Development Association (EDA), Brainerd Lakes Chamber in Crosslake and the Crosslake-Ideal Lions are working together to make the project a possibility. The Lions have agreed provide a matching grant of up to $5,000 for the effort to make the town brighter and more beautiful this season. Patty Norgaard, EDA chair, hopes the effort will help make Crosslake a destination for families and holiday shoppers.
Area snow totals from Dec. 3-4 storm Pequot Lakes: 7.5 inches Crosslake: 10.5 inches Nisswa (three miles northeast): 12.5 inches Pine River: 13 inches Backus: 13 inches Hackensack: 14.3 inches Brainerd (three miles north): 11 inches
Area police agencies reported numerous accidents after the winter storm that brought snow to the area Dec. 3-4. Snowfall totals ranging from 7.5-14.3 inches blanketed the area following the storm, and the weather made for poor driving conditions. Pequot Lakes reported 7.5 inches, 10.5 inches fell in Crosslake, 11 inches three miles north of Brainerd, 12.5 inches three miles northeast of Nisswa, 13 in Pine River, 13 in Backus and 14.3 in Hackensack.
The Crosslake City Council came to a consensus Monday, Dec 9, to vacate a portion of the intersection of Whitefish Avenue and Summit Avenue. The council wished to see a final draft of the survey drawing before making the vacation, so the decision is not yet set in stone. John and Susan Derus own the adjacent lot and requested the vacation. Most likely due to a survey error, the building on their lot was built very close to the property line separating the lot from right-of-way.
Autumn is the time of year when deer and cars are most likely to collide, according to a State Farm Insurance study. The study puts Minnesota at No. 6 for an American driver’s likelihood of hitting a deer. State Farm Insurance uses its claims data and information from the Federal Highway Administration to calculate the likelihood of an American hitting a deer, according to its website. The likelihood of someone in the United States hitting a deer is one in 174, whereas the likelihood of a driver hitting a deer in Minnesota is roughly one in 75.
The people who put together our Thanksgiving feast worked and planned for days. Even before the turkey made it to the freezer, lists were drawn up and table settings prepped. I went home to Colorado for the holiday to be with my family. After our arrival on Wednesday morning, my mom was already cooking virtually non-stop.
Abra Landscaping in Crosslake is expanding its nursery and garden center. The company will sell natural stone products such as flagstone, retaining wall stone and other landscape supplies. Abra is also opening a commercial supply, which will sell equipment for bobcats, snowplowing equipment and other lawn maintenance equipment. Also in Crosslake, Savvy Mercantile has opened. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s website describes the store as carrying antiques, vintage items and gifts. It’s located north of the Crosslake Dairy Queen.
Crosslake’s Planning and Zoning Commission heard an update Friday, Nov. 22, on the city’s planning and zoning ordinances. John Sumption was recently hired to review the city’s ordinances, and he presented his changes to the commission. He said the document has gone from 332 pages to 141 pages. Sumption, the former environmental services director for Cass County, performed similar work for the Crow Wing County planning and zoning code.
With cold temperatures, sheets of ice are creeping out from shore on area lakes. As it does, both Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch and Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl issue the same warning: The ice is never safe. In the spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages a map on its website to show updated information on where the ice is out, but the same is not true for fall ice-in. While there is an ice-in map on the website, it’s not updated in real time.