DNR guidelines for ice thickness: • Two inches or less: Stay off. • Four inches: Ice fishing or other activities on foot. • Five inches: Snowmobile or ATV. • Eight to 12 inches: Car or small pickup. • Twelve to 15 inches: Medium-sized truck.
To show its appreciation for a long-time council member, the Jenkins City Council on Nov. 12 named Nov. 30 as Dale Daudt Day. Daudt was on the council for more than 10 years, but did not re-file in the last election. In its proclamation, the council stated that Daudt has been an inspiration and strong supporter of the city of Jenkins, has worked for its residents, business owners and property owners and has shown sound judgment and reason. As a way of thanking Daudt, the council decided that each year the city will recognize Dale Daudt Day.
The Crosslake City Council heard Monday, Nov. 18, that Crow Wing County, which is now contracting its planning and zoning services to Crosslake, has hired two planning and zoning staff to work in Crosslake. Chris Pence, Crow Wing County Land Services supervisor, told the council that Jon Kolstad and Cheryl StuckMayer have both been hired as full-time employees to work for the county providing planning and zoning services in Crosslake. Kolstad is land service specialist; StuckMayer is administrative technical specialist.
The Pine River City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 12, approved changes to the city’s revolving loan policy. The policy has been changed to provide financial assistance to businesses up to two miles outside the city. Businesses outside the city will be charged a 6.5 percent interest rate; businesses inside the city are charged a 5 percent interest rate. The loans are sponsored by the city’s Economic Development Committee and can range from $3,000 to $20,000. They’re made at a reduced rate to retain jobs, create jobs, expand local businesses and start up new businesses.
The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Nov. 18, approved a request from two citizens to vacate a stretch of road adjoining their properties. The piece of road in question is the end of Silver Peak Road east of its intersection with Jason Lane. The stretch dead-ends at the petitioning property owners’ lots. The council had addressed the matter at its October meeting, but tabled the issue. On Nov. 18 the council approved the road vacation, requiring both landowners to split the vacated land. It passed on a 4-1 vote, with council member Steve Roe opposed.
Crosslake City Clerk Char Nelson told the city council Monday, Nov. 18, that there is more than $11,000 in planning and zoning fees, some from two years ago, still owed to the city. In all, 42 property owners have outstanding balances ranging from $13.50 to $1,743.75. Nelson said she only looked back in records to 2011, so there could be more outstanding balances further back in the books.
Though the count is not final, preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicate the deer harvest is down from last year. Dave Kanz, acting area wildlife manager for Aitkin, Crow Wing and southern Cass counties, said numbers available Monday, Nov. 18, were not yet final. At that time hunters still had time to register their deer, and Kanz expected figures to rise.
The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Nov. 18, made several appointments to the city’s commissions and discussed its commission appointment policy. The mayor recommended all five appointments. They included: Bill Forsythe as an alternate to the Economic Development Authority, Matt Kuker as an alternate to the planning and zoning commission, Mark LaFon to the planning and zoning commission, Gary Nordstrom to the parks, recreation and library commission, and Tim Berg to the public works, cemetery and sewer commission.
Several Pine River area nonprofits encouraged giving on Thursday, Nov. 14, by wearing costumes and waving signs on the corner of Barclay Avenue and Highway 371. Nov. 14 was Give to the Max Day, in which Minnesota residents are encouraged to give to nonprofits through givemn.org. The website has raised more than $75 million for nonprofits in the state so far. Nonprofits from across the lakes area fundraised through the website on Give to the Max Day.
Vince Knoll, of Ideal Township, is a longtime Pequot Lakes School District bus driver who recently discovered he has only a few months to live. He wished to tell the community his story as a bus driver, so he contacted the Echo Journal. “I want the people of Pequot Lakes and all of the district to know: Why do we drive a school bus?” Knoll said from his bed at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.