Draft meeting minutes show the Manhattan Beach City Council met Oct. 1, but recessed its meeting for two weeks after Mayor Paul Allen learned of a death in the family during the meeting. The meeting was recessed and reopened Oct. 15, when the council heard from resident Colleen Sheehan, who supports the ban on ATVs on County Road 66.
Seth Franco, of the Harlem Globetrotters, visited Pequot Lakes Schools on Friday, Nov. 8, to tell students about how he’s worked hard to achieve his dreams, telling them about his fight against hip dysplasia as a basketball player. He calls himself the perfect example of how people can achieve their dreams through hard work. Franco said professional basketball was his dream, which he worked hard for. He kept good grades in school so he could continue to play sports.
Recently area churches saw vehicle break-ins during the Sunday church service. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said by phone that it’s been a few weeks since the last break-in, but he reminded the public not to leave valuables in plain view in their vehicles. He said to put purses, cell phones and other valuables in the trunk of a car or under the seat, or simply don’t leave them in the car. If the thieves can see a valuable, he said, they can smash into a car, grab the valuable and be gone in seconds.
Sheridan Wilson, local 4-H member leading the charge in creating a dog park in Pequot Lakes, visited the Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to give an update on her efforts. Fundraising sits at just under $1,000, Wilson said. An area for the park was staked out at Sibley Park. Documents from Wilson show the area of the park is 6,350 square feet. Some council members were concerned that would be too small and recommended exploring other site possibilities as well as the Sibley Park option.
Discussion amongst the Pequot Lakes City Council regarding the city’s 2014 budget led to the council setting a Nov. 19 special meeting. The council needs to agree on the budget in order to pass its final budget and levy by a December deadline.
Among a cast of 50 people, 20 orphans played by area children will take the stage Friday, Nov. 15, to help bring Pequot Lakes Community Theater’s “Oliver!” to life. The orphans sing and dance their way to making the production’s energy match their own enthusiasm. Elaina Tanner, a fifth-grader, plays Oliver. While she’s a happy young lady out of costume, on-stage she’s an orphaned little boy in London. Tanner tried out for the part because she hopes to be an actress one day. Acting like a boy wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be.
Breezy Point City Council member Scott Willer issued his resignation to the council Friday, Nov. 8, after more than 13 years on the council. Willer’s wife, Vicki, who previously worked for the city of Breezy Point, is the city administrator in Sauk Centre, and Willer closed the sale on his Breezy Point home Nov. 8 to move to Sauk Centre and be with his family.
Both Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes schools hosted Veterans Day ceremonies recently, reminding students of the sacrifice of American veterans. At Pine River-Backus schools on Monday, Nov. 11, Sgt. Michael Stanek, member of the National Guard for more than 11 years, spoke to students about the importance of a positive attitude and reminded students to thank veterans for their sacrifice. “Know that your support for your veterans is important,” Stanek said.
Christmas for Kids, which had been divided into a northern group and a southern group in northern Crow Wing County, is combining efforts to create a single entity to bring Christmas to the less fortunate. Katie Wagener had been running the southern organization essentially on her own, based out of her home in Lake Shore. She will now work with a committee from the northern group, based out of Crosslake, to continue the same effort that Christmas for Kids has always had.
Alvin Elmer Potz, the oldest son in his family, planned to take over his family’s farm on County Road 3 in Fifty Lakes. But in 1950 he was drafted to the Korean War, losing his life in the fight in April 1951. He was 24 years old. Today Alvin’s memory is honored as the namesake to the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Potz-Heartland Post 500. Alvin’s brother, Dale Potz, still lives on land his family owned. He said Alvin was a hunter and a fisherman. His sister, Inez Lind, lives in Baxter.