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Have you ever considered life without electricity? We've all experienced the occasional power outage that lasts for several minutes or even a few hours. But after the July 12 windstorm toppled trees and tangled power lines, many residents went up to a week without power. My family lost power for four days. I can't tell you how many times I walked into a room and flipped the light switch out of habit, fully aware that the light wouldn't turn on, yet momentarily surprised nonetheless. I quickly learned that, really, I could live without the television. I rather enjoyed that.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 4, adopted a resolution approving an amended facilities plan on wastewater treatment facility effluent disposal options. City engineer Tim Houle of Widseth Smith Nolting explained the amended plan to the council.
Like a lot of area youth, kids from four Pequot Lakes area families headed off to camp earlier this week. These kids, and others attending the weeklong Camp Kesem in Willow River, have something in common. Their families have all been touched by cancer. "It's a place where the kids feel they're not alone. They have that connection," said Alison Collins of Jenkins. Her sons, Dylan, 13, and Austin, 11, have attended Camp Kesem the past four years, ever since it's been offered in MInnesota. Alison has stage 4 breast cancer and her husband, Ron, died in 2009 from lung, liver and bone cancer.
Pequot Lakes city clerk/treasurer Sandy Peine was recognized for her 12 years with the city at the Tuesday, Aug. 4, city council meeting. Peine is retiring Sept. 25, and the August council meeting was her last. "When she came on board the city was really in a transition stage, really suffering," said Mayor Dave Sjoblad.
Anyone who knows Abby Schreier wouldn't believe the 18-year-old was once quiet and shy. But that's exactly how Schreier described herself before she joined 4-H. "I used to be very shy and I used to not talk very loud," she said. "And now I can't even whisper." Schreier, who lives just south of Nisswa with her parents, Tom and Amy, and brother, Dalton, has been a member of the Black Bear 4-H Club in Nisswa since third grade.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, June 27, agreed to obtain quotes from electricians to fix a safety hazard at a sanitary sewer system lift station as soon as possible. Estimated repair cost is less than $5,000, city engineer Dave Reese of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) estimated. The goal is to make the repair as soon as possible, and if needed the council will hold a special meeting to approve a quote so work can begin before the next council meeting at the end of August. "We now have formal knowledge about a safety hazard and if something happens ...
Homeowners still cleaning up trees and branches from the July 12 windstorm are being asked to no longer pile debris along roadsides for pickup. Instead, they're asked to contact private contractors to collect debris or take it to the landfill. Joe Hall, Crow Wing County assistant highway engineer, said this wasn't a decision the county highway department made lightly.
Police chief Craig Taylor commended public works supervisor Tom Blomer, Nisswa police officers and firefighters, as well as others in their response to the severe storm that occurred Sunday, July 12. "There were a lot of people pitching in and it was really good to see," he told the Nisswa City Council at its Wednesday, July 15, meeting. Blomer said the city hired two companies to help with storm cleanup and had hauled 4,000 yards of tree debris from the storm as of July 16 as they worked to open area roads. Blomer also thanked all who have helped with storm cleanup.
After much discussion Wednesday, July 15, the Nisswa City Council unanimously agreed to adopt a schematic design and cost estimates for the Nisswa Lake Park and Recreation Area. City engineer Widseth Smith Nolting presented the schematic design for the park on the west side of Highway 371 on Nisswa Lake.
Pequot Lakes will spend an estimated $23,917 more on salaries to hire a city administrator and reorganize the city clerk's office. The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, July 7, learned city clerk Sandy Peine's retirement date is Sept. 25. The council agreed in May to hire its first administrator in light of Peine's retirement, and on July 7 reviewed the position profile and set dates for final interviews. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18 to review semifinalists and select finalists, before a 6 p.m. budget workshop. The council also agreed to meet all day Tuesday, Sept.