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"Merritt Jewelers of Pequot Lakes is a solid business that chooses to stay in Pequot Lakes. They are always willing to lend a hand in the community ... Their service and quality products make shopping there a no-brainer." "Few other Pequot Lakes businesses can boast the level of community involvement for the number of years that Merritt Jewelers can! And few small towns have the benefit of a locally owned, community-minded jewelry store!"
The Pequot Lakes City Council should receive approximately $4 million at the end of June or early July to take over approximately six miles of state and county roads as a result of the four-lane Highway 371 expansion project. At its meeting Tuesday, June 5, the council adopted resolutions regarding ownership of Patriot Avenue (former two-lane Highway 371) and part of County State Aid Highway 11 (Main Street) from the roundabout to downtown. The city will then be responsible for maintenance of these roads as well as a portion of Rasmussen Road (County Road 112).
Two billboard sites are available on the east side of Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes after council action Tuesday, June 5. The council approved recommendations from the planning commission, which the council had asked to amend the sign ordinance to allow a minimum of two double-sided billboard signs on city property along Highway 371. That request came after the city heard businesses in town wanted signs to alert motorists where to turn off the highway to get to downtown Pequot Lakes. Specifically, the council:
After delaying a decision to change off-sale liquor license rules to first alert those affected by the potential changes, the Pequot Lakes City Council decided on a split vote Tuesday, June 5, not to make any changes. The ordinance amendment the council considered would have: • Increased the number of allowable off-sale liquor licenses in the city from two to four (currently Super Spirits (Oasis Liquor) holds the only liquor license in the city). • Eliminated the required 500-foot distance of an off-sale license holder from a church.
A call for an official study to project traffic patterns around Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes before starting the park expansion project was unsuccessful Tuesday, June 5. City council members Jerry Akerson and Randy Loukota requested the study, with support from Michelle Lelwica, owner of Hopkins Health & Wellness and Snap Fitness on Government Drive, and Donna Walden, who both attended the council meeting.
Harold Kraus, who served Nisswa for more than 20 years as a mayor and city council member, is being remembered for his great love of Nisswa. Kraus, 88 - who called Nisswa "our little part of paradise" - died Friday, June 8. Kraus said in December 2016, before his last meeting as mayor: "I'll miss being involved in the development of the city that I love." And that is how many people will remember Kraus, the Nisswa Citizen of the Year in 2000 - for working tirelessly for the city well into his 80s.
The Pequot Lakes community was a step closer to getting a billboard or two along the new Highway 371 to help alert motorists where to turn to go downtown. The planning commission on Thursday, May 31, sent three items to the city council as the next step in the process. In turn, the council approved all three items Tuesday, June 5, at its regular meeting. The city council gave final approval to the following planning commission items:
Jim Sherwood, longtime owner of The Treehouse nursery in Pequot Lakes and G&S Plants in Pine River, is being remembered for his talent with plants and flowers, his love of music, and his work at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Sherwood, 80, died Wednesday, May 23, after battling prostate cancer for 14 years. He spent a lot of the last three years in the hospital, but died at home.
Nisswa will get a new fire truck after the city council authorized the $510,232 purchase Wednesday, May 16. Fire Chief Shawn Bailey outlined costs for the council, including $466,133 for a pumper truck to replace the department's 1966 model, and $44,100 for equipment. Payment will include down payments from the department's truck and equipment funds, fundraising and a loan for $203,000. Bailey said the department can't find replacement parts for the 1966 pumper, which firefighters use to feed water hydrants in downtown Nisswa through charging/pumping water from Nisswa Lake.
A plea from some residents on County State Aid Highway 77 (Interlachen Road) in Lake Shore for a lower speed limit on part of the road received support from the city council. The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, May 21, agreed to ask the Cass County Board to request a speed study in the 50-mph zone of CSAH 77 to the Nisswa city limits, with the understanding that the speed limit be consistent with the Crow Wing County (Nisswa) side of CSAH 77.