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The Pequot Lakes City Council on Thursday, July 6, agreed to support a Pequot Lakes Fire Department street dance Saturday, Aug. 5, on Government Drive between East Woodman and Main streets as part of the department's 100-year celebration. The road will be closed to traffic, and the fire department will use the park area outside the chamber building. The Wylde Ryce Band will reunite after more than 20 years of retirement to perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Muddy Waters Band will perform from 6-8 p.m. Capital improvement plan
It's definitely festival season in the lakes area. From the thousands of people who filled area towns for Fourth of July festivities, to this week's Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes, to Summerfest in Pine River at the end of the month, the area has been bustling with activity. That's not to mention Fifty Lakes Day and Emily Day, myriad fun runs, county fairs, music events ... the list honestly is nearly endless.
"Find the Bobber ... You're there!" Who knew that 30 years ago this summer, what appeared to be an off-the-cuff idea to paint the Pequot Lakes water tower as a landmark would become the city's lasting claim to fame? Today, "the world's largest fishing bobber," also known as "Paul Bunyan's fishing bobber," sits 125 feet in the air in Bobber Park in downtown Pequot Lakes, along with Paul Bunyan's lumberjack chair and Babe, the Blue Ox.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Thursday, July 6, talked about the need for signs directing motorists to businesses on two-lane Highway 371 and for a community billboard-type sign enticing people to come into the city from the four-lane highway. The council agreed to ask the planning and zoning commission to work to get blue and white signs listing names of businesses on Patriot Avenue (two-lane Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes) to direct motorists from the new Highway 371 lanes to those businesses. Businesses would pay for the signs.
Three finalists for the Nisswa city administrator/clerk position - including two lakes area candidates - will be interviewed Monday, July 17, at city hall. Listed alphabetically, finalists are: • Dawn Hayes: Hayes is the chief administrative officer/clerk-treasurer for the Corporation of the Township of Alberton, Ontario, Canada. She has been employed with the township since 2001, and has been employed in private sector positions. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree.
I have dubbed this a "Summer of FUN." I have that phrase written on a dry erase marker board on my refrigerator with "FUN" in all capital bubble letters, so you know I'm serious. As mentioned in a previous column, unfinished home improvement projects will remain just that - unfinished - until late fall. So don't judge us if you come to visit. Life is too short not to spend every possible minute enjoying summer - a season that's far too short, in my opinion.
On a 3-2 vote, the Lake Shore City Council on Monday, June 26, decided to follow a committee's recommendation to take the next step in possibly building a new city hall at a new location. Council members John Terwilliger and Wayne Anderson - who also sit on the City Hall Building Committee - were opposed. Mayor Kevin Egan also sits on the building committee. Council members Doug Miller and Krista Knudsen do not, but both noted that while the council will further explore the idea of building a new city hall, it has not given the final authority to do so.
Almost immediately after the long-anticipated Highway 371 lanes opened in Pequot Lakes nearly three weeks ago, people noticed reduced traffic on the two-lane highway through town. It's been easier to turn onto the old highway from side streets, but some businesses along the stretch are worried. "I think I am concerned. There's a significant drop in traffic," said Joe Dotty, owner of Dotty Auto on Highway 371/Patriot Avenue. "Wednesday morning (June 7) I stood on the car lot and thought, 'Oh my goodness, there's nothing going on.'"
Motorists traveling Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes now see signs pointing to Patriot Avenue. It's left some saying, "Huh?" Patriot Avenue is the renamed double-lane Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes. That's the soon-to-be (or current, you could say) old Highway 371 now that the four-lane highway east of town opened. In the game of street names, following are the new names for Pequot Lakes streets that will become city-owned after the four-lane Highway 371 project is complete. The city council approved these names in 2016.
The Pequot Lakes fire tower off County State Aid Highway 11 is no longer open for people to climb for a sprawling view of the area from high above the treetops. Keith Simar, a retired Department of Natural Resources forester, addressed the Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, June 6, saying the DNR has said it won't do anything in the immediate future to take down the fire tower, but the state agency is open to another entity taking over management of the site.