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With Thanksgiving a week away, it's the perfect time to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for. We all can be thankful for something. Some may have to dig deeper than others, but it's there, somewhere. A tiny something to bestow thanks. At work, there is an artistic cutout of a turkey on the bulletin board and "feathers" in an envelope. We can write on the feathers what we are thankful for and tape them to the turkey. Most responses are what you might expect, and some I wouldn't have thought of: My family. Good friends. Healthy family. A job - away from the elements. My freedom.
The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 18, agreed to have two electronic speed signs erected on County State Aid Highway 77 near Nokomis Avenue — or the entrance to Grand View Lodge. Grand View personnel requested the signs in light of accidents that have occurred at that location over the years. Grand View agreed to pay the city's cost for the signs. Crow Wing County will also pay a portion of the cost. In other business Nov. 18, the council: • Agreed to allow Marshall Electric to put a tasteful company sign at the roundabout from Nov. 27-Jan.
Jana Lueck doesn't profess to be an expert on suicide.
The Brainerd lakes area is not shy when it comes to hosting statewide events. The area has successfully hosted several Minnesota Governor's Fishing Openers in past years, and next November will host its second Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener. The first-ever such event was hosted at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in 2003. The 14th annual Governor's Deer Hunting Opener will be Nov.
The Pequot Lakes City Council learned Tuesday, Nov. 3, that further reductions to the 2016 budget and tax levy would result in a 2.98 percent increase from the 2015 levy, or a $1,535,825 preliminary general revenue tax levy. This equates to a general city tax rate decrease of 5.640 percent and a rural service tax rate increase of 4.591 percent.
The Pequot Lakes City Council learned Tuesday, Nov.
Today you'll find Luke Waln filling a cavity or placing a crown at Nisswa Smiles, the dental practice he's owned since 2009 on Main Street in Nisswa. Back in 2006, Waln was practicing dentistry overseas — in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. "When I deployed I had about 3,500 to 4,000 troops I was caring for," Waln said. "We did a lot of medical missions into the Afghan countryside and treated locals and Afghan Army guys on our side.
Former co-workers are remembering Martha Anderson as a smart business woman and a classy lady. Anderson, 87, of Nisswa, who with her late husband, Keith, owned and operated the Lake Country Echo weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes from 1980-95 and the Pine River Journal weekly newspaper from 1988-95, died Monday, Oct. 26. "Martha and Keith were owners of the paper when I joined it. They were always very supportive and they let you do your job, which doesn't always happen," recalled Betty Ryan, longtime reporter for the Lake Country Echo.
As a restaurant owner, city council member, wife and mother of 4-year-old twins and a 21-month-old, Krista Knudsen is a busy Lake Shore resident. And she enjoys all aspects of that busy life. Knudsen grew up in Fairmont and graduated from Mankato State University with bachelor's degrees in behavioral health and health science. She worked as a social worker and alcohol and drug counselor for a couple of years. "And now I own a bar," she said with a smile while sitting at a table at Cowboy's, the Lake Shore restaurant and bar she owns with her husband, Kevin.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Oct. 26, agreed to increase the quarterly sewer rates from $100 to $125 per equivalent residential connection (ERC) effective Jan. 1, 2016, to help pay for needed sewer system improvements. Letters outlining this proposal were sent to all residents who are connected to city sewer, and the city heard from two people. Elaine Leach and Karen Walker both suggested the city consider using a metered system.