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The Nisswa City Council on Thursday, Sept. 11, approved a 2015 preliminary general fund tax levy of $1,965,784, or 1.84 percent more than this year's levy. The vote was 3-0. Mayor Brian Lehman and council member Joe Meyer were absent. Council member Gary Johnson led the meeting. At a Sept. 4 budget meeting, the mayor and two council members present talked about: • Cashing out a $15,000 abatement bond payment and removing $10,000 from the roads budget to lower the levy. • Ensuring an additional $100 per month per employee was added for higher health insurance costs, which totaled $15,600.
The First National Bank of Walker building in Jenkins has been split in two, is being loaded onto trucks and will begin its two-day journey to its new home in Baxter on Tuesday, Sept. 23, weather permitting. After the move and some remodeling, the building will reopen in Baxter as a Lakes State Bank branch office. The building is being loaded onto two large trucks that will only be able to travel at around 8 mph. The trucks are scheduled to leave Jenkins on Tuesday morning, Sept.
Crosslake Communications must grow revenue or cut expenses to remain viable. Other options include gaining greater flexibility to pursue potential strategic opportunities, as well as divesting or combining with another operator either partly or entirely. Those are the results of the analysis conducted by Charlesmead Advisors LLC, a Baltimore-based consulting firm the Crosslake City Council hired to study the city-owned telecommunications company. Nearly 75 people filled the Crosslake City Council chambers and spilled into the hallway Wednesday, Sept. 3, to hear results of the analysis.
Crosslake Mayor Darrell Schneider said the city is not considering selling Crosslake Communications because he doesn't know how the city would replace the company's services, and other council members concurred. However, downward trends in the industry prompted the council to initiate a study of the telecommunications company. "Available cash keeps diminishing," he said, noting in 1995 Crosslake Communications had overall revenue of $2 million and contributed $400,000 to city tax expenses. In the last few years that contribution has been around $278,000.
The Backus City Council on Monday, Sept.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 2, approved a preliminary tax levy for 2015 that represents a 10.38 percent increase over 2014. The preliminary levy totals $1,642,903, compared to the 2014 property tax levy of $1,488,373. The difference is $154,530. The council noted it is waiting to learn what the city's tax rate will be, which could change numbers. Cities must approve preliminary levies by Sept. 15.
After years of off-again, on-again debate, the Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 2, approved on a 3-2 vote the use of digital signs in the city's downtown core area. The most recent request for digital signs came from the Pequot Lakes American Legion, Pequot Lakes office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Pequot Lakes Public Schools.
The Pequot Lakes City Council fired police officer Josh Gartner on Tuesday, Sept. "I move that Josh Gartner be discharged for reasons stated in and as provided in the letter from police chief Eric Klang to Gartner dated Aug 26, 2014, and that the city clerk submit notification to Gartner and the union consistent with the motion," Mayor Nancy Adams said when the meeting reopened.
With names like "Mark's Rowdy Rhubarb," "Mark's Mighty Marinara Sauce" and "Mark's Purty Good Mostly Organic Salsa," how can any farmers market shopper not stop to take a look at what else the Hay Creek Stock Farm offers. Owner Mark Fickes of Sebeka has been selling fresh produce and beef at area farmers markets since 2005, including at the Nisswa, Crosslake and Fifty Lakes markets. "I needed a market for things I wanted to sell direct," he said of why he chose farmers markets. In addition to tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, salsa and numerous other vegetables, Fickes sells 100 percent g
On Wednesday, my last daughter embarked on her last first day of school. At the same time, my first daughter is finding her way for the first time in the "real world." And not for the first time, I wonder where the years went. When people hear I have a daughter who is a high school senior and another who just received her cosmetology license after 10 months of schooling, they inevitably say, "Oh, you'll be empty nesters." I don't think so. My 2015 high school graduate plans to attend Central Lakes College next year ... and most likely will live at home.