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I bet we all know a Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point or Crosslake area resident who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to their community in the past year. Someone who quietly works behind the scenes to make their community a better place. Someone who volunteers tirelessly for the betterment of their community without giving it another thought. Echo Publishing is accepting nominations for the 2014 Citizen of the Year award. Nominees can be full-time or seasonal residents of the Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake area. They do not have to be chamber members or business owners.
The Nisswa City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 9, unanimously approved the 2015 general fund tax levy of $1,965,784, which is a 1.84 percent increase over this year's levy and includes more money for employee healthcare and wages. That's also the preliminary levy number the council adopted in September. Council member Joe Meyer was absent from the Dec.
About a dozen people ventured to the Pequot Lakes American Legion on Saturday, Dec. 13, to share their concerns with area state legislators for an hour. Topics ranged from Internet broadband, education funding and oil pipelines, to taxes and timberwolves. District 10 state Sen.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 2, unanimously approved a 2015 total tax levy of $1,514,093, which is a 1.73 percent increase over the 2014 total tax levy. The full impact to property owners includes the general revenue tax levy of $1,491,445 plus the tax abatement levy of $22,648, bringing the total levy amount to $1,514,093.
Tyler Gardner will resign from the Pequot Lakes City Council effective Dec. 31, because he is moving out of the city. The council accepted his resignation Tuesday, Dec. 2, and agreed to advertise to fill the remaining two years of his term. Letters of interest will be accepted until Dec. 26 at the city clerk's office at Pequot Lakes City Hall. In a resignation letter, Gardner wrote: "It is with great regret and a very heavy heart that I submit this letter of resignation to you, especially with the current projects that have been fast tracked with the coming highway project.
The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 19, agreed to allow the planning and zoning commission to explore ordinance amendments to possibly require meters on new commercial and residential construction that is tied in with the city's sewer system. Justin Burslie, planning and zoning administrator, said there is a lack of data in finding how much water is entering the system.
The city of Nisswa's ISO fire rating dropped at all three stations - Nisswa, Lake Shore and Lake Edward - fire chief Richard Geike told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The rating dropped to 7 from 8 for the Nisswa and Lake Shore stations, and from 10 for the Lake Edward station. The new rating will affect those residents and businesses within a five-mile radius of each fire hall.
After meeting in two closed sessions Tuesday, Oct. 28, for issues related to police officer Josh Gartner, whom the city terminated in September, the Pequot Lakes City Council voted to: • Deny the purported grievance of Teamsters Local 346 related to the written reprimand against Gartner of Aug. 19. • Deny the purported grievance of Teamsters Local 346 related to the discharge of Gartner on Sept.
Lakes area residents can be "Singin' in the Rain" the next two weekends when the Pequot Lakes Community Theater musical is staged in the high school auditorium. The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, under director Gary Hirsch. "It's a show I had directed before with Wendy (DeGeest), my choreographer. Last year we were able to reconnect as far as director-choreographer for the first time in seven years," Hirsch said. "So this is a show that we really like. It's not done a lot. It is a very recognizable name. It has some really recognizable songs.
Randy Loukota will be a new face on the Pequot Lakes City Council in 2015, and voters returned incumbent Jerry Akerson to his seat. Gregg Karr, a newcomer, was the third person running for two four-year council seats. Loukota also garnered the most votes with 445. Akerson received 367 votes and Karr, 284. There were 13 write-ins for council Dave Sjoblad, council member for many years, will serve his first term as mayor. He ran unopposed, receiving 598 votes. Current mayor Nancy Adams did not seek re-election after serving three two-year terms. Sjoblad's council term expires this year.