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Continuing to fill key positions in the city after resignations earlier this year, the Nisswa City Council hired a planning and zoning administrator Wednesday, May 17. Desmond McGeough will join the city Monday, June 5, at an annual salary of $59,500. His hiring comes after Matthew Hill began work with the city in April as park and recreation director. The council still must hire its first city administrator, which it hopes to do by mid-August.
A full-service family restaurant is being proposed for downtown Nisswa, to be built next to the Nisswa Post Office. "I've always wanted to be in Nisswa in terms of having a restaurant. I think there's a huge demand for it," Chris Foy, owner of Ernie's on Gull for six years, told the council in person Wednesday, May 17, noting he lives in Nisswa. "This has been a longtime dream of mine to have an impact in a town that I call home," he said in a letter to the council.
Crews erected two Pequot Lakes identifier signs on the new Highway 371 alignment Thursday, May 18, that Breezy Point metal artist Jeff Kreitz created. The metal sculptures, which are 16 feet tall and 11 feet wide, were placed on the highway at both the north and south ends of the Highway 371-County State Aid Highway 11 interchange. The city council approved the $10,000 cost per sign in February. Brandon Coffel, Bob Pelzl and Jack Kreitz helped make the signs.
After succeeding Sue Galligan as area director of the Pequot Lakes Chamber in 2012, Jenna Crawford has left that position and Galligan has returned to it. Crawford took a job with GrowthZone (formerly called Micronet) in Nisswa, but made it clear she is still part of the Pequot Lakes community. "I'm really grateful for the opportunities with the chamber and still very much support the chamber businesses and the community," Crawford said. "I'm still a member of the community but am excited for a new opportunity."
As lakes area residents continue to wait patiently for spring weather to arrive, many behind-the-scenes people are busy preparing for two popular summer events in Pequot Lakes - Stars & Stripes Days and Bean Hole Days. Both events have a couple of changes in store. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk Monday, July 3, but not from the traditional spot in the outfield of the Pequot Lakes High School softball field.
It all started simply enough. One Saturday in March, my husband and I finally had a day to just bum around together, which we love to do - I call it "Date Day with Dave." "Let's go look at carpet," I said, because our carpet has long outlived its life and has needed to be replaced for a while now. So that's what we did. We narrowed our choices and brought a few samples home. Then my husband gazed up at our ceilings. "Maybe we should paint the ceilings first," he said.
Input from Nisswa residents, businesses and organizations is sought regarding the community's school as the Brainerd School District prepares for a possible bond referendum to gain needed space at its elementary schools, including Nisswa Elementary School. About a dozen people attended a listening session Thursday, May 4, at Nisswa School to hear about a school district-wide facilities plan and to share their thoughts about Nisswa School and the Brainerd School District as a whole. A concern was the lack of attendance at the session. Those who did attend included a few parents, school administrators and school staff. Greg Carlson, a Nisswa parent, said nearly 300 students attend Nisswa School and only four parents were at the listening session.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, May 2, discussed nuisance properties in the city after holding a special meeting to address one such property. The council accepted an agreement with John R. and Barbara J. Derksen, 31116 Ash St., specifying they clean up their property by June 13, with the exception of snowmobiles, for which the date was extended to Sept. 1. Council member Jerry Akerson opposed the agreement.
The Nisswa City Council decided Wednesday, April 26, how to fill its vacant city clerk position until it hires a city administrator. The goal is to hire an administrator by mid-August. Gary Weiers, of David Drown Associates, the firm conducting the city's search for an administrator, offered two interim options:
The Lake Shore City Council granted permission Monday, April 24, for the police department to use the Babinski Foundation Animal Shelter in rural Pequot Lakes for all impounded dogs from the city. The foundation will take the dogs at no cost to the city. The department will no longer use Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Baxter, which the city paid $1,400 per year for impounded dogs. Marty Johnson explained the Babinski Foundation and answered questions. Public safety