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In the interest of safety during the Nisswa Freedom Day Parade on July 3 each year, the Nisswa City Council agreed on Wednesday, April 15, to close a side of Main Street to parking for the parade. The parade will follow the traditional route on Main Street, ending at the Triangle gas station.
Brent Jones of New Prague was hired as planning and zoning administrator for Nisswa on Wednesday, April 15. Jones will earn $42,500 per year for a six-month probationary period, and upon successful completion of that probationary time would earn $45,000 per year plus benefits. At that time he also would come under the union contract for department heads. Jones has worked for the city of Blaine as a planning intern.
Street and sidewalk improvements are scheduled to start April 28-29 in downtown Nisswa with completion likely before Memorial Day. The project was moved up about a week after road restrictions were lifted. A meeting to share information about the project with business owners will be at 8:30 a.m.
Residents prefer a phased, medium development of the Nisswa Lake Park & Recreational Area, according to results tabulated from an open house held in February. "Phased development" would mean going slow and expanding development based on usage of the park being proposed off Hazelwood Drive on Nisswa Lake. The pedestrian tunnel under Highway 371 was built to connect downtown Nisswa to this park. Three scenarios were presented at the open house, detailing a park with low, medium and high development.
Sky Kukuk, a Pine River-Backus (PR-B) High School junior, was crowned Miss Pine River 2015 on Saturday night, April 11. Taina Williams is First Princess; Stephanie DeGrote is Second Princess; and Catherine Stagnaro was voted Miss Congeniality. Kukuk won a $1,000 scholarship; Williams, $500 scholarship; DeGrote, $400 scholarship; and Stagnaro, $100 scholarship. Miss Pine River royalty will represent Pine River in parades, neighboring pageants, Pine River Duck Races, Summerfest and other festivities through the year. Also competing in the 36th annual scholarship pageant in the PR-B High Scho
Nicole Barta, a Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) senior, was crowned Miss Pequot Lakes on Friday, April 17, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Two princesses were crowned this...
The Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce is looking for help to fund the annual July 3 fireworks. Jenna Crawford, Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce director, told the Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, April 7, that the total fireworks cost is $6,500, and the chamber has committed to funding $2,500 through sponsorship.
Playground equipment is scheduled to be installed in Pequot Lakes in early May, and a public restroom also is on track to be built near the playground on the north end of Trailside Park. The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, April 7, approved an engineering proposal for design services for the Trailside Park seasonal public restroom facility submitted by Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for an estimated $10,600. After much discussion, the council also authorized constructing a two-stall restroom for an estimated $88,000 and to determine funding options.
Eighteen years ago today, at 5:25 a.m., a healthy baby girl was born, weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The Brainerd Dispatch was an afternoon publication at that time, and the headline that day — April 16, 1997 - on then-editor Roy Miller's page 4A editorial was, "Megan's World: Lakes area is growing as it never has before." Megan is my daughter, and Miller wrote the editorial several hours after I called in to say I'd be starting my maternity leave that day from my job at The Dispatch. The editorial starts like this: "Welcome, Megan Vogt, to the Brainerd lakes area.
Sky Kukuk, a Pine River-Backus (PR-B) High School junior, was crowned Miss Pine River 2015 on Saturday night, April 11. Taina Williams is First Princess; Stephanie DeGrote is Second Princess;...