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The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Sept. 28, approved a preliminary levy of $790,619, which is a slight increase from 2015. The preliminary 2016 budget totals $856,626. The proposed budget includes a step increase and a 3 percent cost of living increase for eligible employees.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Sept. 28, approved a preliminary plat and variance, with conditions, to redevelop Rebound Lodge/Lost Lake Lodge on Lost Lake Road. The plan is to expand the resort and restructure it to allow for second party ownership, which requires a conditional use permit. Three cabins would be demolished, four cabins would be converted to single units, and four twin units (eight units) and three detached single units would be built. The council must determine the maximum number of days an owner can live in the unit.
Nisswa police chief Craig Taylor introduced new police officer Bren Smith to the city council Wednesday, Sept. 16, and Mayor Harold Kraus swore in Smith. Smith joined the department last month after working for the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department for a couple of years, as well as the city of Lake Shore. "He comes with a good core experience," Taylor told the council, noting Smith is originally from Brainerd. Smith graduated from Brainerd High School in 2010, and attended Central Lakes College from 2010-12 in the law enforcement program.
After hearing from several parties involved, the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 16, voted 4-1 to remove a member of the Park Commission. Council member Fred Heidmann cast the sole vote against the Park Commission's recommendation to remove Bill Cruz. "It was not a decision taken lightly," Alex Hondl, the city's parks and recreation director, told the council of the Park Commission's recommendation.
In an effort to get local and seasonal residents, businesses and tourists to spend their money locally, five area chambers of commerce last week kicked off Lakes PROUD, a regional "buy local" campaign. The Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Brainerd and Cuyuna Lakes chambers joined forces to launch the campaign Thursday, Sept.
Nancy Malecha will become the first city administrator in Pequot Lakes, following city council action Wednesday, Sept. 23. Malecha, who grew up in Pequot Lakes and is the city’s finance...
Volume 3, Issue 1. Wow! Did you notice that printed toward the bottom of today's front page above the index (minus the "wow" - that's my inserted opinion)? It's hard to believe, but this issue of your Pineandlakes Echo Journal marks the start of the third year of our combined Pine River and Pequot Lakes area newspaper on broadsheet newsprint. Most readers, I believe, have embraced the Echo Journal. Some liked it from the start. Others have grown used to it.
The Pequot Lakes City Council will meet at noon Wednesday, Sept. 23, at city hall to discuss options to fill the city administrator position after a candidate turned down a...
Personal fitness and exercise have always played an important part in Kristen Gangl's life. That's why it may come as no surprise that Gangl and her family, of Breezy Point, have ridden 300 miles on bicycles each of the past three summers as a family vacation. This is a family vacation with a cause, though.
The Pequot Lakes Police Department received city council approval Tuesday, Sept. 1, to buy a new camera system for patrol vehicles for $36,242, which includes $19,757 from the general fund balance. The camera systems are used to document officers' contact with the public. Police chief Eric Klang said new cameras were needed because of continuous issues with the previous system, even after $15,000 in budgeted upgrades were installed.