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After working for a year on a proposal to promote Lake Shore and six of its restaurants, resident Julie Ingleman sought monetary support from the Lake Shore City Council on Monday, May 23. The council, however, indicated it wasn't comfortable allotting the requested $250,000 for the project, called 77 Eat Street.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, May 23, agreed to continue looking into building a new city hall at an estimated cost of $800,000 to $1 million, after lengthy discussion and one council member indicating she didn't know how to vote on the matter. The vote was to affirm council support authorizing the City Hall Building Committee to proceed with development of construction documents and plans for a new city hall, to be built on the current site or elsewhere.
Travelers heading to the northern Brainerd lakes area this weekend on Highway 371 will encounter a detour if traveling County State Aid Highway 11 between Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point,...
"Shop Pequot During Construction." "Experience Pequot." "Downtown Pequot 1 Mile." "Downtown Pequot ½ Mile." "Shopping. Parks. Events." "Support Your Local Businesses." And then: "Stay calm and buy sandals." Whether that last statement on a sign outside Expressions Shoe Center in Pequot Lakes alludes to Highway 371 construction is anyone's guess. But it made me chuckle Sunday as I drove by it.
About 25 people, mostly Pequot Lakes business owners, learned tips to "survive and thrive" during Highway 371 construction last Wednesday, May 18, in the Gathering Room at Pequot Lakes High School. The construction of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins over the next 18 months will bring change, along with both challenges and opportunities, J.P. Gillach, with Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3 communications and public affairs, told the crowd. "You really just have to embrace the change to be successful," he said.
Sharon Rasmussen has enjoyed teaching first grade at Nisswa Elementary School for the past 23 years, but she decided it's now time to retire, relax and open another door in her life. "I have kids of kids I taught," Rasmussen said while sitting in the classroom she's taught in for so many years and reflecting on her teaching career. She thought about retiring last year, and admitted some of the joy has gone out of teaching with so many mandates. That combined with minor health issues prompted Rasmussen to carry through with retirement at the end of this school year.
Starting Friday, May 20, motorists traveling between Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point may need to plan to take a little more time. Part of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 11 east of Pequot Lakes will be closed for the construction of a bridge and interchange as part of the Highway 371 four-lane expansion project. Where CSAH 11 closes, a detour will take motorists on a newly constructed frontage road and a portion of new Highway 371 lanes to Derksen Road, which crews paved this week.
As the Minnesota walleye and northern pike fishing opener kicks off the tourist season this weekend, bringing the first main influx of trucks and SUVs hauling trailers with boats to lakes area roads, drivers should be aware of Highway 371 four-lane expansion work between Nisswa and Jenkins.
The Pequot Lakes Police Reserve Unit marks 10 years this month of helping keep the Pequot Lakes community safe. "Our agency is about community policing and having reserve officers at events," said police officer Kate Petersen, who is in charge of the reserve unit. "Having the reserve unit is a huge asset for our department, our community. Without the program, we wouldn't be as successful or as community-oriented as a police department."
I'd venture to say all drivers are guilty of driving while distracted. Who hasn't veered a bit over the centerline while looking at the landscape passing by while driving? Who hasn't swerved a bit to the right while fiddling with the radio or ejecting or inserting a CD? How about driving with your knee/thigh to free up both hands to eat something. Yep, I'm guilty of that one.