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Pat Ganley made his mark in the restaurant business long before he bought what is now Ganley's Restaurant in downtown Nisswa. Ganley and his late wife, Sharon, owned Loydy's Diner in north Minneapolis for 16 years, until the restaurant had to be torn down to make way for Interstate 94. But many people who venture north from the Twin Cities today still remember Loydy's.
Pequot Lakes Mayor Nancy Adams, new council member Mimi Swanson and returning council member Scott Pederson were sworn in at the first council meeting of the year Tuesday, Jan. 3. All were elected in November. Adams previously served three terms as mayor before taking a two-year break. Pederson was first elected in 2012 to a four-year council term after being appointed in August 2012 to fulfill the term of a council member who resigned. Annual appointments
After a two-year hiatus, Nancy Adams returned to the Pequot Lakes City Council as mayor, and on Tuesday, Jan. 3, she called for a council work session dedicated to the Old Highway 371 improvement project. "I'm getting really tired of nothing happening," Adams said, noting the topic was on the council agenda the last time she was mayor, and still no decisions have been made. The council agreed to have a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at city hall to talk about the quadrant that includes Old Highway 371 and South Washington Street.
After a varied and fulfilling career in education in the Chicago suburbs, Nancy Adams brought her passion to get things done to Pequot Lakes when she and husband Tom retired to their East Twin Lake home in 2000. From helping launch the Pequot Lakes Library to leading the city as mayor, Adams has shown she's not content to slow down in retirement. She was mayor for six years (2009-14) before deciding not to run for the office again in 2014. Two years later, she again was elected to the post.
At the end of an annual reorganizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, that proved tense at times, new Nisswa Mayor Fred Heidmann assured city staff of no major upcoming changes. "I think most of us here on the council have understood that for a few years and continuing currently today that there are some fears and tensions that seem to be carrying on year after year," said Heidmann, who was elected mayor in November after serving two years as a council member.
Some Nisswa City Council members took issue with new Mayor Fred Heidmann's suggested appointments of liaisons to the planning and zoning department and the public works department when the council met Tuesday, Jan. 3, for an annual reorganizational meeting. Those issues included Heidmann naming himself as a secondary liaison to the public works department given a strained relationship between Heidmann and Tom Blomer, public works director. Blomer filed a grievance last fall that involves Heidmann, which is not yet settled.
It wasn't quite business as usual for state Sen. Paul Gazelka when the state Legislature convened Tuesday, Jan. 3, in St. Paul. Two November election outcomes resulted in Gazelka being elected Senate majority leader, which he said means not only will he represent his district, but the whole state as well. "It's a dramatic change in that I now am the final-most negotiator with the governor in the Senate," said Gazelka, a Republican who lives in Fairview Township in Cass County.
An old editor regularly used to say, "Names make news." That phrase has stuck with me through the years, and it proves true year after year. As we get ready to ring in 2017, it's fun to take a look back at 2016 to see what names made news, and why those names made news. Just glance at the photos on page A12. All these people - and many, many more - made a name for themselves in 2016 for one achievement or another.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Dec. 19, approved a general revenue tax levy of $759,682, which is a 4 percent decrease from this year's levy. The budget of $976,746 shows a 1.6 percent increase from this year. No members of the public spoke to the council about the levy or budget before the council adopted both. The budget includes a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase for employees. The council made no changes to its budget or levy since preliminary approval in September. City hall building
The city of Nisswa is updating its comprehensive plan and is offering opportunities for public input through the process. "In essence, a comprehensive plan is an expression of the community's vision for the future and a strategic map to reach that vision," according to the League of Minnesota Cities. "Comprehensive planning is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial and public activities."