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A small passenger plane crashed Friday night, March 27, near the Pine River Airport in Cass County. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch confirmed the crash but said he could not...
Teresa Berg, owner of Martin's Sport Shop in downtown Nisswa, told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, March 18, she opposed a proposal to put a railing along the sidewalk in front of her business when Main Street is resurfaced and sidewalks repaired. "I don't like the thought of having a fence up on the sidewalk in front of my business," Berg said, asking what the plan is and noting she was disappointed she hadn't heard firsthand from the city about an issue that would affect her business. Berg was told discussions are ongoing and nothing has been approved yet.
Lake Shore Mayor John Poston summarized for the city council Monday, March 23, what was discussed at a recent Region 5 community assessment meeting. Those attending the meeting included city and Region 5 staff, as well as a few residents. Poston summarized three questions asked, and the answers: • What is working well in our community? The group decided the city council works well; the city/Cass County relationship works well; and city staff works together well. • What do you value about your community?
The Nisswa City Council learned Wednesday, March 18, the planning commission requested a joint meeting with the city council for direction on where planning efforts should be focused. One area of interest is the historic downtown area. The chamber, several downtown business owners and two planning commission members expressed interest in forming a committee to develop a long-range plan for the downtown to present to the council. Council member Don Jacobson and mayor Harold Kraus said this idea should be part of the comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 2007.
Pequot Lakes city office manager Jeanyne Alderson served a seven-day suspension for allegedly sharing non-public information with a suspect in a criminal matter, according to draft Pequot Lakes City Council meeting minutes from a closed meeting held Thursday, March 12, at city hall to discuss allegations against Alderson. According to the draft meeting minutes, Alderson was suspended without pay for seven days effective March 13 for reasons stated in council member and police department liaison Scott Pederson's letter to Alderson on March 9.
Both the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes city councils met in closed sessions last week for preliminary consideration of allegations or charges against an employee. The Nisswa City Council met Wednesday, March 11, at city hall to discuss allegations that police officer Jason Boelter had used a city-authorized and paid for cell phone for personal use, which is a violation of city policy. The council agreed Boelter will forfeit 200 hours of vacation time, serve 100 hours of unpaid suspension, have no contact with subjects on or off duty (directly or indirectly) and will submit to random searches of al
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The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, March 3, authorized the police department to start a hiring list for a full-time police officer. The department has been operating with one less officer than is authorized since the council fired officer Josh Gartner last September. While the police department can start a hiring list, it did not yet ask for or receive permission to hire an officer. Last October, the council denied union grievances related to the reprimand and discharge of Gartner.
The Pequot Lakes City Council learned Tuesday, March 3, that the price Crow Wing County is offering to pay for the city to take over three road segments does not cover the entire cost of improvements suggested for the roads. The county would pay an estimated $5,652,000 for the city to take over the road segments, and improvements would cost an estimated $7,135,500, for a shortfall of $1,483,500. The road turnbacks are a result of the Highway 371 expansion to four lanes, scheduled to begin next year.
Many downtown Nisswa business property owners will soon have the opportunity to vote on whether a 20-foot tall noise wall should be constructed along the east side of Highway 371 through the city. Those businesses will have to weigh the loss of visibility from the highway against the benefit of less noise from traffic. It is critical that the identified property owners and residents vote; a non-vote will constitute a yes vote, Shawn Hansen, Nisswa chamber president/CEO, said in an email to downtown businesses. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has determined that a noise ba