Christmas shopping can be stressful. But it shouldn't be. At least I don't think so. I don't want to sound like a curmudgeon or like I'm preaching about how Christmas is too commercialized, but I think we sometimes get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and forget the point. So instead of stressing out about what to get family, friends or co-workers, I have some tips to make gift-giving a little more fun.
"I always wanted to work for Bridges of Hope some way, some how," Andrea Martin said. That wish was granted two and a half years ago when Martin began working at Common Goods Thrift Store in Crosslake. She became the store's retail manager last year. Her journey to Common Goods, which is owned by Bridges of Hope, wasn't an easy one though, nor was it in her original plans. The Alexandria native has a degree in special education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, as teaching was what she thought she wanted to do.
Residents living in Crow Wing County's newly mapped floodplains can opt out of having to buy flood insurance thanks to maps created, in part, by the county. In August, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Association completed a floodplain study with new flood insurance rate maps. As a result, anyone with a residence on property within flood hazard areas on the maps and with a mortgage or secured loan from a federally regulated insurance lender is required to have flood insurance.
An agreement between Cass and Crow Wing counties could help organize water management efforts within the Pine River Watershed, which falls within both counties. One Watershed, One Plan is a program initiated by the Local Government Water Roundtable to help local governments charged with water management responsibility be organized and develop focused implementation plans.
The Breezy Point City Council approved a 4 percent general tax levy increase for 2018 at its Monday, Dec. 4, council meeting The final 2018 tax levy is $1,963,482, which is $75,519 higher than 2017. The city's 2018 operating revenue budget is set at $2,283,902, and the operating expenditure budget is $2,270,682. Both totals are a decrease of roughly $420,000 from this year.
Sean Kaneski gathered a group of friends for a winter water skiing excursion Friday, Dec. 1, on Gull Lake.
Santa Claus was spotted water skiing on Gull Lake Friday, Dec. 1. December water skiing has become a tradition for Pequot Lakes resident Sean Kaneski, who dressed in a Santa suit for the occasion. After noticing open water on Sibley Lake last December, Kaneski decided to get his water skis out one last time for the year. Gull Lake's open water called him out again this year, but this time he brought a group of friends. Kaneski put a call out on Facebook earlier in the week to garner interest. "Because why not?" he said with a laugh when asked about the tradition.
After previous inquiries about the speed on Jacobs Road, the Lake Shore City Council lowered it to 35 mph at its Monday, Nov. 27, council meeting. Jacobs Road previously had an unposted speed limit of 55 mph, but council member Wayne Anderson asked about lowering it at the last meeting. The council sent the item to the roads committee, which was unanimously in favor of reducing the speed. Anderson said Loon Lake Township residents are in favor as well.
The Lake Shore City Council purchased a piece of land for its new city hall building at its Monday, Nov. 27, meeting. The council met in closed session after the regular meeting to discuss the property, which is on Balsam Lane behind the current city hall. Before the closed session, council members passed a resolution allowing them to discuss and proceed with the purchase without having to go through the planning commission.
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department is seeking public comment on the proposed 2018 Aquatic Invasive Species Plan. The county board of commissioners reviewed plan changes at its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, Nov. 21. The 2018 AIS plan can be viewed at www.crowwing.us/211/Environmental .