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The Pine River City Council held its annual truth in taxation hearing on the 2015 tax levy and budget Tuesday, Dec. 9, in front of a large audience. In the end, the council cut $60,000 from the preliminary levy, for a 6.024 percent increase from 2014. When Pine River citizens received preliminary tax statements estimating a 20.48 percent increase from city taxes alone, they reached out to the council for answers. The council came prepared with measures to lower taxes. The council was prepared to eliminate $35,000 from the airport budget to bring the overall increase down to 12.48 percent.
Area residents attended an open house Wednesday, Dec.
With the passing of Sandra Poferl of Backus on Thursday, Dec. 11, the Pine River-Backus (PR-B) School District lost not only its school board chair, but someone who dedicated her free time to the district' students. Poferl, who died after a short battle with lung and brain cancer, raised children within the school district and maintained a passion for how Pine River-Backus School operated long after they had graduated.
Almost immediately following the Aug. 1 move, Pequot Eye Center attracted new customers. "Business immediately increased. We got people coming off the bike trail in the summer," said Dr. Todd Wiedell, who has owned the business for the past five years. "We were here probably 10 days, and as I was walking to my vehicle for lunch I caught a couple people making a very strange turn off the bike trail. It dawned on me they were walking to our building. They walked in and they bought two pairs of sunglasses.
In light of what it called the lack of planning services available to local cities, the Jenkins City Council agreed Monday, Dec. 8, to contract with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) for services. Planning services offered by NJPA include oversight of planning and zoning applications, such as conditional use permits. Under the three-year contract, NJPA will have a professional employee in charge of planning and zoning services available to contracted cities.
Being only one of multiple gift-giving charities in the area, the Pine River-based Christmas for Kids organization finds that cooperating guarantees more kids get presents. Karen Bresnahan of the Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Family Center is in charge of the charity. "Every year we get better at working with different organizations and make sure as many kids are getting served as possible without overlapping," Bresnahan said. "A lot of the collaborations are to avoid duplication.
Fire crews from Ideal Township, Crosslake and Pequot Lakes responded to a fire Friday, Nov. 28, at Beacon Shores Resort on Whitefish Lake in Crosslake. Two attached cabins were fully engulfed when the crews responded just before 11 a.m. The two cabins, Cabin 1 and Cabin 11, had no occupants at the time of the fire. Karen and Dan Scholz have owned the resort for 14 years. "It was a total loss.
As a person who loves the outdoors, dog ownership was just a really good idea for me. I hunt, I pick berries and I like to hike in the woods. None of these are activities you should be doing alone, but it has been hard as heck the last few years to get someone to join me on my regular treks through the woods. I remember the time my father, older brother and a little tiny version of Travis were picking raspberries in our farm's backyard when a black bear stood up on the other side of the bush.
At its Nov. 12 meeting, the Emily City Council approved the award of damages in the Prinzing Cartway case in the amount of $854 to Max Johnson. Johnson was awarded the damages to pay for an easement through his property by a cartway. The cartway was necessary for another property owner to access landlocked property.
The East Gull Lake City Council agreed to certify delinquent wastewater bills to city taxes at its Nov. 6 regular meeting. This is an annual task for area cities.