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The Jenkins City Council tackled annual appointments Monday, Jan. 14. The council appointed the Lake Country Echo as its official newspaper, and First National Bank of Walker and 4M Fund as official depositories. Widseth Smith Nolting was named city engineering firm while Gammello, Qualley & Pearson was chosen as city attorney. In other business Monday, the council: • Began discussion of a joint powers agreement with Wilson Township for repair and maintenance of roads located partially within Jenkins and partially within Wilson Township.
The Emily City Council made annual appointments Monday, Jan. 7, its first meeting of the year. Mayor George Pepek and council members Ryan Johnson and Gary Hanson were sworn in at an earlier date after being elected in November. The council designated 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for regular city council meetings. The council appointed the Crosby-Ironton Courier as official city newspaper and the Northland Press as the secondary newspaper. Pine River State Bank was named the city’s primary depository with Unity Bank as the secondary depository.
At the first 2013 regular session of the East Gull Lake City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Mayor Dave Kavanaugh and council members Carol Demgen and Dennis Lang recited the oath of office to officially begin their terms after being re-elected in November. The city appointed the Brainerd Dispatch as its official newspaper and Bremer Bank as the official depository. John Fitzpatrick was named city attorney.
Approximately 20 years ago James Steffen and his wife, Lorraine, were making pine bough wreaths for the holiday season, just as they had for years. Then Jim felt inspired by the bright white bark of the paper birch trunks and the glossy brown, almost black color of their twigs. “It’s a very beautiful wood,” he said. Jim gathered a bundle of brush, cut it to about 18 inches and clamped it into a wreath ring to make something he had never before heard of, a birch brush wreath. He soon found they would sell.
Ni Hao, hallo, aloha, bonjour and hola! Those are about all the ways I know to say “hello,” but on to the point. My name is Travis Grimler. Quite possibly there are some of you for whom this will be the very first time reading anything written by me, but some of you know me personally, others may have read an article or two written by me when I was lucky enough to be an intern with the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo newspapers. Regardless of whether you’ve ever heard my name before, I’m very happy to announce I’m back.
The Backus City Council on Monday, Jan. 7, swore in two new members: council member Richard Bean and mayor Kurt Sawyer. Both were elected in November. Bean was appointed secretary pro tem, water and sewer commissioner and street commissioner. In keeping with tradition, the mayor was appointed weeds commissioner. The council also approved the appointment of Jason Smith as fire chief to succeed Carl Fleer. Fleer resigned from the position as chief, but remained on the department.
Jenkins’ certified levy for 2013 is $239,468, which is $3,432 less than the preliminary levy set last fall, said city clerk Krista Okerman. This amount is $11,058 more than 2012’s $228,410 levy. Okerman explained that the increase was largely due to future street projects planned as far ahead as 2015. Though plans have yet to be finalized, these projects could include adding material to gravel roads and repairing and overlaying some Jenkins streets.