Every August, the Crosslakers host an open community meeting for residents, seasonal residents, weekenders and visitors of Crosslake to highlight projects the Minnesota Design Team and community members brainstormed in 2016.

Crosslaker work groups have accomplished a great deal in just three years, and partnerships have been formed with the city of Crosslake and many community organizations. Several initiatives have received non-tax financial support for the betterment of the community.

The Crosslakers are “On A Roll” and are eager to bring the community up to date on a number of new and on-going projects.

The group will host a community gathering from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Zorbaz Crosslake. This free event is open to the public and an opportunity to learn about the progress that has been made and to offer suggestions and ideas to move forward and make Crosslake an even better place to live, work and play.

Get up-to-date news on the National Loon Center, which received a $4 million grant, has signed a lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and has embarked on a fundraising campaign to restore and protect loon habitats, enhance environmental recreation and construct a research and education center for migratory wildlife.

The Water Quality work group is addressing runoff from County Road 66 that has been going straight into the Whitefish Chain. They’ve also helped address the city’s sanitary sewer and septic issues as an advisory committee to the Crosslake City Council. Learn about the Freshwater Institute being developed to help preserve and protect lakes as an initiative in partnership with the National Loon Center.

To address housing needs, the Crosslakers are partnering with the city to host a forum to learn what the needs within the community really are. Research is taking place not only for Crosslake, but also Crow Wing County-wide that will provide statistics and guidance.

Hear results from the recent July Crosslake traffic, parking and pedestrian study and have an opportunity to provide input in a briefing by the engineering firm Widseth Smith Nolting.

The new train museum is progressing. Get on track with what is happening and learn when the trains will be running again. The Trackers will offer tours of their new depot immediately following this meeting.

Learn about the Greater Crosslake Area Foundation, its purpose and how it will help keep the area moving forward with financial support. Also find out how to ensure a lasting legacy for the community.

Other efforts that the Crosslakers have a hand in include the Crosslaker Dog Park, the city’s comprehensive plan, beautification and connectivity, including the bridge flowers and soon to come entrance signs welcoming folks into Crosslake from the north and south.

As you travel about Crosslake or think of what you would like to see in the community, make note of them and let the Crosslakers know about your ideas.