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The Regional Report: New life for Salem WEST property, former Crosby mayor denied dismissal


• Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch is seeking information that could lead to the arrest of burglary suspects in Backus, the Echo Journal reported. The burglaries occurred Nov. 16 at The Woodshed Bar and Grill and Nov. 18 at Willard's Saloon and Eatery. There is some suspicion the perpetrators had inside knowledge of the targets, as doors were entered without damage and money in tills was targeted. Anyone with information may contact the sheriff's office at 218-547-1424.


• Taxpayers in Breezy Point now have the final answer for what to expect to pay in taxes next year, the Echo Journal reported. The city council approved a 4 percent levy increase over 2017, increasing it's property tax levy by $75,519 to $1,963,482.

• Two Breezy Point police officers were honored this week for their lifesaving efforts, the Echo Journal reported. Officers Josef Garcia and Jason Rieber each received Lifesaver awards at the Breezy Point City Council meeting. Garcia revived a woman suffering from cardiac arrest, prolonging her life by three days and making her organs eligible for donation. Rieber also responded to a cardiac arrest call, restoring the man's pulse. The man recovered in the hospital.


• A Crow Wing County judge denied a request from former Crosby Mayor James Hunter to suppress evidence discovered during search warrants of his home and business and to dismiss the felony charges against him, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. The court found sufficient evidence to proceed with all charges against Hunter, stemming from an alleged swindling scheme involving the sale of his business, Buy Sell Trade.


• The property once home to Salem WEST will have new life as a Habitat for Humanity property, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. The donation center, which was burned down in an arson fire in March, was established by the Salem Lutheran Church and served as a storage site for donated clothing and household goods delivered to families in need. The Deerwood City Council approved a rezoning application to change the status of the property from business to residential, enabling the Habitat for Humanity donation. Salem WEST found a new home for its operations following the fire.


• A new apartment complex could be built in Staples soon, the Staples World reported. A development company wishes to build a 38-unit building, with the potential for expansion by 36 more apartments, along Airport Road. Staples Economic Development Authority board member Chris Etzler said he recognized a need for the apartments, as many people work in the community but do not have access to this kind of housing.

The developers requested tax abatement for the property currently owned by Lakewood Health Systems. Unlike tax-increment financing, this process would not require some of the housing by low-income. The plan calls for the complex to be market rate. The SEDA is reportedly considering the tax abatement proposal.

-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at