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Fifty Lakes: Community divided on liquor store ownership

Fifty Lakes Mayor Tim Anick reviewed the results of a recent survey regarding the operation of the municipal liquor store during the monthly city council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

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Fifty Lakes Mayor Tim Anick reviewed the results of a recent survey regarding the operation of the municipal liquor store during the monthly city council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

According to the survey, 281 respondents, or 62 percent, requested continued operation of the Fifty Lakes Bar and Bottle Shop while 131 respondents, or 38 percent, requested to discontinue the business.

The city council agreed to hold a public hearing on the matter during the November council meeting.

In the meantime, the council voted unanimously to appoint Diana Johnson as interim liquor manager of the store, effective immediately. Her wages will increase to $18 per hour. After a six-month probation, she may be considered for liquor manager.

City Clerk Karen Stern will act in an advisory position for Johnson until the end of the year.

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In other business Oct. 9, the council:

• Agreed to work more closely with Crow Wing County and the city's Forestry Committee to handle harvesting concerns and sensitive areas. The council appointed Anick as a member of the Forestry Committee.

• Accepted the comprehensive planning and zoning proposal, including changes to the future zoning map.

• Authorized the purchase of an additional 2,000 yards of Class 5 gravel at $6.25 per yard from Emily Sand and Gravel for road construction.

• Approved paving the hill entrance of North Mitchell Lake Road, costing the county an estimated $13,606.73. The council also agreed to purchase recycled asphalt from the county to complete the project at $25 per yard for an estimated total cost of $400.

• Approved a donation of $300 to the Initiative Foundation as part of the 2019 budget.

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