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Lake Shore: City approves fire contract with Nisswa

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Feb. 23, approved the 2015 fire contract with the Nisswa Fire Department for $67,246, according to draft meeting minutes.

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Feb. 23, approved the 2015 fire contract with the Nisswa Fire Department for $67,246, according to draft meeting minutes.

The contract amount is based on the land and building values of each entity the Nisswa department serves. It also includes the Firemen's Relief Association, or $4,892 for Lake Shore.

Lake Shore's portion is 32.62 percent of the total cost of the Nisswa Fire Department budget.

In addition, the department requested an addiional $10,000 towrd the sinking fund for the 2016 budget year. Lake Shore's portion will be approximately 33 percent, or $3,300.

The Nisswa Fire Department serves Nisswa, Lake Shore and Lake Edward and Pelican townships.

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Again this year, the council agreed to allow outside music at Zorbaz to exceed the decibel limits until 11 p.m. on certain dates this summer, with the condition that if there are any complaints the music will have to be shut down and the issue possibly revisited.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Learned the police department reported 83 incidents from Jan. 26 to Feb. 22, including 51 traffic-related incidents and 32 miscellaneous calls.

• Appointed Glen Gustafson as an alternate to the Planning Commission. The city seeks applicants for the Wastewater/Road Committee.

• Agreed to donate $150 to the Nisswa Elementary School PTO for the 10th Bloom Fool's Auction benefit.

• Learned the Board of Review will be at noon Thursday, April 9, at city hall for residents to ask questions about their property values.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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