Lake Shore: Legacy grant means Gull Lake Trail work to continue

Hope is to construct last segment through Lake Shore in 2022, connecting trail to Nisswa's portion.

Lake Shore City Hall is closed to the public and the council met Monday, Nov. 23, online via Zoom, including Henry Cote, who will join the council in January after winning election to a council seat. Here, Betsy Egan talks about recent COVID-19 developments. Screenshot / Nancy Vogt

It’s hoped the last segment of the Gull Lake Trail through Lake Shore will be constructed in 2022 after the city and Nisswa received a $2.4 million Legacy grant for trail work, the Lake Shore City Council learned Monday, Nov. 23.

In other trail news, the council accepted a $4,500 proposal from Widseth engineering firm for engineering services to prepare documents for a Federal Recreational Trail Grant of $142,500 that the city received last summer.

Plat of Portview

The council approved a preliminary plat of Portview, a former resort (Portview) founded 99 years ago that closed nearly 50 years ago, with conditions.

The family members who own the property reached a consensus that platting is in their and the city’s best interest. The property includes 61 acres between County Road 107 and Lake Margaret.

The council reiterated this is not a resort conversion. That happened in 1974.


The applicant is the McClintick family, which includes council member Doug Miller’s wife, Mary, so he abstained from voting.

Public safety

The council adopted a new use of force policy, which the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board redid in response to the George Floyd incident in Minneapolis.

Police reported 95 incidents in October, including 40 traffic-related incidents and 55 miscellaneous calls for service.

Traffic activity included 29 warnings, three citations and two DWI arrests. Miscellaneous calls included five suspicious activity reports, two property damage complaints and five theft complaints.

Lake Shore police assisted other agencies five times.

In other business during the Nov. 23 meeting, which was conducted online via Zoom, the council:

  • Learned city hall is closed to the public through the first of the year, pending COVID-19 case counts. Meetings will be held through an online platform.

  • Allowed staff to use a floating holiday and vacation days to take off Friday, Nov. 27, and Thursdays, Dec. 24 and 31.

  • Learned the city issued nine land-use permits in October for a total valuation of $1,874,420.

  • Learned police officer Mike Heldt and public works maintenance employee Bob Heidelberger received successful reviews and pay raises.

  • Learned Lake Shore had 96.5% voter turnout for registered voters as of Election Day, Nov. 3, and a lot of absentee votes.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

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.

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