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Nisswa: Gull Lake Trail project gets huge boost with grant

Nisswa and Lake Shore to receive $2,434,922 in grant funding for the Gull Lake Trail project.

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NISSWA — The Nisswa City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 18, approved an agreement with the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission for Nisswa and Lake Shore to receive $2,434,922 in grant funding for the Gull Lake Trail project.

Both cities agreed to a cash match of at least $608,730. Total project cost is an estimated $3,043,652 to develop 4.89 miles of the trail to connect the existing trail segment in Lake Shore to downtown Nisswa via Nisswa Lake Park.

The council also agreed to accept a cost estimate of roughly $25,000 from Johanneck Appraisals for the Gull Lake Trail project regarding 11 parcels.

The costs to conduct appraisals are not eligible for reimbursement from the Legacy grant, but cost to acquire property is eligible for reimbursement.

Council members Don Jacobson and Ross Krautkremer were absent Jan. 18.

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In other business, Fire Chief Shawn Bailey shared an annual report that included the department’s community involvement, training highlights and types of calls in 2021. Goals for 2022 include training new firefighters, recruitment and retention of members, fundraising and grant efforts for a new brush truck, and increasing usage of modern technology.

In December, firefighters had 26 calls, including 23 EMS calls, two alarms and one crash.

Police in December reported 181 calls for service, 10 alarms and six medicals; issued 115 traffic warnings, seven traffic citations and one criminal citation; and had 14 agency assists.

In other action Jan. 18, the council:

  • Approved a request from Terry Wallin to close Main Street at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, for a short time for the Nisswa Winter Jubilee Parade. The Winter Jubilee is a city event. The theme is “Gnome Sweet Gnome.”
  • Approved an annual agreement with the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation for $2,950.
  • Approved an amended lease agreement with Schaefer’s of Nisswa Limited Partnership for the Spirits of Nisswa municipal liquor store building.
  • Approved the departure of firefighters Kayla Geike, Nathan Hughes and Derek Owen at the end of 2021; appointed John Taylor and Jesse Zahn to the planning and zoning commission; appointed Paul Satterlund to a four-year term on the parks commission starting Feb. 1; and removed City Clerk Kiki Lindbery from the required six-month probationary status. Lindbery joined the city in July.
  • Voted for Crow Wing County Commissioner Steve Barrows for the Sourcewell board of directors.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

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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