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Mayor's Notebook: Events, resolutions important to Crosslake

On Thursday, June 8, more than 200 Crosslake Community School supporters gathered at Moonlite Bay for a fun-filled evening - from a delicious prime rib dinner to exciting auction events.

On Thursday, June 8, more than 200 Crosslake Community School supporters gathered at Moonlite Bay for a fun-filled evening - from a delicious prime rib dinner to exciting auction events.

This was the sixth annual fundraising dinner for the school. As Mike Stone said in his opening remarks, "Now is the time to give." And you did!

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the Crosslake School supporters, parents, volunteers and, most importantly, our great teachers and staff for a wonderful evening. Thank you so much.

Then on Sunday, June 11, I had the honor of being the guest speaker at the Crosslake online learning high school graduation - a significant commencement as it shows the success and growth of our online school. The communities of Hibbing and Faribault were well-represented, and this was a reminder that there is a diverse and talented group of young men and women out there who will one day be teachers, doctors/nurses, tradesmen, business owners and future leaders. Congratulations, graduates!

June 12 and 13, a connectivity walkshop was held in Crosslake, thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Lakes Area Realtors. For years, connectivity has been a buzzword used many ways - from trails, bike paths, connecting east and west downtowns to traffic patterns and, most importantly, keeping our bikers and pedestrians safe.

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This "walkshop" gave us a number of tools and ideas on how Crosslake can become a place that is both beautiful for our residents as well as the many guests and tourists who grace our city 12 months of the year. Watch for further news and developments as we put our plan of action into reality.

As you may know, there have been a number of resolutions passed at city council meetings. Some are routine in nature; however, some are more important to our community. First of all, a resolution, according to the dictionary, is a "formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by an organization, legislature, club or other group such as a city council."

The Crosslake City Council has approved three significant resolutions so far this year.

The first, approved in April, supported a Region 5 grant submitted to the National Joint Powers Alliance innovative funding program. The grant request - titled "Food Co-op Coalition - 'Why Co-ops?'" - was one of the projects selected at the NJPA Innovative Funding Day in Staples on June 1.

The grant will provide $49,600 in funding for co-ops in Region 5 to work together on a campaign that focuses on the benefits of purchasing healthy locally grown foods. One such co-op that is right in our backyard is the Ideal Green Market Co-op. Crosslake will act as the financial agent on the project for one year and will receive a small token in exchange.

The second resolution, passed by your city council in May, was a resolution supporting local decision-making authority. This resolution was distributed through the League of Minnesota Cities, and states that locally elected decision makers are in the best position to determine what health, safety and welfare regulations best serve their constituents. And, as such, we are also held accountable for our actions and decisions.

The third was passed June 12 supporting the development of workforce housing. The need for housing has been a constant conversation for the past five years, and numerous housing studies support this need. The resolution states that the council of the city of Crosslake recognizes the need for workforce housing to support its business owners and workforce and supports the development of workforce housing and a variety of off-water, market-rate housing options for the city of Crosslake.

I bring these resolutions to your attention because I think it shows your council is aware of the challenges and opportunities in front of us and understands that by collectively working together we are stronger as a city and as a region.

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This article reflects my perspectives and opinions and NOT the council as a whole. So if you have questions or concerns, stop in at city hall from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays for a cup of coffee or just to chat.

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