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Pequot Lakes: City renews Kitchigami Regional Library Service contract

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 6, renewed a Kitchigami Regional Library Service contract, which offers Kitchigami library services to the Pequot Lakes Library.

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 6, renewed a Kitchigami Regional Library Service contract, which offers Kitchigami library services to the Pequot Lakes Library.

The contract also states that the Kitchigami Library System will give the Pequot Lakes Library $5,000 to acquire materials.

Public safety

The fire department had 62 calls in 2014, the same number as in 2013. The following officers were elected: Tom Nelson, chief; Bill Rickard, first assistant chief; Brian Evenson, second assistant chief; Mike Schwankl, Daren Nordby and Dave Szymanski, captains; Bob Peterson II, safety officer; and Bob Peterson, secretary/treasurer.

Firefighters had seven calls in December, including good intent structure fire in Breezy Point, good intent gas leak in Breezy Point, good intent gasoline spill in Pequot Lakes, good intent fire alarm in Breezy Point, mutual aid structure fire in Crosslake, good intent mutual aid in Pine River and good intent carbon monoxide detector in Pequot Lakes.

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November fire calls included mutual aid structure fire in Mission Township, grass and wood pile fire in Jenkins Township, and mutual aid structure fire in Ideal Township.

In other business Jan. 6, the council:

• Learned the city processed 81 zoning applications in 2014. Those permits included 62 over-the-counter land use permits, one conditional use permit, two variances, two preliminary plats, one final plat, seven subdivisions, two rezones and four ordinance amendments. Only 23 percent of permits went to the planning commission; the rest were handled over the counter.

• Authorized the police department to buy a 2015 police package Chevy Tahoe from Dondelinger in Baxter for $33,781 to replace an older squad car.

• Took no action at this time on a request to donate 16.72 acres of spray irrigation land to the Minnesota Department of Transportation related to the Highway 371 project.

• Reappointed Widseth Smith Nolting as city engineer; Lakes State Bank, American National Bank and Wells Fargo as official depositories; Pineandlakes Echo Journal as primary official newspaper and Brainerd Dispatch as secondary official newspaper; and Lakeland Agency as insurance agent of record for 2015.

• Approved joint powers road agreements with the cities of Jenkins and Nisswa and Ideal and Loon Lake Townships for maintenance on roads that are owned by dual cities/townships.

• Reappointed Bill Habein and Todd Engels to the planning commission for three-year terms; appointed Kevin Olson, Sara Jane Olson and Thomas Adams to the Library Board; appointed Ashley Nordby to the Park Commission for a three-year term; and appointed Bob Peterson the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

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• Learned there is an opening on the Economic Development Commission.

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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