Retiring firefighters, volunteers recognized

Crosslake City Council recognizing Crosslake Firefighters
Crosslake firefighters recognize retiring firefighter Dean Olson, center, who served for 24 years, at the Jan. 10 Crosslake City Council meeting.

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake City Council recognized Dean Olson as a retiring firefighter with 24 years of service, and Peter and Pam Graves as Friends of the City for their service and commitment to the city, particularly to the parks.

Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller, left, recognizes 24-year retiring firefighter Dean Olson at the Jan. 10 Crosslake City Council meeting.

Also at the regular meeting Monday, Jan. 10, the council accepted $10,000 from Holly Chase, with the Christmas for Kids program, for the playground equipment project at the Crosslake Community Center.

Crosslake City Council recognizes volunteers
From left, Peter and Pam Graves accept the Friends of the City recognition from Crosslake City Administrator Mike Lyonais at the Jan. 10 city council meeting.

The project has nearly received the total cost of $240,000 in donations so all equipment will be ordered to complete all five phases of the project.

The council agreed to use up to $50,000 in park dedication funds for the project.

In other action Monday, the council:


  • Learned that in December police had 211 incidents in Crosslake and 74 incidents in Mission Township; firefighters had 36 incidents; and North Ambulance had 83 callouts.
  • Accepted the following donations from the Parks and Library Foundation: $3,483 for benches, $168 for bridge rent and $79.78 for Nordic Ridge.
  • Approved waste hauler licenses for 2022 for Waste Partners, Pequot Lakes Sanitation and Waste Management.
  • Approved the 2022 fee schedule.
  • Agreed to apply for the 2026 Transportation Alternatives Program grant for a pedestrian mobility improvement plan.
  • Approved the Teamsters General Local No. 346 union contract renewal through 2024.
  • Met in a closed session to talk about a possible land purchase.

The council made the following organizational meeting appointments for 2022, among others: designated council member Marcia Seibert-Volz as acting mayor (council member Dave Schrupp voted no and Seibert-Volz abstained from voting); appointed the Echo Journal and Northland Press as official newspapers; appointed Breen & Person for civil legal services, Johnson, Killen & Seiler for labor legal services, Crow Wing County for prosecuting legal services, Briggs & Morgan for bond counsel, and David Drown Associates for bond adviser; appointed Bolton & Menk as city engineer; approved First National Bank and 4M Fund as official depositories.
Mayor Dave Nevin suggested changing from Frandsen Bank to First National Bank “just to spread things around” in a small community. He said Frandsen Bank has been an official depository for many years. That suggestion was approved 3-2 with council members Schrupp and John Andrews voting no.

The council approved the following commission appointments: reappointed Bill Schiltz to the Planning and Zoning Commission; and appointed Kera Porter and Peter Graves to the Park and Recreation/Library Commission; and Tom Swenson and Bob Frey to the Public Works Commission.

The council thanked Mic Tchida for serving six years on the Park and Recreation/Library Commission, Darrell Shannon for his time on the Park and Recreation/Library Commission, and Doug Vierzba for serving six years on the Public Works Commission.

Schrupp attended the Jan. 10 meeting online via Zoom.

This meeting can be viewed at “City of Crosslake - YouTube.”

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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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