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For more than a decade, Christmas For Kids has brought smiles to the daughters of Lake Shore resident Steve Wacholz. "I was a single dad with five kids and a mortgage payment and a car payment," Wacholz said. "I was check-to-check. It was a blessing to have this.
The Pequot Lakes School Board on Monday, Dec. 15, unanimously agreed to certify the district's final levy for 2015, totalling $4,845,786. The total levy is 2.48 percent higher than the previous year's $4,728,493 levy. According to district business manager Jenny Max, Pequot Lakes residents can expect a slight increase in taxes since the operating referendum - which was previously set at $1 per pupil - moves up to $300 per pupil in 2015.
This time of year, average people have their homes decorated and are doing their best to keep their family in the holiday spirit. Nisswa resident PJ Overvold likes to ensure everyone in the area is in the holiday spirit. Overvold, owner of the Red Umbrella in Nisswa Square, has spent the season decorating a number of private homes, as well as a few public settings - including the Sherwood Forest Lodge in Lake Shore - to bring Christmas joy to the lakes area. "There is nothing really up here in the winter time for people to do that is Christmassy," Overvold said.
Officials from Ideal Township attended a ceremony Friday, Nov. 21, hosted by the Minnesota Association of Townships, and received the Minnesota Township of the Year Award. As one of 1,783 townships in the state, earning the award was a tremendous honor for Ideal supervisors. "It is really based on the people that came before us," town board supervisor Jim Brandt said. "It has been a good township since 1899.
There have been plenty of studies outlining the benefits of owning a pet. It can boost your immune system, keep you more active and provide you with a little extra company. What a pet is best for is improving your mood and reducing stress. Most of the time, that is. About two months ago, my wife was between jobs in a career field that has a high employment rate, but can be very demanding. As someone who is prone to fretting anyway, she was pretty stressed out. We decided it was best if we got a pet.
The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Dec. 8, voted 3-2 to limit certain powers of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), with John Moengen and Steve Roe voting against the measure.
According to draft minutes of its November meeting, the Fifty Lakes City Council unanimously agreed to authorize the city fire department to purchase wiring and miscellaneous fitting to bring the water supply truck to National Fire Protection Association standards, costing the city up to $9,000. The items, according to fire and rescue chief Andy Hemphill, are needed to bring the truck's emergency lighting up to standards, and must be done before the truck is put into service.
With this school year being the first that Crosslake Community School has had high school students in its building - albeit in an online program - the school has little affiliation with the Minnesota State High School League, and its extracurricular activities get little recognition. However, the school's archery program has gone under the radar to find success outside the lakes area.
For the past four years, H. Joe Rudberg has been serving Breezy Point as its city administrator. It is the fifth Minnesota city he has worked for in more than 30 years, and according to him, it is certainly the most unique city. “Breezy Point is not like the cities I have worked with in the past,” Rudberg said. “We have dirt roads, forests everywhere, a lot of vacant properties, unimproved roads. We really don’t have a storm sewer system.
After experiencing a pair of tragedies in the past five months, the Pequot Lakes School District brought psychologist George Tetreault to the high school auditorium Monday, Nov.