Erin Bormett, staff writer
Sheriff Scott Goddard was sworn into office Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the auditorium of his alma mater, Pequot Lakes High School, as part of the first Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department inauguration ceremony in more than a decade. "Tonight is a special night, it really is," said Goddard. "This is the first time in 12 years we have been able to come together at a venue such as this as a team to focus on our future."
I've gotten my car stuck in deep snow twice in one week. Was this on my daily commute to work or an accidental wrong turn on my way to safer territory? Of course not. I drove myself into both situations entirely voluntarily because I saw an opportunity to take photos. The first time, I parked at a boat dock because I noticed ice anglers unloading equipment and wanted to join them on the lake. The second time, I pulled off the road because I saw a gorgeous, cotton candy colored sunset.
The Crosslake Community School Board held its annual reorganization meeting prior to the monthly regular meeting Monday, Jan. 7, at Crosslake Community School. The board only nominated one member for each officer position, and every nominee was approved unanimously. Lori Scharenbroich will remain board chair, Mara Powers will remain vice chair and Bev Loeffler will remain treasurer. Mitch Swaggert, the newest active board member, will take on the role of secretary. The board also approved committee assignments for its members.
Deb Runksmeier wasn't looking for a new job when she saw the posting for deputy clerk and office manager for the city of Breezy Point. The position spoke to her all the same, and in late July she left her former job to get involved in city government. Runksmeier worked alongside Kathy Millard for a few months to learn the ropes. When Millard retired at the end of September, Runksmeier officially took over. "It's a lot to learn," said Runksmeier. "I have big shoes to fill."
Following the Breezy Point City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 7, the council and a few members of the public drove to the construction site for the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Northstar Center Clinic in Breezy Point. The facility, on the corner of County State Aid Highway 11 and Ranchette Drive, is still under construction, but was sound enough for council members to take a tour of the full structure. The 7,000-square-foot clinic includes nine exam rooms, a laboratory, an outpatient procedure room and several offices. A separate entrance leads to an attached pharmacy.
The Crosslake City Council chambers overflowed with residents during a special meeting Monday, Jan. 7, arranged by Mayor Dave Nevin to hear public opinion on the most pressing issues leading into the new year. More than 50 people attended the meeting, requiring that chairs be set up in the hallway to accommodate the large turnout. All council members were present, including Dave Schrupp, who attended via Skype, and newly elected council member John Andrews.
The Whitefish Area Property Owner's Association (WAPOA) hopes to engage a wider breadth of the community as they move into 2019 by working to refresh some aspects of their operations. The board, along with several other volunteers, have started working in newly-formed strategy groups to rethink and/or expand their approach to subjects such as community education, membership retention and communication practices.
Between Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 - 28, the Brainerd Lakes area received the greatest recorded snowfall for the month of December during a 48-hour period, making it the seventh largest recorded snowfall of all-time. According to meteorologist Kirsten Chaney with the National Weather Service in Duluth, the region accumulated an average of 12.6 inches of snow by Friday evening. The National Weather Service receives snowfall reports from a combination of trained volunteers and members of the public calling in across towns.
The Manhattan Beach City Council set the final general revenue tax levy for 2019 at $70,000 during its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, at city hall, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. According to the minutes, Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo said she would support the final levy amount as long as the council would take time to look at what the city's needs are, including improving roads. Council member Janis Allen said that was the plan, and Mayor Paul Allen agreed. There was no further conversation and the motion to approve the levy passed unanimously.
The Crosslake City Council held a special meeting Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, at city hall to discuss renewal of a union contract and the possibility of allowing council members to attend official meetings via Skype. The council voted unanimously to implement an updated version of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees contract for the next three years.