Erin Bormett, staff writer
The Crosslake Community School Board added a second kindergarten classroom for the 2019-20 school year during its regular meeting Monday, April 8, to accommodate an influx of kindergarten enrollment applications. This foregoes the lottery policy typically put in place, admitting all kindergarten applicants up to this point and leaving room for more. Adding a kindergarten classroom will require hiring another teacher and outfitting the current "flex room" with requirements for a full classroom.
The Crosslake City Council continued discussion about a potential sales tax to offset large future project costs during its meeting Monday, April 8, at city hall. Council member John Andrews was not present but listened via speakerphone. Council member Aaron Herzog spoke about the special tax committee's recent trip to Walker to talk to city employees about their path to implementing a sales tax. Walker has a 1.5% sales tax as of the 2018 general election when it was put to vote. The tax passed with 61% of the public vote.
Ashlynn Reynolds, Pequot Lakes High School senior, dove headfirst into school and community activities early on. Her dedication and leadership did not go unnoticed. Reynolds was honored as one of two Pequot Lakes High School students at the Region 5 Students of Character celebration by Sourcewell. "I hadn't even heard of this award before," said Reynolds. She recalled being called to Principal Aaron Nelson's office in January, where she learned that not only had she been nominated for this honor, but she had been selected.
Crosslake has a population of about 2,200 people, and according to the most recent census in 2010, 40% of those residents are over age 65. Crosslake Cares founder John Bruder has a plan to make information about aging more accessible to seniors. "I could tell that while there were individual entities that were doing things for seniors, there really wasn't a cohesive... there really wasn't an overall plan to address senior needs and communicate about important information that they might need to make choices," said Bruder.
The Manhattan Beach City Council discussed the frequency of road grading in the city during its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 5, at city hall. Council member Janis Allen was absent. Mayor Paul Allen expressed concern that Wannebo Excavating had been grading roads without city approval, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. He suggested that the council instruct Wannebo Excavating not to grade the roads without prior instruction.
This winter really wiped me out, and I'm sure many people feel the same way. Every time I had to start my car in 20-below-zero temperatures, my mood deflated a little as I wrapped my scarf tighter around my face. Every time I got home from work in total darkness to find that the plows had yet again created a 3-foot ice barricade to my driveway, I got a little sadder as I struggled to shovel the path to my garage.
The Breezy Point City Council recognized multiple city employees for their award-winning services at its meeting Monday, April 1, at city hall. Police Officer Jay Lorch received a Lifesaving Award from Mayor Tom Lillehei for his role in saving a man who had gone into cardiac arrest Wednesday, Feb. 27.
John and Caroljean Weise have been involved in the world of pageants for 36 years, spending 22 of those years as directors of the Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant. At this year's pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, they will be honored as the first inductees to the newly formed Miss Pequot Lakes Hall of Fame. "They were the clear first choice," said Kimberly Ziesemer, pageant director. "They are so deserving to be the first recipient." Caroljean said she never dreamt that Ziesemer would make a hall of fame.
Jerry Meadows, a 61-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, is walking 215 miles from Bemidji to St. Cloud to raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warriors Project. Earlier this week, he hit the halfway point around Nisswa while making his way through the lakes area.
The Fifty Lakes City Council appointed two people to city positions during its regular council meeting Tuesday, March 12, at city hall, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. The council accepted Tom Stober's application to join the fire and rescue team. Council members also named John Ferkinhoff as an alternate planning and zoning commission member. In other business, the council: • Voted to use Emily Telephone and Crosslake Communications for the city's information technology services.