After 34 years in education, Nisswa Elementary School Principal Erin Herman will retire at the end of the school year—sort of. She and her husband, Steve, will embark on an adventure to Paraguay where she’ll be an elementary school principal at an American-sponsored school for two years. Herman and her husband will work at the same school in the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion. Her husband, a math teacher, was offered a high school math teaching position at the same K-12 school where Herman will be elementary principal.
Citizens in Fifty Lakes are coming together in an effort to preserve the Fifty Lakes Post Office building, which is scheduled for demolition to make room for the reconstruction of County Road 3. In an email, resident Julie Engle said a group of residents has raised $6,500 in an effort to save the building.
PEQUOT LAKES — Among a cast of 50 people, 20 orphans played by area children will take the stage Friday to help bring Pequot Lakes Community Theater’s “Oliver!” to life. The orphans sing and dance their way to making the production’s energy match their own enthusiasm. Elaina Tanner, a fifth-grader, plays Oliver. While she’s a happy young lady out of costume, on-stage she’s an orphaned little boy in London. Tanner tried out for the part because she hopes to be an actress one day. Acting like a boy wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be.
The Breezy Point Police Department executed a search warrant on Oct. 29 in Pelican Township, locating a stolen handgun that led to the arrest of a Pelican Township man. Jayden Alexander Cardias, 18, of rural Pequot Lakes was charged Thursday in Crow Wing District Court with receiving stolen property, a felony.
Deborah Beatrice Rowell of Pine River says she only pleaded guilty to an animal neglect charge because she didn’t believe she would get a fair trial, saying she was “blackmailed.” Rowell, 60, pleaded guilty to one of nine animal neglect charges Oct. 14; the other eight charges were dismissed. Charges included eight misdemeanors and one petty misdemeanor. Rowell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. The charges came after 133 dogs, including 29 puppies, were seized from her residence July 15. That number grew to 200 after some of the dogs had puppies.
An issue with Pequot Lakes Police Officer Josh Gartner resulted in a state arbitrator ruling last month that 10 days of a 15-day suspension were warranted. Gartner will be paid for the other five days. The state arbitration between the officers’ union and the city of Pequot Lakes was held to determine whether the city had just cause to place Gartner on a 15-day suspension last January.
NISSWA — Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor, who was suspended Aug. 15 and denied an offer to resign in exchange for a year’s pay, was formally reinstated as chief Wednesday night at a Nisswa City Council meeting. Taylor was reinstated in a three to one vote. Council member Tina Foster voted against reinstating Taylor. Several people spoke out against the council’s action to offer Taylor severance for his resignation, accusing the council of acting behind closed doors.
PEQUOT LAKES — Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor has said that he was the subject of a closed meeting conducted by the Nisswa City Council Wednesday, Aug. 14, and said by phone that he believed he would be fired when the meeting continued at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 21. About 45 members of the public attended that morning, most of them to show support for Taylor.
CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake City Council met mixed reactions Tuesday night at a public hearing held to discuss Crow Wing County’s recent assessment of the city’s planning and zoning. Around 40 people attended the meeting at the community center. Chris Pence, Crow Wing County Land Services supervisor, wrote the report on Crosslake’s department. He explained that the council had requested the report, which included 31 recommendations for changes to the city’s planning and zoning.
With a unanimous, resounding “aye,” the Pequot Lakes School Board voted to extend an offer for the superintendent position to Chris Lindholm, the current assistant superintendent for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools. After final interviews with four finalists Monday night, April 8, the board as a group made a call on speakerphone to Lindholm, who said he accepted the position. “I think he’s an opportunity to take our district to another level,” board member Kim Bolz-Andolshek said.