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When the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and the humidity is low, Keith Simar goes to work. The retired Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester dons his backpack and hikes a narrow, winding path through the woods, then climbs 135 steep steps to perch 100 feet in the air. His office undoubtedly offers the most scenic view of any in the lakes area. Simar's office is atop the 80-year-old Pequot Lakes fire tower off County Road 11. From about noon to 5 or 6 p.m. on high wildfire danger days, he carefully scans the horizon from above the treetops for smoke.
Teresa Berg, owner of Martin's Sport Shop in downtown Nisswa, told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, March 18, she opposed a proposal to put a railing along the sidewalk in front of her business when Main Street is resurfaced and sidewalks repaired. "I don't like the thought of having a fence up on the sidewalk in front of my business," Berg said, asking what the plan is and noting she was disappointed she hadn't heard firsthand from the city about an issue that would affect her business. Berg was told discussions are ongoing and nothing has been approved yet.
NISSWA - Lizzy Thurlow will reign as Miss Nisswa this year after being crowned Friday night, Feb. 13, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Alex Eigen won the First Princess title, and Samantha Hamlin is Second Princess. The six contestants voted Abby Schreier as Miss Congeniality. Also competing were Delaney Kennedy and Kristy Peterson. Thurlow, who also was the Outstanding Essay and Outstanding Personal Interview winner, is the daughter of Mimi and the late Scott "Mike" Thurlow of Nisswa.
People will notice work starting on the Highway 371 expansion project in Pequot Lakes around January 2016, when tree clearing begins. Pequot Lakes City Council members learned this Tuesday, Feb. 3, when they hosted a meeting with representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Crow Wing County (CWC) to talk about the four-lane highway expansion project east of downtown Pequot Lakes.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is working with the city of Jenkins to obtain municipal consent for its portion of the $58 million Highway 371 four-lane expansion project from Nisswa to Jenkins. The plan is to expand the highway up to the current intersection with County Road (CR) 16 in Jenkins, starting in 2016. If the state doesn't get municipal consent from Jenkins, the four-lane project would stop where the realigned highway meets back up with the current highway in Pequot Lakes, north of Akerson Road and south of the CR 16 intersection. Jim Hallgren, MnDOT project ma
The city of Nisswa's ISO fire rating dropped at all three stations - Nisswa, Lake Shore and Lake Edward - fire chief Richard Geike told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The rating dropped to 7 from 8 for the Nisswa and Lake Shore stations, and to 7 from 10 for the Lake Edward station. The new rating will affect those residents and businesses within a five-mile radius of each fire hall.
PEQUOT LAKES - Lakes area residents can be "Singin' in the Rain" the next two weekends when the Pequot Lakes Community Theater musical is staged in the high school auditorium. The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday under director Gary Hirsch. "It's a show I had directed before with Wendy (DeGeest), my choreographer. Last year we were able to reconnect as far as director-choreographer for the first time in seven years," Hirsch said. "So this is a show that we really like. It's not done a lot. It is a very recognizable name. It has some really recognizable songs.
PEQUOT LAKES - After meeting in closed session for 20 minutes Tuesday, the Pequot Lakes City Council reopened the meeting and fired police officer Josh Gartner. "I move that Josh Gartner be discharged for reasons stated in and as provided in the letter from police chief Eric Klang to Gartner dated Aug 26, 2014, and that the city clerk submit notification to Gartner and the union consistent with the motion," said Mayor Nancy Adams. The vote was unanimous. Klang and city staff said they couldn't say any more at this time and couldn't release the letter cited.
The drop-off recycling bins behind the Nisswa Fire Hall are no longer available as of July 1, the Nisswa City Council learned last month. The main reason is abuse of the program, according to a letter the city received from Nisswa Sanitation, which provides the dropoff recycling service. Nisswa Sanitation also pulled recycling bins from Pequot Lakes City Hall earlier this month.
NISSWA - Ross Krautkremer is the most recent resident to join the Nisswa City Council. The council appointed Krautkremer on June 18, at the recommendation of council members Joe Meyer and Gary Johnson, who reviewed the applications. Other applicants were Doug Hansen, Don Jacobson and Joe Lanz. Meyer said all candidates were well qualified and eligible to fill the position. "We have the task in picking one person," he said, urging everyone to understand that the position will be on the November election ballot, as will two other council seats and the mayor seat. "So if you are not the one