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The Regional Report: Crosslake, Staples pursue local option sales taxes

What's happening in Brainerd lakes area communities throughout the region.

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A bigger sales tax may be in the future for the city of Crosslake, the Echo Journal reported Jan. 13.

The Crosslake City Council agreed to again pursue a local option sales tax — something members earlier sought in 2020, but plans were interrupted by the pandemic. Revenue from the bump in tax would go toward supporting specific projects including those at the wastewater plant, as well as the extension of city sewer service to the northern end of County Highway 66 and around Daggett Lake. The tax could generate an estimated $4.8 million over the course of 15 years, officials said.

Needed improvements to the Staples Community Center is the driving force behind the pursuit of a half-cent local option sales tax by the Staples City Council, the Staples World reported Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Both proposals require legislative approval and if obtained, the specific projects would then go up for local voter approval.

RELATED STORY: Crosslake: Council agrees to continue to pursue local option sales tax

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Crosby

One year to the day after the roof collapsed at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby, the repaired facility is set to reopen its doors, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported Jan. 13.

Librarian Abby Smith told the Crosby City Council Jan. 11 most of the books were reshelved at the original location, while a book sale was planned at the library’s temporary location Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 21-23.

RELATED STORY: Crosby library closes after apparent roof collapse Crosby officials hope to open library back up as soon as they can.

Pequot Lakes

A newly appointed council member took the oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 5, alongside those who won their posts in the November election in Pequot Lakes, the Echo Journal reported Jan. 13.

Dan Ronning was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council following the death of council member Jerry Akerson in October. Ronning was one of six who applied for the opening, three of whom sought election to city government in the fall. Ronning will serve through the end of Akerson’s term in 2022. He most recently served as the chair of the park commission.

Staples

The oldest North Dakotan ever recorded had roots in Staples, the Staples World reported Jan. 13.

Iris Westman died Jan. 3 at age 115 while living at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, North Dakota. At the time, she was believed to be the second oldest American alive. Westman served as the librarian at Staples High School in the 1940s.

Walker

Annie McMurrin made history Jan. 4 after she was sworn in as the first woman to serve as mayor of Walker, the Walker Pilot-Independent reported Jan. 13.

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Previously a council member, McMurrin was elected to the top executive post in November, the first time in the city’s 124-year history.

— Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at facebook.com/dispatchchelsey .
Related Topics: CROSSLAKECROSSLAKE CITY COUNCILSTAPLESPEQUOT LAKESPEQUOT LAKES CITY COUNCILWALKER
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