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The Regional Report: News from around the lakes area - Sept. 24

CROSSLAKE A new teacher member of the school board was appointed at Crosslake Community School, the Echo Journal reported. Special education teacher Mara Powers was selected to fill a vacancy left when middle school math teacher Angela Schultz le...

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CROSSLAKE

A new teacher member of the school board was appointed at Crosslake Community School, the Echo Journal reported. Special education teacher Mara Powers was selected to fill a vacancy left when middle school math teacher Angela Schultz left the school for another position. Powers will serve through January, with the seat up for election next month.

 

A controlled burn for two buildings on the future site of the new Crosslake Community School is scheduled to take place Wednesday.

GARRISON

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Two female dogs and five puppies found abandoned in a mobile home park in Garrison cost the city $600 in care, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. The animals were taken to Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Brainerd when the manager of the trailer park said she didn't know who was living in the trailer where they were found. The city was responsible for picking up the tab for the cost of care for the animals prior to adoption. One of the females was euthanized due to "severe aggression," the Messenger reported.

NISSWA

The 94-year-old woman who donated $35,000 toward the development of a park in Nisswa received a tour via golf cart last week, the Echo Journal reported. Millie Gjertson said since she doesn't travel much anymore, she decided to put her traveling money toward the park instead.

PEQUOT LAKES

The Pequot Lakes School District certified the maximum preliminary levy allowed by state law, the Echo Journal reported. The maximum level-$424 per pupil-represents a potential increase of $367,524 over last year's $5.8 million levy.

PINE RIVER

The property tax levy will likely remain the same as last year's in Pine River, the Echo Journal reported. The Pine River City Council passed a preliminary levy with no increase, although noted last year's represented a more than 8 percent increase intended to prevent one for 2018.

 

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The maximum preliminary levy amount was set by the Pine River-Backus School District, the Echo Journal reported. The school board indicated they expected to lower the levy before its final certification. Should the district move forward with the maximum of $424 per pupil, it would represent a 19 percent increase over last year's levy.

WADENA

Wadena-Deer Creek fourth-grader Lily Parker is serious about chickens, the Wadena Pioneer-Journal reported. Lily addressed the Wadena City Council, asking them to consider changing an ordinance to allow chickens within city limits. Among the facts she presented was the difference between a chicken's cluck and a dog's bark-7 decibels versus up to 95 for dogs. Mayor George Deiss was reportedly impressed with Lily's presentation, and said the council could take further action by appointing a committee.

WALKER

A small increase is possible in the property tax levy in Walker, the Walker Pilot-Independent reported. The city council set its preliminary levy 0.18 percent higher than last year's.

 

The couple that runs together, wins together. The winners in both the men's and women's field in the Walker North Country 10K Sept. 16 are engaged to one another, the Walker Pilot-Independent reported. Brenna Kennedy, a Walker native living in St. Paul, and Ryan Peterson of Oakdale took home top honors in the race.

 

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-- 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 www.facebook.com/dispatchchelsey .

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