The Regional Report: Staples adds another referendum; Aitkin business wins suit against Officer Down 5K

AITKIN An Aitkin business challenging a national 5K organization in court walked out victorious, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. Shirts Plus of Aitkin was awarded $16,605.99 in Aitkin County District Court, to be paid by Thomas John "TJ" Bur...

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An Aitkin business challenging a national 5K organization in court walked out victorious, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. Shirts Plus of Aitkin was awarded $16,605.99 in Aitkin County District Court, to be paid by Thomas John "TJ" Burke, owner of the Officer Down 5K. The for-profit company puts on "Officer Down 5K" events around the country, including one in Aitkin in 2016 dedicated to Aitkin County Investigator Steve Sandberg, killed in the line of duty the previous year. Shirts Plus of Aitkin provided shirts for the event and entered a one-year contract with the business to become a bib sponsor and exclusive printer.

After a series of unpaid invoices, the company told Burke it would discontinue printing T-shirts until it received payment.


Two men responsible for saving people from a burning home were recognized at a Breezy Point City Council meeting, the Echo Journal reported. Breezy Point police officers Jason Rieber and Jay Lorch were awarded medals of commendation for rescuing William and Cynthia Rasmussen from the fire, which they had not yet noticed themselves. The fire was visible from the road when Rieber drove by and saw smoke.



Nearly 20 miles a day. That's how many Deerwood Police Chief Mark Taylor said he walked during his weeklong assignment to assist with police coverage at the Super Bowl, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. Taylor told the Ironton City Council he walked 130 miles over the course of seven days in Minneapolis.


Dubbed the "comeback clerk" by the Mille Lacs Messenger, Jamie Hubbell reclaimed the post of clerk for the city of Isle after resigning in May. Hubbell takes over following a chaotic series of events leading to the firing of the city's most recent clerk, Jeff Turk. Turk was the fourth city clerk in less than a year-including Hubbell-to serve the city. Council member Don Dahlen expressed concern that Hubbell had previously resigned from the job, but it was explained Hubbell moved to California briefly to attend to a sick family member, and was back in Minnesota now.


Plans in motion since 2015 for Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes are apparently unknown to many business owners in the city, the Echo Journal reported. Some business owners approached the city council about the $1.7 million project, stating they felt as though they have not been kept in the loop by city leaders. Plans call for extensive additions to the park, including a flag display and a splash pad for which significant donations were made to the city. Mayor Nancy Adams noted the park has been an agenda item at nearly every city council meeting in the past three years.


A ceiling on the number of students permitted from outside the school district in Pierz was established by the Pierz School Board, the Morrison County Record reported. The decision to restrict this student population comes on the heels of a building referendum rejected by the district's voters. Space limitations are driving the board's desire to limit enrollment for each of the elementary-age grades, the junior high and the high school. This is the first time the district has placed limits on students from outside the district since the state permitted open enrollment in 1990-91.



Those who've traveled north along Highway 10 are likely familiar with the stoplight in Royalton. That signalized intersection was identified as one that could be reconstructed into an interchange through the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Corridors of Commerce program, the Morrison County Record reported. Each of the 160 projects under consideration will be scored on a set of criteria to prioritize the projects, eligible for $400 million in funding.


Voters in the Staples-Motley School District will be asked to fill two coffers on this November's ballot, the Staples World reported. The school board approved adding an operating levy to the ballot, in addition to a building bond referendum already planned to head to voters. In addition, the district approved $600,000 in budget cuts for the 2018-19 school year. "Very preliminary" potential cuts include the free breakfast program, technology supplies and physical education/activities director restructuring. Cuts could also include staffing, according to the World.


-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or . Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at .

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