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The Regional Report: Staples to see new apartment building, moves closer to another

AITKIN Next season, the baseball field at Aitkin High School will have lights thanks to a donation from the city of Crystal, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. The lights will allow teams to play through doubleheaders that might otherwise be cu...

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AITKIN

Next season, the baseball field at Aitkin High School will have lights thanks to a donation from the city of Crystal, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. The lights will allow teams to play through doubleheaders that might otherwise be cut short due to darkness in the early spring. Ordinance will require the lights be shut off by 10 p.m.

AITKIN COUNTY

A unanimous vote by the Aitkin County Board supported Enbridge's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. The commissioners cited safety and economics as their main reasons of support.

PEQUOT LAKES

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Pequot Lakes teachers approved an agreement concerning their contracts through the 2020-21 school year, the Echo Journal reported. The Pequot Lakes School Board is set to vote on the agreement-which was already tentatively approved by both parties-Monday, June 4. The agreement is retroactive through the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

STAPLES

A proposed apartment complex on Airport Road in Staples received the final go-ahead from the Staples City Council, the Staples World reported. The council awarded the sales, terms, covenant and tax-increment financing agreement for the building, which is planned to begin as a 38-unit complex with the potential to expand by 36 more apartments.

Another apartment building in the works for Staples-one for low-income residents-received support from the Staples Economic Development Authority. The SEDA sent a letter of support on behalf of the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership to include in the organization's application to the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

TODD COUNTY

An interim coordinator for Todd County received approval from the Todd County Board, the Staples World reported. The appointment of Chris Pelzer to the post occurred in the wake of Joe Hatch's resignation from the leadership position.

UPSALA

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the American Legion in Upsala is raising funds to build a memorial near the Gethsemane Cemetery, the Morrison County Record reported. Family members will have the opportunity to purchase paver stones honoring with the names of veterans engraved on them.

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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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