Erin Bormett, staff writer
The Crosslake Community School Board added a second kindergarten classroom for the 2019-20 school year during its regular meeting Monday, April 8, to accommodate an influx of kindergarten enrollment applications. This foregoes the lottery policy typically put in place, admitting all kindergarten applicants up to this point and leaving room for more. Adding a kindergarten classroom will require hiring another teacher and outfitting the current "flex room" with requirements for a full classroom.
The Crosslake City Council continued discussion about a potential sales tax to offset large future project costs during its meeting Monday, April 8, at city hall. Council member John Andrews was not present but listened via speakerphone. Council member Aaron Herzog spoke about the special tax committee's recent trip to Walker to talk to city employees about their path to implementing a sales tax. Walker has a 1.5% sales tax as of the 2018 general election when it was put to vote. The tax passed with 61% of the public vote.
Ashlynn Reynolds, Pequot Lakes High School senior, dove headfirst into school and community activities early on. Her dedication and leadership did not go unnoticed. Reynolds was honored as one of two Pequot Lakes High School students at the Region 5 Students of Character celebration by Sourcewell. "I hadn't even heard of this award before," said Reynolds. She recalled being called to Principal Aaron Nelson's office in January, where she learned that not only had she been nominated for this honor, but she had been selected.
The Manhattan Beach City Council discussed the frequency of road grading in the city during its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 5, at city hall. Council member Janis Allen was absent. Mayor Paul Allen expressed concern that Wannebo Excavating had been grading roads without city approval, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. He suggested that the council instruct Wannebo Excavating not to grade the roads without prior instruction.
The Breezy Point City Council recognized multiple city employees for their award-winning services at its meeting Monday, April 1, at city hall. Police Officer Jay Lorch received a Lifesaving Award from Mayor Tom Lillehei for his role in saving a man who had gone into cardiac arrest Wednesday, Feb. 27.
John and Caroljean Weise have been involved in the world of pageants for 36 years, spending 22 of those years as directors of the Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant. At this year's pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, they will be honored as the first inductees to the newly formed Miss Pequot Lakes Hall of Fame. "They were the clear first choice," said Kimberly Ziesemer, pageant director. "They are so deserving to be the first recipient." Caroljean said she never dreamt that Ziesemer would make a hall of fame.
Jerry Meadows, a 61-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, is walking 215 miles from Bemidji to St. Cloud to raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warriors Project. Earlier this week, he hit the halfway point around Nisswa while making his way through the lakes area.
The Fifty Lakes City Council appointed two people to city positions during its regular council meeting Tuesday, March 12, at city hall, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. The council accepted Tom Stober's application to join the fire and rescue team. Council members also named John Ferkinhoff as an alternate planning and zoning commission member. In other business, the council: • Voted to use Emily Telephone and Crosslake Communications for the city's information technology services.
The Crow Wing County Board spent two hours discussing the future of combating drug use - specifically methamphetamine use - during a committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, March 19, at the Historic Courthouse in Brainerd. While no action was taken, the board heard perspectives on the county's current drug problem from both law enforcement and social work points of view and considered the direction the county may be heading.
For the past month, local Girl Scouts have been canvassing the lakes area to sell cookies and earn money for their troops. From setting up booths outside popular businesses to pulling a wagon door-to-door, Scouts of all ages worked hard to meet sales goals and earn rewards. "Typically we go out with a bang on St. Patrick's Day," said Lori Scharenbroich, mother and cookie manager for Crosslake Troop 566. This year, due to inclement weather that hindered some Scouts' ability to stay outside and sell, the local Girl Scouts council extended the cookie deadline for an extra week.