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Part of Claire Steen's passion in life is to make a difference. She experienced that as a longtime teacher at Pequot Lakes High School, through her children, through volunteering and through her work with the Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure. "I've always aspired to make a difference in people's lives," said Steen, a 23-year breast cancer survivor and honorary survivor chair for this year's Race for the Cure, a fundraiser for breast cancer research that will be held Saturday, June 29, at the Pequot Lakes High School athletic field.
When Bill Brekken retired in 2002 after working for Herberger's stores for 30 years, his journey wasn't nearly over. Saying he sees a need to change the definition of "retirement" as "no longer working," and that baby boomers have redefined retirement as people retiring to something else, Brekken went on to work for BlackRidge Bank (formerly Lakewood Bank) for more than 20 years, and for the past four years has worked at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, focusing on commercial real estate.
Snap Fitness and Hopkins Health & Wellness have been anchor businesses on the north end of Government Drive in Pequot Lakes for roughly a dozen years. Located in the former Pequot Lakes Fire Hall building, those businesses - along with owner Michelle Lelwica and her team of employees - were named the 2019 Pequot Lakes Business of the Year. This is the second year of the award. Merritt Jewelers won the inaugural award last year.
Council member Jerry Akerson participated in his first Pequot Lakes City Council meeting of the year, but the council still wasn't full strength as two others were absent Tuesday, June 4. Mayor James Tayloe and council member Scott Pederson were both absent. Council member Cheri Seils served as acting mayor. Akerson attended his first 2019 council meeting after being re-elected last November but missing the first five meetings of the year for personal health reasons. Roads
Three years after receiving an anonymous donation for a state flag display in Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes, a location for the 58 flags was chosen and the hope is to install the flags after Labor Day. With Pequot Lakes Mayor James Tayloe and council member Scott Pederson absent, council members Cheri Seils and Mimi Swanson favored a proposal to line the state flags on both sides of Main Street alongside Trailside Park North and Trailside Park South. Council member Jerry Akerson voiced opposition.
The Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival held the first weekend in June each year in Nisswa has grown over the years, yet the format remains much the same as that first festival in June 2000. "I remember that first concert," said Paul Wilson, event founder and artistic director. He was working on the microphones and setup, and when he turned around he was happily surprised to see the venue was almost full.
Nisswa recently hired Brittney Cotner as planning and zoning administrator, and she began working for the city Monday, May 13. Cotner, of Redwood Falls, graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Bachelor's Degree in urban and regional studies. Comprehensive plan Nisswa has an updated comprehensive plan to guide the city's future development. The council adopted the comprehensive plan Wednesday, May 15, based upon the planning commission's recommendation.
For Kathy Saxvold, it's all about the kids. The 2019 Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year knew from a young age she wanted to work with children. After growing up and graduating from high school in Lamberton in southwestern Minnesota, she chose to further her education at what was then called Brainerd Community College because the school had a child development program.
Dan Ronning walked into this month's Pequot Lakes City Council meeting believing he would walk out with approval to buy flags for a state flag display in Trailside Park. That didn't happen Tuesday, May 7. The council had directed the park commission - which Ronning chairs - to determine locations in Trailside Park for a state flag display (57-58 flags) and for a splash pad. The city received donations for both amenities in summer 2016 - $150,000 for a state flag display and $100,000 for a splash pad.
The Pequot Lakes Police Department is considering buying cameras officers wear to document contact between officers and citizens, or body worn cameras. Police Chief Eric Klang told the city council Tuesday, May 7, it must allow for public comment at a regular council meeting regarding body worn cameras, and then allow public comment and input when developing body worn camera policies. No one at the May 7 meeting commented on the idea. The department would buy a single unit for the newest squad car, and then would buy six more cameras in 2019 and 2020 using forfeiture funds.