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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Denise Aune has one bit of advice: "Get your mammogram," the rural Pequot Lakes woman said. "Pay the extra cost for 3D if your insurance doesn't cover it and if you have dense breast tissue. "Don't skip a year," Aune added. "If I'd skipped a year, where would I be?" Flash back to last February, when Aune's top worry was her father, who was dying of lung cancer after having just been diagnosed in January. Aune, 52, considered canceling an appointment for a routine mammogram, but luckily she didn't.
Two candidates vying to represent the lakes area and northeastern Minnesota in the U.S. House took several jabs at each other during an otherwise civil 8th Congressional District debate Monday, Oct. 8, at Madden's Town Hall in East Gull Lake.
The Pequot Lakes City Council rejected all bids for the proposed Sibley Street and Trailside Park road and utility improvements project with Mayor Nancy Adams opposed. Bids were opened Aug. 3 and were good for 60 days, or until Oct. 2, when the council held its regular monthly meeting. The city is researching road turnback agreements to determine whether it has the authority to remove a portion of Patriot Avenue (former two-lane Highway 371) from Main Street to Sibley Street, which relates to this project area and is why the council rejected the bids.
Whether experienced in city government or political newcomers, all five candidates vying for Pequot Lakes City Council or mayoral seats spoke of their love for the city Monday, Oct. 1, at a candidate forum in the high school auditorium. About 60 people attended the forum and heard varying views on the Trailside Park expansion project, and support from all for an expanded industrial park and proposed sports complex.
Lake Shore residents could see a "substantial increase" in their 2019 general revenue tax levy. The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Sept. 24, adopted a proposed preliminary levy of $1,145,802, which is "a substantial increase from 2018," according to a report from City Administrator Teri Hastings. The 2018 tax levy was $818,307. The proposed budget includes a 1 percent cost of living increase for employees and $1,025 for the Initiative Foundation.
Work will be done to lower the numbers after the Nisswa City Council approved a 2019 preliminary general revenue tax levy that reflects a 9 percent increase over this year's levy. The council approved a preliminary levy of $2,348,916 on Wednesday, Sept. 19, which is $193,947 higher than this year's levy of $2,154,969. City Administrator Jenny Max recommended the council approve that number, saying the goal is to work to trim that by reducing budgets or using reserved fund balances to reduce levy dollars needed.
About two dozen people who reach their neighborhood via city streets that wind through Grand View Lodge property aired concerns to Nisswa City Council members Wednesday, Sept. 19. Nine West Linden Boulevard residents spoke, some accusing the council of a lack of leadership and Grand View of violating conditions placed on conditional use permits the city granted for the resort's nearly $50 million expansion project that started in the spring.
Motorists may be wondering about the stakes and small piles of mulch that popped up recently along the new four-lane stretch of Highway 371 between Nisswa and Jenkins. It's all part of a follow-up landscape plan to plant trees and shrubs, said Matt Indihar, Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager. "It's a follow-up landscape project to help restore some of the natural look and feel of the highway," Indihar said.
Pequot Lakes middle and high school students may have noticed a new face in the hallways. Ryan Franz traded in his night shift as a Pequot Lakes police officer to become the school liaison officer this school year. He has been working with longtime school liaison officer Kate Petersen during the transition. "I like working with the kids," Franz said about being in the school. "I feel it is a good place to be to have a positive impact - not only on kids, but the community - and to provide insight and guidance."
The upcoming American National Bank development at Sportland Corners in Nisswa has led to discussion of improvements at the Highway 371 and County Roads 13/77 intersection. Ron Bray, transportation engineer with WSB & Associates civil engineering firm, told the Nisswa City Council at a special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 5, that planned development at the corner "spurred hasty conversation" about the intersection, which he said has problems and can be confusing for motorists.