Erin Bormett, staff writer
Breezy Point police officer Josef Garcia received a Lifesaver Award from police chief Kevin Merschman during the Pelican Township meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the town hall. Garcia saved the life of David Barstad, 69, after Barstad experienced a cardiac event. Barstad's daughters, Tammy Ehresman and Tracy McDougall, attended Garcia's award presentation. On Aug. 27, Barstad experienced a cardiac event and collapsed in his home. His wife performed CPR until emergency help responded.
A house caught fire Wednesday, Dec. 12, on State Highway 87 in Backus, next to the Salty Dog Saloon. The Backus Fire Department responded to the fire first and requested mutual aid from Hackensack. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department assisted as well. According to Backus Fire Chief Jason Smith, the fire started in the kitchen and caused damage to the entire structure, deeming it a “complete loss.”
The Breezy Point City Council unanimously approved the 2019 budget and general revenue tax levy during its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 3, at Breezy Point City Hall. City Administrator Patrick Wussow presented the final budget to the council. The numbers largely remained the same as the preliminary budget the council adopted in September. The total adopted tax levy for 2019 sits at $2,042,021. The levy increase remains at 4 percent, meaning the total levy amount increased $78,539 from this year.
The Fifty Lakes City Council continued discussion of the municipal liquor store operation in a public forum during its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting at city hall, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. Mayor Tim Anick was absent, so council member Jodie Schrupp stood in as acting mayor. Schrupp reported the findings of a survey regarding the liquor store, with 281 requests to continue and 131 to discontinue operation. When Schrupp called for public comment, former mayor Wilmar Buchite gave his opinion.
Nearly 10 years ago, former teacher Joe Albrecht missed talking about poetry with other literature enthusiasts, so he put out a call to start a literature discussion group. Four people came to that meeting.
The Manhattan Beach City Council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, was temporarily put on hold for a public hearing regarding a gas franchise agreement with Northern States Power Company to be voted on later that evening. Approximately four residents attended the public hearing, according to the unapproved draft meeting minutes.
The story of "A Christmas Carol" has been told time and time again in novels, stage and film. For Pequot Lakes High School students Noah Crowley and Zack Bauer, however, their roles in the stage production of this time-honored tradition bring new challenges they weren't expecting. Crowley, a junior, plays Ebenezer Scrooge. While he isn't a stranger to acting in plays and skits, this is his first year as the lead character. "At first I didn't really want to go for Scrooge," he said. "Scrooge is more of a grumpy guy, and it's not really what I'm used to."
In an unprecedented decision, the Crosslake City Council voted to approve a refund of sewer use charges totaling $1,104 to the LAKE Foundation during its monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Crosslake City Hall. All council members attended except Brad Nelson.
Katie Wassermann's sincere commitment to the Pequot Lakes community and her rapid rise to chamber of commerce director make it easy to think she's been a lifelong resident. That is, until her Alabama accent emerges and gives her away. Wassermann moved from Tuscaloosa to the Twin Cities 13 years ago where she worked as a clothing and accessory designer for Target Corp. After her husband, Mark, had a health scare in 2015, the couple reassessed the priorities in their lives and decided to move away from the city.
The Crosslake Community School Board accepted Karen Larson's resignation from the board during its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 12, at Crosslake Community School. Larson resigned following her re-election to the board due to a conflict of interest. Her daughter, Jennifer Muller, was recently hired to Crosslake Community School's online education staff. The board was unaware of the conflict prior to Larson's re-election. According to policy, Larson should not have been an eligible candidate. Corrie Craig, a Crosslake community member, will fill the vacancy.