Erin Bormett, staff writer
The Manhattan Beach City Council decided to contact property owners on Goldenstein and Satchell roads to ask for temporary easements to initiate road construction during its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, at city hall, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. Mayor Paul Allen explained that Satchell Road may need to be moved in the future to create adequate rights of way. The city is asking for a three-year easement agreement from property owners on Satchell Road until the road can be moved.
The Breezy Point City Council listened to a feasibility report from Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm regarding road and sewer improvements during its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 4, at city hall. At the January meeting, the council approved a study to be conducted for the Whitebirch development off County State Aid Highway 11, behind Antlers. The study included Whitebirch Drive, Papago Circle, Suffolk Drive and Suffolk Circle, which are all currently gravel roads on newly developed property.
Local landowners shared their stories of success working with the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at a recent luncheon at the Crow Wing County Land Services building in Brainerd. "Local people are doing great things for clean water and habitat in this area," said SWCD District Manager Melissa Barrick. "We want to make sure these stories get told."
Craig Nagel has always been a writer, from news to novels. However, his latest project, "Looking Back: A 1950s Boyhood," is a delve into something different. The book stands as a collection of memories from Nagel's early adolescence as he grew up outside of Chicago. "I have come to believe that the 'good old days,' for most of us, refer to our childhoods, when life was simply simpler," said Nagel, of Pequot Lakes. "I don't necessarily believe that life was better back then. I think that life was simpler because I was simpler."
Minnesota taxpayers may have their hands full when filing this season. The 2018 state legislative session ended with the governor vetoing two bills that would have provided conformity between state tax codes and the sweeping changes made to federal taxes in December 2017. This means that Minnesotans need to file their taxes for the 2018 season under two different sets of rules - once under federal regulations and again to comply with state laws.
The Fifty Lakes City Council appointed Toni Buchite and Julie Engle to fill the two council vacancies during the first regular meeting of the year Tuesday, Jan. 8, at city hall, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. Mayor Linda Steffens said that the meeting was more well-attended than usual because many residents showed up to voice their opinions on the applicants for the open seats. One vacancy occurred when Steffens, a former council member, became mayor. Another occurred when former council member Jay Weinmann resigned.
Linda Steffens lived in Chicago for most of her life, but made the nine-hour drive to Fifty Lakes as often as possible to visit property she owned with her husband. Now, not only is she a full-time Fifty Lakes resident, but she is also the mayor. Steffens said she decided to get involved in city government because she wanted to see more get done. After serving for two years as a council member in Fifty Lakes, Steffens decided to go a step further and run for mayor.
"Proveracate," "flambeau," "unguents," "proboscis," "lobelia," "jacquerie." These are just some of the words that tripped up the final two spellers during nine rounds of competition to determine the champion of the Pequot Lakes School District spelling bee Friday, Jan. 25, in the Gathering Room at the middle school. In the end, fifth-grader Cade Gravdahl edged out eighth-grader Anne Lindholm to claim the title by correctly spelling "potency" and "humidity" back-to-back. "I was nervous," said Gravdahl. "I didn't know what word was going to come next."
Hundreds of people will gather Saturday, Feb. 2, at the annual Back to Basics event in Pine River to share knowledge, skills and ideas about sustainable and natural living. Local experts will lead 45 workshops, including conversations on gardening and plant uses, mental health and wellness, crafting, natural food production and other sustainable practices. Dozens of local vendors will be in attendance. The 13th annual event is slated from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pine River-Backus School, hosted by Happy Dancing Turtle.
Despite frigid temperatures, a record number of snowmobilers gathered at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes for the 25th annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous last weekend. The Antique Snowmobile Club of America held its winter convention in Pequot Lakes, drawing members and enthusiasts alike to town for the weekend. A trail ride and cookout Friday, Jan. 18, saw 176 participants, the most sleds in the event's history. Saturday, Jan. 19, 214 antique snowmobiles were part of the showcase and performance demonstration, also a record-setting number.