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2019 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Thousands of visitors celebrated the “Year of the Lucky Leprechaun” at the 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held Saturday, March 16th.

The sun warmed the streets as the day began with the third annual Clover Dash 5K and Kid’s Race in Town Square which drew 362 participants, and the popular Crosslake Firefighter’s annual pancake breakfast.

Top finishers of the Clover Dash were Casey Miller of Brainerd, with a time of 17:17; in second was Rickey Aulie of Breezy Point, and placing third was Austin Nastrom of La Crosse, WI. The top 3 female were Kira Sweeney of Staples, MN with a time of 22:44; placing second was Kara Loraus of Mound, MN, and in third was Julia Graves of Maple Grove.

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Crosslake Council approves formation of Sales Tax Committee

The Crosslake City Council approved the formation of the Sales Tax Committee at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, March 11, 2019. City Administrator/Treasurer Mike Lyonais presented a potential timeline for approving a local sales tax to council.

The timeline from Lyonais included the following dates of note: August 3, 2020: The last day for passage of a resolution, which included: Proposed Tax Rate, What the proceeds would be used for, Total revenue  expected, and the anticipated expiration date;

November 3, 2020 General Election;

November 10, 2020: If the tax is approved by Crosslake voters the deadline to send to the state for legislative approval, the city must pass an ordinance imposing a sales tax and file with the MN Secretary of State, 90 days before implementation, the city must notify the state in writing the date to begin collecting sales tax;

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Man in custody after Crisis Negotiation

On March 14 at approximately 5:42 p.m., members of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team responded to assist with a male who had barricaded himself with a rifle inside of a vehicle on the 5400 block of CR 145 in Pequot Lakes. The male was a 28-yearold resident of rural Pequot Lakes.

An officer from the Pequot Lakes Police Department was attempting to conduct a criminal investigation on behalf of the Baxter Police Department involving the male as a suspect when he barricaded himself inside of his vehicle.

The Pequot Lakes Officer attempted to negotiate with the male before seeing a rifle in the vehicle. The Pequot Officer immediately backed away and a perimeter was setup. During the standoff, officers evacuated a neighboring home.

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Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches or one walleye over 28 inches from Saturday, May 11, through Friday, May 31.

“It’s good news that anglers get to keep some walleye this May, but we are being cautious,” said Brad Parsons, DNR fisheries chief. “These regulations represent a careful balance between expanding fishing opportunities and conserving the fishery for the future.”

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