Photograph of the Week
Northern Saw-Whet Owl napping on the front porch railing in Crosslake. - photo by Jeff Weber on Crosslake
Crosslake Council looks at parks and rec expansion
The Crosslake City Council took action at its regular monthly meeting Monday February 12 that could lead to expansion of the Crosslake Community Center and development of South Bay Park in the future.
The Council voted to have Joanneck Appraisals appraise the value of 9.1 acres of land adjacent to and west of the Community Center at a cost of $595. Parks and Recreation Director Jon Henke said the land would be used for a variety of things including a lighted sledding hill, an extension of the existing trail system and a possible location for a dog park. The Council also voted to proceed to acquire property through eminent domain to improve Perkins Road to allow access to an area that could be developed as South Bay Park on Cross Lake.
Henke reported that his department has created a new winter walking trail groomed to make walking easy on packed snow. Walkers may be accompanied by pets so long as they are leashed and picked up after. The trail starts at the Lions Picnic Shelter. He said the Community Center has also added a new Tot Time in the Gym activity Mondays and Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. during the winter. Parents may bring their kids’ favorite toys inside the gym if the toys don’t damage the floor or pose a threat to other children. The Council also approved Henke’s request to hire a parttime employee at the Center.
Body of missing Akeley woman located
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Saturday February 17, 2018 at 8:15 PM the body of Kara Blevins, age 27, of Akeley, MN was located by Cass County Sheriff’s Office personnel in a wooded area in the Chippewa National Forest, Shingobee Township, in rural Akeley in Cass County, MN. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation continues.
Blevins had originally been reported missing from a residence on the Howard Lake Road on February 5, 2018. Extensive investigations, ground and air searches had been done in the days following the report. The case is a joint effort by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Akeley Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.
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