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Pequot Lakes Community Theatre to present The Addams Family, A New Musical

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present The Addams Family, A New Musical on February 22, 23, and March 1, at 7:30 p.m. Also, February 24, March 2, and 3, at 2 p.m. in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Meet the Artists of the Addams Exhibit February 22nd before the show and during intermission. Talkback sessions are scheduled after the performances on February 24th and March 2nd.

As the curtain rises, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez (Ben Gordon, Pine River), Morticia (Kate Davis, Pequot Lakes), Fester (Dalton Ebnet, Pequot Lakes), Grandma (Jen Anderson, Pine River), Wednesday (Nicole Rothleutner, Pequot Lakes), Pugsley (Josh Anderson, Brainerd) and Lurch (Sam Moreland, Breezy Point). They’ve gathered – where else? – in the family graveyard, to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future.

They seem at peace, not just with each other and their inimitable, unchanging Addamsness, but with their dead ancestors, too (Phylipe Bell, Bobbi Cruikshank, River Curtis, Lola Eastwood, Brianna Engels, Gracin Johnson, Susan Langins, Rachel Martin, Heather Pearson, and Nikoa Perkins) – who emerge from their graves on this night each year to join in this celebration of continuity. But, at the end of the ritual, Fester blocks the ancestors’ return to their graves. Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested.

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31st annual Mid-MN 150 Sled Dog Races

The 31st annual Mid MN 150 self dog races were held Saturday, February 9th. The annual race features mushers and their 6- and 8- dog teams participating in a 30 mile race to Remer.

The race began in Outing on Lawrence Lake and the mushers traveled along state and county trails, roads, lakes, and finally, the Soo Line Trail before finishing in Remer.

Volunteers from the Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club (Ham radio operators) monitored the course and communicated where each team was located on the trail.

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Impact Grant offered by Operation Round-Up

Crow Wing Power Community Trust (Operation Round-Up) is offering an Impact Grant of up to $12,000. The purpose of the Impact Grant will be to give a boost to a unique project/program, organization or community and insure its success.

Applicants must show that this one time grant would have a major impact for their project, organization or community. The organization needs to show that they have a history of success, or if a start-up project, the business plan must be strong and show large community support. Projects that focus on human health and well-being will be given additional consideration.

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Manhattan Beach City Council debates parcel filing system

Much of the February 5 regular meeting of the Manhattan Beach City Council was spent discussing the best way to file parcels of land in the city’s filing system. Mayor Paul Allen and Council members Janis Allen, Betty Worts, and Amy Wannebo, City Clerk and Treasurer attended the meeting.

Mayor Allen opened the discussion by announcing that Crow Wing County has adopted a new numbering system for each parcel of land in the county that will require the city to change its current filing system that files parcels by number. He suggested that in addition to changing the parcel numbers to match the new county numbers the city should also include the names of the property owners, and then arrange the files in alphabetical order rather than in numerical order by parcel, as is now the case. He said members of the Planning and Zoning Commission could more easily access the files if they were arranged this way.

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Operation Round-Up Donations Distributed

Since Operation Round-Up’s inception in late 1996, more than $3.5 million has been donated to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties. Operation Round Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the  nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly.

During their quarterly meeting held in January, the Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $49,500 to local community programs. Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects:

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