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Crosslake City Council delays Moonlite/CSAH 66 Sewer extension

The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved delaying any action on the CSAH 66 Moonlite Bay sewer extension project until 2021 at their first regular monthly meeting of 2020 on January 6th.

In a memo to council from the Public Works Commission, it was stated that “the commission recommends the council delays any work on said sewer extension and reviews the project no later than January 2021. The decision was based on the fact that the engineering work required to obtain bids is not completed. This is because the go ahead for Bolton and Menk was delayed by the council which means the bids will come in during April and May and it was felt the bids will be high. They should be bid in February and March.”

Other factors cited in the memo included: the importance of storm water grants approvals and that almost all of the impacted residents did not feel the extension was necessary at this time and requested a delay.

“If we delay for a year, we will have completed the work we need to complete, will have the ability to obtain bids at the right time of the year and will know if sales tax monies will be available to help pay for the project.”

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Ground Breaking for Pine River Fish Passage Project

Collaboration Grows the Landscape for Success

Public and private representatives gathered on the Pine River to kick-off construction of an ecological project aimed at fish health. Construction is expected to begin in January and completed before March 1, 2020. Beth Hippert, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Project Manager credits successful design and funding to a strong collaborative process. “Valuable input came from citizens, groups, city, county, state and federal representatives as well as agencies!”

The project will replace an existing 50-year-old failing rock dam with natural stream channel riffles on the Pine River. The new design reopens fish passage access to vital upstream resources helping to rebuild ecological health of fish and other aquatic life reliant on the Pine, feeder streams, wetlands, and lakes.

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Cantus’ “One Giant Leap” Lands in Brainerd January 17

Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus will perform “One Giant Leap” in the Chalberg Theatre on January 17. As part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series, the 7:30 concert features a group the New Yorker called ‘engaging,’ and the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed ‘nothing short of exquisite.’

Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making.

As one of the nation’s few fulltime vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.

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Missing Person found deceased in wooded area

34 yr. old Jenna Kaye Bartylla of Brainerd had been reported missing by family members. A report was filed with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office on January 8th. Jenna was last seen on January 7th at a residence south of Brainerd. Her purse and phone were left behind.

On January 10, 2020 a press release stated that Sheriff Scott Goddard would like to inform the public that missing person, Jenna Bartylla, has been located. Jenna was found deceased early Friday morning in a wooded area not far from where she was reportedly last seen by witnesses.

Early Friday morning, Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Crow Wing County Drone Team organized a search of the area. Shortly after starting the search, the body of Jenna Bartylla was located by the Drone Team. Deputies secured the area and are processing the scene.

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