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Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade dedicated to the memory of Tony Maucieri, Sr.

When the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Crosslake on March 17 this year, one very important person will be missing. For the first time in the parade’s history, Tony Maucieri will not be riding in the parade. He passed away Tuesday following a brief illness.

Maucieri was one of the founders of the parade. His daughter Dawn said that soon after the family moved from Chicago to Crosslake her father and Andy Apollo, the owner of the Cedar Chest at the time, started the parade to create some activity in town during the winter months. A few years later, Bob Mudek, owner of Riverside Saloon and Eatery, became involved.

“That first parade had only five or six floats,” Dawn Maucieri said. “Afterwards, there was a progressive dinner. One restaurant would serve appetizers, one would serve dinners and one would host a band and dancing,” she said. “The restaurants would take turns hosting the separate functions,” Mudek said.

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Social media offers dark spaces for political campaigning

The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day’s front page.

That was before the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as political platforms. Now some of a campaign’s most pivotal efforts happen in the often-murky world of social media, where ads can be targeted to ever-narrower slices of the electorate and run continuously with no disclosure of who is paying for them. Reporters cannot easily discern what voters are seeing, and hoaxes and forgeries spread instantaneously.

Journalists trying to hold candidates accountable have a hard time keeping up.

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Manhattan Beach City Council

The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to ask the City’s attorney to recommend options on how to proceed to remedy a situation regarding easements on roads in town at its regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, March 6. Mayor Paul Allen was present along with Council member Barb Hanson-Wannebo and Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo.

In December, the Council voted to have Stonemark Land Surveying of Pequot lakes survey Goldstein, Satchell and Meyer Lake Roads. Mayor Allen reported that the surveys indicated the city does not hold easements on all portions of all of the roads. “We need to get this corrected,” the Mayor said.

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Emily City Council

The Emily City Council approved bids to pave the city parking lot and adjacent alley when it met in regular session on Tuesday, February 13 at City Hall. Members present included Mayor Roger Lund and Council members Gary Hanson, Jan Mosman and Bill Spiess. Also present was City Clerk Christa Andrews, Attorney Tom Pearson and John Schoomer of Crow Wing County Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA). DeChantel Excavating was awarded the contract to pave the parking lot and west alley at a cost of $69,617.60.

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A public hearing was held to receive public input into a proposed grant application to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and to receive public comment concerning general community development and housing needs in the City. Schoomer said the grant would be rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing for needs such as health, safety and energy efficiency. Examples would include a new roof, updating electrical services, doors, windows and changes needed for handicap accessibility.

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