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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.

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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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Lyscio reinstated from leave with no disciplinary action taken

During a closed meeting held Friday, February 16, the Crosslake Community School Board voted to reinstate Executive Director Todd Lyscio from a paid administrative leave of absence effective immediately with no disciplinary action.

Lyscio had been placed on leave pending an investigation following a complaint made by a parent at the February 12 school board meeting.

According to a statement released by the board following the closed meeting, “It was brought to our attention (at the February 12 school board meeting) that there was a fight on the playground on Wednesday, February 7. In the course of Mr. Lyscio's investigation of the fight, he was told that a group of students surrounded the students involved in the fight and began cheering and egging them on.

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Workshop scheduled to address Fifty Lakes bar issues

Fifty Lakes Mayor Tim Anick has called for a special facilitated public workshop meeting soon where the City Council and members of the Municipal Bar and Bottle Shop staff can discuss issues that have been plaguing the bar and the Council in recent months. Anick’s announcement came during the Council’s regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, February 13 at City Hall. Council Members present were Jodie Schrupp, Jay Weinmann, Mark Bradley and Linda Steffens. City Clerk Karen Sterns was also present.

The subjects of the bar’s management and issues with the manager and employees have been regular topics of discussion at Council meetings for the past several months. On Saturday, January 27 at 7 a.m., the Council held a special meeting to discuss an incident that took place on January 13 when bar employee Sunni Johnson left work with two carry-out boxes that bartender Mike Potter claimed were full of stolen chicken wings. Potter reported the alleged incident to Mayor Anick the next day but Bar Manager Steve Maeger was not notified until January 17. Maeger suspended Johnson with pay pending an investigation.

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