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Area women create pouches for animals affected by Australian wildfires

Approximately 20 residents gathered in Fifty Lakes on January 12 to make 100 pouches for animals affected the recent Australian wildfires.

The deadly wildfires in Australia started in September and scorched millions of acres of land. Many Australians lost their homes and lives in these bushfires. Animals were also affected, with millions of them dying in the fire. These include koalas, kangaroos, wombats, birds, reptiles, and other animals that call Australia home.

In addition, animals were displaced from their homes and baby animals hwere separated from their mothers. The pouches provide these animals with a safe place to recover.

The group had specific guidelines on how to make the pouches that included sizes, and types of materials.

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Pequot Lakes Community Theatre to present Christina Calvit’s dramatic adaptation of “Jane Eyre”

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present Christina Calvit’s dramatic adaptation of Jane Eyre at 7:30 p.m. February 28, 29, March 06, 07 and at 2:00 p.m. March 01 and 08 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Calvit’s script dramatizes the events of Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 classic story which details the hard life of the titular character as she uncovers a tragic secret while also dealing with painful memories of the past and heartbreaks of the present.

This is director Ben Gordon’s first dramatic effort, with assistance from BriOnna Haag as stage manager and featuring costumes by Sarah Jo Armstrong, set design and construction by Mike Anderson, and tech direction by Trevor Kile. C.J. Anderson supplies the special effects.

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Fifty Lakes City Council February highlights

The Fifty Lake City Council met at City Hall on February 11, 2020 for their regular monthly meeting. Attending the meeting was Mayor Linda Steffens; Council members Jodie Schrupp, Toni Buchite, Julie Engle and Mark Bradley, Clerk Karen Stern, and two residents.

Council reviewed then passed the consent agenda that included Council Meeting Minutes for January 14, 2020; Treasurers Report; Payment of bills in the amount of $102,543.42 including check #41819 through #41895; Fire & Rescue Minutes.

Planning & Zoning
Council member Jodie Schrupp ireported that Justin Burslie in not in attendance and the February Planning and Zoning meeting has been rescheduled due to caucuses for Thursday, February 27th. Council discussed the setbacks for forest management.

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McGregor man faces Felony and Misdemeanor Charges after son suffered BB gun shot to the eye

On the night of February 10, 2020, an Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in the Riverwood Healthcare Center emergency room on another matter when a seriously injured 2 1/2 year old child was brought into the emergency room by his mother. The child had been in the care of his father when he suffered a BB gun shot to his eye. He was subsequently airlifted to the University of Minnesota for care.

An investigation ensued into the matter of the child’s injury and on February 13, 2020, a search warrant was executed at 320 Kirsch St. N.E., in McGregor, where the child and his parents live. Resulting from the search warrant was the arrest of Dale Vernon Preston, 38, father of the injured child.

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