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Foster Grandparents recognized by LSS

Lutheran Social Service of MN Foster Grandparent Program recently recognized two volunteers at Crosslake Community Charter School.

Cathy Svihel and Marlys Brezinsky received awards for their 5 years of service. These retirees volunteer up to 20 hours a week Sept.-May tutoring and mentoring children in need of some assistance. Foster Grandparents receive a small tax-free stipend, mileage, training and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference in the lives of the students they assist.

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Crosslake Council to considering grant application to assist with development funding

The Crosslake City Council will consider becoming a grant applicant to help finance construction of 32-unit apartment building near Town Square later this year. The Council heard a request from Skip Duchesneau, President of D.W. Jones, at its regular meeting held Monday, January 8 at City Hall.

Duchesneau told the Council that Minnesota Housing Finance Authority has a competitive funding program which targets small to mid-size cities in Minnesota with rental workforce housing needs. Funding is available to build market rate residential rental properties where communities can demonstrate a demand for workforce housing. Communities are required to secure matching funds through vehicles such as tax increment financing, tax abatement or reduced fees, he said. Cities with fewer than 30,000 people are given preference. The City would apply for the grants and work with the developer but take on no liability or cost involved with the project.

Duchesneau said the grant would cover up to 25 percent of the projected $5,300,000 of the apartment building cost. He said rents to be charged are projected at $775 to $800 for a one-bedroom unit, $900 to $975 for two-bedroom and $1,100 for three-bedroom with rent costs to cover heat, water, sewer and garbage. Grant awards are expected to be announced in March.

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CRMC to open new physician clinic in Breezy Point

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is expanding its services to better serve the medical needs of North-Central Crow Wing County and improve access to quality healthcare by opening a new physician clinic in Breezy Point in Spring 2019.

The new clinic will be the anchor of the new North Star Center being developed on 20 acres along County Road 11 across from the Breezy Point Sports Center. The complex, named after the Breezy Point North Stars USA Hockey-sanctioned junior ice hockey team, will also include a pharmacy, dental office, other medical related facilities, gas station, and convenience store, according to developer Bob Spizzo, CEO of Whitebirch, Inc.

Tom Lillehei, Mayor of the City of Breezy Point, welcomes CRMC to the community and thanks Whitebirch, Inc., for the development of the North Star Center which will become the showcase entrance to the city.

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Manhattan Beach Council updates bylaws

The Manhattan Beach City Council fine tuned discussions of amending the City’s bylaws at its regular monthly meeting held January 2 at City Hall. Mayor Paul Allen was present along with Council members Janis Allen, Barb Henson-Wannebo and Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo. City Attorney Andrew Kalis was also present.

In December, the Council had asked Kalis to prepare a draft set of revised bylaws. The Council made a number of changes in that draft and reviewed the changes at the January meeting. Kalis will prepare a final resolution to amend the bylaws to be presented at the February meeting. Among the agreed upon changes in the bylaws is the following language:

Recording of Minutes
“The clerk shall record the entire meeting….The clerk shall post the entire recording of each City Council meeting on the City’s website so the public can access and listen to each City Council meeting, unless there are profane or inappropriate comments that would be illegal or improper to publish.” In discussion, the Council decided to have the final version of the bylaws amendment state that in such cases, the entire recording would not be posted on the City’s website but would be made available for listening at City Hall.

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