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Comet NEOWISE above Crosslake - photo by Rick Hegge

“Now, for keen observers in the Northern Hemisphere, the comet has been getting higher in the evening sky, sparkling northwest below the Big Dipper constellation, according to Joe Masiero, deputy principal investigator of NEOWISE (NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the NASA space telescope that first spotted the comet).” Source: www.space.com/comet-neowise-strange-facts.html

Black Mold in Former Crosslake City Hall, Mayor tests Positive for COVID-19

Mayor Nevin tests positive for COVID-19
Crosslake Mayor David Nevin told Northland Press last week that he had for COVID-19 virus. Nevin was scheduled to travel to Alaska on July 24 but was not allowed to go due to a positive test for COVID-19. Nevin was quarantined for 10 days and attended the July 30 Special Council Meeting via Zoom. He encouraged the public to maintain physical distance and wear a mask in public settings.

“We need to have some local perspective on this,” he said, “It’s so easy to keep your space and wear a mask.”

City Administrator Lyonais also attended via Zoom and was ordered by his doctor to quarantine, even though he tested negative.

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Local restaurants close as a result of COVID-19 testing

The Woods Restaurant and Harpo's Restaurant in Merrifield, and O’Neary’s Irish Pub in Brainerd posted on Facebook that they would be temporarily closed due to COVID-19 associations. Timberjack Smokehouse and Saloon in Pequot Lakes was temporarily closed for 2 weeks and re-opened on July 9, 2020.

Facebook message from The Woods on July 30, 2020:
“It has just come to our attention that someone associated with the property has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is not a restaurant employee however out of an abundance of caution we feel compelled to test our entire staff for the safety of our customers & employees. We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you posted on when we reopen.

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Moonlite Bay responds to COVID-19 Outbreak article

In a recent on-line article dated July 30, 2020 from “Bring Me The News” a list of 19 bars in Minnesota were linked to COVID-19 outbreaks. Young adults were the majority of the cases linked to the bars. The bars listed had anywhere from 14 to 117 cases.

Nine establishments were not identified because "they have fewer than 7 cases associated with them, so we don’t have strong enough evidence to say that there is transmission likely occurring, so no public health reason to name them," an MDH spokesperson said. "The cases associated with them could have just as easily acquired their infections elsewhere, through other exposures."

Included on the list was Moonlight Bay in Crosslake with 17 cases and the median age of these customers was 25.

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Manhattan Beach City Council

The regular monthly meeting of Manhattan Beach City Council was held on Tuesday July 7, 2020 at the City Hall. All persons attending were required to wear a mask. Only 4 persons are allowed in the audience and must have business on the agenda. The following officers were present: Mayor Paul Allen, Mike Dozark, Barb Hanson-Wannebo, Janis Allen, Council Members, Marlene Yurek, City Clerk Treasurer and City Attorney, Andy Kalis.

Council approved the agenda addition of a letter to council, the consent calendar and minutes as presented.

Septic Issue at Manhattan Beach Lodge
It as reposted at the meeting that there are still some issues with the Manhattan Beach Lodge septic system. As of July 7, 2020, the repairs have not been made. Repairs are to be completed on Wednesday, July 8th with a new gasket under the cover to eliminate odors and give the City a compliance report.

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