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Bird seed or bear food? - photo by Tom Sathre, taken while visiting his parents home in Outing on Lake Washburn
June 16, 2017, this bear helps himself to some thistle seed a little before 8 a.m. - photo by Mikie Walker, Emily, MN

Next few weeks critical for Crosslake Community School fund drive

The next few weeks will determine whether the Lakes Area Kids Enrichment (LAKE) Foundation will be able to sign contracts to begin construction on a new $7.7 million dollar building to be leased to the Crosslake Community Charter School. The Foundation hopes to break ground on the project August 19 and open the school in 2018. But the groundbreaking is contingent on the success of the Foundation’s fund drive to raise $1.7 million for the project.

Under Minnesota law, charter schools cannot own property. The Foundation plans to build the building and lease it to the school with no impact on local property taxes. A site plan has been finalized. The anonymously donated 10-acre site on County Road 66 in Crosslake has been secured. The foundation has arranged for $6 million in financing from a low-interest loan. The remaining $1.7 million will be financed by the Foundation’s fund drive.

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Annual Fifty Lakes Day

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The organizers of Fifty Lakes Day held June 24 stand by Kiddie Land, the event’s free new attraction. From left are Ronda Veit, Deb Shetka, Diana Weinmann, Cheryl Drexler, Ann Raph, Steve Maeger and Andy Hemphill. - photo by Bill Monroe
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol was on hand at Fifty Lakes Day - photo by Bill Monroe

Fifty Lakes City Council

The 50 Lakes City Council was a friend in deed to a friend in need when on June 13 it approved  the sale of a fire truck to a fire department in need. Mayor Tim Anick and Council members Jay Weinmann, Jodie Schrupp, Linda Steffens and Mark Bradley were present along with Clerk and Treasurer Karen Stern, Justin Burslie, and 12 residents.

The Mayor told the Council that the city had received four sealed bids for the purchase of a 1987 Ford L88 3000 gallon tanker truck but that the City had the right to reject all bids. Fire Chief Andy Hemphill told the Council that the Eastern Hubbard County Fire Department needed a truck and was willing to pay 50 Lakes $10,000 for the vehicle. After discussing the matter, the Council voted to sell the truck to the Hubbard Department for $5,000.

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