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Fifty Lakes City Council Feb. 9 Highlights

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Fifty Lakes City Hall. The following officers were present: Steve Dahlke, Mayor; Jodie Schrupp, Toni Buchite, Mark Bradley, and Gary Staples, Council members; Karen Stern, City Clerk; Ann Raph, Deputy Clerk; Andy Hemphill, Fire Chief; Diana Johnson, Bar Manager; and Chad Wosmek, Maintenance Supervisor.

Consent Agenda
The Council reviewed and approved the consent agenda that included Council meeting minutes for January 12 and January 19 Treasurers Report; Payment of bills in the amount of $85,707.92 including check #42774 through #42840; Fire & Rescue Minutes; and the renewal of one CD maturing the end of February from the roads account in the amount of $45,116.43.

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38 MN Representatives and Senators sent letter to President Biden calling on him to Cancel Line 3

Below is the letter sent to President Biden from 38 MN Representatives and Senators regarding line 3:

February 5, 2021
Dear President Biden,

We are writing to thank you for your decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and to reject  the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. These are encouraging steps to re-establish our country's credibility on climate change, perhaps the most serious challenge of our time. As state legislators from Minnesota, we write today to call your attention to another significant action your administration can take at this moment to address the climate crisis.

We are requesting that your administration halt construction of the Line 3 pipeline, a massive tar sands oil project in Northern Minnesota that is effectively a KXL clone. Line 3 would be the same diameter as KXL and would carry the same heavy crude through the U.S. Midwest with the same motive of enabling further expansion of the Canadian tar sands industry, a move that would leave "no possible pathway to achieving the Paris goals." [Climate On The Line report, OCI]

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Jenkins City Council Feb. 8 Highlights

The February 8, 2021 regular meeting of the Jenkins City Council was held at City Hall. Present in person were Mayor Lubke; Council Members Stricker, Hoffman, Rudlang, Bachmann; Clerk Okerman and Deputy Clerk Caswell. Others in attendance: Travis Grimler, Echo Journal; John Schommer, Brainerd HRA; Erica Bjelland, Region Five Development Commission; and Sgt. Ryan Franz, Pequot Lakes Police Department.

Mayor Lubke noted the additional language under Public Comment: "No response or action will be immediately taken to citizen requests other than to refer the matter to city staff for further research and a written report back to the city council.” Lubke noted it states citizens are to make a presentation and not participate in a dialogue with Council.

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Gull Lake Snowmobile Crash Results in Fatality

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported that on February 19th at 11:18 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a snowmobile crash with serious injuries on Gull Lake in the area of Birch Island.

Cass County Deputies and Responders arrived and found a 1997 Arctic Cat Snowmobile had been traveling on Gull Lake and crashed into a rocky and wooded shoreline on the northwest side of Birch Island. The driver of the snowmobile, an 18-year-old male, of Mendota MN, was located near the crash scen

CPR was initiated by a friend of the victim that was also riding in the area. Continued lifesaving efforts were conducted on scene and the victim was transported via helicopter to a St. Cloud MN Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy is scheduled with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation is continuing.

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