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Crosslake Bird City Celebration

Web posted May 21, 2019
Katie Burns (center), Bird City Program Manager from Audubon Minnesota, presents a plaque to Crosslake City Councilman John Andrews commemorating Crosslake as the fourth city in Minnesota to be designated as a Minnesota Audubon Bird City during the Crosslake Bird City Celebration held Saturday, May 18. Bird City organizer Cindy Mercer Nelson, left, holds a sign that will be erected at Crosslake’s city limits designating the city as a Bird City. - photo by Bill Monroe.
Amber Taylor of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center in St. Paul wowed the audience in a presentation during the Crosslake Bird City Celebration held Saturday, May 18 at the U.S. Army Campgrounds Ranger Station when she showed them this bald eagle. - photo by Bill Monroe


Crosslake 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony, let by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, will be held at 10am on Monday, May 27th at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The Ceremony will be highlighted this year with an address by our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Upggaard, who served in WWII as a Navy SeaBee, serving in both Europe and Pacific during the war. Prior to D-Day, his Seabee Battalion helped prepare Omaha Beach for the invasion. Dr. Upggaard still is a local resident and many of you may remember him as a Dentist in Pequot Lakes.

This annual ceremony is to honor and remember our deceased Military Veterans who served our country. There are over 180 of our local veterans buried at Pinewood that are identified with individual American Flags at their gravesite and will be recognized individually during the ceremony.

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CWC Bomb Squad responds to man injured by homemade fireworks

On May 13th, The Crow Wing County Sheriff reported on a male who had blown his hand off with some homemade fireworks. The incident happened at a residence located on the 42000 block of CR #136, Emily, MN. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies discovered an adult male who had received extensive injuries to his left hand. Deputies provided first aid to the male until ambulance personnel arrived on scene. The male was then flown out to St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries. The male was identified as 42 year old, James Fredrick Cummings of Fifty Lakes, MN

The Crow Wing County Bomb squad responded to process the scene. Upon arrival at the scene, members of the bomb squad located several known and unknown chemicals which are consistent with making explosives, such as flash powders and tannerite.

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Crosslake School Planning Expansion Project in 2020

There’s a great line in a great movie about a man who built a baseball filed in an Iowa cornfield….” If you build it, they will come.” Apparently, that line also applies to a great charter school in Crosslake.

Only nine months after opening a $7.1 million new facility, the Crosslake Charter School is running out of space due to increasing enrollment. The school had set aside rooms in anticipation of future growth, but those rooms have been filled and the school will be fine in the 2019-2020 school year. But beyond that, more space will be needed.

“We have plans to accommodate next year's enrollment increase by occupying one room that has been a flexible learning space this year,” said School Director Todd Lyscio. “Beyond next year, it is unclear how we would handle the increased space needs without some type of a building expansion,” he said. The current structure was intended to accommodate a small increase in growth, with a long-term vision to expand. The current building design allows for an addition on the east side of the building.

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Crosslake Council Moves Forward On New City Hall Building Plan

The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved a recommendation of the Crosslake Facility Committee to purchase seven acres of land south of the current city hall just north of 14 Lakes Brewery for $170,000 and build a new building there to house the police and administration departments, then remodel the existing city hall building to house the fire department with the total cost of the project not to exceed $4.8 million.

Committee Chair Kevin Sedivy told the council that the committee was unanimous in its decision to make the recommendation after considering a number of options. The committee also recommended that HyTec Construction and Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) be involved in the project. In a letter to the council he wrote, “the committee met several times and through their expertise and ideas, we believe we have come up with a fiscally responsible plan that meets the needs of the police, fire and administrative departments for years to come.”

Committee members included Doreen Gallaway, Bill Schiltz, Marcia Seibert-Volz, Mic Tchida, Tom Swenson, Dan Heggerston, Mark Wessels, Darrell Schneider, Mark Lindner and Sedivy. Mayor David Nevin and several other council members also attended committee meting as did Police Chief Erik Lee, Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller, City Administrator Mike Lyonais and Public Works Director Ted Strand.

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