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Crosslake Foundation Off to a Good Start

The Greater Crosslake Area Foundation which was incorporated in April of 2018 and has applied for tax-exempt status, ended 2018 in a flourish receiving a $10,000 matching grant from the J.A. Wedum Foundation in recognition of raising an initial $40,000 to begin its endowment fund drive.

The GCAF is a charitable endowment that focuses on building the Crosslake area with a goal of making targeted positive impacts on its future. The Foundation supports projects that enhance the unique ecology of the Crosslake area while celebrating its heritage. While the foundation grew out of the Crosslaker organization, it will consider funding requests from any organization whose goals and objectives support its principles that include:
• Enhancing the unique ecology of the Crosslake area;
• Creating vibrant places that connect people to nature;
• Establishing a better balance of facilities for driving, biking, boating and walking;
• Providing a diverse balance for living, working and playing and
• Celebrating and preserving the Crosslake area’s heritage.

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Recalling a Legend ‘Remembering Bobby Vee’ to hit CLC January 25

The life and music of one of the true legends of popular music, Bobby Vee, will be onstage at the Tornstrom Auditorium on January 25 when ‘Remembering Bobby Vee’ hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. As part of the Central Lakes College Community Performing Arts Center’s season, the show is as authentic as they come.

“The band performing this show, the Killer Vees, is made up of Bobby Vee’s sons, nephews, and grandchildren,” says presenter Patrick Spradlin. “If anyone knows Bobby’s music, his magic and his life story, it’s this band.” The Killer Vees features Jeff, Tommy, Matt, and Bennett Vee. They put this show together as a way to say goodbye to their father, uncle, grandfather, mentor and bandleader Bobby Vee. Complete with Bobby’s touring string section, the show also features cast members from the smash hit musical ‘Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story’ helping out on background vocals.

“This is not a show we ever wanted to do,” said Tommy Vee. “We only planned on doing this in a handful of venues, but the show has become really popular. My Dad loved his Midwest roots. This is where it all started for him and the fans meant the world to him so this feels important to us. I know it would make Dad smile.”

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Herzog Named to Crosslake Council at Listening Session

The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of new Mayor Dave Nevin to name Aaron Herzog to fill the vacancy created by Nevin’s resignation from the Council as he assumed the position of mayor when the council met in special session on Monday, December 7. Herzog was one of several candidates running for the council in the November election and serves as head of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was sworn in during the special meeting.

The January special work session meeting was called to enable council members to gather public opinion on the proposed sanitary sewer expansion project and what to do about remodeling city hall. The council also wanted to hear any ideas the public might have on how to pay for these projects.

There was considerable discussion about creating a sanitary sewer district in Crosslake which would assess all users a fee that would cover, among other things, a septic tank inspection and cleaning every three years as required by law. There is concern that some residents are not having their systems inspected or cleaned every three years and that this practice is resulting in lake water pollution.

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Emily Council Approves 2019 Budget

The Emily City Council approved the city’s 2019 budget when it met in regular session Tuesday, December 11. Members present included Mayor Roger Lund and council members Dan Barrett, Gerhart Hanson, Jan Mosman, and Bill Spiess. Also present were City Clerk and Treasurer Cari Johnson and Deputy Clerk Pam Roden.

Mayor Lund presided over a Truth in Taxation Public Hearing to review the proposed budget. Clerk Johnson presented a summary of the budget. The proposed General Fund Budget is balanced at $1,181,400.96. The proposed Sewer Fund Budget is balanced at $124,490 with a planned sale of investment of $47,340 from the 602 Sewer Fund. The proposed General Fund Budget is an increase of one percent from 2018. The proposed final levy is $1,000,100.96, which is a two percent increase from 2018. Budgeted 2019 projects include building a maintenance shop, replacement of Emily Dam Bridge beams, purchase of a grass rig for the Fire and First Responder Departments, and replacement of turnout gear for the Fire Department.

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