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Sunset on Lake Washburn on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 - photo by Dan Laakso, Outing, MN

Easter Bunny visits the Northland

The Crosslake-Ideal and Lakers Lions held Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 15th. Top left: Walker Loven, age 3, of Ideal Township, and Cameron Thompson, age 10 of Maple Grove, the boys found the special eggs containing a gift of $25 from BlackRidgeBANK at the ACOE Campground in Crosslake - photo submitted). Middle left: 6-month-old Blake Hoffman of Barnham,checks out the Easter Bunny at Emily City Hall with his grandmother Julie McLellan of Emily. Bottom left: Pamela Tarasar enjoys her grandkids Cooper. Laila, Greta and Mabel Janish following the egg hunt in Emily.

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Emily council to work with NJPA on Master Parks plan

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New trails and green spaces are critical community amenities and the Emily City Council approved engaging the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) of Staples, MN to help develop a master parks plan for the city at a cost of $4,000. Acting Mayor Gary Hanson Jr. and Council members Dan Barrett, Jan Mosman and Bill Spiess were present.

The plan will build and improve upon the city’s existing park system to provide better and safer bicycle and pedestrian recreational opportunities, according to NJPA. The firm will work with the city staff to develop a steering committee representing local businesses, citizens at large, city staff, Parks Committee members and other stakeholders. The steering committee will provide recommendations to the Parks Committee on the drafting and adopting of the final Park and Trail Plan.

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Crosslake to review rural residential zoning

The Crosslake City Council chamber was filled with residents Monday April 10th to watch the Council address a wide-ranging agenda but most of the people attending were there to discuss a city zoning issue.

Crosslake resident John Keil would like to erect nine pole barn storage rental buildings in an area zoned Rural Residential-5 (RR5). The 300-foot long buildings would be located on a 19-acre plot north on Highway 3 near Crosswoods Golf Course. Keil told the Council his plan was to create around 200 public storage units for rent on the site RR5 zoning is for rural residential use of lots at least five acres in size. A number of residents who live near the location where Keil wants to build his storage/ rental units voiced their opposition to the Council.

Under the city’s zoning ordinance, the Planning and Zoning Commission can approve what’s known as Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) in areas where the intended use of a building or buildings do not fit the primary zoned purpose. Keil has made an application for a CUP to build his nine pole barn structures in the RR5 zoned area.

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Emily Council discusses land use ordinances

The special meeting was held to consider combing Emily’s city and land use ordinances into a single city code. Acting Mayor Gary Hanson and Council members Jan Mosman and Bill Spiess were present.

The Council reviewed recommendations from the League of Minnesota Cities regarding the city’s health and safety nuisances ordinance. Included among the items addressed by that ordinance is a section called “Tree Diseases and Shade Tree Pest Control”. During discussion, it was noted that the word “shade” should be removed from the ordinance wherever it appears “since everyone has their own definition of a shade tree”, thereby making enforcement difficult.

Council member Mosman suggested an annual inspection for tree diseases and pest control on city and public property by the Department of Natural Resources or a private company. In discussion it was noted that a tree inspector or city employee could not enter private property but could report to the property owner any diseased, damaged, or dying trees as a public service.

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