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Motorists rescued from vehicle in thin ice incident on Leech Lake

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported that on January 16, 2015 at approximately 7:49 am the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle partially through the slush and ice in the area of an ice heave near Sand Point on Leech Lake.

Officers and Walker Fire Department responded and located a full size pickup stuck in the slush and ice with two parties in the bed of the pickup, uninjured, but unable to safely get away from the pickup due to thin ice.

The Walker Fire Department, using their hovercraft, successfully rescued the parties. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office urges strong caution to be used on all area lakes, even through cold temperatures have helped, ice conditions there are still many vulnerable areas around ice heaves, rivers and springs. All ice should never be considered 100 percent safe.

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28th Annual Outing Ice Fishing Contest

A total of 128 people took part in the 28th annual Outing Ice Fishing Contest on January 17th on Lawrence Lake sponsored by the Outing Area Chamber of Commerce and the Crooked Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Phil Cohoes (pictured above at far left) took first place and a cash prize of $250 with a nice 5 pound northern. Cohoes' catch is the biggest fish caught in several years in the contest. In second place was Kristine Roos with a 1.745 pound northern, she took home a cash prize of $200.

Third place and $150 went to Tom Pringle. Colette McConville took fourth and $125. Dennis Honsa took fifth place and $100 and Bruce Laterell took sixth place and won $50.

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Crosslake Council debates capital expenditures

At the first meeting with newly elected members and a new mayor, the Crosslake City Council debated its plan for future capital expenditures, including vehicles, equipment, road maintenance and wastewater treatment plant improvements. The city’s need for capital improvements, and a lack of funding for all those needs, made for long discussion among the council.

Mike Lyonais, city finance director/ treasurer, told the council that while budgeting for 2015, the city was faced with more than $1.5 million in capital expenditure requests. Because that much money wasn’t available, Lyonais looked at removing the two largest items, road improvements and a new fire engine. He was left with requests for $997,000 worth of spending. The city had funding of $338,000, which was the amount of money in the budget that was not identified for any particular item, piece of equipment or project. Lyonais then met with staff to come up with a plan.

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Jaycees Fishing Extravaganza set for Jan. 24th

The 25th Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza officials were formally issued an event permit on Wednesday, January 14th, by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Todd Dahl and Sgt. Adam Kronstedt met representatives from the Brainerd Jaycees on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay to verify the ice conditions, and found clear, consistent ice, sufficient for next Saturday’s event, throughout the contest site.

Officials and event organizers want to encourage those attending to use the free shuttles available at Brainerd International Raceway and at the old Nisswa Flea Market on Highway 371 North. Shuttles begin at 8:00 am and run until the last contestants are off the ice.

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