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Volunteers sold brats and hot dogs to raise money for Light Up the Dam project

Volunteers sold hundreds of brats and hot dogs Friday May 12 to raise money to help support the Light Up the Dam project. Reeds Market, Pan-O-Gold Baking Company and Pepsi donated the food that was sold. Proceeds will go to enhance the lighting features on the Pine River Dam in Crosslake. Volunteers pictured are (from left) Tim Schalow, Beth Schalow, Patty Norgaard, and Deb Griffith. Other volunteers included Cindy Nelson and Cindy Myogeto of the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce. - photo by Bill Monroe


New Visitor Center for the Crosslake Area Historical Society

The Crosslake Area Historical Society will soon have a new “front door” to welcome visitors when it opens a visitor center this summer. The “new” building is actually one with a long local history of its own.

On May 19, a log cabin and an outbuilding bath house were moved from Island Lake, located between Loon and Lower Whitefish Lakes, to the entrance of the Crosslake Area Historical Society Museum’s Historic Log Village. The structures will be attached, renovated and opened as a visitor center hopefully by July 4. The center will serve as home to the Log Village gift shop and Historical Society office. Items in the current gift shop in the Village Town Hall will be moved to the visitor center shop.

The cabin’s journey from Island Lake to the Log Village began when the Historical Society learned that Donna and David Claypool had purchased the lot where the cabin stood with plans to build a new home, according to acting Society President Tom White. The Claypools donated the cabin, which has no indoor plumbing other than a kitchen sink and also a bath house to the Society, White said.

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COMMUNITY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

Crosslake 2017 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 29th at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The Ceremony will be highlighted this year with an address by our guest speaker, Steve Eisenreich, a Viet Nam veteran and founder of the Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN. Steve spent 14 months in Viet Nam with the 20th Combat Engineer Brigade where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.

While working for the St Cloud VA Medical Center in Mental Health, he and two other Viet Nam veterans started the organization to provide financial and emotional support for the growing number of Minnesota returning veterans that are homeless, jobless, or disabled due to mental (PTSD) or physical wounds suffered while serving our country.

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Crosslake P&Z Public Hearing

At a May 15 special meeting the Crosslake Planning and Zoning Commission, unanimously rejected an application from Crosslake resident John Keil to erect nine pole barn storage rental buildings in an area zoned rural residential (RR5).

At the April 10 City Council meeting Keil told the Council that the 300-foot long buildings would be located on a 17-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.

Under the city’s zoning ordinance, the Commission can approve Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) in areas where the intended use of a building or buildings does not fit the primary zoned purpose. Keil applied for a CUP to build his nine pole barn structures in the RR5 zoned area.

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Housing Studies indicate need for addition housing in Crosslake

At a recent Crosslake City Council meeting, several nearterm economic development projects were discussed. They included proposals committed by developers to build eight new townhomes, a 32-unit apartment complex and a 75-bed assisted living facility pending city approval. Longer-term housing projects discussed included another 50-bed assisted living facility and the projection of 50 new homes being built. Mayor Patty Norgaard said current studies indicate a need for housing for an additional 180 families in Crosslake by 2022.

At an earlier meeting, Council members heard reports from merchants that their employees could not find housing in town. Representatives from the Crosslake Community Charter School told the Council that when the new school expansion project is completed, recruiting teachers will be a problem if there is no local housing available.

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