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Above: “One for the Road” - a cinnamon black bear cub sipping water from the dipper hanging on a handpump well.Cinnamon colored black bears account for about 5% of the black bear population. Above is a yearling cub. Below: An entire family of 4 cubs and their mama. - photos by Susan and Steve Stark, Crosby, MN

Wide Range of Donors Support New School

Young and old, businesses and organizations, seasonal residents and full-time Crosslake dwellers all have come together to support the efforts of the Lakes Area Kids Enrichment (LAKE) Foundation to build a new school building in Crosslake.

And what an effort it’s been.

Since the Crosslake school is a charter school, it is prohibited by law from owning its own property. The LAKE Foundation launched a fund drive to build the new $7.3 million school with no property tax dollars being used. The school, which receives funding from the state, will lease the building from the Foundation. Once the loan for the facility is satisfied, the LAKE Foundation has the potential to donate excess funds back to the school and the Crosslake community.

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COMMUNITY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

Crosslake 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony, led by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, will be held at 10am on Monday, May 28th at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The Ceremony will be highlighted this year with an address by our guest speaker, Gail Smith, a 14 year veteran of the Army Nurse Corps. She served with the 311th Evacuation Hospital as Chief Training Officer. While on active duty, Captain Smith deployed to United Arab Emirates during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91 as staff to establish trauma readiness. For her service, Captain Smith was awarded the Army Commendation medal.

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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10th Annual WAPOA Shoreline Restoration Award Program

Have you been thinking about restoring all or a portion of your shoreline back to a natural state or creating a shoreland buffer to help improve our water quality?

WAPOA encourages lakeshore owners who are interested in improving our water quality and shoreline wildlife habitat to participate in the 10th Annual WAPOA Shoreline Restoration Award Program. Your lakeshore must be on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, or on one of the 39 lakes on which WAPOA conducts water quality testing. This award program can provide you with expert advice, together with WAPOA’s award, to help you complete your restoration project. Applicants will compete for a combined potential award of up to $20,000, depending on the merits of projects submitted. Multiple applicants are anticipated. Previous winners have won awards of up to $3800.

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Crosslake City Council Approves Summer Bridge Beautification Project

The Crosslake City Council dealt with a full agenda of topics at its May 14 meeting ranging from a city beautification project to pondering closing the city’s dump site residents have been using to dispose of leaves and brush from their yards.

Pat Netko, who introduced herself as a Crosslake resident, business owner and Crosslaker, presented a proposal to the Council to install six four-foot flower planters on Crosslake’s dam and Daggett bridges. The 12 planters and the plants would be purchased wholesale from North Wedge Greenhouse of Crosslake. Custom brackets to affix the planters to the bridges without using bolts have been created by Jeremy Knippel and a solar pump and panel system to automatically water the plants has been created by Sam Shirley who would do the installation of the system. The baskets would hang on the lake side of the bridges with flowers cascading over both sides of the bridge railings. The planters and solar pumps would be removed and stored in the fall.
 
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