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Crosslake Council Issues Sale of Bonds for New City Hall, Fire Hall Remodel

The Crosslake City Council adopted a proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2023 at their regular monthly meeting held July 8, 2019.

The CIP will provide funding to build new city offices and remodel the existing City Hall building for the Fire Department and Emergency Services. The new city offices will be built on land acquired at County Road 66 and Daggett Bay Road.

Total cost for the project is $5.115 million, in addition to the bonds, $1.3 million will come from the city’s reserve fund. The issuance of $3.815 million in bonds were approved unanimously by council following a very brief public hearing in which no one from the public offered comment.

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Memorial Picnic Planned for 50th Anniversary of Outing Tornado August 6th

The public is invited to a special picnic to remember and memorialize the 50th anniversary of the F-4 Tornado that cut a swath through Outing and across Lake Roosevelt, taking the lives of 15 and injuring 109 people in 1969.

Called the Winds of Remembrance Picnic, the event will be held Tuesday, August 6th at Luscher’s Park in Outing and will begin at 1:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity to visit with survivors and see archival footage and related video.

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WAPOA Offers Annual Meeting Highlights

The social hall at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake provided a scenic backdrop for the 2019 Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) annual meeting held Saturday June 29th.

Members and guests were greeted by businesses and organizations working in tandem with WAPOA to protect and preserve water quality and our natural resources. After a short business meeting, featured speaker Greg Vandegrift, former KARE 11 reporter and current professor of journalism at the University of St. Thomas, spoke to the attendees and presented four videos capturing Greg’s passion for reporting about natural resources. His highly informative and descriptive presentation included a Reserve Mining Story from the 1980’s, a segment on the warming of Lake Superior, a story on what is being done to measure contaminants in the Minnesota Loon population as they travel from the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, and a story highlighting a common man, Jack Rajala, and his work to restore the white pine forests of Minnesota.

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Crosslake Historic Log Village Offers Ancestry Presentation on July 24

Julie Jo Larson has visited many family, small and large cemeteries in the county. Through research at the Crow Wing County Historical Society, interviewing area historians, and by reading several history books, her group, the MsStorians, a women’s history group, has discovered that many local family cemeteries are lost. Julie Jo will share some cemetery lore and show photos of some of Crow Wing County’s oldest cemeteries.

The public is welcome. For those who are fascinated by an interest in family ancestry and historical sites in our area, this is for you.

Julie Jo Larson lives in the Brainerd Lakes Area with her husband Stephen and their mischievous pets. They have three grown children. She is a licensed social worker and is employed at Central Lakes College as the Assistant Director of TRIO Student Support Services. On weekends, Julie Jo dons a writer’s cap, specializing in regional history.

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