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Crosslake City Council Moves Forward On Study of Local Option Sales Tax

The Crosslake City Council heard a report from a group studying the possibility of implementing a local option sales tax in Crosslake. Such taxes are being implemented in communities across the state for a variety of purposes. In Crosslake, the idea would be to capture revenue from tourists as well as residents to help fund infrastructure needs rather than relying solely on property taxes. Based on the report the council received, it voted to have the University of Minnesota do a local option sales tax analysis study for Crosslake at a cost of $750 and appointed a committee to continue to research the idea. Committee members include council members Dave Schrupp and Aaron Herzog, Chamber of Commerce Director Cindy Myogeto, Public Works Director Ted Strand, City Administrator and Treasurer Mike Lyonais, former mayor Darrell Swanson and Leah Heggerston.

Herzog, Myogeto, Schrupp and Swanson visited the city of Walker to learn more about that city’s experience with a local option sales tax approved by voters in 2018. That tax is one and one half percent and has resulted in $688,366 in additional revenue through January of 2019. It was enacted in March of 2018 and approved by 61 percent of the voters. Seventy-six percent of the city’s registered voters voted in the election.

Discussions to date have focused on a much lower percentage tax in Crosslake should one be proposed. Any proposal would have to be approved by the council, then put to a vote by the people and approved by the state legislature. The first time a proposal could be placed on the ballot would be in 2020.

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First Annual Power of Aging Expo in Crosslake April 27

Crosslake area seniors, their families and the general public will have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with services for senior citizens during the first annual Crosslake Power of Aging Expo to be held Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Log Church in Crosslake sponsored by Crosslake Area Senior Services Inc. (Crosslake Cares).

The free event will feature keynote speaker Mark Rosen, recently retired WCCO sportscaster. He worked for 50 years at WCCO and has been named Best TV Sportscaster for City Pages several times and has been inducted into their hall of fame.

There will be over 35 exhibitors and four mini talks. Two of the talks will focus on seniors and two will provide updates on key Crosslake initiatives. The senior presentations are “Medication Mayhem” presented by Gail Smith, RN and Steve Kappes of Crosslake Drug. William Phillips, Minnesota State Director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will also speak on “The Valuable and Outsized Contributions the 50 Plus Community Brings to our County, State and Area”. Community updates will be provided on the National Loon Center by Carla White of the National Loon Center Foundation and the new Crosslake Community School by School Director Todd Lyscio.

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Crosslake Committee Agrees on Direction For City Hall Plan

The citizen committee appointed by Mayor David Nevin to develop a recommendation for the Crosslake City Council regarding what to do with the city hall building has reach a unanimous decision on an option it reviewed at a meeting held Wednesday, April 10 at city hall. The plan also has the support of the city’s fire chief, police chief and mayor.

Mike Angland of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) and Andy Waletzko of HyTec Construction presented the plan after meeting with Mayor Nevin, Police Chief Erik Lee, Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller, City Administrator and Treasurer Mike Lyonais, Building Committee Chair Kevin Sedivy and several other members of the committee. The plan would build a new building on land to be purchased north of the existing city hall to house the police and administrative departments and remodel the existing city hall building for exclusive use by the fire department.

The transition plan would be to build the new building first, move the police and administrative staffs into that facility, then remodel the existing building.

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Grassroots Concerts welcomes the return of Peter Mayer

Peter Mayer returns to Grassroots Concerts Friday, April 26 for a 7:30 p.m. show in Nisswa at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Mayer has graced the Grassroots stage on three previous occasions - most recently in 2013. His next visit follows the October release of an 11th album, “Catching Rain.”

Mayer writes songs for a small planet - songs about the human journey, about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk” and examines life as a place of wonder.

“This native of Minnesota is a master storyteller,” said Folk Roots Magazine.

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