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Counties Added to Spring Burn Restrictions as Wildfire Risk Increases in Northwestern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has further expanded the area subject to open burning restrictions as the wildfire season deepens and expands in northwestern Minnesota.

Additional counties in which burning restrictions apply are:

Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Wadena.

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Crosslake Council Says No Assessments for CSAH 66 Sewer Extension

The Crosslake City Council decided to not assess any of the benefitting property owners for the County State Aid Highway 66 sanitary sewer extension.

The 3-2 split vote confirmed that the project will now be funded by all taxpayers residents in the city through property taxes.

Mayor David Nevin, and council members Dave Schrupp and John Andrews voted in favor of the measure. Voting no were council members Marcia Seibert-Volz and Aaron Herzog.

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Crosslake Council Hears Audit Report

The Crosslake City Council unanimously accepted their annual 2021 Audit report at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, May 11th.

Mary Reedy from Clifton Larson Allen presented the findings to council and said that aside from segregation of duties, due to the size of the staff and mitigating controls used in office, there were no material weaknesses. Reedy stated the audit was clean and said the findings represent the highest level of reporting that can be issued by auditors.

Pay Increase for Mayor, Council
By a 3-2 vote, (voting no Andrews, Schrupp) the council approved a pay increase for the mayor and council members for meetings beginning November 9, 2022. The mayor is currently paid a monthly salary of $530, and council members $430.

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Crow Wing County to Begin the Safe Route Connection Project

Project Includes an Evaluation of Possible ATV Trail Connections to Local Cities

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department is beginning the Safe Route Connection Project that will evaluate a possible connection between the Miller Black Bear ATV Trail and nearby cities within the County. The project will include several steps to support a comprehensive evaluation of potential routes. The project is expected to result in a final committee recommendation by the end of 2022.

“Recreation trails are a cornerstone of outdoor activities in Crow Wing County and one of the many benefits of our public lands,” says Doug Houge, Crow Wing County Board Chair.

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Jenkins City Council May Highlights

The Jenkins City council held their regular monthly meeting on May 9, 2022 at City Hall. The following officers were present: Mayor Jon Lubke; Council members Charles Hoffman, Andrew Rudlang, Jerimy Flategraff and Kim Bachmann joined while the meeting was in progress via Zoom from Seaford, DE. Also present were Engineers Dave Reese and Alex Bitter; and Clerk Krista Okerman.

Council approved the agenda, and consent agenda following clarification on 3 items.

Open Forum
Council heard from resident Bill Ellis, who expressed concern that the City was expending $200K for Broadband. He said he would not use the service and the households that wanted it should pay for it, adding that he did not feel the citizens should have to pay for it.

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