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Crosslaker Progress Report- October 2017

Web posted October 10, 2017
Three critical meetings, one in September and two in October, are dealing with initiatives of the Crosslakers. It is gratifying to see so much traction on the ideas that came from the public discussions at town meetings  in 2016 now crystalizing into potential improvements for Crosslake.

National Loon Center Town Meeting
Without question, the most ambitious idea to come out of the 2016 town meetings was the possibility of locating a National Loon Center in Crosslake. The second of three National Loon Center Town Meetings will be held Tuesday, October 17. Watch this newspaper for details on the location. At that meeting, a number of possible designs for the center will be discussed.

The first town meeting, held September 7 at Manhattan Beach, was very well attended and featured faculty members from the University of Minnesota leading discussions on the opportunities and barriers posed by locating a Loon Center here. Some of the opportunities identified by those in attendance included:

• It would unite Crosslake;
• It would be a boost to tourism;
• It would give people the opportunity to see loons up close;
• It would make Crosslake a destination city;
• It would make Crosslake a center for knowledge;
• The Center would improve the local economy;
• The Center already has a great deal of local support and
• It would serve as an educational center for young and old.
• Some of the barriers to locating the Center here included:
• The city’s infrastructure may be a possible barrier;
• Sustaining interest and enthusiasm could be a challenge after the Center is built;
• Funding, especially sustained funding after it is built, could be difficult;
• There will always be naysayers who are against change of any kind and
• Traffic could be a problem, especially if it is located in the U.S. Army Campgrounds Area.

Crosslake Comprehensive Plan Update Town Meeting
The City of Crosslake is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. In essence, the Comprehensive Plan is an expression of a community's vision for the future, and a strategic road map to reach that vision. Members of the Crosslakers have been involved in this process and the Crosslakers’ guiding principles are imbedded in the plan. The principles are:
• Enhance the unique ecology of Crosslake;
• Create vibrant places that connect people to nature;
• Establish a better balance of facilities for driving, biking, boating and walking;
• Provide a diverse balance of housing, business and public amenities and
• Celebrate and preserve Crosslake’s heritage.
• The Crosslakers will not undertake any project unless it conforms to one or more of these guiding principles.

Members of the public were invited to a Comprehensive Plan Town Meeting September 28 at the Crosslake American Legion Hall where they heard an update on the plan and provided their ideas and opinions.

Minnesota Design Team Visit
On October 27 the Minnesota Design Team will revisit Crosslake to meet with Crosslakers and city, county, state and federal government representatives to hear an update on Crosslaker activities and to discuss the role of government in implementing the ideas that have been developed through the MDT’s Town Meeting process.

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