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The crowning of Ms. Blarney & Mr. Malarkey

Web posted March 14, 2017
On Saturday, March 4th, Manhattan’s in Crosslake held the annual Ms. Blarney & Mr. Malarkey Contest. Cathy Clark from Fifty Lakes was crowned Ms Blarney and Justin Jansen from Pequot Lakes was crowned Mr Malarkey. The winners received a $600 prize package and will appear in the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day annual Parade to be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 - photo submitted

Crosslake Public Works Director Ted Strand is the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal. -photo by Kate Perkins

Public works director Strand is St. Pat’s Parade Grand Marshal

Web posted March 14, 2017
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

Annually for the past 15 years, Ted Strand has been behind the scenes helping to ensure that Crosslake is ready for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Some years Strand, the director of Crosslake’s public works department, has pulled all-nighters with his staff to ensure the roads are clear of last-minute falling snow to make the celebrations a success.

Strand and his staff clear snow from parking lots and streets so that the 10,000-plus people who come to the city for the parade have a place to park. The department also places cones to prevent visitors from parking on the parade route and helps the city put its best face forward for the community’s visitors.

Year-round, Strand is responsible for keeping the city’s roads in good condition, keeping the wastewater treatment facility running properly, is the city safety officer and performs maintenance on city buildings. Strand also manages the cemetery, mows ditches and city property, removes downed trees from the road, and does a little electrical and a little plumbing. Citizens often see him driving through town from one task to the next in a silver pickup with Crosslake’s logo on the side.

“I think of myself as a jack of all trades and a master of none,” Strand said. Strand’s office phone rings to his cell phone, and it rings at all hours on all days of the week. He’s available 24-7.

In addition to being nearly always on call, there are other ways in which Strand’s professional and personal life intersect. As chief operator of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Strand is responsible for the successful operation of the plant not just on a professional level, but also on a personal level. If Strand doesn’t perform his job, he can be charged with a felony. Under Strand’s supervision, the wastewater treatment facility always meets and routinely exceeds all government standards. In fact, this year Strand is receiving an award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for his exceptional operation of the plant.

Strand grew up all over the country, attending 13 schools before graduating high school. After high school he began studying civil engineering. He took a break from school and entered the work-a-day world at a job in Louisiana. When he was missing family, he decided he wanted to go back to school and finish a degree. He chose wastewater treatment, as it was within the realm of civil engineering, and both Strand’s father and great uncle had also done the job. He was excited to take it on.

Strand came to work for Crosslake as a foreman, and then a new position opened up with the construction of the city sewer. He took the job, and has since enjoyed a 17-year career at Crosslake. He had also worked at several other Minnesota cities, and has around 30 years in his field in total.

“I love it,” Strand said of his career. “I like the challenge. I’m very thankful, I work for a community that’s very active. The people we’ve got here are outstanding.”

This winter, Strand’s behind-the-scenes work has included plowing the roads, sometimes starting the job at 2 a.m. so that the roads are clear for school buses and the morning commute. If there’s an overnight snowstorm predicted, Strand will get up several times a night and drive the city to see how the storm is affecting the roads, which informs his decision on when to send out plows. The inside of a plow, Strand said, looks a lot like the cockpit of an airplane with so many buttons and levers. But, after a while, Strand said drivers don’t even need to look at the levers to hit the right ones.

In addition to the mechanical aspect, there’s also mother nature to contend with. Strand times when the plows go out for the most efficient removal of snow and the safest roads possible. Road temperatures will affect how the sand and salt will do their jobs, so he has to take that into account as well. He also has to balance the city’s budget with the work that needs to be done, which is a challenge in any city.

Strand and his wife, Marie, have three kids whom were all raised in Crosslake. Marie works at Crosslake Community School as a paraprofessional, and will ride with Strand in the parade as grand marshal. While he’s always in attendance for the parade, he’s usually helping out from an intersection, so he’s excited to be in the parade this year.

“I’m very honored,” Strand said of being named grand marshal. “I’m very humbled that they asked me to do it.”

The Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

"Share Your Charm" in Crosslake at the 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration!

Web posted March 6, 2017
You don't have to be Irish to appreciate all the excitement associated with this decades-long tradition! Dust off the lawn chairs, get your Irish face on and load up the whole family as this 43 year celebration ensures fun for all ages! Gather your family and friends and search for the Pot 'O Gold beginning Thursday, March 16. Register for The 4th Annual Clover Dash 5K which takes place on Saturday, March 18. The race begins and ends in Crosslake's Town Square, so after the race you're in the perfect spot for pre-parade entertainment and more! Purchase a Raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes and show your Blinkie Button for deals and discounts all over town!


Saturday, March 11
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - St. Urho's Day Grasshopper Hop
Participants register at any participating establishment, purchase a $10 safe ride wristband and enjoy a Finland themed pub crawl with games of skill at each location. Prizes and trophy for best scoring team. Andy's Bar & Restaurant, Bourbon Room, Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American legion, Cedar Chest, Maucieri's, Moonlite Bay, Manhattan's, Riverside, The Wharf and Zorbaz.

Thursday, March 16
Pot 'O Gold Treasure Hunt
One of three daily clues released at 9 a.m. at Chamber member businesses, online and on Crosslake Chamber’s Facebook page. Find the hidden Pot O' Gold and cash in on a prize package valued at more than $1,000 courtesy of local merchants.

Friday, March 17
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Inspirational Yoga, Crosslake Yoga, Pilates & Boutique (36184 CR 66), Free class with food shelf donation

10 p.m. - close DJ's JP and Chad Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar, 37627 CR 66

Saturday, March 18
8 - 11:00 a.m. - RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides, US Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area, 35507 CR 66 Must be 10 years of age or older - weather permitting - no charge

8 - 11:30 a.m. - Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast with kids coloring activity and beads for all the kids. Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 CR 66

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Indoor Arts & Craft Fair. Whitefish Lodge & Suites, 14150 Swann Drive

9:30 a.m. The Clover Dash 5K Race day registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at Whitefish Lodge & Suites. Starting and finish line in Crosslake Town Square, 36770 Allen Avenue

10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Maucieri's Food & Beverage Cart: Beer & Bar, Corned Beef & Hot Dogs. Crosslake Town Square, 35770 Allen Avenue

11 a.m. - Edina Realty Foundation 6th Annual Brat Sale Brats & Soda till gone; Edina Foundation assists with needs of homeless. 35586 CR 66

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Parade Participant Shuttle Service Free transportation from C&C Boat Works 36448 County Road 66 to parade lineup in Crosslake Town Square (for parade participants only)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Pre-Parade Festivities in Crosslake Town Square.
General parade lineup begins at 12 p.m. at Swann Drive and Allen Avenue

11a.m. - 3 p.m. - Outdoor Food & Beer Garden. Whitefish Lodge & Suites, 14150 Swann Drive

12 - 3 p.m. - 4th Annual Knights of Columbus Food, Beverage & Warming Tent. Proceeds go to the Crosslake Food Shelf, Crosslake Ace Hardware, 35592 Pioneer Drive

Parade Judges located at the Exchange Parking Lot on Route 66

4 p.m. Live music featuring Soup Bones. The Bourbon Room Saloon & Eatery

4 - 8 p.m. - Live Music featuring In the Fields Band. Manhattan's 39051 CR 66

4 p.m. - close - DJ's JP and Chad Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar, 37627 CR 66

4 p.m. - Live music featuring Lisa Wenger & Her Mean Mean Men. Maucieri's Italian Bistro 34650 CR 3

Saturday, March 25
6 p.m. - St. Pat's Raffle Ticket Drawing PartySponsored by Platinum Sponsor
Passages of Time
39051 CR 66 Manhattan Beach

2017 St. Patrick's Day Committee:
CHAIR: Laura Stromberg (Stromberg's Chicks and Game Birds) Commitee Members: Mike O'Connell (Larson Group Real Estate), Bruce Gateley (Crosslake Insurance Agency), Dawn Maucieri (Maucieri's Italian Bistro), Heather Jones (Barstock Liquors), Crystal Glaser (Whitefish Properties), Brandon Pederson (RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty), Katie Wallace (Ideal System Solutions)and Bob Heales (Community Member)

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