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Crooked Lake Township considers property purchase for park

The residents of Crooked Lake Township will vote June 10 on whether or not to accept a tax levy that includes the purchase of a property to expand Luscher's Park.

A parcel adjacent to the park recently came up for sale, Lloyd Thyen, township supervisor and board chair, said by phone. He said the Crooked Lake Township Board voted unanimously Thursday, March 26, to move forward with a purchase agreement. Voters, though, will make the final decision on whether or not the property is purchased. Voters will be presented with a levy amount that will include the purchase of the property. If that levy is passed, purchase of the property will proceed.

The board looked into purchase of the property after a vote passed at the March 10 annual meeting asking the board to do so. That meeting was recessed to June 10, when the levy vote will occur.

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Legacy Committee hearing in St. Paul on behalf of the Cuyuna Master Vision for Trails

Aaron Hautala, president of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, and Rep. Dale Lueck (R-Aitkin), testify before the House Legacy Funding Finance Committee in St. Paul, Minnesota on HF 791, which would provide $1 million from the Park and Trail Legacy Fund for Phase One development of the Master Vision for mountain bikes within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Rep. Josh Heintzeman (RNisswa), the Vice Chair of the committee, spoke very positively in support of the measure, and the economic benefits the mountain bike system will bring to the region.

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Plane crash claims two lives in Pine River

A small passenger plane crash claimed the lives of two people on Friday night at Pine River Regional Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported.

Following notification of the families Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch identified the pilot as John Witt, age 43 of Pine River, and Stacy Sundquist, age 32, also of Pine River.

The crash of the Piper J4A aircraft was reported at 6:35 p.m. Friday, March 27th, according to the NTSB. The Federal Aviation Administration registry shows the plane involved is registered to Witt. It is a fixed wing single engine airplane built in 1940.

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Emily City Council March highlights

The Emily City Council met Tuesday, March 10, and approved two new firefighters, according to draft meeting minutes. Nathan Deshayes and Calen Spindler will join the department contingent on the necessary testing and screening. The fire department reported two calls in the month of January. The police department reported 45 incidents, and was approved to purchase a new radar with costs not to exceed $1,600.

Sheriff Todd Dahl visited the council and spoke on distracted driving and other updates on county-wide work by the department.

Art Patterson was made Watercraft Inspection Supervisor for 2015. A camera will be purchased for the administrative citation ordinance, and fines for administrative citations were approved at $100.

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