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Pine River Heritage Days largest event to date

The annual Pine River Heritage Days was held on September 9-11, 2016 and it was one of the largest events to date.

Several demonstrations were held at Forbes Park in Pine River where the 1830’s historic encampment took place. Authentic clothing and gear was on display.

The Pine River’s historic Railroad Depot was open for tours on Friday and Saturday and the annual “Tea at the Station” was held to a full house the week prior.

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Charting a course for Crosslake’s future

The Minnesota Design Team (MDT) visited Crosslake on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, for their presentation and visions of the future of Crosslake. The weekend event is the culmination of the information gathering efforts by the all volunteer Crosslakers committee.

Nearly 200 people attended the Community Dinner at Crosslake Lutheran Church on Friday evening where more information was gathered using a “dotmocracy” visioning method of asking five questions and compiling answers using adhesive dots on boards to gain insight as to how residents see their community’s strengths and weaknesses.

The Crosslaker volunteers and 17 volunteer MDT members were present at each of the tables during dinner to ask and answer questions, and also during the question and answer exercise that followed the meal. 

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Emily City Council highlights

The Emily City Council met twice in August- once in an emergency meeting Aug. 2 and again for a special meeting Aug. 29. City clerk Christa Andrews said by phone that council’s regular August meeting had been rescheduled due to elections, and then was not posted for the date change on time, so it was called to order Aug. 2 as an emergency meeting. The Aug. 29 meeting was at first scheduled as a budget meeting but, as issues arose that needed to be dealt with, was changed to a special meeting.

Meeting minutes show one of the issues discussed Aug. 29 was the council’s consideration of purchasing four lots behind Sweets N’ Such. Andrews said the Over the Hills Gang ATV Club came to the council looking for a way to move their trail off Highway 6, which is to be reconstructed. She said the idea is to purchase the four lots and build a road to connect Bloomquist Drive with South Bay Drive, creating an alternate route for the ATV trail. Currently the trail follows South Bay Drive and then connects with Highway 6. Along with connecting the two roads, the council is considering creating a parking lot for trail access.

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Citizens approach council about southern Cross Lake channel

When the Crosslake City Council gathered Monday, Sept. 12, it was met with a petition and several residents who are concerned about the safety of the southern channel on Cross Lake. They were requesting the city’s support for a no wake zone in the channel.

The petition included around 65 signatures from property owners in Cross Lake, many of them from the area around the channel. They attested that the channel, on the east side of the lake leading to the southern bay of Cross Lake, is unsafe because of the rate of speed boats travel through it.

Mayor Steve Roe acknowledged that the buoys are not in the city’s jurisdiction- they are under the control of Crow Wing County. Roe proposed passing a motion supporting the citizens in the petition and their desire for a nowake zone in the channel.

Council member Brad Nelson questioned whether the petition represented the citizens of Crosslake, or just the citizens with property near the channel. “Leave that to the county and the sheriff’s department,” Nelson said. “What about everybody else that votes that lives on the chain? I don’t think you want to touch that.”

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