Photographs of the Week
These photos (Above and below) were taken on County Road 155 in Cass County. The eagle was feeding on a deer along side the road and had blood on his beak and feet. Photo by - Mary L. Hirman of Outing, MN, Outdoor Photographer.
Crosslake Council to pursue easements for Dream Island Bridge
The Crosslake City Council met Monday, Oct. 10, and voted to move forward with negotiating purchase of easements for the reconstruction of the Dream Island Bridge. Funding for the bridge is not currently in place, but appraisal reports are completed for the properties the city would purchase easements from. The city is pursuing state funding for the bridge, but due to the lack of a bonding bill the fund for bridges in the state has not been replenished.
City attorney Brad Person recommended moving forward with purchasing the easements because of the fact that the council already has appraisal reports for the properties, and to be prepared for the project. While the council may not know when the bridge will be reconstructed, Person said the appraisal reports won’t last several years.
There are two easements to be purchased for the project, totalling an estimated $31,000. While much of the bridge construction is foreseen to be funded by the state, the easement purchases are the responsibility of the city. Some council members expressed concern for purchasing the easements before the funding for the construction of the bridge is available.
Haunted Village is Back for Halloween
The Haunted Village is back for its second year, transforming the Historic Log Village in Crosslake into an interactive haunted Halloween walk-through. Once again, the show will serve as a fundraiser for the Crosslake Historical Society.
Doug Taylor, the producer of the show, says the show will feature many of the same favorite monsters as last year, as well as some new creatures added to the show. Taylor said the show is based off a storyline about a mythical witch in a small logging village. As the tale goes, last year the town was plagued by a windigo, a legendary Native American monster. The townsfolk hired a witch to rid themselves of the creature, but find themselves unable to pay the witch for her work. In a fit of anger she releases a horde of monsters onto the town. This year the witch has returned and, knowing the number of townsfolk who escaped her wrath last year, she’s angrier than ever.
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