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Lighting of the Crosslake Dam

Web posted September 30, 2014

Lighting of the Dam at the US Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Dam - photo by Paul Boblett

Fall Colors and Warm Weather for Crosslake Days

It was an unseasonably warm day filled with beautiful fall colors and enthusiasm as people once again jammed the streets of Crosslake during the last weekend in September for a wide variety of events and family fun during the annual Crosslake Days celebration.

Events included the 14th annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, the 28th annual Crosslake Chili Cook-Off, Crafter’s Fair, live music and entertainment at local establishments, and great bargains at area merchants in conjunction with the Crosslake Days chili bead necklace.

Other annual community events included the Crosslake Lutheran Church Jul Fest and the Cider and Candlelight Tour at the Crosslake Historic Log Village.

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Fifty Lakes Council sets Preliminary Levy; candidate forum set for tonight

The Fifty Lakes City Council reviewed the proposed 2015 preliminary budget of $474,540, an increase of $7250 from 2014. Following council discussion and adjustments, they approved unanimously (with councilmember Greg Buchite absent) the same amount as 2014.

The levy fund breakdown is as follows: City General $221,870; Roads $200,170; Fire & Rescue $50,000; and Parks $2500.

• Council approved the scheduling of a candidate night, moderator and location. The event will be held tonight (Sept. 30) at 6 pm at City Hall.

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Russian Masters concert to open Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season on October 10

The 2014 – 2015 Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) season opens on Friday, October 10th with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra concert featuring compositions by Russian Masters. The opening concert takes place on the stage of the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts audience members have a special opportunity to meet Sergey Bogza, Music Director and Conductor of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) a half hour before the concert. Audience questions and conversation with Maestro Bogza will take place from 7:00 pm to 7:20 pm before the concert. The HSO concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

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Gemberling and Mattson next performers in concert series

Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson, the “first couple” of the Iron Range music scene, are the next performers in the Grassroots Concerts series on Friday, Oct. 3 in a 7:30 p.m. show at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

They are lifelong musicians. Their musical sensibilities have evolved along the same wavelength, bringing the two together in this delightful collaboration. They play "classic country music, the kind that Johnny and June made,” says Tony Bennett of the Duluth News Tribune.

Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. A student of Suzuki music at age 5, she studied piano until she was 12. She grew up absorbed in the music of independent artists -- the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. By age 17 she had started the all-girl punk band SMUT, which signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992.

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