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Crosslake 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony let by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30th at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The Ceremony will be highlighted this year with an address by our guest speaker, Major Jon Kolstad, U.S. Air Force (Ret). Many of you also know him as our City of Crosslake Planning and Zoning representative for Crow Wing County.

The annual ceremony is to honor and remember our deceased Military Veterans who served our country. There are 171 of our local veterans buried at Pinewood who are identified with individual American Flags at their gravesite and will be recognized individually during the ceremony.

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Manhattan Beach planning commission tables comp plan changes

According to US Census Data, there are 41 residents in the city of Manhattan Beach. There were 31 people at the Manhattan Beach Planning Commission public hearing about comprehensive plan changes on Friday, May 20, including lawyers, a court reporter, non-resident property owners and city staff.

Numerous people spoke Friday night on potential changes to Manhattan Beach’s comprehensive plan that would allow the issuance of interim use permits. Eight spoke their opinion, and letters from another eight were read to the group.

Manhattan Beach had formerly issued home occupation permits, but after a lawsuit against the city struck those permits from the city’s code, the city attorney suggested issuing interim use permits (IUPs). The city already allows conditional use permits (CUPs), but CUPs have no end date and stay with the land they are issued to. IUPs, however, have a defined end date or end event. Like CUPs, IUPs require a public hearing before they can be issued.

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Boat collision results in injury on Gull Lake

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:41 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report that two boats had collided on Gull Lake, near Ernie’s On Gull. Deputies and responders located the boats and parties involved on shore and began medical treatment. Several parties were treated for injuries and transported to Brainerd Essentia for further treatment. Sheriff Burch reports that the investigation into the crash continues.

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City receives two bids for sale of Crosslake Communications

On Monday, May 16, city staff held a public bid opening for the sale of all the assets and operations of Crosslake Communications. The city received two bids, one from Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) of Brainerd and one from Tri-Co Technologies. Tri-Co Technologies is comprised of three communications companies: Emily Cooperative Telephone Company, West Central Telephone Association of Sebeka, and Rural Communications Holding Corporation of Blue Earth.

CTC’s bid was for a purchase price of $5,200,000. Tri-Co Technologies’ bid was for $6,372,000.

Both bids arrived in thick envelopes and large stacks of papers. John Finke, who is contracted to help with the sale of Crosslake Communications, read the amount the bids were for but did not read any other information, such as capital investments and what will happen to current employees.

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