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Broad efforts fight aquatic invasive species

In 2009, Lake Washburn was discovered to be infested with Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive plant. Then, in 2011, invasive zebra mussels were found in Pelican Lake. In 2013, the zebra mussels were found in the Whitefish Chain. While many lakes still remain uninfested, the state last year ramped up its efforts to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) like zebra mussels and watermilfoil by allocating $10 million to the fight. New prevention efforts add to those of area lake associations, which have been fighting the spread with grants, donations and volunteers for several years now.

When the Minnesota Legislature allocated $10 million to fighting AIS, it divided the money based off the number of boat launches and boat trailer parking spaces in each county. Crow Wing County will receive a total of $450,473 in 2015, and Cass County will receive $501,918. The legislation also stated that each county needed to start its own program for AIS prevention.

For the Outing area of Cass County, the AIS prevention program was adopted from an existing AIS committee that was a joint effort between Roosevelt and Lawrence Area Lake Association (RALALA), the Lake Washburn Association, and the Crooked Lake Township Board.

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Crosslake 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony let by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, will be held at 10am on Monday, May 25th at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The Ceremony will be highlighted this year with an address by our guest speaker, Major Sara Lokstad, Medical Corp, U.S. Army Reserve. Major Lokstad has deployed to Iraq and last summer to Kuwait. You may also know her as Dr. Lokstad at our Crosslake Medical Clinic.

The annual ceremony is to honor and remember our deceased Military Veterans who served our country. There are 166 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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Crosslake City Council plans future capital improvement funding

After working hard to find ways to fund important capital improvements in 2015, the Crosslake City Council looked forward at how it will fund millions of dollars of capital improvements, such as road maintenance, in the next decade and beyond at its Monday, May 11 council meeting.

David Drown of David Drown and Associates, Inc. Public Finance Advisors made a presentation to the council with an idea of how the council will fund the many projects the city has planned for the future.

He suggested that the city continue to allocate the same funds it did for capital projects in 2015- which was $800,000- in future years. With some adjustment for inflation, that amount of money and some short-term debt should make it possible for the city to fund the projects in the capital improvement plan.

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Overboard boater pulled to safety on Serpent Lake during fishing opener

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl announces that on Saturday, 5-9-15, at approx. 11:30 a.m., his office received a call of someone hollering for help and an unoccupied boat doing circles out on Serpent Lake in Crosby.

It was discovered that a 62 year old female, Laurie Jenniges, from Long Lake, MN had been operating the boat and had fallen overboard. Jenniges was not wearing a life jacket at the time.

A passing boater had rescued Jenniges prior to officers’ arrival and was brought to the Crosby Hospital to be checked out.

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