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Area firefighters receive controlled burn training

Several area fire departments received live burn training over the past few weeks. This real life experience is invaluable for all firefighters no matter their level of experience.

On Wednesday, April 4th, Fifty Lakes, Crosslake, Emily, Crooked Lake, and Remer departments got the opportunity for those who recently completed their NFPA 1001 (Level I) certificates to train in live fire conditions and work with other departments.

Crosslake Fire Chief and certified training instructor Chip Lohmiller called the experience, “A great opportunity to train with mutual aid departments. Crosslake Fire would like to thank Fifty Lakes for the opportunity to train with them and gain valuable experience with the Live Burn Training.”

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Crosslake City Council

Crosslake Council to Discuss Staff Safety at Workshop Soon
At the regular Crosslake City Council meeting held Monday, April 9, Mayor Patty Norgaard told the Council that at a January City workshop “one of the top priorities that emerged was the safety and security of our staff in the current facilities” at city hall. “The city hall right now is lacking in safety features and security that should a catastrophic event occur, the staff is not protected nor are members of the community or Council sitting in City chamber events. We can’t ever say any more that it can’t happen to us,” she said.

Norgaard said “Given the growth in the city over the past years and current growth, our fire and EMS and public safety are lacking adequate work space and storage space. Currently, storage is spread across the city. Our community relies heavily on our fire and public safety departments and we need to make sure they are adequately supported to do their jobs. We need to take care of these challenges and to provide a safe and secure environment for employees,” she said.

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Highway 6 lane closures in Emily begins April 30

Motorists who travel Highway 6 through Emily will encounter construction crews, heavy equipment and potential delays after a project to reconstruct Highway 6 and the Highway 6/County Road 1 intersection in Emily begins April 30.

Initially, segments of Highway 6 through Emily will be reduced to a single lane, from sunrise to sunset, Mondays through Saturdays. Later in the project, northbound Highway 6 will remain open on a single narrow, temporary lane while southbound Highway 6 is closed and detoured. The signed southbound Highway 6 detour will follow Evergreen/Cemetery Road, County Road 1, White Pine Street, and Third Street.

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Emily City Council

The Emily City Council approved paying the Minnesota Department of Transportation $62,651.83 when it met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the Council Chambers. The meeting was called to order by Acting Mayor Gary Hanson. Council members Jan Mosman, Dan Barrett and Bill Spiess were present. Mayor Roger Lund was absent. Also present were City Clerk Christa Andrews and Attorney Tom Pearson. The payment was for the City’s portion of reconstruction of State Highway 6 through Emily. The DOT has been working on this project for the past several years and expects to complete the project this year.

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