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Outing Chamber’s Annual Breakfast with Santa

The Outing Chamber Breakfast with Santa drew 61 area children and their families to Granny’s Bar and Grill in Emily on Saturday Dec. 13 for a complimentary breakfast, a chance to visit and have a photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as a receive a bag full of gifts, and particpate in games and crafts.

Council puts limits on EDA powers of authority

At its Dec. 8 regular council meeting, the Crosslake City Council decided on a 3-to-2 vote to limit the Economic Development Authority’s (EDA’s) powers. Council members John Moengen and Steve Roe voted against the measure.

Mayor Darrell Schneider brought the matter to the council after discovering that when the city enabled the EDA in 1994, it made no limits on the EDA’s powers of authority, including, for instance, needing council permission to issue bonds.

By the mayor’s request, city attorney Brad Person provided the council with a list of eight limits that the council could, by state statute, impose on the EDA.

Those limits include: that the council may by resolution require the EDA to transfer any portion of reserves generated by the EDA, which the council determines not necessary for operation, to the debt service of the city in order to reduce tax levies; that the sale of all bonds or obligations issued by the EDA be approved by the council; that all official actions of the EDA be consistent with the comprehensive plan of the city; and more.

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Ideal named Minnesota Township of the Year

Ideal Township has just been named Minnesota Township of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT), concrete evidence that the community lives up to its name.

Township supervisors Jim Brandt, Bill Wortham and Dave Peterson worked together with township clerk John Plein and three residents to apply for the award. Together they highlighted some of Ideal’s best (or most ideal) qualities, and the effort paid off.

Wortham said the township decided to apply after seeing in the MAT newsletter that the award would be offered. He said the township board ended up learning a lot about the community.

“What we learned is that there was a lot more going on than we were aware of,” Wortham said.

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Crooked Lake TWP celebrates Schloesser’s service

Crooked Lake Township celebrated the retirement of Town Board Supervisor and firefighter Rod Schloesser, pictured above with his wife Pat, at their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 11. Schloesser served the township for 16 years in many capacities and several residents attended the event.

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