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Friends of Headwaters expresses concerns over sandpiper pipeline route

More than 50 people gathered at the Fifty Lakes Foundation Tuesday, July 22, to hear about Friends of the Headwaters’ opposition to the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper oil pipeline route. Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), a citizens’ group formed to protect natural resources, says that the pipeline jeopardizes the natural environment for which the area is known.

Richard Smith is president of FOH and spoke at the meeting July 22.

“We’re not an anti-pipeline group,” Smith said. “We just look at this and say, there has to be a better way to do this.”

Maps from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) show areas of land that are most susceptible to groundwater contamination. Smith pointed out that the proposed sandpiper pipeline route traverses those areas with the highest susceptibility. It travels through areas with a high percentage of wetlands, and the areas with lakes with the best clarity in the state. It also travels through areas that also have a high rate of naturally-occurring wild rice.

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Roundup at Camp Knutson; Night Under the Stars 2014 Raises over $70,000

The annual Night Under the Stars fundraiser was held at Camp Knutson, Saturday, July 19. The event had a Western flair; volunteers were in cowboy dress, and the buffet served by Brainerd Lake Catering featured barbecued ribs, chicken, and beef roast. The night’s program included Camp Knutson staff, who sang western ballads with active guest participation.

Between ticket sales, silent auction proceeds, and donations the event brought in over $70,000 to support the mission of Camp Knutson. The camp provides camping services to youth and families with special needs, including those with severe skin disorders, heart disease, Down syndrome, autism, and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Over 300 people enjoyed the fun-filled event.

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Patty and the Buttons bring jazz to Crosslake Outdoor Music Series

Minneapolis-based Patty and the Buttons is next to play the Crosslake Outdoor Music Series on Aug. 2 under the gazebo in Crosslake Town Square.

Patrick “Patty” Harison leads the traditional jazz band on accordion and vocals. The band also includes bass, clarinet and guitar.

On their website, the band describes themselves as similar to what you’d find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub between 1920 and 1940. The band plays their own music as well as takes on music of the era.

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Johnson to leave Crosslake Communications

Jared Johnson, operations manager for Crosslake Communications, has submitted his resignation from the company after 13 years. He’s accepted a position as general manager at Goldfield telephone in Goldfield, Iowa.

Johnson is the second to leave Crosslake Communications in as many months. Paul Davis, network engineer, announced his resignation in June. Prior to the resignations, Crosslake Communications had 13 employees.

By phone, Johnson said there’s currently some uncertainty at the company that led him to look into other options.

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