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AIS Decontamination Unit in Crooked Lake Twp

Three years ago the residents of Crooked Lake Township created a vision for clean, healthy area lakes. Using dedicated town funding, Ed Evans led the charge and Crooked Lake Township became the first township in the state to form an AIS (aquatic invasive species) committee  to address the prevention of the proliferation of AIS, especially zebra mussels. Roosevelt and Lawrence Area Lake Association, and Lake Washburn Association soon joined in. Volunteers welcomed boaters and talked about preventing the spread of AIS. Then watercraft inspectors at the three public accesses on Roosevelt, Lawrence and Washburn lakes joined the effort and not only worked to educate boat owners, but inspected boats as well. These level 1 inspectors were managed by the Township and paid for by State and County grants and significant donations from the Lake Associations. Educational material was mailed out to property owners and banners were posted. The campaign was well under way!

This year, with help from Cass County and your Minnesota tax dollars, a decontamination unit has been purchased and is available to clean a boat that is identified as contaminated. The identified boat will need to be cleaned before entering a lake. Boat owners will be directed to the closest decontamination station operated by a trained level 2 inspector. In Crooked Lake Township the closest unit will be adjacent to the Canister Station behind the Town Hall.

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Administrative judge supports Sandpiper Pipeline

An administrative judge for the state of Minnesota has backed the Sandpiper Pipeline, supporting the certificate of need that’s necessary for the oil pipeline to move forward. Judge Eric Lipman offered the opinion in a more than 100 page report released April 13.

The Sandpiper Pipeline, if approved, would transport up to 375,000 barrels of oil through Cass and Crow Wing counties, and would carry Bakken Crude from North Dakota across Minnesota to Superior, Wisc., and on to refineries in other states.

The permitting process for the pipeline was separated into two parts by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commision (PUC): a certificate of need, first, followed by a route permit.

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Crosslake City Council ponders acquisition of private road

The Crosslake City Council met Monday, April 13, and discussed whether or not the city should take ownership of Pine Lure Drive, currently a privately owned road.

Jason Connell, representing his mother, Judy Connell, told the council that the road has been privately maintained by the Connells, who live near the end of the road, for many years. Though the Connells pay for the road’s maintenance, there are around 25 property owners on the road who also benefit from the maintenance. Jason Connell said that occasionally neighbors have provided a share of the cost, but checks, he said, were “few and far between.”

“We’re not requesting (checks) from anybody or insinuating that we’re expecting (neighbors) to chip in. At this point it’s been our decision to do this,” Jason Connell said.

At this point, the Connells no longer wish to own the road. If they sold their property, they would just own a road. The road and property are deeded separately.

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Cass Lake-Bena Elementary Students donate to K9 Yankee through annual “Penny Drive”

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a donation from the Annual Cass Lake-Bena Elementary Students and Staffs’ “Penny Drive” during the month of February.

Students selected K9 Yankee to be the recipient of this year’s drive totaling $343.15. This includes a donation from Sanford Health for matching funds.

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