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Fifty Lakes City Council highlights

The Fifty Lakes City Council met Aug. 16 and voted to update its existing comprehensive plan. The council heard from Ashley Kaisershot, a planning and zoning specialist from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), the same organization that provides the city with planning and zoning services. The cost for the update, which will include reformatting and redesigning, is $2,000.

In other planning and zoning news, the city heard that its draft ordinance has been sent to the DNR for approval, but no response has been heard yet. Bill Leadens was appointed to the planning commission since Don Reierson, who was a member of the commission, moved into a city council position.

The council also discussed electronic pull tabs. Council member Jay Weinmann requested that Dick Schiller, the gambling manager for the Fireman’s Relief Association, explain to the council the responsibilities for electronic pull tabs, both for the municipal bar and for the relief association. After discussion, the council decided that a policy should be created prior to approval of pull tabs.

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National Assisted Living Week at Golden Horizons

The staff at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake gathered for a photo during National Assisted Living Week on Tuesday. September 13th. The week-long celebration featured several events with residents, along with their families and friends, that included live music, a picnic, "pet day", and root beer floats and sundaes. National Assisted Living Week is held every September across the country.

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Athletes to judge Crosslake Days Chili Cook-Off

This year the fierce competition at the Crosslake Days Chili Cook-off will be judged by three pro athletes living in the area, in honor of the recent olympics. Judges will include two-time junior national ski jumping champion Clyde Brodt; Bruce McIntosh, a member of the silver-medal 1972 Olympic hockey team; and Rich Reese, a former Minnesota Twins first baseman.

Today Brodt owns the shuttle service that operates in the Crosslake area, but he started ski jumping when he was just 8 years old. He did his first jump off a “small” ski jump at Theodore Wirth Park, a jump from which Brodt said jumpers go “only” about 100 feet.

“They had coaches over there, and they said, you can go off that jump, you went down the landing hill just fine.” Brodt said.

He remembers how it ended. “I crashed right on the top of the knoll. Landed right on my butt.”

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