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Crosslake Historical Society celebrates 40 years

In the early 1970’s a handful of Crosslake area residents met monthly in the basement of the Crosslake Lutheran church. Their intent was to learn about Crosslake’s history and find ways to preserve it. Informed speakers were invited and programs were held with good  participation. On November 20, 1975, the group was incorporated as the Crosslake Area Historical society – this year, celebrating 40 years.

In 1977, Walt Hermerding, one of the board members and Park Director of the Corps of engineers, arranged for the newly formed organization to obtain a long term lease on the property across from the dam and campground. Then the society began in earnest to undertake the task to create what later became the “Historic Log Village.”

The first building moved to the site was the Watertown Township Town Hall in 1979 and dedicated in 1981 after some repairs and remodeling. From that point on, five log buildings were acquired and brought to the site; in 1986, the Ostlund Home, in 1994, the Loggers Camp and the Ideal School; in 1998 the Saloon (Duffy’s Tavern) and resort cabin.

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PLCC donate $1200 to Pequot Lakes Food Shelf

Carrie Rasinski, Manager of the Pequot Lakes Food Shelf, attended PLCC’s March Dinner Meeting and was very thankful for the donation of $1,200 to the Pequot Lakes Food Shelf.

The annual Food Shelf Breakfast was held the weekend of Ice Fest at the club. PLCC would like to thank the community for helping make this donation. A big thank you goes out to area businesses who generously contributed to make this event successful.

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PLCC donates $1500 to “Let’s Go Fishing”

Over the last three years the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club has donated $4,500 to Let's Go Fishing.

John Carroll of Let's Go Fishing was at the PLCC dinner to pick up this year’s donations of $1,500.

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Knights Council raises money for local food shelves

The Mary Queen of Peace Council 9657, Knights of Columbus from Immaculate Heart and St Emily Catholic Churches raised over $1,000 at the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade that will be apportioned between the Crosslake and Emily Food Shelves.

The Knights, wives, and volunteers sold brats, hot dogs, soft drinks, and water and provided free coffee and hot chocolate at a tent they shared with Maucieri’s Restaurant. The tent was located by Ace Hardware where Dan and Betty Soller and their employees erected the tent and provided electrical hookups and lots of other support. Marty and Jana Reed and their employees at Reed’s Market generously provided discounted food items. Additionally, Immaculate Heart Church provided all the serving items.

This is the second year the Knights and their supporters have raised money for the food shelves at the parade. Last year, they raised over $500 for the Crosslake Food Shelf.

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Warning: Ice is not safe; flowing water is dangerous for kids

With warming temperatures and melting snow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that ice conditions on bodies of water are deteriorating quickly in the southern half of the state and will soon be deteriorating in the north. Water flowing into lakes and moving in rivers can quickly create areas of thin ice. Flowing water in ditches and creeks is also dangerous to children who can slip in and be swept into a culvert or under the ice.

“Ice is never 100 percent safe,” said Maj. Greg Salo, DNR Enforcement operations manager. “And please keep your children away from moving water.”

Temperature, snow cover, currents, springs and rough fish all affect the relative safety of ice. Ice is seldom the same thickness over a single body of water; it can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick a few yards away. Check the ice at least every 150 feet.

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Crow Wing County receives Clean Water Grants

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department has been awarded two grants totaling $113,000 from Clean Water Fund dedicated funding, part of the constitutional Legacy Amendment. Grant funds will allow the county to continue assessing and producing reports on the water quality of county lakes, and cover costs associated with updating the county’s Landowner’s Guide to Lake Stewardship resource booklet.

“We are very excited to receive this funding and continue the work of collecting and  analyzing data on the quality of our area lakes,” stated Mark Liedl, County Land Services Director. “Data trends gathered from these lake assessment reports allow the county to objectively measure what works to protect our water quality.”

Grant dollars will fund the review and reporting of data on 27 new lakes in Crow Wing County. These new reports are in addition to the 46 lakes already assessed. Completed water quality reports on county lakes can be viewed at www.crowwing.us by searching “lake assessments.” The new reports will be available later this year.

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The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays

The Pequot Lakes Community Theater invites you to join them for a murderously funny comedy production of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot. The show also uses the subtitle of Holmes for the Holidays. The plot centers on William Gillette, who was actually a star of the American stage during the early part of the 20th century. William Gillette wrote the play Sherlock Holmes in collaboration with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. William Gillette also starred in the Sherlock Holmes productions with enormous success in both New York and London for a total of 1,300 performances spread over 30 years. William Gillette is associated with Holmes in the public’s imagination. Gillette used his royalties from this and other plays to build a castle on the Connecticut River filled with gadgets representing the latest technology. William Gillette remained beloved to his fans until his death in his 80’s. Gillette Caste is open to the public to this day.

This Ken Ludwig play was inspired by a London production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Since Ludwig is an admirer of Sherlock Holmes, his inspiration for a murder mystery with comic elements produced The Game’s Afoot in which William Gillette, an actual actor becomes involved with a lot of invented mayhem, dead bodies and all to a hopefully comedic end.

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2015 St. Patrick’s Celebration wraps up with Raffle Party

Larson Group Real Estate received the 2015 traveling trophy in recognition of the sponsorship for the 2015 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration.

Larson Group announced Saturday, March 17th at the annual post-parade raffle party that they will once again be the main sponsor of the 2016 event, to be held Saturday, March 12th, 2016.

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