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Young photographer, Amelia Bell, took these photos while vacationing at her family’s cabin during July. Amelia loves taking photograph while visiting the area. Her grandpa, who was a resident of the area and just recently passed away, always encouraged Amelia’s creativity in art, photography and music. - photos by Amelia Bell


Ideal Fire Department Relief Association 40th annual Country Style Beef-on-a-Spit

Despite a rainy forecast, more than 1,900 people showed up to feast at the 40th annual Ideal Beef Feed August 9 at the Ideal Township Fire Hall. Some 2,100 pounds of beef, 552 dozen ears of sweet corn, 120 watermelons and countless pounds of coleslaw were consumed. Firefighters prepared the beef and corn. Volunteers from the Pequot Lakes Student Council, Northern Lakes Lightning Girls Hockey Club, Trap Shooting teams from Crosslake and Pequot Lakes, retired Fire Department members and current members, their spouses and children helped serve the food. Proceeds go to help fund the Ideal Fire Department.

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Crosslake Fire Department Pig Roast and Classic & Custom Car Show

Car Show First place winners:
Stock Auto: Jim Junis, 1966 Olds
Custom Auto: Bill Weikert, 1956
Nomad Stock Pickup: John Ness, 1976 Chevy Cheyenne
Custom Pickup: Keith Stedland, 1948 Chevy

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Crosslake Council mulls options for funding major 2018 projects

The Crosslake City Council began discussions on the 2018 budget at a workshop meeting Tuesday, August 8 at City Hall. The draft discussed was the first of several that will come before the Council before a final draft is approved in December. The Council discussed options for funding major improvement projects including dipping into cash reserves rather than issuing new debt to fund projects.

Staff department heads and City Administrator and Treasurer Mike Lyonais developed the preliminary budget. When developing the budget proposal, the department heads sent projections to Lyonais on what they felt they needed to operate their departments next year. Lyonais then looked at non-tax sources of income such as fees and grants from state and federal governments. The remainder came from levying a property tax on local property owners. The initial draft of the budget contained a tax levy increase of three percent resulting in $3,621,811 in property tax revenue to the city compared to $3,516,321 in the 2017 budget. Total revenues in the preliminary budget are $8,585,923 compared to $5,897,179 in the 2017 budget.

Preliminary budgeted expenditures totaled $9,657,966 compared to $6,054,423 in the 2017 budget. When new debt issuances, use of cash reserves, depreciation and special assessments are calculated, the budgets in both years break even.

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7th annual Cardboard Boat Race at Moonlite Bay


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2017 annual Kids Fishing Derby

The Cross Lake Recreation Area held their Annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday August 5th on the Pine River with registration beginning at 8:30am and weigh ins ending at 11am.

There were 25 participants in all ranging from ages 2 to 13. The event has been an annual occurrence for over 10 years, providing area kids with an opportunity to partake in a free public event.

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Lake Country Crafts & Cones annual Ice Cream Eating Contest Winners


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Line 3 Replacement Pipeline - Not really a replacement

The Line 3 Replacement Pipeline was a big topic at the “Love Our Waters” event on Saturday, August 5th in Luscher’s Park in Outing. Discussion focused on the fact that the replacement is not a “replacement” but an entirely new corridor of pipelines seeking permitting to go a new route through the cleanest lakes in the state of MN.

Furthermore, this new corridor is not a “replacement”, since the new pipeline will have larger pipes, and carry tar sands oil - which creates 20 percent more green house gas than conventional oil. And far worse for the waters of the area, tar sands oils have no proven way of clean up when it spills in water. (Reference EPA and the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill).

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Crosslake Days update

Crosswoods Golf Course and Whistling Wolf Mini Golf have claimed the Platinum sponsorship for the 2017 Crosslake Days on Sept. 28-30.

Crosslake Chamber staff and Crosslake Days Committee: Chair Heather Jones (Barstock Liquor), Leann Pitzl (Frandsen Bank & Trust), Pat Netko (Lake Country Crafts & Cones), Dawn Maucieri (Maucieri's Italian Bistro), Wendy Jensen (Northland Press), Sherry Gibbons (Servpro - Brainerd & Park Rapids) and Annette Ecklund (Crosslake Auto Body) are busy planning for the thousands of people who will come to Crosslake to enjoy the fun.

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