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Food Shelf donation by CRMC

Nancy Moritz, treasurer of the Emily Food Shelf, accepts a $500 donation for healthy food from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

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Fifty Lakes City Council December highlights

The Fifty Lakes City Council approved the 2015 Tax Levy of $474,540.00 at their regular monthly meeting held December 9, 2014.

Following a review and discussion of the budget by council a motion reducing the amount by $5,000 in the Road and Bridge budget failed by a 3-2 vote. Council then discussed the need to have a plan for the future and what reserves are required.

A motion to approved the Levy as presented then passed by a 4-1 vote. Voting yes were Mayor Ken Hersey and council members Greg Buchite, Les Degner, and Jay Weinmann. Voting no was council member Jodie Schrupp.

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Donate Wisely During the Holidays: BBB Advice on Charitable Giving

Some people support their favorite charities and causes throughout the year, but many wait until the holidays to extend the spirit of the season to those in need in their communities and throughout the world. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers some DOs and DON’Ts that apply year-round when it comes to charitable giving, and these tips will help ensure your donations reach their intended destinations this holiday season.

DON’T succumb to high-pressure, emotional pitches. Giving on the spot is never necessary, and if a telemarketer or person on your doorstep plays the guilt card things may not be what they seem. Well-run charities won’t impose on you or put you in a tough spot. They will welcome your donation just as much after you’ve had time to do your due diligence.

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New Scholarship Fund Created to Support CLC Students

Clareen Eklund created the endowed Lester and Clareen Eklund Scholarship Fund with the Central Lakes College Foundation in memory of her husband.
Lester and Clareen Eklund retired to the Brainerd area to enjoy the outdoors - hunting, fishing, and traveling. Lester passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Lester received his education at the Dunwoody Institute as a non-traditional student after serving in the Navy for 2 years during World War II. Lester started his career with the State of Minnesota Natural Resources in International Falls, MN and retired from the City of Minneapolis as a heavy equipment mechanic. Clareen worked in accounting for various agencies until retiring to the Brainerd area.

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Lakers Lions complete projects

Projects recently completed by Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions include:

• Lions' Youth Outreach Poster Contest and the results will be announced in January.

• Over $1200 worth of gifts for the Christmas Gifts for Kids program will be distributed at the Emily Food shelf the 17th and 18th of December.

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Crosslake Council discusses 2015 budget

The Crosslake City Council plans to hold its final budget meeting on Dec. 22. At the  council’s Dec. 8 meeting, contracting city administrator Dan Vogt said that as a result of past budget meetings, it’s become clear that the main issue is with capital outlay items. Vogt sat down with department heads to come up with a plan for capital outlay purchases such as fire equipment and road repairs.

A memo from Vogt and city finance director/treasurer Mike Lyonais recommended:
• That the city establish a capital equipment/projects fund using approximately $350,000 in funding available in the proposed 2015 budget.

• That $17,250 in parks department expenditures be moved from their planned 2016  expenditure to 2015, leaving around $332,000 in the capital equipment/projects fund.

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Ideal Sno-Pros celebrate holiday, donate to food shelf

The Ideal Sno-Pros Snowmobile club held their annual Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 13th at Billy's Restaurant in Breezy Point. The 57 attendees contributed 55 pounds of food and $335 dollars to the Crosslake Food Shelf.

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Rock in the Holidays: Rock ’n Roll Xmas Spectacular at Tornstrom

What do Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Janis Joplin and Santa Claus have in common?

They’re all part of the Rock ‘n Roll Xmas Spectacular. For the sixth consecutive year, the holiday season will be raucously kicked off when the RRXS show hits the stage for one show only, Wednesday December 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tornstrom Auditorium. As part of the Central Lakes College Theatre Cultural Arts Series, it’s a show that series producer Patrick Spradlin calls “something you have to see to believe.”

“When I was first approached about presenting this show, I was skeptical,” said Spradlin. "I mean, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ played in the style of the surfer song ‘Wipeout’? I couldn’t imagine it.”

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