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Albrecht to retire from Chautauqua program

After 10 years as volunteer coordinator for the Crosslake Chautauqua program, Joe Albrecht is retiring from the position.

“What that means for the future of Chautauqua, I do not know,” Albrecht said. “I don’t know if someone is eager to step in or not. If someone wishes to, I’d be delighted to share what I know about the program.”

The Chautauqua program has included visiting presenters to the Crosslake Community once a month through the warmer parts of the year for the last decade. The presenters have included a wide variety of people, from lawyers to historians and animal experts to artists. Chautauqua has always been free to those attending and the speakers have always been unpaid, donating their time and efforts to the  education of others.

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Crosslake will hold public hearing on streets plan, reconstruction bonds

The Crosslake City Council voted unanimously June 13 to hold a public hearing on its five-year streets plan and the possibility of issuing street reconstruction bonds. The public hearing starts the legal process for the city to issue the bonds, but does not obligate the council to issue the bonds. The hearing will take place during the council’s next regular meeting on July 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The council reviewed the roads plan, and saw that street repairs scheduled for 2017 are estimated at $396,000, an amount the city could probably pay for with cash, city administrator Dan Vogt said. However, repairs in 2019 and 2020 are estimated at around $1.3 million each year.

Vogt reminded the council that the five-year plan is fluid and may change. The plan does not include any trails and uses current roads standards. If the council chooses to change those things, the cost estimate will also change.

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29th Annual Whitefish Chain Classic Boat Show

This year’s 29th Annual Whitefish Chain Classic Boat Show once again took place on the docks of Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar in Crosslake on Saturday, June 18th. This is the third year in its earlier seasonal timeslot, and the timing worked great for boat enthusiasts. Residents and visitors alike, flooded onto the Moonlite Bay’s patio and lined the docks to get a look at this year’s participants. Though a bit humid, the weather was gorgeous and provided ideal conditions for viewing the classic boats, their engines, and listening to their histories.

According to event organizer and co-owner of Moonlite Bay, Bill Terry, there were roughly 40 boats on the water, with another ten or so on display in the parking lot. He also stated most of the antique and classic boats were local to the Brainerd Lakes Area, however, some traveled from other areas around Minnesota as well as Wisconsin. This show is a great way for collectors to showcase their boats, get them back in the water, and talk about their passions. While a number of participants had two boats on display, Charlie Underbrink, an avid collector with approximately 15 boats in his personal collection, had three on display for this year’s show, Terry mentioned.

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Big Fun Tuesdays open season in Crosslake: June 14 - August 19

Mason Robideau, age 8, of Ramsay, MN had his face painted by Big Fun Tuesday volunteer and Crosslake Community school educator Lisa Schumacher on Tuesday, June 14th.

Five-year-old Evan Dinger of St. Cloud took a turn a the Big Fun Tuesday Ring Toss in Crosslake Town Square at the start of the Big Fun Tuesday events. The event is held every Tuesday in Town Square.

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