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Manhattan Beach City Council highlights

According to draft meeting minutes, the Manhattan Beach City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 3, and tabled action on proposed ordinance changes. Minutes say the council tabled action to give council members time to review recommendations and letters from citizens.

City clerk/treasurer Amy Wannebo said by phone that the proposed ordinance changes will be revisited at the February meeting. That meeting was rescheduled from its original date to Feb. 20. The meeting will start at the normal time, 7 p.m. Potential changes under consideration include allowing certain home occupations and home businesses with interim use permits.

According to minutes, mayor Paul Allen told the council that council member Clyde Brodt had resigned from the council. Allen asked former city clerk/treasurer Barb Hanson-Wannebo to fill Brodt’s spot. A vote by the council approved her position.

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Garage destroyed by fire

The Crosslake Police Department reports that on Saturday, Jan. 7, at around 2 p.m., it was called to a garage fire on Dream Island Circle in Crosslake.

According to the police department’s incident report, the home owner placed a heater next to his ATV to warm it up, then went in the house. A short time later his two-stall, detached garage was on fire. One vehicle inside was destroyed and the building was a total loss.

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Emily Cooperative Telephone Company named Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Emily Cooperative Telephone Company (ECTC) was today recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig- Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in the Emily, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine and Fairfield Township communities.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, ECTC joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. ECTC also received tools to promote itself as a Gig-Capable Provider in the ECTC served communities and will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events.

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Preventing Cold Weather Injuries

Crow Wing County is beautiful this time of year, snow twinkles under the lights, and frost clings to tree limbs. However, as the snow falls, winter activities such as shoveling the driveway, traveling, or playing outside at recess can easily turn from fun to dangerous. Crow Wing County Community Services Emergency Preparedness encourages area residents and visitors to plan ahead when venturing outdoors during cold temperatures and winter weather events.

The onset and severity of frostbite may be affected by air temperature, wind speed, duration of exposure and the amount of area exposed. A wind chill of -20° Fahrenheit (F) will cause frostbite in just 30 minutes. The extremities furthest from the core of the body, such as toes, nose and fingers, are most likely to see frostbite. If you suspect frostbite, move inside to a heated location and begin warming the affected areas using warm water or body heat. Do not use hot water or radiant heat such as a fireplace since affected areas can be easily burned. Hypothermia is a condition when the body temperature drops below 95°F. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Seek medical attention for severe frostbite and hypothermia.

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LAKE foundation forms for Crosslake Community School

A group of local citizens has come together to form the Lake Area Kids Enrichment Foundation, or LAKE Foundation. The group formed to help Crosslake Community School (CCS) in its endeavor for a new building.

Mike Stone, resident and board member of the LAKE Foundation, explained that in Minnesota, charter schools like CCS are not allowed to own property or buildings. However, their state funding includes lease aid money for renting a building.

“The LAKE Foundation is a group of people that want to get behind putting a new facility forward for the school,” Stone said.

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