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City to pursue legal action against family reunion with too many tents, campers

The Crosslake City Council decided unanimously that it will pursue an injunction against a family on Cross Lake whose annual family reunion violates city code by having too many campers and tents on the property.

At its meeting Monday, July 14, the council debated whether or not to enforce a part of the city’s ordinance, which states that a maximum of two temporary structures is allowed on a property at one time.

The city’s planning and zoning department received a complaint on July 7 for the property in question, which belongs to Don Bordsen. Both the city’s planning and zoning and the city police department visited the residence, and the planning and zoning department noted two tents and four campers at the property.

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City to advertise for vacated Crosslake Communications position

The City of Crosslake Personnel Committee decided that it will advertise for a new Crosslake Communications network engineer following the resignation of Paul Davis. While the hiring process will be started, the city plans to reevaluate whether or not it wishes to hire for the position after reviewing findings from Charlesmead consultants, which should be completed within 60 days.

A conversation about the position was started among the city council at its regular meeting Monday, July 14, and finished at a personnel committee meeting that was held the next day at city hall.

Crosslake Communications’ former network engineer, Davis, had his last day on July 18. In addition to his duties at the communications company, Davis held a column in the Northland Press.

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5th Anniversary of disappearance of Staples Man

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports the 5th Anniversary of the unresolved disappearance of Peter Achermann, of Staples, MN. The investigation into his disappearance continues and the reward for information has been extended.

On July 24, 2009 Peter Achermann left his residence to run errands and was last seen on Warner Rd, by the Crow Wing River Bridge between noon and 1pm. His vehicle, described as a light blue 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon, was located off County Road 32, at the end of a minimum maintenance road on July 25th. Despite extensive searches of the area, no trace of Peter has been found.

Burch reports that the Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the MN BCA and is committed to solving the disappearance. While several leads have been followed up on, there has been nothing substantial to help solve the disappearance. Investigators continue to follow up on leads and conduct interviews. The family thanked volunteers and the community for all their support. Franz Achermann said, “We are diligent about bringing Dad home and our work is not yet finished.”

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