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Jill Arendt is the director of student life at Crosslake Community School, a brand new position. The school board decided in February to hire a dean of students to assist Director Todd Lyscio with student affairs. At the board's Monday, May 14, meeting Lyscio said he wanted to call the position "director of student life" instead, as he had heard of that term being used at another school and felt it had a more positive connotation than "dean of students."
Retirement didn't last long for former Brainerd City Administrator Patrick Wussow when he decided to leave the work force in 2015. "I failed at retirement," Wussow said, adding that he kept creating more projects for himself simply to fill his time. Earlier this year, Wussow found a more permanent way to fill that time and came out of retirement to be the new city administrator in Breezy Point. "I really enjoy it," he said of his new position, which began in March after previous City Administrator Joe Rudberg retired. "It's the staff that are good to work with there."
One thing I've learned about in my two short years of being in the "real world" as a young adult is the pride of ownership. Now, I may not own anything huge like real estate, but I do have my clunky early 2000s car with a couple rust patches and a growing hodgepodge of mismatched furniture in my little one-bedroom apartment. I can't say that I physically bought all of that stuff myself, as some was gifted to me or somehow acquired throughout the years, but I can say that it's mine, and that makes me happy.
After revisiting what was deemed a premature decision on a right-of-way vacation request from Aaron and Shannon Patton, the Crosslake City Council held a public hearing and once again approved the request 3-2. This much-debated issue first came up in March, when the Pattons learned a portion of the cabin they bought on Daggett Pine Road was on a city-owned right-of-way. They didn't know that when they bought the cabin and asked the city to vacate a portion of the road so they could have a clear title on the land.
A moratorium on sewer connections, temporary closure of a city dump site and a new comprehensive plan were among issues acted upon at the Crosslake City Council's Monday, May 14, meeting. Sewer connections In March, the council allowed Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant to hook up to the city's sewer system even though the restaurant is outside the sewer district. Public Works Director Ted Strand said the hook-up is essentially a private system pumping into the municipal system. But on Monday, Strand said he wanted to revisit the issue.
After discussing the fate of three airport lots at several previous meetings, the Breezy Point CIty Council instructed City Administrator Patrick Wussow to create a request for proposal (RFP) for lots 46, 47 and 48. The council's other option, Mayor Tom Lillehei said at the Monday, May 7, council meeting, was to offer the lots up for sealed bids at a minimum price of $3,000 for all three lots together. Council members, however, felt the RFP was a better direction to go, as those bidding for the lots would have to state their bid, proposed use and timeline for any project.
Pequot Lakes senior Colette Vavpotic doesn't let anything hold her back from success. Her positivity, strong work ethic and determination to overcome challenges earned her honors from the National Joint Powers Alliance as one of this year's Rising Stars. The award honors seniors from Region 5 high schools who may not always get recognition for their accomplishments. These behind-the-scenes students are nominated by school staff members for being "unsung heroes" of sorts.
Clear skies and warm weather didn't go to waste in the lakes area Thursday, May 3, as Pequot Lakes High School students spent the day helping members of the community instead of sitting in their classrooms. The annual Day of Caring takes students to businesses, organizations, nonprofits, individuals and others in the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point/Crosslake/Nisswa areas to help in whatever ways needed. Volunteer work included painting, raking, leaf-blowing and weeding, among others.
A proposed tax increment financing (TIF) district in Breezy Point could help fund the city's pending North Star Center. The project - headed by Whitebirch Development, Inc. - is to develop 40 acres of land near the Breezy Point Sports Center (hockey arena), which would include a new Cuyuna Regional Medical Center facility and GuidePoint Pharmacy.
Dedication, positivity and the ability to overcome obstacles are some of the qualities that set Pequot Lakes senior Austin Young apart from his peers. Those are a few of the reasons Young received the National Joint Powers Alliance's Rising Star award this year.