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Crosslake City Council members learned that improvements to the city's government building are estimated at $11 million for a renovated facility to nearly $13 million for a new structure. Representatives from Five Bugles Design reported findings from a facilities study to the council Monday, Oct. 8, at a special meeting at city hall. The council agreed in July to do the facilities study of Crosslake's 20-year-old city hall, police department and fire department building before making decisions on any renovations or updates.
The Crosslake City Council voted unanimously to approve a right of way vacation on Lone Pine Beach during a scheduled public hearing at the monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 8, at city hall. Resident John Schultz requested the right of way vacation. A public access path to the lake, which the city owns, cut through Schultz's property. Schultz offered a portion of land on the edge of his property in exchange for vacating the current space running through the center.
For six years, Courtney Rock has used teammates, coaches, friends and even blank walls as stand-ins for an audience when preparing her speech performances for competition. As a result of all that hard work and dedication, Rock holds a first-place ranking statewide and second place in the nation for her prose reading. "You get up in front of the room, and it's like every nerve relaxes in your body," said Rock, a Pequot Lakes High School senior. "You're just like, 'This is my natural habitat now.'"
My name may not be recognizable to anyone yet, but soon I hope my byline will become just as familiar as the others. I'm Erin Bormett, and I'm the newest member of the Echo Journal staff. I come from Verona, Wisconsin, a town just outside of Madison. I graduated this past May from the University of Missouri with a degree in photojournalism.