Erin Bormett, staff writer
Katie Wassermann's sincere commitment to the Pequot Lakes community and her rapid rise to chamber of commerce director make it easy to think she's been a lifelong resident. That is, until her Alabama accent emerges and gives her away. Wassermann moved from Tuscaloosa to the Twin Cities 13 years ago where she worked as a clothing and accessory designer for Target Corp. After her husband, Mark, had a health scare in 2015, the couple reassessed the priorities in their lives and decided to move away from the city.
The Crosslake Community School Board accepted Karen Larson's resignation from the board during its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 12, at Crosslake Community School. Larson resigned following her re-election to the board due to a conflict of interest. Her daughter, Jennifer Muller, was recently hired to Crosslake Community School's online education staff. The board was unaware of the conflict prior to Larson's re-election. According to policy, Larson should not have been an eligible candidate. Corrie Craig, a Crosslake community member, will fill the vacancy.
The nine of diamonds may not generally be considered a strong contender in a high card draw, but for incumbent Manhattan Beach Mayor Paul Allen, it was enough to secure the win. Allen beat challenger Kevin Larson in a game of chance for the mayoral title at a special tiebreaker council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Manhattan Beach City Hall due to last week's election results revealing a perfect 23-23 vote split between candidates.
For Petty Officer 2nd Class Cadel Roeder, submarine sonar technician aboard the USS Hawaii, life has changed since leaving his home in Nisswa to join the Navy. A 2014 graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, Roeder joined the military as an alternative to the traditional college route. "I chose the Navy because I was intrigued by the idea of sailing and visiting foreign countries," said Roeder via email. "Also, I wanted to learn technical skills that I didn't think I could in any other branch."
The Breezy Point City Council voted unanimously to purchase two Whitebirch lots for the expansion of a disc golf course and accepted a donation of land for undetermined use during its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 5, at Breezy Point City Hall. The owner of the Whitebirch lots listed the total cost for both properties at $19,000. After negotiations, the city will purchase the two properties at half price, or $9,500 in total.
The Nisswa and Mission Township fire departments teamed up with Central Lakes College's Customized Training program for a night training session Tuesday, Oct. 30, on an empty property at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 4 north of Merrifield. Crow Wing County purchased the property earlier, and offered to donate the structure for training purposes. "It's kind of a tough thing for departments to get structures, so we have to jump on the opportunity," said Eric Makowski Budrow, a customized training representative at CLC.
Dr. Seuss invented a one-of-a-kind world full of enchanting scenes and unforgettable characters. Children for more than 80 years have spent their childhood engrossed in his exciting tales and whimsical illustrations. It's a large task to bring Seuss' creations to the stage, but set designer Tim Leagjeld is up to the challenge.
Current council member Linda Steffens beat incumbent Tim Anick in the Fifty Lakes mayoral race by 89 votes Tuesday, Nov. 6. Steffens earned 203 votes, or 63.84 percent, while Anick trailed with 114 votes, or 35.85 percent. There was a single write-in vote. Anick was elected mayor of Fifty Lakes in 2014 and 2016, serving for four years. Steffens' transition to mayor will leave a vacancy on the council, as her term does not expire until 2020.
Incumbent Manhattan Beach Mayor Paul Allen and his opponent, Kevin Larson, tied in the mayoral election Tuesday, Nov. 6. "It looks like we definitely mobilized the voting citizens of Manhattan Beach," said Larson. Forty-six people voted in the mayoral election, splitting the vote 23-23 with no write-in votes. "I thought it was going to be close, but I didn't even think about a tie," said Allen.
Once TJ Graumann found his calling working in the outdoors and providing new opportunities to his community, the decision was a no-brainer. At age 22, he became the parks, recreation and library director in Crosslake. "It feels good knowing that all my hard work paid off," said Graumann. "Right now I feel 100 percent that I made the right decision with my path in education." Graumann became director in July after graduating from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a degree in recreation administration. However, this wasn't his initial plan.