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In the interest of maintaining certain business presences on Barclay Avenue, the Pine River City Council decided not to change zoning ordinances to allow private clubs in C-1 zoned commercial properties. The decision was made during a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 11, arranged at the request of the Iron Order motorcycle club, which has a presence in Merrifield. The council last month scheduled the hearing when it was determined that current city ordinances do not allow private club houses.
After deliberation, the Emily City Council decided against vacating a section of Dahler Avenue, saying it was not beneficial to the public, according to unapproved draft minutes from the Aug. 15 city council meeting.
The Pine River-Backus School Board approved a preliminary tax levy during a very brief board meeting Monday, Sept. 17. The preliminary 2018-pay 2019 levy is $1,787,198, a $27,298 or 1.55 percent increase. The increase is due to an increase in property values, though the school district actually had a slight decrease in pupil units, which factors into some of the school's funding.
Friends and family, I am almost sad to announce that I have done it. I have gone to the dark side. I am now getting into meal replacement shakes. Don't be offended if you like meal replacement shakes. I'm only teasing. But truth is, I still would much rather "eat" my dinner rather than drink it.
The dam in Pine River will become the next battleground against suicide from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The weapons? Fishing and awareness. The Three Waters Fishing Contest is the brainchild of Chad Biggar and Deanna Steuernagel, of Pine River, who connected in June when Steuernagel started a grief support group at The Warehouse, where Biggar is director.
The Pine River City Council's parking ordinances were again a topic of discussion at the Tuesday, Sept. 11, city council meeting. Early in the meeting, during public forum, Ryan Nelson said he felt like the city was targeting him following decisions the council made at the Aug. 13 regular meeting and the Aug. 28 planning and zoning meeting.
Only two hours after making a new friend at a Nimrod bar, Kristin Day offered him her kidney. Day, of Pine River, had seen a fistula on the man's arm, a port used for administering dialysis. He had experienced health issues that left him with damaged kidneys for the last two years. As a result, he needed dialysis every other day until he received a kidney transplant. So Day offered him a kidney. "It was just kind of crazy," Day said. "We were at Nimrod at a bar. That's just how it happened. We were in the right place at the right time."
The Jenkins City Council approved an increased preliminary general revenue tax levy during its Monday, Sept. 10, meeting, but it's possible residents won't see an increase in the city portion of their tax payments. City Clerk Krista Okerman said over telephone that an expiring tax increment financing agreement will add a large business to the tax roll along with new homes and businesses in the community. That growth makes for a larger tax base, which might make up for an increase in the tax levy.
City council members' eyebrows were raised while discussing the Backus Municipal Airport and various projects Monday, Sept. 10, because of additional costs, delays and malfunctions.
The future of the Pequot Lakes fire tower hinges on a Friday, Sept. 14, meeting of the Governor's Executive Council, residents learned at an informational meeting at the Cole Memorial Building. "They must give their approval before the DNR can sell it to the county," Paul Thiede, Crow Wing County commissioner who represents the area where the fire tower is located, said at the Wednesday, Sept. 5, meeting. "That transaction is $1. Then we would own that 40 acres and the fire tower."