4 CROSBY-IRONTON COURIER Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Opinions Letter Box CLMTBC annual meeting Transportation legislation Dear Editor: The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CLMTBC) would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to all who attended our 2015 Annual Meeting at the Heartwood Senior Living Community on Thursday, Jan. 8. It was so heart-warming to see an attendance of over 120 as we released the results of the 2014 Cyclist Survey and new Master Vision for trail expansion. For those not able to attend, we highlighted the following: —The approximately 700 survey respondents helped us get a picture of the economic impact of cyclists to the Brainerd Lakes and Cuyuna Lakes areas. Taking that data, Mr. Andrew Hook, economist and Brainerd Lakes Economic Development Council (BLAEDC) executive, was able to quantify current impact to a minimum of $2 million dollars annually. —A Master Vision trail expansion that will take the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails from their current 25 miles, which is less than a day of riding, to at least three days of riding. This will make the trails an even larger vacation destination. With this three days of riding outlined in the Master Vision, the economic impact to the region is estimated to grow to $21 million dollars annually. —The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and the MN Department of Natural Resources will be undertaking several trail expansion projects in 2015, including a return loop from the Yawkey and Portsmouth Unit trails, a combined length of 3.5 miles, and a skills area near the new parking lot at the Pennington access. We appreciate the local community and those that completed our survey for all your support. We look forward to working with the local community and its representatives in making the Master Vision for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails a reality. Best Regards, Aaron W. Hautala, President Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails, Cuyuna Lakes IMBA Ride Center Dear Editor: The 2015 Legislative Session has just started and it appears that Reps. Dale Lueck and Josh Heintzeman are giving up when it comes to fixing our state’s transportation infrastructure. As a rural legislator, I know how important our roads and bridges are to our residents and farmers. During the campaign, Reps. Lueck, Heintzman and their Republican allies committed to fixing our state’s crumbling roads and bridges. But their new leader, Speaker Kurt Daudt, has already admitted that Republicans “may not be able to solve this on the long-term basis.” And the so called plan that Republicans offered certainly isn’t a fix It’s not even a band-aid! HF 4 would spend just $200 million in new, one-time money on transportation over the next two years. That might sound like a lot, but it would only allow us to build about 130 miles of rural two-lane highways, or 40 miles of fourlane highways. To put that in context, Minnesota has 140,000 miles of roadways. Projections have shown that our state needs $6 billion over the next 10 years just to maintain our state roads and bridges and reduce congestion. For comparison, the DFL-led legislature invested $743 million in transportation over the past two years – an amount that Republicans called inadequate. To make matters worse, the House GOP’s top legislative priority is to cut taxes for corporations. Rather than truly fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, Republicans want to send hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to corporations — the same tired, failed policies of the past. Cutting businesses taxes won’t boost greater Minnesota’s economy or provide greater economic security for Minnesota families. Will Reps. Lueck and Heintzeman stick with their party boss’s plans that favor corporate special interests over rural roads and bridges or will they make good on their promise to fix our state’s transportation system? Only time will tell. Paul Marquart State Representative Deputy Minority Leader District 4B Community Calendar This calendar is provided as a service to the area to help plan events and avoid scheduling conflicts. Organizations are invited to submit items of general interest for inclusion in the calendar. Monthly or regular meetings will not be included in the Community Calendar. Please submit calendar items by calling 546-5029, fax (546-8352), e-mail [email protected], or mail to Crosby-Ironton Courier, P.O. Box 67, Crosby, MN 56441. There is no charge for this service. Jan. 29—Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Cuyuna Lakes Mt. Bike Crew host Business After Hours at the Crosby Bar, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 6-8— Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout. For more information visit www.cuyunalakeswiteout.com. Feb. 7—Ice Fishing Contest on Serpent Lake with Scorpion Homecoming from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets available at chamber office. Call 546-8131 for more details. Feb. 7—Scorpion Homecoming on Serpent Lake from noon to 3 p.m. coinciding with the chamber’s Ice Fishing Contest on Serpent Lake. Feb. 7-8—Second Annual Bar Stool Races in Ironton. Entry fee is $30 for two-person team if paid by Dec. 31. Entry fee is $50 after Dec 31. New this year...beer garden and bathrooms. Admission is $1 for spectators which will be donated to SnoSerpents Snowmobile Club. Call 546-5997 for more details. Feb. 10—Unlimited Learning presents Stories Battlefields Tell, 1:30 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living Community, Crosby. Feb. 14—Woodtick’s Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Rabbit Lake. Call 772-0252 for more details. Feb. 14—Pie Social at Cascade United Methodist Church, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16—Unlimited Learning presents Putin Pushback Against European Expansionism, 11 a.m., Heartwood Senior Living Community, Crosby. Feb. 17—(Note date change) Ironton Commercial Club annual Spaghetti Feed prior to the boys’ basketball game with Aitkin at CIHS. $6 for adults. Feb. 19—Author Talk featuring Beth Hautala and her young adult novel, Waiting for Unicorns, at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library. Feb. 21—Bridge Tavern’s Annual Fishing Contest, noon to 3 p.m. $10 entry fee includes a meal after contest. Over $2,000 in cash and prizes awarded. Call 546-5219 for details. Apr. 15—St. Joseph’s Church, Deerwood salad luncheon, noon. Aug. 7-8—Deerwood Summerfest. Newspaper on the Cuyuna Range… JAYCE DeCENT of Crosby took second place with a 4.85 pound Northern on Blackhoof Lake during the ice fishing contest Saturday. CHILDREN WERE very much in attendance at the ice fishing contest on Blackhoof Lake on Saturday. All children who attended the awards ceremony following the contest and were registered to fish were given the entry fee of $10 back. From left to right are: Bobby Papenguth, MacKenzie Maassen, Jayce DeCent, Dawson and Colten Weimer (Dad Darrin Weimer is holding Dawson), Natalie Simonson and Jordan Viehauser. THE TOP 10 PLACES FOR the Town Tavern Ice Fishing Contest Saturday went to: Dave Mills, Cuyuna, first place with a 6.25 pound Northern; Jayce DeCent, Crosby, second place with a 4.85 pound Northern; Dennis Rasmussen, Deerwood, third place with a 2.56 Northern; Tom Hallin, Ironton, fourth place with a 2.3 pound bass; Kathy Portz, Ironton, fifth place with a 2.17 pound Northern; Brandon Laffin, Ironton (not pictured), sixth place; Pete Peterson, Crosby, seventh place with a 1.96 Northern (not pictured); Bobby Papenguth, North St. Paul, eighth place with a 1.96 pound Northern; Jon ‘Goose’ Gutzman, Ironton, ninth place with a 1.78 pound bass and Austin Laughton, Brainerd, tenth place with a 1.67 pound northern. Sixty-eight fish were registered during the threehour tournament with $669 donated to the Ironton Fire Department. JORDAN VIEHAUSER, 8, of Crosby, caught .7 and .75 pound crappies on Saturday during the ice fishing contest. Biggest loser in Brainerd Feb. 5 The Biggest Loser contestant Lisa Rambo will share her amazing 108-pound weight loss story and inspire others in their own transformations at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s free women’s health and wellness event on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Health is Your Best Accessory: Women’s Wellness Experience will begin at 4 p.m. and Rambo’s presentation will start at 6 p.m. CRMC is coordinating the event as part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to create awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Ladies are invited to wear red to the event and participate in a best red outfit contest. The winner will receive a heart-themed bracelet donated by Pandora. Numerous demonstrations including healthy cooking, fitness, and stress relief will be offered together with health education booths. BMI measurements, blood pressure monitoring, bone density, hearing, and dental screenings will also be available. Women can also enjoy chair and hand massages as well as mini manicures. Physicians, specialists, nurses, dietitians, and numerous other health care providers will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice. The first 300 ladies will receive a goody bag at the door. There is no charge to attend but because of limited seating a ticket is required by registering at www.cuyunamed.org before Jan. 30. Sponsored by BL Radio and Charter. For more information, contact Peggy Stebbins at [email protected] or 545-4447. Office hours at Crosby City Hall The hours at Crosby City Hall are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (unless a legal holiday is observed). SIERRA LEIGH LAFFIN, 19 months, holds grandpa’s (Tom Hallin) 2.3 pound bass during the ice fishing contest. Lueck urges PUC to allow pipeline the panel to allow construc“The Public Utilities tion of the Sandpiper oil Commission has not acted in pipeline to proceed without the public interest by delaying further delay. the permitting process of this project,” Lueck wrote in the letter. “I ask the commission Motor vehicle services in Crosby to refocus and place public safety ahead of the manageYou can transfer vehicle instruction permits, or any able enviromental concerns titles, get your license tabs, license needing a photo. For raised by some citizen groups, and license your snowmobile, those services, you need to go the Minnesota Department of ATV, boat, trailer, and change to an office that takes photos, Natural Resources and the your address on your driver’s such as in Brainerd or Aitkin. Minnesota Pollution Control license as well as replace your For more information, call the Agency.” lost, stolen, or damaged Crosby DMV office at 546Lueck continued, “The license at the Crosby Motor 7738. Public Utilities Commission’s Vehicle Office located 1/2 unwarranted delay in the perblock off Main Street at the mitting process continues to corner of Cross Avenue South Reminder if unnecessarily place and First Street SE in Crosby Minnesota citizens at you recycle (1 First Street SE). Hours are increased risk of a catastrophThose who participate in Monday through Friday, 8:30 ic accident by forcing crude a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding the C-I-D drop-off recycling oil onto transportation modes program are reminded to holidays). that are known to be less safe Because the Crosby Motor break down their cardboard than modern new piplines.” Vehicle Office is not a license boxes and crush plastic soda The proposed pipeline photo office, such as in and milk bottles in order to would carry oil from North Brainerd or Aitkin, it is not maximize the space in the Dakota to refineries in authorized for license recycling bins in Crosby, Clearbrook and Superior, WI. renewals, change of name, Ironton, and Deerwood. Rep. Dale Lueck, (RAitkin) recently issued a letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, urging PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AT CROSBY, MN PERIODICAL POSTAGE PAID • USPS NO. 138-480 CROSBY-IRONTON COURIER, INC. 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