Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Eddie Jane Pelkey
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Moose Lake McDonald's now open


Lois Johnson

A ribbon to open the new McDonald's in Moose Lake is cut by Dos Predrag of PDI Foods, LLC of North Branch, owner of the new McDonald's, Ronald McDonald and Moose Lake Mayor Ted Shaw last week.

Moose Lake city officials attended the soft opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday, October 15. The restaurant officially opened October 16.

City Administrator Pat Oman spoke of employment opportunities available from this new Moose Lake business at the Moose Lake City Council meeting last week. Currently, McDonald's employs a number of full and part time positions, as well as eight management positions.

Aging initiative

Information from The Northland Foundation Rural Aging Initiative in the Moose Lake area was presented by Oman. The report highlights the services available to and needs of the aging population in the area.

The questionnaire was distributed to older residents in the city of Moose Lake and surrounding areas. According to nearly all who responded, the Moose Lake area is a good place for older adults to live.

Many respondents suggested more independent living options need to be made available.

One third of the respondents indicated they were not fully aware of the available services and support available to those who are providing care for older adult family members. Education of the public regarding the available services is needed.

More information is available at or by calling (800) 433-4045.

Hockey arena

Oman presented the lease agreements between the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association (MLAHA) and the city of Moose Lake. The financial lease agreement is unchanged.

The terms for use and possession of the facility have changed to commence on October 20, with indoor ice ready at that date, and end on March 1, 2015. An addition to the lease is the language that the MLAHA agrees to assist the city in maintaining the outdoor hockey rinks located on the premises, including ice re-surfacing and snow removal. The lease is pending signatures at this time.

Housing grant

Oman asked the council to consider funding a Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, Inc. (CMHP) grant proposal for the city of Moose Lake. The cost to the city is $600 for this service.

The grant monies amounting to $.5 million would be used to make loans to assist with commercial housing and rental apartments or for single family homes improvements. The loans are 0 percent interest and forgivable. Apartment renovation loans would be limited to $12,500 per apartment and single homes to $25,000.

The council approved the request.

Other business

Payment for Park Place Drive road work was approved in the amount of $321,571.66 to A-1 Excavating Inc. Park Place Drive is open for public use and access is open to all the businesses located on the road.

City Engineer Joe Rhein has been asked to bring a report to the council showing the scope of work, detailed costs, and economic benefits to constructing a new waste water lift station. He will bring the figures to a special meeting of the council on October 29 at 5 p.m. in the cCouncil chambers.

An application will be made to the League of Minnesota Cities for a Local Road Improvement Program grant ­- $14 million is available for this project. Several roads were listed as possible targets for the project: Earl Ellens Drive and Kenwood Ave., adjacent to the hospital.

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm talked of the new evidence tracking system that will be utilized by the department and other county agencies.

The new system will use bar codes on each piece of evidence, which will allow efficient tracking of the objects. Not only can evidence be tracked, but assets and department equipment as well.

The cost to each department is $2,000. The county attorney will pay for the equipment. The system will cost $485 annually for upgrades.

The next regular Moose Lake City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers.


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