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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Concert coming to Moose Lake


April 18, 2019

Professional entertainment is coming to Moose Lake.

Dusty Wilson of Moose Lake Brewing Company and Jeff Arnovich of Twin Ports Night Life were granted permission by the Moose Lake City Council at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 10, to set up three or four events, including concerts, at Riverside Arena.

Arnovich explained that his company would set up the event and serve the food and beverages, including alcohol. Beer would be purchased from Moose Lake Brewing Company.

“We put on concerts from Minneapolis to Duluth,” he said. “We have a business partner that has a liquor license and owns an establishment. Another partner owns the food side of the business. What our two groups envisioned was to run one concert a month. Our ultimate goal is to make this work as we bring national acts in.”

In the past, it was explained by City Administrator Tim Peterson that the alcoholic beverages for any event in the city had to be purchased from the Moose Lake Liquor Store and served by its employees.

“I do think that, for a couple of events, this could be worth it,” he said. “I talked to Elaine (the liquor store manager) and she was okay with it. She feels that people that come to town for the concert will stop at the liquor store.”

Several councilors supported the concerts.

“This is what Moose Lake needs,” said Councilor Doug Juntunen. “Keep your foot on the gas and keep going.”

Arnovich said that his company would provide the security. The doors would open at 5:30 and the event will close at 10:30 p.m.

“This is good for the community,” said Councilor Kris Huso. “It would provide revenue for all the businesses.”

The first concert has been set for Saturday, May 4, with country music star Chris Hawkey, said Wilson.

Engineers from SEH, the city’s engineering firm, reported that the Capital Improvement Plan is nearly complete. The city’s utilities, including water and sewer lines, streets and other infrastructure have been evaluated and prioritized.

The final data will be added to the plan and it will be brought back for final approval at the May city council meeting, said Assistant Engineer Tyler Yngsdal.

The city’s water tower, built in 2003, has also been evaluated, reported Peterson.

“The tank is near the end of its paint life,” said Matt Bolf, the city’s engineer. “It needs an overcoat. At some point, you will lose the ability to do an overcoat. But the worst problem is the interior of the tank in the wet portion. The dry portion of the interior needs to be redone but it is not so critical.”

Bolf explained that the black material on the bottom of the exterior of the tank appears to be dirt but is actually mold.

“It is pretty common to see that on the underside of the bowl,” he said. “We remove it by pressure washing it.”

Peterson suggested that the cost for the water tower project could be added into the well house project in the bond application. The project will be brought to the council for approval to move forward on it next year after more information is gathered, he added.

Rory Butkiewicz, the cable TV coordinator, spoke to the council about new technology.

He explained that he is working with AVI, a company that will help him bring the public access channels up to date.

“AVI is going to look at our system and see what we need for the next system,” he said. “We’d be able to have video on demand. The city could have its own channel. There could be a Roku and an Apple channel added into their service on that system.”

Butkiewicz spoke about Bill Carlson, who had once been a teacher and had set up the TV system in the city years ago.

“He had a TV studio at the school for 40 years,” he said. “Bill had lots of ideas. Now we have the technology to make it work.”

Butkiewicz listed updated programming that could be shown on the public access channels: a digital message system for the school and organizations such as the historical society, chamber and community band. He said that someone from each of those entities could log onto the system and change information as needed.

“Interns could shoot videos and record events in town and interview older people,” he said. “Someone already posts the weather on Facebook and tells of things happening in town today. That’s cool. We need to prepare for a new beginning in 2020.”

Mayor Ted Shaw said that, with Butkiewicz new to the position, he wants to activate the Citizens Advisory Board.

In other business, the council: passed a resolution for restriping on County Road 10 by the school; approved a quote from Gobel Excavating in the amount of $51,685 to repair catch basins with funding from FEMA and Homeland Security; approved a quote from Great Lakes Pipe Service, Inc. to clean the lift station for $5,800; approved a quote from Hawkins Water Treatment Group for ferric chloride (for treating phosphorus) at $133 a gallon; accepted the resignation of Sharon Guillard from her position at the Department of Motor Vehicles; agreed to hire Mari Vos to the full-time position at the municipal liquor store; approved the quote of $9,874 from Region Air Light Power and Heating to replace the lighting at the liquor store, pending approval of the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission; and approved a quote from Beaver Roofing to replace the roof on the park pavilion with a metal roof at a cost of $8,865.

The next meeting of the council was changed to May 16, at 4 p.m. in the council chambers.


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