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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Officer resigns from Moose Lake Police Department


March 19, 2020

The council accepted the resignation of Officer Jamie Jungers from the Moose Lake Police Department, during their regular meeting on March 11.

Interim Chief Mike McNulty stated a number of counterfeit bills have been going around town so local businesses should be vigilant. Law enforcement have also been dealing with a number of license plates and tabs being stolen in the area then used in gas drive-offs. An increased number of phone scams have also been reported.

John Lund from the Mercy Hospital board gave an update on the hospital’s current situation. He stated that expenses for the hospital have continued to rise while revenue is not. The denial of claims by health insurance companies has been a major source of loss for the hospital. If the current trend is to continue, they could be forced to cut services.

“We’re not meeting our mission statement,” said Lund.

Lund said if the hospital became 100% owned by Essentia health, it would eliminate the tax levy, Essentia would take on their approximately $38 million debt, and they could upgrade to a preferred medical records system. However, the hospital board would also be disbanded. Mercy is currently meeting frequently with Essentia to discuss all aspects of a possible merger. Retaining jobs is their highest priority.

Public Works Superintendent Phil Entner said city workers have been filling potholes recently. The city’s salt usage is down considerably and way under their projected budget.

The president of Legacy of Excellence, Kendra Metz, gave a presentation to the council concerning their new foundation for the school which plans to provide support and resources for students and staff. Since both Mayor Ted Shaw and Councilor Kris Huso were absent from the meeting, the council tabled approving a donation request until the next meeting.

Since the city did not receive any bids or interest in removing the garage from the property where the new wells are to be constructed, the city sought bids from local contractors. The bid from Buetow Trucking & Excavating was accepted to remove the garage.

The council approved purchasing 100 markers for fire hydrants that can be put on during the flushing of hydrants this spring.

The next regular meeting of the city council is set for April 8 at 4 p.m.


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