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Hate crime investigation ongoing in Menahga

“I’ve been doing interviews with persons of interest, trying to narrow a few things down,” Menahga Police Chief Adam Gunderson told the Menahga City Council at their Sept. 26 meeting.

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Menahga Police Chief Adam Gunderson said his investigation into acts of hate crime continues.

“I’ve been doing interviews with persons of interest, trying to narrow a few things down,” he told the Menahga City Council at their Sept. 26 meeting.

In late August, derogatory comments were spray painted on the Lakes Area Cooperative building.

In early September, the council passed a resolution condemning hate speech and reaffirming the city’s commitment to the “wellbeing and safety of all people, especially people of the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Asian American, LGBTQI communities.”

The city has experienced a rash of vandalism throughout the year, like smashed mailboxes, a portable bathroom tipped over and furniture in the trees by the boat landing, graffiti on the beach retaining wall twice, along with destruction and feces in the beach house bathrooms.

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In other business, the council did as follows:

  • Agreed to advertise for a new liquor store manager. An assistant manager, along with city staff, are handling day-to-day operations in the meantime.
  • Set the annual license fee for Sunday liquor sales at $100. In Nov. 2018, the city of Menahga was authorized by voters to allow clubs and restaurants to serve liquor on Sundays in conjunction with food service. Temporary administrative assistant Jensine Kurtti said there had not been a license application until now.
  • Removed the debt service fee that had been used to make the bond payments on the sewer ponds because that bond was paid. The council also implemented new water and sewer rates, effective with the Oct. 2022 billing.
  • Approved a partnership contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to coordinate snow removal services with the city. The State Hwy. 87 and U.S. Hwy. 71 corridor through Menahga sits within three MnDOT districts: Baxter, Bemidji and Detroit Lakes.
  • Extended the deadline for applications for the city administrator/clerk/treasurer position.
  • Approved a parking lot lighting purchase for Greenwood Connections.
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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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