New managers hired for Akeley city campground

The city campground on 11th Crow Wing Lake is set to open May 1, weather permitting with Rick and Kathy Cole running things.

Akeley's city campground will have new managers this season. The campground plans to open for business May 1, weather permitting. (2020 Enterprise file photo)

The Coles are longtime residents of the Leech Lake area in Walker.

“I think they will really fit the bill for us,” City Clerk Kristi Kath said. “He’s had a lawn care and contracting business, and she’s done a lot of bookwork and reservations.”

The new managers are on their way back from wintering in Arizona and plan to be on the job in time to get things ready for the tentative May 1 opening at the campground.

In other business, the council:

  • Heard the Board of Equalization and Appeals meeting will be held Tuesday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. at city hall as well as virtually.

  • Heard citywide clean-up is scheduled for May 8-9. Dumpsters lined up near the city shop with a trailer for scrap iron. City staff and volunteers will be on site from around 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Oil and paint are not being accepted.

  • Heard a report from Peg Davies about Paul Bunyan Days June 25-27. She requested the city council to provide eight regular porta potties, as has been done in the past. City staff will be power washing the cement area at Paul’s Patio prior to the event. The Developmental Achievement Center in Akeley is making buttons with a picture of the Paul Bunyan statue wearing a plaid face mask for this year’s event.

  • Heard a copy of the 2020 Consumer Confidence Report on the city’s drinking water is available by request at city hall.

  • Discussed the option of a bulk mailing permit for $225 for use by the Akeley Community Projects committee to send fundraising requests on route 1 and route 2 and city box holders. It was decided that it would be better to use first class postage since they only plan to mail them once a year.

  • Passed resolutions acknowledging donations made to the city, along with a motion that Kath can deposit donation checks as they come in instead of waiting until a resolution is made.

  • Heard the Eastern Hubbard CFD meetings will be held in person rather than on Zoom starting in June.

The next Akeley City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 at city hall.


Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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