City Detail

Background Information

City of Crosslake
County: Crow Wing
Population: 2214
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 14
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

John Gunstad
Community Volunteer
218-692-2688
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 2 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 22
1 star actions: 13
2 star actions: 6
3 star actions: 3

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 2: Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
All city hall lighting has been converted to LED
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For more information contact:
John Gunstad (Community volunteer) | jgunstad7@gmail.com | 218-692-2688

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

1 star - Action 1: Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Tad Erickson of Region Five Development Commission presented the draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update along with suggested changes from the Planning and Zoning Commission to the City Council. Resolution 18:18 was approved on May 14, 2018 noting that the plan would be reviewed annually.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 2: Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Crosslake Code of Ordinances Chapter 26 Land Use effective 10-14-14 was revised 10-16-18 using the updated Comprehensive Plan as a foundation for changes.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 3: Include requirements in comprehensive and/or other plans for intergovernmental coordination addressing regional land use and watershed / wellhead impacts, infrastructure, transportation, economic development and city/regional services.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Crosslake Planning Commission, with the assistance from Staff, Steering Committee, National Joint Powers Alliance, and Region Five Development Commission were all involved in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

3 star - Action 1: Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.
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Implementation details:
The Minnesota Design Team (MDT) visited Crosslake September 16-17, 2016 with architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, and other experts in design and community development.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Out of this project, a community team called the Crosslakers was created.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 2: Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Crosslake Community School created a modern facility opened in 2018 for education, cultural experiences and environmental engagement essential to civic life as the heart of the Crosslake community. The building is located on the main thoroughfare of the city and across from the Corp of Engineers Campground and next to a business center. In addition, the eastern portion of the land made available to the school is currently wooded and will stay that way to be used as an “outdoor classroom” where students will learn about wildlife management and using natural resources effectively.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

2 star - Action 7:

Be recognized under the Bird City Minnesota or Community Wildlife Habitat program.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
A resolution proclaiming International Migratory Bird Day in the City of Crosslake on May 18, 2019 was approved as the first step in becoming a Bird City on September 10, 2018. The next step, an application to Audubon Minnesota to become a Bird City member, was approved on December 12, 2018.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 4: Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.
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Implementation details:
The Walkability Walkshop was made possible by a grant from the National Association of REALTORS, local funding from Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS and partnership with the City of Crosslake and the volunteer citizens group called “The Crosslakers.” The Workshop facilitation and report was developed by Blue Zones.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 6: Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Connectivity Committee of the Crosslakers completed the Crosslake Beautification Flower Planter Project which included fastening flower baskets onto two County bridges. Solar panels were installed to water the flowers automatically. 5-14-18
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 star - Action 1: Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:
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Implementation details:
The city of Crosslake is a member and supporter of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association a non-profit organization that promotes, preserves and enhances area amenities available to all the public to enjoy. The Paul Bunyan Byway Association provides a website including a route map of thirteen interpretive kiosk sites, miles of walking and biking trails (8 ft shoulders) and bikeways (6-8 ft shoulders), and access to lakes, brooks and rivers including historic Whitefish Chain of Lakes and the Pine River.
A bike rental station is available in the heart of Crosslake. With the Pay-Per-Use bike share system, Riders use the free smartphone App to locate the bike station. Once at the station, they select a bike and use the App to access the bike. Information on roads and trails is provided.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 1: Adopt and use Minnesota's Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS).
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Implementation details:
Sec. 26-4 Authority and Incorporation by Reference of Statutes, Rules, and References of the Land Ordinance (Chapter 26) revised 10-16-18 includes inclusion of the Crow Wing County Local Comprehensive Water Management Plan and the “Minnesota Stormwater Manual”, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (2005).
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
2 star - Action 3: Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Stormwater Best Management Practices provided in addition to Section 20 of Chapter 26 of the Land Use Ordinance for Stormwater Management.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 1: Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The purchase of 9.01 acres adjacent to the western side of the current city park was approved by the city council. This allows for extension of current trails. 4-23-18
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 5:

Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens just outside the Crosslake Campground was created to be an environmental, educational and natural destination for all ages. The gardens are divided into several sections, each with different environmental themes and educational aspects. They include areas of deer-resistant plantings, forest foraging gardens to show the woods' bounty, butterfly gardens, a rain garden, a house garden and Paul Bunyan's footprints. The house garden will have houses for all sorts of wildlife placed in the garden, including houses for bees, bats, toads, beneficial insects, and much more. May, 2017
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Surface Water {BP no.19}

2 star - Action 2: Conduct or support multi-party community conversations around improving local water quality and quantity.
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Implementation details:
Land & Waters Preservation Trust was created in 2012 as a joint partnership of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) and is a Turn Key Fund of the Initiative Foundation. The Land & Waters Preservation Trust is a grant making endowment fund directed to preserving and protecting the water quality including the lakes in the Crosslake area. Annual grants are given with the support of donations and matching funds.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 4: Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.
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Implementation details:
Preserving the natural environment of shorelands is a listed purpose of the City of Crosslake Code of Ordinances Chapter 26 Land Use effective 10-14-14 and revised 10-16-18.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 3: Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.
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Implementation details:
Citywide Wastewater Management Study
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 6: Implement a wastewater plant efficiency project (co-generation, water reuse) or a program for local private business operations (water conservation, water reuse, business co-location).
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Implementation details:
City of Crosslake Wastewater Treatment Project
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 7:

Improve/organize residential trash, recycling and organics collection by private and/or public operations and offer significant volume-based pricing on residential garbage and/or incentives for recycling.

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Implementation details:
Information included on the City of Crosslake website.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 star - Action 1: Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.
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Implementation details:
A committee comprised of members and volunteers of the Crosslake Economic Development Authority was created to engage in the execution of and identification of GreenStep best practices.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
1 star - Action 6: Engage community youth and college students by creating opportunities to participate in city government.
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Implementation details:
Students from the Crosslake Community School were encouraged to write an essay entitled "If I Were Mayor for a Day". The students were invited to the monthly city council meeting where they read their essay and were presented with Friends of the City certificates. November 2017-January 2018.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 3: Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:
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Implementation details:
A farmer’s market is open every Wednesday during the growing season from 9AM to 1PM. The market features a vast assortment of plants, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers in season as well as farm prepared fresh bread and jams and jellies. All locally produced. The farmers market is located in the Town Square in Crosslake.
A community garden with 60 plots is located next to the community center and is overseen by the City of Crosslake.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041