The Forest Lake Area Historical Society has completed the first of a series of key steps for the new organization. At a meeting on Feb. 1, the volunteer group completed its articles of incorporation and identified costs that will be incurred with the process. The organization will need $850 to file for its federal tax exempt status, $70 for the filing fee with the state for the articles of incorporation and $25 to register as a charity in Minnesota. The first temporary board of directors was also formed. Serving as board members are: John Fino, Keith Banta, Glen Berg, Susan Young, Michele Siedow, Jerrell Larson and Diane Finnemann. The board named Lake Area Bank, Forest Lake, as the official bank for the new society. The board will continue work on a business plan and by-laws when it meets at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Finnemann home, 21170 Floral Bay Drive, Forest Lake. For more information, call 651-464-4721.