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2012 highlights of the year

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JANUARY

• Dick Wilske of Ideal Township was chosen as the 2011 Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point Citizen of the Year.

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• Echo Publishing & Printing announced it was closing the Pine River Journal building and moving Pequot Lakes offices to the Brainerd Dispatch as part of a consolidation. Publication of the Lake Country Echo, Pine River Journal, Echoland-Piper Shopper and pineandlakes.com website continued.

• Four Crosslake firefighters retired with 109 combined years of service: Keith Anderson, 31 years; Mike Myogeto, 20 years; Buck Garin, 30 years; and Tony Fraser, 28 years. Sadly, Anderson died later in the year.

• Ron Foss, an advertising salesman at Echo Publishing & Printing for 37 years, retired.

• The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza was postponed for only the second time in the event’s 22-year history because of poor ice conditions.

• Echo Publishing & Printing is celebrating its 40th year in business.

FEBRUARY

• Lake Country Parishes, which includes St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Nisswa, St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River, will move toward a merger complete with one worship site and a new name.

• Mackayla Headlee was crowned Miss Nisswa 2012 and Miss Congeniality. Maren Goff was crowned First Princess and Claire Erholtz was Second Princess. Carly Maine won the Little Miss Nisswa title.

• Legislative and congressional district boundaries were redrawn as part of redistricting because of the 2010 census. Northern Crow Wing County will become District 10 with new representation.

• Savannah Stone, a Pequot Lakes High School junior, finished sixth at the state Alpine ski meet, the highest finish ever for a Brainerd/Pequot Lakes/Pillager Alpine ski team member.

• The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew qualified four wrestlers for the Class AA state individual competition: Drey Loge, Anthony Philipson, Darian Rubner and Peter Harrison.

• Pequot Lakes seniors Travis Noska and Mattie Lueck were chosen SnoDaze king and queen.

MARCH

• The Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team returned to the state tournament, where it placed fourth. The team won the Section 8AA title by defeating Hawley in three overtimes and won one of three games at the state tournament.

• Eight people were arrested for various controlled substance crimes, including charges of selling narcotics within Pequot Lakes High School grounds.

• Whitebirch Inc. announced it acquired a franchise hockey team from the North American Hockey League called the Breezy Point North Stars, based at the Breezy Point Ice Arena.

• Multiage classes will be eliminated at Eagle View Elementary School after 15 years.

• The DFL Party endorsed Taylor Stevenson for the new Senate District 10, John Ward for the new House District 10A and Joe Radinovich for the new House District 10B seats.

• The Republican Party endorsed Carrie Ruud for the new Senate District 10, Chris Kellett for the new House District 10A and Dale Lueck for the new House District 10B seats.

APRIL

• Randy Hansen, who served as Pequot Lakes High School principal and middle school principal, announced plans to retire in July.

• The Crow Wing County Board adopted a redistricting plan that moves Manhattan Beach and Fifty Lakes from Paul Thiede’s District 2 to Doug Houge’s District 5.

MAY

• Richard Geike, Nisswa fire chief, was named the Minnesota American Legion Firefighter of the Year.

• Jeannette Watt, a Pequot Lakes High School junior, was crowned Miss Pequot Lakes. Her escort is Alexa Fyle. Josephine Nistler was crowned princess with her escort, Mariah Beavers. And Kimberly Jessen was named Miss Congeniality. Her escort is Mariah Rickard.

• Sue Sergent was appointed Pequot Lakes Middle School principal, a role she filled on an interim basis for the past year.

• The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team won 21 straight games before losing to Staples-Motley in the playoffs.

• Karen Rubado was chosen as the 2012-13 Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year.

JUNE

• Political enthusiast Meg Bye of Pequot Lakes died at age 69.

• It was learned that KLKS 104.3 FM in Breezy Point, owed by Lakes Broadcasting Group, is being sold to Minnesota Christian Broadcasters Inc. in Pequot Lakes, owner of KTIG 102.7 FM and WZFJ 100.1 FM The Pulse in Pequot Lakes as well as KCFB 91.5 FM in St. Cloud.

• Pequot Lakes freshman golfer Maggie Heggerston tied for 17th at the Class AA state meet at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, while junior teammate Savannah Stone tied for 26th.

• Former Pequot Lakes police chief Jerry Braam and the city of Pequot Lakes agreed to a $150,000 settlement of a lawsuit Braam filed against the city and mayor in regard to his termination in 2010.

• Lake Shore City Council member John Bukovich offered to resign his council seat after a second misdemeanor shoplifting citation in the past four years. Two weeks later, the council unanimously requested that resignation. By then, Bukovich indicated people supporting him wanted him to continue on the council.

• Former Pequot Lakes mayor and current city council member Cathy Malecha resigned her council seat for personal reasons.

JULY

• Single zebra mussels were found in two of five locations checked on Pelican Lake.

• Judy Heslop, who coached four sports during a 36-year career at Pequot Lakes High School, was to be inducted into the Pequot Lakes High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

• Dan Morgan Steffen, 55, Crosslake, died July 22 when the Sky Star Kitfox airplane he was piloting crashed into Upper Whitefish Lake. Frederick Graham Hammer Jr., 61, Crosslake, a passenger, was injured.

AUGUST

• The Pequot Lakes City Council appointed Scott Pederson to fulfill the remainder of Cathy Malecha’s term on the council. The term expires Dec. 31.

• Cindy and John Terwilliger of Lake Shore were named the 2012 Nisswa Citizens of the Year.

SEPTEMBER

• After 28 years, KLKS Radio of Breezy Point went off the air after selling the 104.3 frequency to Minnesota Christian Broadcasters Inc.

• Pequot Lakes Middle School and Pequot Lakes High School opened on time Sept. 4 as construction continued. The middle school opened with a new wing for fifth- and sixth-graders. This is the first year fifth-graders moved to the middle school from Eagle View Elementary School.

• It was learned that Sibley and Mayo lakes near Pequot Lakes are on the state’s list of impaired waters for phosphorus levels.

• Pequot Lakes High School seniors Luke Fyle and Mariah Gudahl were crowned homecoming king and queen.

• The Breezy Point North Stars played their first North American Tier III Junior hockey game at Breezy Point Arena.

• Former Crosslake fire chief Keith Anderson died Sept. 30 at age 50. He’ll be remembered for his huge smile, memorable laugh and positive attitude.

OCTOBER

• Longtime Pequot Lakes Schools sports coach and hall of fame inductee John Monical died Oct. 10.

NOVEMBER

• Area mayors Nancy Adams of Pequot Lakes, JoAnn Weaver of Breezy Point and Darrell Schneider of Crosslake held onto their seats for another two years, defeating challengers in the general election Nov. 6. Incumbent council members Tom Ryan of Pequot Lakes and Rusty Taubert of Crosslake were unsuccessful in their re-election bids.

• With new legislative districts drawn in response to the 2010 census, the lakes area saw new legislators elected in the general election, including Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point as state senator and Joe Radinovich of Crosby and Mark Anderson of Lake Shore as state representatives.

• Mike Ryan finished 59th at the Class A state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

• Pequot Lakes superintendent Rick Linnell submitted his resignation effective at the end of the school year, June 30, 2013, after seven years in the position.

DECEMBER

• Crosslake city administrator Tom Swenson resigned effective Dec. 31, in protest, after being approached by the mayor and a council member regarding his plans for retirement. He was city administrator in Crosslake for 15 ½ years.

• Christmas for Kids helped more than 85 families have a brighter Christmas in the Nisswa, Lake Shore, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Jenkins, Ideal Corners and Merrifield areas.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
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