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• Tina Grewe of Pequot Lakes has kept a busy schedule of volunteering even after she and husband Garry adopted twins three years ago. For this reason, Tina was named the 2012 Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point Citizen of the Year.

• Nisswa teen Lizzy Thurlow, 15, was crowned Miss Central Lakes Outstanding Teen. She is the daughter of Marie “Mimi” and the late Scott “Mike” Thurlow.

• Maury Edward Zins, son of Matt and Molly Zins of Pequot Lakes, was the first baby of the new year born in Crow Wing County. He was born at 12:12 a.m. Jan. 3 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

• The Quarterdeck Resort will undergo a transformation from a resort with cabins to a resort called GullView Lodge, a 68-unit condominium building by 2014.

• Michael Ryan, Pequot Lakes High School senior, was selected as the Subsection 24 male AAA winner and moved on to the section level.

• Drey Loge earned his 125th career win to help the Pine River-Backus/Pequot Lakes Road Crew capture the Mid-State Conference title.


• The Pequot Lakes School Board advertises the superintendent’s position with plans to hire someone by mid-April.

• Jenny Max relinquishes her duties as interim city administrator and keeps her role as clerk/treasurer. She was appointed interim administrator in December.

• The Crosslake City Council agrees to have Crow Wing County Land Services conduct an assessment of the city’s Planning and Zoning Department over the next two to three months.

• More than three years after work began to update the Pequot Lakes comprehensive plan, the city council adopts that plan Feb. 5.

• Gunnar Kuehl, a Pequot Lakes High School senior, is the one and only bass player selected to play in the 20-piece Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble.

• Pequot Lakes eighth-grader Mackenzie Chiodi wins the Pequot Lakes Middle School Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “incarceration.”

• Carissa Voels, a Brainerd High School senior, is crowned Miss Nisswa. Nicole Traut is princess and Elise Runberg is second princess. Mattie Holst is Little Miss Nisswa.

• Savannah Stone, a Pequot Lakes High School senior, places second at the state Alpine skiing meet. Her eighth-grade sister, Alex, finished 43rd.

• Pequot Lakes High School seniors Jessica Kreitz and Jordan Redmond are crowned Sno Daze queen and king.

• Wrestlers Anthony Philipson and Drey Loge advance to the state tournament with the Pine River-Backus/Pequot Lakes Road Crew.

• Kayla Miller scores her 1,000th career point for the Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team Feb. 28 in a win over Roseau.


• Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew senior Drey Loge finishes fourth at the Class AA state individual tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

• The Pequot Lakes City Council learns that Shadow, the police department’s K-9, had retired.

• Crosslake clerk/treasurer Jenny Max resigns. Deputy clerk Char Nelson is appointed clerk and interim treasurer.

• Garry Grewe resigns as boys’ basketball coach at Pequot Lakes High School after 11 seasons as head coach.

• D. Donald Peddie, 93, who wrote a golf column, Rub of the Green, for the Lake Country Echo for more than a dozen years, died of congestive heart failure.

• Deputy clerk Char Nelson is promoted to Crosslake city clerk and interim treasurer, and the council decides to advertise to hire a finance director/treasurer.

• Jim Brunes, first chairman of the board for Minnesota Christian Broadcasters Inc., dies March 22 at age 90.

• Pequot Lakes School District superintendent finalists are Dave Endicott, Eagle View Elementary School principal; Brian Koslofsky, former dean of students at Pequot Lakes Schools and current superintendent of Bertha-Hewitt Schools; Chris Lindholm, assistant superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District; and Kevin Wellen, superintendent of the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva School District.

• Tyler Tappe of Pequot Lakes set a school record and tied the indoor record with a pole vault of 14 feet, 10 inches, in the Paul Bunyan High School Classic on March 26 at Bemidji State University.

• After the Pequot Lakes and Crosslake libraries lost $10,000 each in funding from the Kitchigami Regional Library System, the Kitchigami board agreed to reinstate $5,000 for each library.


• Chris Lindholm is hired as the next Pequot Lakes Schools superintendent after final interviews of four candidates April 8.

• Angela Cole is crowned Miss Pequot Lakes on April 6. Cheyenne Wilson is princess and Malyssa Engren is Miss Congeniality. Their escorts are Katie Nelson, queen escort; Leah Johnson, princess escort; and Megan Buffington, Miss Congeniality escort.

• Father Bruce Engen of Lake Country Parishes dies April 9 at age 74 of complications from heart issues. The Catholic priest will be remembered for his quick wit and down-to-earth demeanor.

• Winter just won’t quit with snowstorm after snowstorm, which is wreaking havoc with high school spring sports schedules. Cancelations and postponements are the name of the game.


• Ice still covered area lakes for the 2013 walleye and northern pike fishing opener.

• The Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Grand View Lodge will host the 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener next May.

• Fourth-grade teacher Darla Terry retires after a 40-year career in education, including 31 years with Pequot Lakes Schools.

• Gas prices rise to a record-high $4.29 a gallon in the lakes area.

• The Pequot Lakes softball team dedicated its new electronic scoreboard to the late Bud Sergent, a longtime fan and coach Bret Sergent’s father.

• Michael Sommerness, Pequot Lakes middle level and high school band instructor, was named the Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year.

• John Wallin of Nisswa was named the 2013 Minnesota Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year and was one of eight finalists from four regions of the United States to be considered for the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award.

• Erin Brine-Doyle, Gunnar Kuehl and Alexis Visser are valedictorians of the Pequot Lakes High School class of 2013; 133 seniors graduated.


• The Pequot Lakes softball team advanced for the first time ever to the state softball tournament.

• Pequot Lakes junior Vanessa Lane won the 100 dash and Rachel Allen, Abby Palmer, Chloe Bermel and Lane won the 4x100 girls’ relay at the Class A state track and field meet. Tyler Tappe tied the Class A meet record with a pole vault of 15 feet, 6 inches, for second at the state meet.


• Nisswa resident Rebecca Yeh will compete in the Miss America Pageant after being crowned Miss Minnesota.

• Mary Petersen of Nisswa, Miss Minnesota United States, competed in the Miss United States Pageant in Washington, D.C.

• Jackie Thurlow of Nisswa was crowned Miss Brainerd United States.

• Mission Township is celebrating its centennial in 2013.

• The presence of zebra mussels is confirmed in the Whitefish Chain with sightings in Cross Lake and Lower Hay Lake.

• The Pequot Lakes 16-under fast-pitch softball team finishes second at the state tournament.


• Longtime Nisswa City Council member Lenny Hodgson resigns from the council. His term expires at the end of 2014.

• The Kitchigami Regional Library System’s Mobile Library will end operations in December 2014 as the library explores new programs to reach outlying areas.

• Legionville Safety Patrol Camp is celebrating its 75th year of instructing young school patrollers to assist other students in safely crossing streets around a school.

• Ron Foss, an Echo Publishing employee for 36 years, passed away Aug. 20 after a 17-month battle with cancer.

• In a one-week span, Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor was suspended, offered a resignation severance package by the city council that he rejected, and then was reinstated as chief. The council declined to give a reason for seeking Taylor’s resignation, and Taylor maintained he had no sustained complaints against him and had never had any disciplinary action taken against him. The city attorney resigned.

• Deb Cruz, owner of Adirondack Coffee in Nisswa, was named the 2013 Nisswa Citizen of the Year.

• Bailey Wachholz of Nisswa, daughter of Duane and Pam Wachholz, was crowned Miss Brainerd Lakes 2013.


• Crosslake Community School starts the school year with a new superintendent, executive director and K-8 principal — Todd Lyscio.

• A $33 million building bond referendum project wraps up by the first day of school for Pequot Lakes students, who see firsthand the improvements at their schools.

• After 41 years as the Country Echo and then Lake Country Echo, the weekly newspaper combines with its sister publication, the Pine River Journal, to become the pineandlakes Echo Journal, marking the first time the newspaper is printed on broadsheet paper.

• The Crosslake City Council votes to terminate its planning and zoning department and contract with Crow Wing County instead.


• The Crosslake City Council terminates its planning and zoning emloyees and instead contracts with Crow Wing County for those services. Three planning and zoning commission members then resign.

• Crosswoods Golf Course and Whistling Wolf Mini Golf in Crosslake, owned by Mike and Kelly Stone, won the second annual Brainerd Lakes Chamber Business Excellence Award.

• Mary Badger of Pequot Lakes receives the Ideal Community Service Organization’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award.

• Caitie Ryan, a Pequot Lakes High School junior, advances to the Class A state meet after finishing 16th overall at the Section 8A meet.

• Joe Meyer is appointed to the Nisswa City Council, filling the seat Lenny Hodgson vacated when he resigned.


• Scott Willer resigns from the Breezy Point City Council to move to Sauk Centre, where his family lives. In total he served more than 13 years on the council.

• Nisswa community leader and volunteer Teresa Faust died Nov. 13, after battling ovarian cancer.

• Father Edward M. Foster, a longtime Catholic priest in Crosslake, Emily and Pine River, died in Ireland.

• The Pequot Lakes community remembers Dru Sjodin on the 10-year anniversary of her disappearance and death.


• Michael Moroni is appointed to the Breezy Point City Council, to fulfill the term of Scott Willer, who moved out of the area.

• Forum Communications Co. of Fargo, N.D., purchases Echo Publishing, which publishes the Pineandlakes Echo Journal and the Echoland Piper Shopper, and the Brainerd Dispatch from Morris Communications Co of Augusta, Ga.

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