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Looking Back-Jan. 17, 2013

40 years ago, Jan. 18, 1973

From the Country Echo

A fire gutted Gardiner Hardware store in Pine River. At one time during the battle, it was feared that the blaze might engulf the entire block. Pine River and Pequot Lakes fire departments responded, as well as part of the Brainerd force.

The Pequot Lakes Fire Department was called to the Roland Fischer home two miles east of Pequot Lakes at 11:15 p.m. Sunday after the Fischers narrowly escaped with their lives when their home burst into flame.

30 years ago, Jan. 20, 1983

From the Country Echo

(photo) Pequot’s head wrestling coach Charlie Munz, kneeling, shouts encouragement to heavyweight Terry Wallin during his match against Mike Sherwood, Pine River. Assistant coach Steve Heslop and other team members added to the cheering section.

This year there is a new correspondent to the teenage magazine Co-Ed for Pequot Lakes School — Lisa Wetrosky, daughter of Tom and Einette Wetrosky.

20 years ago, Jan. 14, 1993

From the Lake Country Echo

(photos) Pequot’s Mary Koch, foreground, and Leah Stockdill in hot pursuit of Tiger Mindy Sawyer during the Jan. 7 basketball contest between rivals Pine River-Backus and Pequot. Below, Pequot girls’ basketball coach Jon Dale.

(photos) Doug Larsen drives to the basket, through Pine River-Backus defenders Mike Birge, left, and John Scheller. Pequot boys’ head basketball coach Rob Veith, above, during the Jan. 8 contest with rival Pine River-Backus.

10 years ago, Jan. 16, 2003

From the Lake Country Echo

Kimberly Larson was crowned Miss Pequot-Crosslake at the 21st annual Pequot Lakes Woman’s Club scholarship pageant Jan. 11. Big sister Michelle Demcho relinquished her Princess crown to Patricia Demcho. Serving as escorts for 2003 will be fourth-graders Emily Lueck and Kendra Johnson.

(photo) New on the East Gull Lake City Council is David Kavanaugh, right, pictured during the swearing-in ceremony Jan. 7. Re-elected to the council, far left, was Jim Ruttger and, center, East Gull Mayor Chris Robinson.

The structure of the Pequot Lakes School Board will remain largely the same for 2003, with Jean Kraft re-elected chair and Deb Hallbeck returning as vice chair. Brad Wallace will become clerk/treasurer.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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