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Pages from the Past - April 11

75 years ago, April 14, 1938

From the Pine River Journal

On Friday evening, April 29, the local school will present the operetta “Blue Belt,” a Norwegian folk story, dramatized with song and action.

FOR SALE-Will sell my 80-acre farm south of Backus for $600 cash as I must pay urgent debts. This offer holds good for 2 mos. Mrs. W.W. Pomplum, Backus, Minn.

50 years ago, April 19, 1963

From the Pine River Journal

(ad) Hail!! Jail for Sale!! Due to a scarcity of thugs and felons (we recently hung all reprehensible malefactors who have sinned against our commonweal) Pine River, Minnesota, Village of Halos, offers one used, pestilential two passenger portable jail, complete with infested mattresses, oft-missed garboons, and honey-buckets to match, if we can locate same.

Mr. K.V. Pearson, district highway engineer, conducted a hearing here Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pine River Armory in connection with the department acquiring two pieces of property: the Lake Region Hotel and the Pine River Locker, in order to facilitate a projected highway building program through Pine River.

25 years ago, April 14, 1988

From the Pine River Journal

The new Pine River Fire Truck has arrived and the firemen have already tested it out. The truck has a 1988 Chevrolet chassis w/3208 Cat diesel engine with 7506p.m. pump. The body was built by General Safety Corp. of North Branch at a cost of $89,500.

(photo) Left to right, Linda Bryant and Bruce Bryant inside of Northland Offsale Liquors. With this new business, Jenkins boasts 26 in the city limits.

10 years ago, April 10, 2003

From the Pine River Journal

Methamphetamine use and production in central Minnesota is on the rise, and is quickly becoming a drug of choice for lakes area addicts.

Pine River-Backus sophomore Chelsa Schwegel was named to the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area girls’ basketball second team. A young player on a young team, Chelsa led the Tigers in most areas. Against all area players, she was sixth or better in four out of six statistical areas.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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