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Vogt's Notes: Things to be happy about

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The birds are chirping. Loons are calling. Frogs are croaking. Trees and grass are turning green. Gardeners are at long last digging into the soil to plant colorful flowers. And boats are once again plying the waters of area lakes and rivers.

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I think it’s finally safe to say: Spring has sprung.

I feel my mood soar with each sunny, blue-sky day accompanied by a pleasant springtime breeze. That mood would plummet when I was greeted with depressing gray skies and biting cold winds.

I think it’s safe to say, my mood will continue to soar from here on out.

Here are a few other mood elevators, which I find myself in dire need of this spring.

• The second annual Evan Lindquist Memorial run. Despite dreary conditions that included clouds and rain on Saturday, May 18, this memorial run/walk went on as planned to remember a little boy from Pine River who died too young and to raise scholarship funds for his classmates at Pine River-Backus Elementary School. Kudos to organizers and those who turned out for the event or donated to it.

• Cars-n-Que. I was happy to see the effort put forth for the first Cars-n-Que event in Pine River. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and it was a cold and rainy day. But from the barbecue competition to the music to the car show, it was a well-rounded event and offered a lot of fun to families.

I hope organizers host the event again next year with better weather and even more people attending.

• Prom grand marches. I attended a record three grand marches this year: Pequot Lakes, then Brainerd, then Pine River-Backus. It didn’t matter how many or how few students I knew in each city, it was such fun seeing both girls and boys all dressed up and all three gyms decorated so extravagantly.

• Graduations. Again, no matter how many or how few students I know personally, it’s always fun listening to the student speeches and seeing all the grads in caps and gowns. I know how much they’ve accomplished, yet how much life and learning they still have ahead of them. I never tire of the celebration, the smiles and the tears.

I look forward to attending graduation ceremonies in Pequot Lakes and Brainerd this year, and hope to attend my first Pine River-Backus graduation next year.

• 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener. It’s hard to believe it was five years ago already that Breezy Point Resort was the fishing opener headquarters. Next year the statewide event will return to the lakes area, specifically to Grand View Lodge in Nisswa on Gull Lake.

I’m not the most avid angler (though I’m getting better, just ask my husband!), but I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the 2008 Governor’s Fishing Opener activities in Breezy Point. After a long winter I certainly don’t want to push the seasons, but I do look forward to the hype of next year’s event.

• Summer is coming. School will be out, outdoor festivals will begin and tourists are flocking back to the lakes area. Boats are humming on lakes, filled with both fishermen and those out for pleasure rides.

I think it’s safe to say, there are good times to come.

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