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Bobber, sinker: Crosslake moved too fast

Bobber, sinker is an editorial by the Pineandlakes Echo Journal writing staff. To submit a bobber or sinker item for consideration, contact Kate Perkins at

Our staff appears a bit optimistic this month, as the bobbers far outweigh the sinkers.

Bobber: A big bobber goes to Chuck and Lynn Welte, owners of Pine River Family Market, for their efforts to go green at the store. The Weltes are taking action to reduce use of plastic bags — more than 10,000 per week — at the store. Let’s see if area shoppers take the bait the Weltes are offering. Those who spend at least $25 at the store this week will receive a free reusable bag. We highly encourage shoppers to help the store in these efforts.

Bobber: The sweet corn grown in the Eagle View Elementary School Nature Center in Breezy Point was as delicious as it was educational. Kudos to the nature center and Pequot Lakes Schools PTA volunteers, along with staff, who made the project happen.

Sinker: Much could be said about the Crosslake Planning and Zoning Department situation, but the issue gets a sinker because of the short notice citizens were given before the meeting to hire Crow Wing County to conduct the city’s planning and zoning business. Staff and the public learned a proposal was on the table only five days before the deal was done. A public hearing would have gone a long way to appease residents.

Bobber: While the Nisswa City Council received a sinker last month for recent actions, we praise city council member Gary Johnson for putting pride and reputation aside at the council’s September meeting and apologizing for those council actions and treatment of city staff. It takes courage to publicly apologize and admit the council perhaps acted beyond its scope by attempting to micromanage employees.

Bobber: Pequot Lakes Community Theater’s “Oliver!” is shaping up to be a musical play full of talented people on a beautiful set. The area is lucky to have such a committed bunch come together for local, live theater.

Sinker: The number of burglaries and thefts in the area, as seen in the weekly police blotter now published by the Echo Journal, is a sad realization about what goes on in our communities. Police are making arrests, but in the meantime it’s a reminder for neighbors to watch out for one another and report suspicious activity.

Bobber: Picnic on the Patio during Pequot Lakes homecoming was a great event that brought students and staff together in a sea of Patriot colors for a spirited potluck on the patio near the football field and track. We hope this event is part of future homecoming festivities.

Bobber: Lakes area residents should be proud of Nisswa’s Rebecca Yeh, who placed fourth in the Miss America Pageant last month and won the preliminary talent portion of the pageant. As Miss Minnesota, Yeh is an admirable representative of our state. Many people who normally don’t watch the Miss America Pageant were tuned in and rooting for our hometown girl, and found the pageant to be exciting and full of suspense.

Bobber: More than two dozen people turned up for the Oct. 21 Pine River-Backus School Board meeting. Whether you agree with their opinions or completely disagree, this level of civic engagement is admirable and generally uncommon.

Sinker: A layer of sand-colored muck coated the bottom of Cada’s Creek south of Backus, in some places more than a foot thick. The source of the sediment has not been confirmed, though it is clear the ecology of this small section of river will be changed for as long as it is there.

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.
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