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Bobber/Sinker: Real spirit of Halloween

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

Bobber: To Luke Waln, Nisswa dentist, who paid children to bring them their candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween. Not only did he pay them $1 per pound of candy surrendered, he paid it forward by sending that candy to troops overseas.

Bobber: To the AmericInn in Pequot Lakes/Jenkins for opening its rooms to businesses to decorate and to provide a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat. Even better, the business donated proceeds to Christmas for Kids.

Sinker: To retailers that open at any time on Thanksgiving Day! Save the suspense and sales for the true Black Friday. It’s not called Black Thursday, after all.

Bobber: To Christian at Pequot Lakes Super Valu who returned a $20 bill to a customer after she unknowingly handed him two such bills to pay for a $9 grocery item. Kudos to an honest young cashier!

Bobber: To Backus, where Mayor Kurt Sawyer and Pine River Area Sanitary District Chairman Marvin Ryan performed a ribbon cutting and “first flush” at the city’s new lift station, bringing an end to a project that began in 2006 to update the city’s wastewater treatment system. We’ve learned it’s true that it really does roll downhill — there’s a 41-foot elevation drop between Backus and Pine River.

Sinker: To hunters using road or trail signs for target practice. A resident who clears ATV and snowmobile trails recently called. She remarked on how many signs would need replacing because they were too shot-up for use. Signs are expensive, and shooting them makes them harder to read, decreasing public safety. Grab a pop can or paper plate for target practice instead.

Bobber: To students in the We Club at Pequot Lakes High School who coordinated a successful food drive, and Eagle View Elementary School Principal Dave Endicott, who rewarded elementary students for collecting food and funds by sleeping on the roof of the school. We Club brought food to those who needed it, and Endicott braved the cold (and the constant whirring of the school’s boilers) to reward those who provided the food.

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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