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In his report to the Crosslake Community School Board on Monday, Oct. 8, Director Todd Lyscio outlined enrollment numbers for the current year. The school began the new year with 248 students, and that number grew to 252. This marks the first time the school's enrollment has exceeded 250 students. "It was 81 (students) when I started here," teacher and board member Lance Swanson said. Enrollment has increased by 42 since October of last year and 52 from the year before.
With a 3-0 victory over Northome-Kelliher on Friday, Oct. 5, the Pine River-Backus volleyball team improved its overall record to 18-1. The team lost its first game of the season to Cannon Falls. Since then, they have only made changes to the win column of their record - all of this after a state tournament appearance the season before, with every athlete from that team returning for this season. A primary reason for this success, if you ask the athletes, is communication and teamwork, which is coming easily this season.
New-to-the-area freshman Megan Muller was named the Patriot tennis team's most valuable player at the team's season-end banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4. Playing the entire season at No. 1 singles, Muller amassed a record of 22-3 and beat several state-qualifying athletes from the previous season. "It might be a bit of an understatement to say that we are really happy that Megan and her family came to our school district," coach Monica Sergent said. "Not only is she an excellent tennis player, she is a very nice person and immediately made friends with her teammates."
I've complained about the spring season here a few times. Summer is too warm, and winter goes on too long. Now it's time for my favorite season of the year. For those of you saying fall started on Sept. 22, if every tree is still green and it's 70 degrees outside, it's not really fall. I don't care what the calendar says. Regardless, the leaves are changing and the weather is chilly without being frigid. It is safe to say we are officially in the middle of fall.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys finished 13th as a team and the girls ended the day in 11th place at the Perham Invitational Thursday, Oct. 4. Calia Chaney, the Patriots' top runner, finished 26th in the girls race with a time of 19:58 - second-best 5K time in Patriot girls history. "This is her second meet back after coming off a pulled glute muscle," Coach Jeff Brever said. "Calia is slowly getting back to her top notch performances. With still being a little cautious and running smart with her races"
This past weekend, I feel like I witnessed Twins history - which is weird to say, since I was watching the final game in the team's sixth losing season in the past eight years. The game was possibly Joe Mauer's final game with the Twins and the final game of his professional career. If it wasn't his final game, it sure as heck felt like it.
In a work session Monday, Oct. 1, the Pequot Lakes School Board continued discussions on the district's 2019 tax levy. In its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 24, the board agreed to certify the maximum preliminary levy for 2018, payable in 2019. Business manager Heidi Hagen informed the board that the district conservatively anticipates an enrollment of 1,756 students for the 2019-20 school year. Hagen also expects the need to hire four new full-time employees to compensate for any increases in enrollment and believes salary increases will range from 3 to 5 percent.
In its Monday, Oct. 1, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council approved the installation of a curb stop for the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club's service line, but has not reached a decision on how that will be paid for. The club intends to stop using its step station, which pumps sewage into the city's force main, leaving its existing two-inch service line idle. This leaves the line at risk of freezing and possibly bursting.
The Patriot Activities Club has been present at Pequot Lakes events - and on the school district's list of donations - for more than a decade. Formerly known as the Patriot Athletics Club, PAC now looks to provide funds for all school activities - from football and basketball to band, drama and robotics. They also provide funds for traveling basketball and volleyball teams. They also will occasionally host some youth tournaments, with volunteers keeping score, taking tickets and sometimes refereeing certain events.
Homecoming week ended on a bit of a sour note for Pequot Lakes as the Patriot football team was overwhelmed in a 47-0 loss to the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Friday, Sept. 28. "They are ranked fourth in the state in 4A for a reason," coach Bill Magnuson said. "Their strengths may be some of our weaknesses. They are big and strong. They have a very good run game and a couple of good tail backs. They are very good at what they do." The Patriots found themselves in a hole early, allowing three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game.