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Pine River-Backus (PR-B) senior Danielle Butcher took home the title of 2014 Miss Pine River and a $1,000 scholarship at “A Note-Able Evening” at PR-B High School. Eight contestants vied for the crown at the 35th annual scholarship pageant sponsored by the Pine River Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 12, showcasing their talents and modeling in business attire and evening gowns. Shannon Osier was crowned First Princess and Miss Congeniality, earning $450 toward schooling, and Candice Zackowski was crowned Second Princess and awarded a $300 scholarship.
The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved Crosslake Communication’s fiber optic cable installation plan scheduled in conjunction with this summer’s reconstruction of County State Aid Highway 3 at a Monday, April 7, meeting. Crosslake Communcations operation manager Jared Johnson presented the company’s plans to the council at a second special meeting in as many weeks. He said the company has already begun digging in selected areas for the fiber installation, but will have to wait for snow to melt in other areas.
The negotiating teams for Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes and the Pequot Lakes School Board will meet for further contract negotiations Monday, April 14, after 288 days without a contract agreement. Until a new contract is negotiated, teachers are bound by the terms of their previous contract.
The Breezy Point City Council finalized the last steps toward beginning the Whitebirch Drive and Creek Circle sewer installation and pavement project Monday, April 7, approving a bid from Pratt’s Affordable Excavating, Inc., of Merrifield. With no concerns expressed at the assessment public hearing held Wednesday, April 2, the council chose to move forward on the issue at its regular council meeting. “The sooner we can get going on this, the better off we’ll be,” said council member Otto Schmid. “We’ll save two to three weeks by approving this tonight.”
The Breezy Point Figure Skating Club and Academy held its spring show Saturday, April 5, at the Breezy Point Ice Arena. The show, “Skating Through Minnesota’s Seasons,” featured skaters from the academy’s Learn to Skate classes ages preschool to adult, members of the local figure skating club as well as skaters from surrounding clubs, including a synchronized skating team from St. Cloud. The club held a silent auction at the event and Chuck-a-Puck, with half of the proceeds going to the winner.
Student and community artists demonstrated their skills and showcased their artwork at the 32nd annual Festival of the Arts at Pequot Lakes High School on Thursday, April 3. Students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade displayed artwork they’ve created throughout the school year for their parents, relatives and members of the community to admire. Those who attended enjoyed live music, dance performances, pottery and drawing demonstrations, face painting, nail art, numerous refreshment options and more.
Adolph “Bill” Becker can’t wait to get his hands dirty again. With a light snow falling through the window behind him on an April afternoon, Becker enthused about tomatoes and the sunshine. A lifelong gardener and former greenhouse proprietor, the 92-year-old looks forward to the inevitable arrival of spring weather each year, the time when he can begin nurturing tiny vegetable sprouts toward their eventual fruitful harvest.
The Fifty Lakes City Council agreed to donate $3,500 to help fund aquatic invasive species inspections at the city’s public accesses at the request of the Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association. According to draft minutes from the council’s March 10 meeting, association secretary Ken Neihart made the donation request with the promise that the association would match the funds. The donation, made from the city’s parks fund, will pay for inspections led by Crow Wing County in coordination with inspectors trained by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The $49 million middle class tax cuts that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law March 21 will affect only one in 10 Minnesotans this year, but a change to the standard deduction for married couples for next year will affect four times as many of the state’s taxpayers.
Many area businesses benefited from the positive effects of the earliest and best snow in years, but the extended bitter cold kept too many customers indoors and the potential of another late spring has locals on edge. Businesses reliant on snowmobilers in one way or another appreciated the frequent and heavy snowfall, beginning with eight inches on Dec. 2, followed by another nine inches only two days later.