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Wayne Engstrom, a senior van driver for six years, started a 1998 Ford van one final time Tuesday, June 25, as the transportation service that Pequot Lakes Community Education provided for 30 years came to an end. It was replaced by the Crow Wing County Transit’s Dial a Ride service.
The Kitchigami Regional Library System’s (KRLS) Mobile Library, established since 1966 as part of the Cass County Library, will end operations in December 2014 as the library explores new programs to create outreach to areas across five counties. Marian Ridge, KRLS director, said the current model of the Mobile Library is unsustainable. “The vehicle is expensive,” she said. “It is expensive to operate, requires the necessary license and library assistant, and is easily affected by the weather.”
After his father, Bob Kennedy, passed away at age 62 on April 28, Bill Kennedy decided to help continue the Hackensack Children’s Fishing Contest by becoming the coordinator of the event that his father co-created and coordinated for the last 17 years. This year, the contest is dedicated to the memory of Bob Kennedy.
Despite scattered rain showers, Hackensack’s Sweetheart Day on July 9 went forward with kids games, inflatable games, a book sale, a pre-parade show featuring the North Star Cycle Patrol of the Shriners from Grand Rapids and a parade down First Street. Other events included a scavenger hunt where Leena Woodell of LaPorte and Guy Boyles and Cheyenne Tilberry of Backus won $150 for finding the most items. Parade winners are as follows:
Lt. Judson Coleman, chief of waterways management for the Duluth Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, gave a presentation, “The United States Coast Guard and Lake Superior, Greatest of the Great Lakes,” on the operations of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) on Lake Superior on Wednesday, July 10, as part of the ongoing Crosslake Chautauqua Program. The program is held on the second Wednesday each month in the Crosslake Community Center to educate those who attend. During the presentation, Coleman described the responsibilities of his unit.
The Jenkins City Council approved the purchase of a new truck for the city during a meeting on Monday, July 8. The truck to be purchased, if available through Midway Ford Company in Roseville, will cost $25,981.70. Another approved purchase through Crysteel Truck Equipment was a Boss V-plow, which will cost $5,717.82 after installation. The current snowplow owned by the city would not be compatible with the truck the council wishes to purchase. “As much as I hate to spend this much money, I think we are doing the proper thing in the long run,” said council member Gary Brown.
Guidepoint Pharmacy-Nisswa, formerly known as Nisswa Drug, is beginning a management transition as Ashley Jensen becomes the head pharmacist after finishing her residency at Mercy Hospital in the Twin Cities and her husband, James Jensen, becomes a pharmacist technician. The couple closed on their home in Brainerd on June 4 and are now making the transition to managing the pharmacy. “We are still unpacking boxes,” said James. Ashley remembers her time on vacation in the area with her family.
A sculpture park sponsored by the Northwoods Arts Council is on display at Hackensack City Park near the Paul Bunyan Trail. The five sculptures, created by Minnesota artists, will be displayed through Labor Day weekend. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite sculpture. Two ballot boxes are available, one near the boat ramp and the other inside the Hackensack chamber building. The artist who wins the vote will receive a cash prize to be awarded on Labor Day weekend. The sculptures are also for sale with contact information on the sculpture.
The play “Mysterious Ways,” written by Sandy Boikian and directed by Stanley Mikles, will be presented Thursday, June 27 through Saturday, June 29 in the Old Fire Hall in Crosslake on County Road 66. “The play is about two roommates. One is Alex, a college English professor, who had something happen in her life which made her hate God,” Mikles said. “She has made it her mission to destroy the faith of Christian women throughout the play. Paige, her new roommate, is a missionary and a nurse who works at a local hospital.”
The Jenkins City Council on Monday, June 10, approved an $8,505 bid from Swenson Aggregate & Construction, LLC to improve Half Mile Road, which includes adding 900 yards of Class 1 gravel to be compacted and topped with dust control. “It receives more traffic than people realize,” said council member Gary Brown. Mayor Jon Lubke agreed, and the council appointed Kendall Swenson of Swenson Aggregate & Construction to improve the road this week. In other business June 10, the council: