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Karl Eckhardt's first official race was a motocross event in Bemidji in the early 1980s. From there, it became a passion for him. More than 35 years later, he has no plans to give up his passion, although now it is in a car instead of on a dirt bike. "I started at a young age, and I really enjoy it," Eckhardt said. "It's like a disease, and I don't know if you'd call it a good or bad disease. It gets into your system and you can't get rid of it. Once you get hooked, you are a motorhead for life."
Nathan Traut scored three touchdowns - one of them on defense - as the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team overwhelmed the Staples-Motley Cardinals 52-0 on Thursday, Aug. 31. "We came firing," Traut said. "We always started slow last season, but tonight we came out firing." Traut rushed for two touchdowns before returning an interception nearly 50 yards for the score in the third quarter. The Patriots also had touchdowns from quarterback Blake Lane, receiver Zach Sjoblad, fullback Calvin Maske and running back Bode Magnuson.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team kicked off the 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over the Brainerd Warriors on Thursday, Aug. 24. It was the team's third consecutive victory over Brainerd. The Patriots won their three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-17, while losing the third set by a score of 25-18. "We looked like we have some experience on the court, which is nice," head coach Chris Ganley said. "They rebounded after they lost that third game, and the seniors kind of pulled them together, along with Britt Kratochvil."
In its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 21, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved the hiring of Heidi Hagen as the district's new business manager. "She comes to us with 15 years of finance and banking experience, in business banking and loan administration, along with about five years working at a manager level in hospice and senior care work," superintendent Chris Lindholm said in his report to the board. "She is looking forward to getting back into the finance end, which what she is passionate about, so we are excited to welcome her on board."
After a senior-heavy season last fall, the Pequot Lakes Patriot tennis team will look to some different faces to carry the team in 2016. The Patriots finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 15-7 and a Mid-State Conference record of 5-1.
In a work session Monday, Aug. 14, the Pequot Lakes School Board had a roundtable discussion of the district's strategic plan and vision for the future. The board was informed that an acceptable number of students - 60 to 80 percent, depending on the subject - were meeting state standards, but the need for personalized learning plans for individual students continues to be a necessity.
As of Monday, Aug. 14, the fall sports season has officially begun for Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus. Each sports team - football, volleyball, cross-country and tennis - began practice early this week, battling relatively low August temperatures to hone their skills. There was plenty of success to see from these teams in 2016. In football, the Patriots were conference runners-up and the Tigers won their first six games before injuries took hold. Both volleyball teams had plenty of success early in the season before both fell in their respective subsection finals.
For the past few years, I've developed a bit of a fascination with woodworking. Like any craft, it is pretty neat to see an everyday object - like a pile of wood - turn into something interesting. It would probably be even neater if I were the one working with that everyday object. Now that I have a garage, a workbench and a handful of tools, I decided that I am finally ready to give woodworking a try ... and it is harder than I thought it would be.
More than 80 runners made their way to the Crosslake Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 5, to take part in the second annual Whitefish Warrior Adventure Run. "The nice thing about this year's event is everyone thought everything was better this year," Parks and Recreation Director Jon Henke said. "The people that were here (this year and last year) really appreciated it and seem to look forward to next year."
After a nearly six-year absence, the Patriot Foundation is expected to return in the coming school year. The Patriot Foundation is an education foundation that provides a pipeline for alumni and private citizens to make donations to the district for various student-oriented needs. In the previous decade, the Patriot Foundation flourished as a 501(c)(3) for student scholarships and funding small-scale education projects through business and personal donations, as well as various fundraising efforts.