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In its Monday, June 19, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved its preliminary budget for the 2017-18 school year. In the preliminary budget, the district will operate in the new school year with $20,605,176 in total revenues. Anticipated expenditures include two new school buses, an adjusted health insurance assumption of 10 percent and the addition of the school's robotics program as a budget item of $10,000.
I recently wrote a column saying that winter was over and we should all get out and enjoy the lakes area. A few days later, it snowed. You would think I have learned my lesson, but I clearly haven't. Summer is officially here and the weather is tolerable, rainy days notwithstanding. Now there is little excuse to not get outside every once in awhile. I feel like my parents said that to me all the time growing up, and I'm finally trying to take those words to heart.
Patriot runner Reid Pierzinski etched himself in the school history books this spring. The Pequot Lakes junior picked up a state title in three separate events - two as an individual and one as a member of the 4x400 relay team - and broke five school records. And he has one more year in a Patriot uniform.
Pequot Lakes Alex Stone improved by one spot from the previous year, finishing in a tie for third at the State Class 2A tournament in Jordan on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13-14. The Pequot Lakes senior shot an 18-hole score of 77 on the the first day before shooting a 74 on the second for an overall score of 151.
Junior Reid Pierzinski and senior Chloe Bermel were named MVPs in the track category while Addisoune Harrington and Adelaide Hubbard were named field MVPs at the Patriots' year-end banquet on Monday, June 12. The "most improved" awards went to Brooks Anderson and Cassidy Chaney, while the Rookie of the Year awards were given to Robbie Hendrickson and Carly Chaney. The Patriot Award was given to both Cody Huss and Jacob Tschida for the boys, while Alyssa Golden was the girls team's recipient.
Freshman Brady Raph and senior Nate Brasel represented Pine River-Backus at the Class A tournament in Becker, finishing 16th and 34th, respectively. Raph finished his second state tournament with a first-round score of 87 and a second-round score of 78 for a two-day score of 165. In 2016, he finished tied for 39th with a score of 171. Brasel finished his high school career shooting an 85 in each round for a two-day score of 170. Also a returning state meet participant, he improved from his previous performance by 11 strokes and 25 places.
Three of four relay teams brought home gold as the Pequot Lakes Patriot track teams both finished second at the State Class A meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. Additionally, junior Reid Pierzinski earned three first-place finishes at the event. "That is unique that we finished second for both the boys and the girls," boys coach Dave Guenther said. "That doesn't happen ... That is amazing. They are such good good kids and it is nice to see them have that success."
I wasn't really planning to tune into Fox Sports North much this summer. Why sit in front of the TV for several hours when the 30-second highlights will tell me exactly how bad the Twins are? At the start of the year, I forecasted the "big four" Minnesota sports teams and said the Twins are understandably in the throes of rebuilding a franchise, but that doesn't make for very entertaining baseball. My love of the Twins will never waver, but I wasn't sure I wanted to watch them lose another 100 games. In a situation like that, I'm more than happy to just read about it online.
Junior Reid Pierzinski ended the day with three state titles as the Pequot Lakes track teams - both the boys and the girls - finished in second place at the State Class A Track and Field Tournament at Hamline University in St. Paul on Saturday, June 10. Pierzinski finished in the top spot in both the 110 and 300 hurdles before joining Ben Nelson, Robbie Hendrickson and Cody Huss for a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay. The Patriot girls were led by their relay teams, as both the 4x200 and 4x400 teams earned a state championship.
In its Monday, June 5, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously agreed to reject a purchase offer on three city-owned lots on the north end of Airport Road. An offer of $26,500 for the three lots - $25,000 for lots 46 and 47 and $1,500 for lot 48 - was withdrawn before the council's May 1 meeting, and the same individual then gave a revised offer of $15,000, significantly below the appraised price for the lots.