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The Pine River-Backus School lost another student Aug. 16 when 16 year old Serina Macias passed away. According to information provided by Macias' brother Gabriel Frausto, Macias had developed abdominal pains over the course of a week. The pains were mistaken for a minor illness until they suddenly worsened. Macias was transported to a hospital by ambulance where she underwent surgery. It was discovered in surgery that Macias' intestine had twisted and perforated, causing bacterial infection. By the time the infection was discovered, it was extensive.
Several area cities will have new mayors in 2015, including Breezy Point, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Lake Shore, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pine River. The candidate filing period for cities, townships and school boards closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. The following area candidates for city council and school board positions will be on the Nov.
The following candidates have filed for city council or school board positions in area cities. Filings opened July 29 and close Tuesday, Aug.
A 21-year-old Backus woman who was valedictorian of the Pine River-Backus High School class of 2011 died Thursday, July 31, in a car accident in Pine River. Caitlyn "Caity" E. Daudt died in the two-vehicle collision. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the collision occurred at the intersection of 24th Street and 16th Avenue Southwest in Pine River.
Filing for city, township, and school board positions officially opened in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 29. In the city of Crosslake, two residents have filed for mayor: the current mayor, Darrell Schneider, and Council Member Steve Roe. This means Crosslake will have at least one new council member, as Roe's seat is up for election this November. Three candidates have filed for positions on the Pine River-Backus School Board.
After more than ten years with the city of Nisswa, city planner/planning and zoning administrator Loren Wickham submitted his resignation on Monday, July 28. In his letter of resignation, Wickham states, "I feel very fortunate to have served the city of Nisswa for the last ten years, but have decided to pursue other opportunities." Wickham's resignation is effective Aug. 11. He declined to comment further on the resignation. In an email, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Shawn Hansen wrote, "It has been such a pleasure working with Loren.
The filing period for area city, township and school board positions will run Tuesday, July 29, through Tuesday, Aug. 12. File for Pequot Lakes or Pine River-Backus school board offices with the school administrative officer, and for city offices with the city clerk. Filing fee is $2. Most area mayor seats and two four-year city council seats will be on the Nov.
At least two area mayors have announced they won't seek re-election this fall, meaning those cities' voters will elect new leaders Nov. 4. Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman and Breezy Point Mayor JoAnn Weaver both said their fourth terms are their last. Both are completing their eighth year as mayor, having been elected for two-year terms in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Lehman, who also said he has no plans to seek a city council seat, said all of the projects he championed as mayor are complete, with the exception of Nisswa Lake Park development.
Several days have been cancelled at area school districts because of cold weather, and now staff, administration and parents wonder: When will the days be made up? At Pequot Lakes School District, four days of school have been cancelled so far this year, and all four were cancelled because of cold temperatures. Superintendent Chris Lindholm said the school board has the final call on how to deal with those lost days. Lindholm will make a recommendation to the board, but hasn’t decided what the recommendation will be.