Hopkins Health and Wellness in Pequot Lakes recently tripled in space to better serve its patients. Hopkins Health and Wellness is partnered with Snap Fitness, which also expanded. The two businesses share a common lobby where nutritional smoothies are served year-round. At Hopkins Health and Wellness, chiropractor Michele Lelwica said the expansion has allowed the business to offer more services and serve more patients.
A second skating rink in Nisswa means that hockey players and pleasure skaters will each have their own place to play on the ice. The new 100-by-60 foot rink is located east of the current hockey rink at the Nisswa Community Center. Terry Hansen, of Nisswa park maintenance, said that in previous years the city had formed a second rink by flooding a baseball diamond, but that rink had less room than the new one. By mounding six inches of infield material around the diamond, the parks department created a circle about 75 feet in diameter.
Though the wind was gusting and some events were cancelled because of bad ice, many area residents and visitors made their way to Ice Fest in Breezy Point to take advantage of the great outdoors Saturday, Jan. 4, before temperatures plummeted below zero in the following days. The annual snowmobile radar runs and ice auger competitions were cancelled this year, both because of bad ice. Slush that formed on the ice made for unsafe conditions.
According to the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) School website, Eagle View Elementary School principal Dave Endicott is one of three finalist candidates for WHA superintendent. Brian Koslofsky, former dean of students for Pequot Lakes Schools, is also a candidate for the WHA position. Both Endicott and Koslofsky were finalists for the Pequot Lakes superintendent position, which went to Chris Lindholm.
No residents spoke Monday, Jan. 6, at the Breezy Point City Council’s public hearing regarding development on Whitebirch Drive and Creek Circle. The project includes paving and sewer installation on Creek Circle and part of Whitebirch Drive. History of the project goes back to November 2010. The city commissioned Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) to perform a feasibility study at that time, but the project didn’t move beyond a preliminary hearing in April 2011.
The city of Crosslake held its first open house regarding a rewritten planning ordinance on Monday, Jan. 6. It was the first of two meetings the council scheduled to discuss the planning ordinance. The council recently hired Sumption Environmental to review the city’s planning code, streamline and rewrite it. A second public hearing will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, before the council’s 7 p.m. meeting.
On Dec. 31, the Diocese of Duluth released a list of clergy whom were credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving or residing in the Duluth Diocese. A former lakes area priest is on that list. The Rev. Kirby Blanchard, who is deceased, served at three lakes area churches from 1969-1971. The Diocese of Duluth news release states that he served as pastor at St. Christopher’s Church in Nisswa, St. Alice Church in Pequot Lakes and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pine River, from Feb. 27, 1969, to March 17, 1971.
Known to her friends as the “Martha Stewart of the lakes area,” JoAnn Weaver of Breezy Point has been named Echo Publishing’s Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake Citizen of the Year. Weaver, perhaps best known for her role as mayor of Breezy Point, is also a Crow Wing County Master Gardener, 2014 president of the Nisswa Garden Club and a member of the Breezy Point Area Women’s Club, among many other area club and association memberships. She was speechless when she found she’d won the award at the Monday, Jan. 6, Breezy Point City Council meeting.
Plowing roads in Crow Wing County after the Dec. 2-6 storm that dropped 18 inches on the lakes area cost $239 per mile of roadway. The total cost for that storm, including salt, sand, equipment and personnel costs, was $148,007. Compare that to the Dec. 22-23 storm, which dropped 2.5 inches. Plowing for that storm cost $38 per mile, totaling $24,444, according to the county’s website. Whatever the cost, though, county engineer Tim Bray said safety on the roads is the first priority.
Right around this time of year, when the holidays end and the Christmas lights go out, is the time when I start to ask myself (and I’m sure I’m not alone), “Why do I live here again?” It’s cold, it’s dark and the snow, frankly, is losing its charm. There are plenty of reasons to get annoyed with winter. The roads, the cold, the wind and the short days make life more difficult. But it seems much more useful to focus on the positive sides of life in this habitat.