Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes hosted an ecumenical service for the 2014 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 7. The service followed a liturgy prepared by the 2014 World Day of Prayer Egypt Committee, made up of women from Egypt, the country this year’s World Day of Prayer focused on. This year’s theme was “Streams in the Desert” and the event highlighted the biblical story of the Samaritan woman’s conversion at the well.
Individuals and businesses in Pequot Lakes are recruiting members for a non-profit community action group with a primary goal of fundraising. The group is modeled after the Brainerd community action group. The Pequot Lakes group was founded out of a desire to provide support, primarily financial support, to special events and projects in Pequot Lakes. The community action group specifically wants to support the Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant, the annual Pet Parade and the Santa’s Bobbin’ Into Town event.
Mary Hardwick of Crosslake claims not to be an artist, even as she sits surrounded by many of her works in the Norwegian painting style known as Rosemaling. “I’m not an artist, I’m a Rosemaler,” Hardwick said. Hardwick’s background, in fact, is more mathematically inclined. She was a junior high math teacher in Richfield when she married her husband, Alden, who was an engineer. They had three boys while they lived and worked in small farming communities.
Mary Hardwick of Crosslake claims not to be an artist, even as she sits surrounded by many of her works in the Norwegian painting style known as Rosemaling. “I’m not an artist, I’m a Rosemaler,” Mary said. Mary’s background, in fact, is more mathematically inclined. She was a junior high math teacher in Richfield when she married her husband, Alden, who was an engineer. They had three boys while they lived and worked in small farming communities.
Pequot Lakes High School tennis players Carly Fyle, a junior, and Haley Wiebolt, a sophomore, have a special connection beyond being teammates. They are cousins. They also aren’t the only tennis players in their family. At the Saturday, Aug. 17, tennis match, the Patriots played Lakeville South, a team that includes a third cousin — junior Jenna Sergent. This was the first time the cousins played against each other competitively, though they have played together for fun.
Local photographer Kelli Engstrom is a family-focused business owner and personal trainer who has lived in Crosslake for 17 years. Kelli grew up in Ham Lake before moving to the lakes area after frequent trips to a family cabin. Her family used to own Kent’s Atwater Resort in the 1920s on Island Lake and still has a cabin there. “As a kid I always wanted to live here, so when I was 15 my mom said, ‘Well, if you get a job, you can live at the cabin.’ So I got a job and I’ve worked at all the restaurants,” Kelli said.
David Demcho of Crosslake has served 20 years as a nationally certified EMT and 20 years on the Crosslake Fire Department, and his desire to help people is still expanding. David grew up in St. Anthony. He worked as a printer for several printing companies in the Twin Cities area before the Crosslake area caught his eye. In the mid-1980s he and his wife, Katie, bought a cabin in Crosslake. “In the late ‘80s I talked my wife into moving up here and I commuted,” David said. He then moved to the area in 1992.
The Legionville Safety Patrol Camp is celebrating its 75th year of instructing young school patrollers to assist other students in safely crossing streets around a school. Campers spend a week on the Legionville grounds on North Long Lake between Merrifield and Brainerd learning proper school patrol techniques and safety. In addition to pedestrian safety, Legionville provides instruction in first aid, swimming and canoeing. This is the only camp in the United States that is run by the American Legion and designed to provide safety patrol instruction.
Longtime seasonal resident and anthropologist Susan Schaefer Davis, who has lived and worked in Morocco, now leads cultural tourism trips, works to dispel stereotypes and volunteers in the lakes area. Susan grew up in Minneapolis and went to the University of Minnesota. After she graduated, Susan joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Morocco for two years in 1965. Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country in the northwestern part of Africa. Susan said those two years with the Peace Corps changed her life.
Fishing at the lake is a pastime many area residents likely take for granted. But, for one little boy, fishing at the cabin is both a wish come true and a family tradition. Dylan Files, 5, the son of Dana and Sarah Files, is from Ojai, Calif., and he spent last week fishing at his relatives’ cabin on Whitefish Lake, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When Dylan was 16 months old, he was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor, which is a type of kidney cancer that develops in utero. “It’s a little plant that grows in your stomach,” Dylan explained.