Pineandlakes Echo Journal
As we age - and we are all aging - how do we know what is normal and what is not? On Jan. 25, Faith in Action for Cass County sponsored a presentation at the Back to Basics event in Pine River on Normal vs Not Normal Aging. Using a positive approach to care based on the work of Teepa Snow, this workshop helped participants to recognize and understand "normal" and "not normal" aging by learning to identify the signs of dementia and developing better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur.
Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. Poets should bring love poems to read aloud during the kickoff read-around. Poets will then discuss upcoming poetry events and opportunities, and will share their poems-in-progress for review with other members. Bring copies so others may appreciate your effort. Refreshments will be served. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Brainerd American Legion Post 255 and the Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced a newly created Venturing Crew for youth of the Brainerd lakes area. "This crew provides an opportunity for both young ladies and gentlemen between 14 and 21 to learn and try new things they may not get to do on their own," Paul Edwards, crew adviser, said in a news release. "The program is run by the youth and together they decide which activities they want to take on and decide how they will raise the funds to pay for them."
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 2, approved conditions related to the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 11 detour route that will occur this spring through late fall for construction related to the Highway 371 four-lane expansion project. The approval is contingent upon approval from Mathiowetz Construction, the contractor for the highway expansion project.
It only took one round to go from 16 to two contestants at the Pequot Lakes District Spelling Bee on Friday, Feb. 5, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium, where four students each from fifth through eighth grades competed in front of classmates and family members. Seventh-grader Abby Gross and sixth-grader Julia Stahnke battled for nearly a dozen rounds before Gross correctly spelled "demographics" and "analogy" to become the district winner. Stahnke misspelled "longanimity" in the final round.
The Pequot Lakes High School speech team traveled to Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the 55th annual Duluth Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament. Sophomores Allie Miller and William Moe captured the title of duo champions, outperforming the duo teams from Eden Prairie, Mounds View, Forest Lake and Duluth in the final round. Over 570 students participated from 29 different schools. The top seven in each of the Minnesota State High School League's 13 categories advanced to finals, and eight through 15 advanced to honor finals.
Madden's on Gull Lake unveiled details on the first of many construction projects occurring on the resort property leading up to the opening of its 87th season in April. Following severe storm damage last July, Madden's will re-invest more than $13 million into the construction and rebuilding process. The newly built Voyageur, located on the west shoreline of the resort's 1,000-plus acre property, will feature 36 new guest accommodations, each with a deck or balcony overlooking Gull Lake's Wilson Bay.
Brainerd Warrior alpine slalom skier Alex Stone, a junior at Pequot Lakes High School and a Crosslake resident, placed 10th overall at the Minnesota State High School League championship today...
The Nisswa Winter Jubilee will be celebrated Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14. "Star Wars" is the theme for snow sculptures. Sign up to create a snow sculpture at the Nisswa Chamber office. There are only a few piles available. Anyone not sculpting and who wants to vote for a favorite can pick up a voting slip at the chamber office between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Return the vote to the chamber by 1 p.m. that day.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department BURGLARIES: Report on Feb. 1 at 12:15 p.m. of a cabin broken into on County Road 109 in Merrifield. Report on Feb. 6 at 2:25 p.m. of a burglary from campers on County Road 19 in Merrifield. CRASHES: Report on Feb. 6 at 2:41 a.m. of a personal injury snowmobile crash on County Road 16 in Pequot Lakes. Report on Feb. 6 at 6:25 p.m. of a property damage car/deer crash on County Road 4 in Nisswa. THEFT: Report on Feb. 6 at 9:24 p.m. of the theft of fishing equipment from Hole in the Day Lake in Nisswa.