Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Crosslake police officer Bobby Willard was recently honored by the department for 15 years of service to the city. As well as being a dedicated police officer, Willard's other duties include being the Crosslake Police Department's evidence technician, background investigator and field training officer. He is also in charge of information verification related to any predator offenders living within the city limits. Police chief Bob Hartman said Willard is well-liked by the citizens of Crosslake, as well as the officers from the surrounding law enforcement jurisdictions.
Following are Pine River-Backus Family Center happenings in March: • Soups & Sweets: The fourth annual Soups & Sweets event will be held Saturday, March 28, to raise money for the Pine River Area Food Shelf. To donate or help with this event, call the family center at 218-587-4292. • Family Center Governing Board: The Family Council is a group of people from the Pine River-Backus area who are concerned about the welfare of children and families.
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church (the Log Church) will hold the Art of Marriage video seminar from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Cost is $45.30 for couples or $24.73 for singles, and free for pastoral staff members. The Art of Marriage weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes and more to portray the challenges and the beauty of God's design for marriage. Call the church at 218-692-4141 or visit www.artofmarriage.com for more information or to register by March 16.
The employees of Manhattan Beach Lodge will host Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m.
Crow Wing County and Brainerd's Employment Resource Center (ERC) are seeking candidates for available seasonal watercraft inspector positions. These people conduct inspections of watercraft equipment at public water accesses and will have frequent public contact with boaters to inform them about aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules. The county encourages those who enjoy working outdoors and possess superior customer service skills to apply for one of these seasonal watercraft inspector positions. Those interested in applying to be a seasonal watercraft inspector may do so online at www.ercs
After years of budget deficits, the state is on solid financial footing again with the economy gaining considerable strength from just a few months ago. Minnesota's state economist announced at a budget forecast briefing that the state hadn't seen this type of strong economic growth since the late 1990s. According to the Minnesota Management and Budget Office (MMB), the state budget has a $1.86 billion surplus, increasing $832 million since November's forecast. State Sen.
The Pequot Lakes fifth-grade girls' basketball team took first place in the Pillager tournament last weekend, defeating Staples, Royalton and Onamia in the championship game. The team includes, front row, Sydnie Wgeishofski, Morgan Eckes and Elisa Flaws; middle row, Carly Chaney; and back row, coach Melissa Chaney, Hannah McMahon, Brittany Joyce, Sonja Palmer and coach Ann Flaws. Submitted Photo
The leadership of Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the leadership of American Legion Post 500, Crosslake, announce the formation of a new Cub Scout Pack in Crosslake. "We will be holding our first meeting Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Local students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents can get help paying for college from the SFM Foundation. The Bloomington, Minn.-based foundation is accepting applications through March 31 for scholarships of up to $5,000 per year for up to five years of schooling. Students whose parents were injured while working for Minnesota or Wisconsin employers are eligible to apply. Recipients are chosen based on financial need and merit, among other factors.
Ryan Hunt, research and development manager for Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in Pine River, will share developments and alternative ways to construct cost-efficient homes at an Unlimited Learning event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby. Cost is $5 for non Unlimited Learning members. For more information, visit www.unlimitedlearning.net . Since 1999 on the 60-acre HUG campus, research for sustainable living, renewable energy and high efficiency sustainable housing has been conducted.