Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Pine River Garden Club will have its annual plant sale in conjunction with the farmers' market Friday, May 29. Sale hours will be 2:30-5:30 p.m.
The Initiative Foundation, Little Falls, announced it awarded 56 grants totaling more than $253,000 during the first quarter of 2015. The grants support organizations and projects in the 14-county region of central Minnesota. Additional grants totaling more than $458,000 were awarded through hosted component funds during the first quarter. The Initiative Foundation hosts a variety of Turn Key component funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups.
The Pine River Lions Club has updated all of the former receptacles that collected eyeglasses and hearing aids in the Pine River community. Lions club member Jack Rysavy built the boxes.
The Nisswa Area Historical Society will begin the season at the Pioneer Village in downtown Nisswa by opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, May 23 and 30. Starting in June and going through the end of August, the village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. September dates are Saturdays only. Call 963-3570 for more information. The Pioneer Village consists of century old log cabins, a school house, livery and History Center on one side of the street with a caboose, express building and Nisswa's original depot on the other.
Pequot Lakes students had art selected to go to the National Joint Powers Alliance art contest in Staples, placing in many categories. Following are students who had art chosen to go to the show and the awards they received: • High School Painting: Lyndsey Johnson, first; Carlee Waschek, second; Taya Salminen, third; and Kiley Anderson, Morena Hammer, Brittny Bzdok and Maggie Heggerston, Merit Awards. • High School Photography: Graedon Rhor, first; and Kaisa Bernu and Gina Garai, Merit Awards. • High School Drawing: Brittany Adkins, first. • Middle School Print-Making: Kylee Jord
Maggie Heggerston's 72 led the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the team title at the St. Cloud Invitational on Thursday, May 14, at the St. Cloud Country Club. Pequot Lakes finished with a combined score of 316, which was 12 strokes ahead of runner-up Marshall. The Patriots' Alex Stone fired a 77, followed by teammate Amanda Nies with an 82 and Megan Snyder's 85. "It was fun to play against some people and teams we don't normally see," Pequot head coach Jon Dale said in a Brainerd Dispatch story. "The weather was not terrible.
The Pequot Lakes boys' golf team, led by Ethan Neitske's round of 77, finished first at the final Mid-Minn Conference meet on Monday, May 18, at Cragun's Legacy Courses. Although the Patriots won the meet, runner-up Crosby-Ironton won the season point title. The Rangers finished with 131 points, followed by Pequot Lakes 124.5, Staples-Motley 59.5, Pine River-Backus 53.5 and Wadena-Deer Creek 51. On Monday, Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley was the meet and season medalist.
The Pequot Lakes trap shooting team is in second place in the Conference 6AA regular season standings following Week 3 competition at Lakeshore Conservation Club, which was rain delayed and concluded on Wednesday, May 13. The Week 4 shoot set for Sunday, May 17, was also postponed due to inclement weather. Buffalo, the defending state champion, currently leads the conference standings. Top Pequot Lakes shooters for Week 3 included: David Schroeder, top gun with 47 out of 50, Christian Burnett and Zack Lyonais with 46 and freshman Brock Andrews 45, including making his first 25 shots.
Aaron Jenkins belted a leadoff home run in the second and an inning later Nate DeChaine doubled in the winning run to give the unbeaten Nisswa Lightning a 2-1 victory over the host Sobieski Skis in a rain-shortened Victory League amateur baseball game on Sunday, May 17. Jenkins finished 2-3 and Jason Roepke pitched all five innings to pick up the win. Nisswa, 4-0 overall, is scheduled to play at Fort Ripley at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. Nisswa 2 8 0 Sobieski 1 4 0 5 innings WP: Jason Roepke. LP: Tyler Jendro. 2B: N-Nate DeChaine. HR: Aaron Jenkins.
A great thank you to the residents and businesses of Breezy Point again this year for the citizens appreciation days event on 2 May. We have attended this great family event for several years now and the pig roast is always a good feed. All you can eat and it's absolutely free. The addition this year of the classic car show and the fly-in/air show just added to the event. And best of all, it was all free. To see the time and energy that these car buffs and airplane buffs put into their cars and planes along with the pig roast made this a fabulous event for the whole family.