Pineandlakes Echo Journal
500 Pine River American Legion 1 p.m. Tuesdays Tuesday, June 13 Peg Kristoff, 4160; Les Dupont, 3020; Carol Furnstahl, 2700. John Holloway won the door prize. Bridge scores Monday, June 12 Jenkins VFW, 11 a.m. No scores. Tuesday, June 13 Whitefish Golf Club, 6 p.m. Duplicate North/South: Lois Steffen and Charles Ready, 145.5; Jim Thompson and Lane Weber, 127; Lorraine Northagen and Marijane Pearce, 115.5.
Pequot Lakes head softball coach Bret Sergent and assistant coach Chad Rudbeck had the opportunity to coach the Class 2A All-Star Scarlet team in Mankato on Sunday, June 11. Their team beat the Royal team 9-2 in the first game before falling to their opponent 5-2 in the next. "It was an outstanding experience to coach such nice young ladies and talented softball players," Sergent said.
WOW Church of the Nazarene in Backus held its first Run for God 5K race Saturday, June 10. The Run for God 5K Challenge is a 12-week Bible study that parallels faith and endurance all while guiding new runners to their first 5K. The 5K challenge is designed for all levels of runners - from those who consider themselves a runner, to those who "once" considered themselves a runner, to those who "never thought they would" consider themselves a runner. Run for God is known for taking "I can't" comments and turning them into "I did."
The Crosslake Area Library will offer a five-week program for children in grades K-5 at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 6-Aug. 3. Register at the library before Tuesday, June 27. Participants can track their summer reading for incentives and enjoy entertainment by the Mad Scientist, Raptor Program from the University of Minnesota, Hands on Rocket Launching and other events. Participants will get summer club T-shirts, free books and prizes. Library time will occur before and after the entertainment, around 11:15 a.m., at which time parents may pick up their children.
Walkers braved the elements on a rainy evening Friday, June 16, to participate in the 14th annual Pine River-Backus Area Relay For Life on the track at Pine River-Backus High School. Six teams took part in the relay, raising more than $18,000 for the American Cancer Society. Prior to the relay, Pine River-Backus Elementary School principal Rick Aulie led an opening ceremony honoring all cancer survivors, followed by Hope Speaker and 10-year cancer survivor Alison Collins of Jenkins, who shared her story of losing her husband to cancer while she battled the disease herself.
I want to personally thank Nancy and Allan Albertson for their many years of dedication and service to Crosslake Lutheran Church, for 22 years of service as choir director and music director. You changed my life in many ways. God's word through music was your gift to many of us. You are so missed. Many of us are saddened and lives have been changed forever. May you find peace. I am indebted to your service. Sharon Seeker, Merrifield
Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, June 25. Pastor Gary and Carrie Espeseth, along with the congregation, invite the community to join in the celebration, which will include burning the church's mortgage. A lunch will follow the service. At 6 p.m., the monthly bluegrass concert will take place at the church. Admission is free, but an offering will be available.
Crosswoods Men's League Thursday, June 15 First place - Sunset: Jeff Helland, Casey Mcchesney, Brad Blahna, Dave Oleson. First place - High Noon: Gary Klatt, Rich Yeager, Ray Elie, Jerry Ekegren. Second place - Sunset: Palmer Sorenson, Pat Lawrence, Chuck Hamilton, Jim Ritter. Second place - High Noon: Wayne Henquinet, Al Olson, Dave Barnes, Gary Hein. Closest to the pin: Charlie Peterson, Steve Larkin, Palmer Sorenson, Jack Larson. Longest putt: Steve Larkin, Dave Barnes. Individual low net - Sunset: Pat Lawrence (26)
Prior to the state tournament, Pine River-Backus boys golf coach Steve Heslop was inducted into the Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is shown posing with his Hall of Fame plaque and his daughter, Jackie.
Author Tim Jollymore, a Minnesota native and California transplant, will be at Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa for a book signing at noon Sunday, June 25, with his latest book, "Lake Stories and Other Tales." The book is a collection of comic, heartfelt and mysterious stories with good humor and affection for their natural settings. Jollymore's work also includes three novels: "Listener in the Snow." "Observation Hill, a novel of class and murder" and "The Advent of Elizabeth." His early novels are set in northern Minnesota.