Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort will sponsor a low-cost spay-neuter clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Hackensack Fire Hall. Participants qualify for this reduced fee service by meeting easy-to-interpret income guidelines or by indicating participation in one or more of 12 federal assistance programs. To see if this service is available for their pet, owners need to visit the kindestcutmn.com website, select "Schedule" a "Spay/Neuter Appointment," and answer a short survey to determine their pet's eligibility for this income-qualified service.
A series of free weekly classes called "I CAN Prevent Diabetes!" in which people can learn how to change lifestyle habits in an effort to prevent diabetes and be healthier will be offered in Crosby and Baxter this fall. Classes are from 2:30-3:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Crosby campus at 320 E. Main St. and from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at CRMC's Baxter clinic located at 13205 Isle Drive.
I'd like to set the record straight from the last Nisswa City Council meeting and the conversation on the proposed road assessment policy. Councilman Heidmann stated the only reason Mayor Kraus and Councilman Jacobson supported the policy is that they live on a private road and a county road so it would not affect them. This is not true nor is there proof of this. All decisions these gentlemen made were because they believed it was in the best interest of the city and not for personal gain. Heidmann's statement was uncalled for and unfair.
The Minnesota Health Action Group announced recently that six Essentia Health clinics are among 276 Minnesota and border state clinics that were recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression as part of the 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Quality Incentive Payment System, a state of Minnesota pay-for-performance program that is administered by The Action Group.
The Lakeshore Conservation Club will host its member appreciation day on Sunday, Sept. 4. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a variety of shooting games played throughout the day. Attendees will be treated to a potluck including burgers, brats and hot dogs, and are encouraged to bring a salad or dessert to share. Individuals at the event will get the chance to meet and chat with Lakeshore Conservation Club board members and other shooting enthusiasts.
Hackensack American Legion Unit 202 awarded pin guards to several members for continuous years of membership at the August meeting. Special recognition was awarded to Fran Miell for 70 years and Mary Wheeler for 50 years. Also recognized were Char Wilkes, Janett Bundy, Karen Jensen and Jeanette Timmers, 30 years; Bev Sauer, Kathryn Norby, Colleen Sue Norby, Marcia Freeman and Danielle Carter, 25. Dawn Kirwin, Karen (Liz) Ramirez, Shirley Schoenenberger and Sandra Secora, 20 years; Heather Wynn, Susan Cartney, Joan Majeres and Diana Poole, 15 years.
Many different events occur in our communities each summer that we have a chance to enjoy. I would like to take a moment to say thanks to all the people that make the Cardboard Boat Races at Moonlite Bay so much fun. The entire bay and shoreline was packed with people enjoying the activities on Saturday, Aug. 13. A special thanks to Jessie and Rich and all the Moonlite Bay staff for hosting this fun filled event. Also thanks to Moonlite for donating the proceeds from the event to the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club to support boating safety on the chain of lakes.
Pine River United Methodist Church will host its annual quilt show, this year titled "Quilts and Collections," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, at the church, 348 Barclay Ave. Lunch will be available and will include the church's famous potato soup, sandwiches, pie and beverages. To share any items for the show, call 218-587-4091 or 218-682-2288.
United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties recently announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. Kara Griffin, Quinn Swanson and Chad Wottreng joined the organization's board and succeeded outgoing board members Tim Houle, Shawn Fischer and Jody Osterloh effective July 1. Griffin works with Crow Wing County Community Services and is co-chair of Crow Wing Energized. Griffin brings experience in financial management, planning and development, personnel management and general administration to the board.
I wish I could avoid and ignore our politics. But they determine things affecting my life, from religious freedom (I'm atheist, they say), to my job and environment. People say, "I'm not into politics," but I usually reply, "Well, politics is into you."