Pineandlakes Echo Journal
A hockey camp athletic trainer allegedly filmed a 14-year-old girl showering in the Breezy Point Ice Arena in Breezy Point, according to criminal charges filed in court against the man. James William Diffley, 32, Maple Grove, was charged June 24 in Crow Wing County District Court with felony interfering with a minor's privacy. Diffley was to appear at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, for his initial appearance hearing. According to a news release from Breezy Point police chief Kevin Merschman, the Breezy Point Ice Arena and dorms are used during the summer months for hockey camps.
Howard McCollister, laparoendoscopic surgeon and chief of surgery at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, was recently elected and installed as president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. McCollister earned his Medical Degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the
Last weekend on Gull Lake, Bar Harbor Supper Club hosted an In Water Boat Show, sponsored by Nisswa Marine, featuring the newest in pontoon and sport boats on display, that were also available for demo rides. People came for the boats, and many stayed for the food, fun and outdoor live music. Photo by Steven Olson, Flying Cloud Exposures
• Family Center Tamales: Proceeds from tamale sales help the family center maintain and enrich programs for families and the community. Fresh tamales are sold each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $6 for five tamales. Frozen tamales are available every day during regular business hours. Contact the family center for more information. • Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed to help make tamales on Tuesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to sell tamales on Wednesdays.
Pine River-Backus boys varsity basketball team won the Break Down Sports U.S.A. tournament on Wednesday, June 24, in Alexandria. The team beat Osakis 39-30, topped Mora 58-39 and downed Bagley 65-51 in the championship game. Team members include, front row from left: Ben Remington, Nick Ackerman, Zach Semmler and Hank Raph. Back row: Zach Struss, Kiel Struss, Nate Brasel, Konrad Bueckers, Tony Pederson and coach John Bueckers. Submitted photo
Crow Wing County and Josh's Place announce a newly developed program that supports four young women with developmental disabilities. The services take place in a residential setting where the young women will live and continue to learn life skills that will enhance their abilities to live as independently as possible. "What makes this program so exciting is that it offers new services during a time of a longstanding moratorium," said co-founder Melanie Fountaine, "and we are thrilled that we are able to meet a need by providing meaningful support to these young women who are truly awesome."
60 years ago, July 1, 1955 Work on the Pine River sign being erected south of town by members of the Commercial Club is progressing rapidly after only three voluntary work sessions by members. Earl Brown, 19, of Minneapolis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brown of Brown's Cafe, Pine River, narrowly escaped death by drowning on Saturday afternoon at Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis. 50 years ago, July 2, 1965 Excitement and anguish did not last long at the Kenneth Schrupp Jr. farm Tuesday, for their lost boy was found very shortly.
Jody Osterloh of Close Converse was recently elected chair of the United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties board of directors. Additional officers elected were Kevin Thesing, owner of Lakes Printing, chair-elect; Shawn Fischer, CliftonLarsonAllen, treasurer; Joe Schulte, retired, secretary; and Tim Houle, Crow Wing County, past chair. The changing of the gavel happened at the organization's June board meeting. For more information regarding United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties, visit www.unitedwaynow.org .
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The Senior Nutrition Program offers a nutritionally balanced meal for all people to enjoy. Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Pine River and Crosslake. The suggested voluntary donation is $4 per meal for those over 60 and $7.15 for those under 60. Meals on Wheels are available for homebound seniors in area communities. In Pine River, meals are served at the Heartland Apartments, 445 Snell Ave. To make a reservation or for Meals on Wheels information, call 218-587-2921. In Crosslake, meals are served at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road.