Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Backus Cornfest events attracted a crowd Saturday, Aug. 11. Attendees were glad for the relief offered by shady spots and a Water Wars game as the sun was bright with little or no breeze. Neither heat nor haze from the Canada wildfires kept people home as games and vendors drew families to Main Street for festival foods, games, corn feed and a candy-laden parade.
A new mayor will lead Pequot Lakes starting in 2019. After four terms and eight years as mayor, with a two-year hiatus from 2015-16, Mayor Nancy Adams decided not to seek re-election. The Pequot Lakes City Council also will have at least one new member. There also will be races on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for Pequot Lakes School Board; Pine River-Backus School Board; Nisswa, Crosslake, Fifty Lakes and Hackensack city councils; Lake Shore mayor with the last-day filing by a former mayor; and Manhattan Beach mayor and city council.
It's been a privilege to serve as the mayor of Pequot Lakes for four terms. I've loved this town since the first time I came to vacation on East Twin Lake in 1967, and Tom and I knew there was no other place we would rather be when we retired in 2000 to move here full time.
Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Those interested can apply online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, by phone at 888-665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Hunters may pick from one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 18-19 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 27-28 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. The bag limit for this year's hunt is two, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.
Community members are invited to The Night Out, an annual event that directly benefits Central Lakes College students, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Northern Pacific Event Space. Hosted by the CLC Foundation, The Night Out will feature heavy appetizers paired with beverage selections from Jack Pine Brewery, Roundhouse Brewery, Fulton, Cashwise and The Shante. Attendees will also enjoy live music, photo booth, a brief program and a silent auction highlighting the best of CLC and our community.
Heart and Soul 2018 will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 6:30—9 p.m. at the Crosslake Lutheran Church. Featured speaker for this women only event will be cardiologist Eric Fenstad, MD, MSc, FACC. He will present, "Things that go Bump in the Night," a presentation on Heart Rhythms in Women.
The public is invited to join Sheriff Tom Burch's Fish Crew Saturday, Aug 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Union Congregational Church in Hackensack for the Cass County Sheriff's Office fifth annual Walleye Fish Fry. Tickets will be sold only at the door and will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Children under 5 eat for free. Dinner includes walleye, wild rice hot dish, fry bread, coleslaw and dessert served with coffee or lemonade.
The Pine River United Methodist Church will host the Churchyard Bluegrass Gospel Band on Sunday, Aug. 19. Those interested are encouraged to arrive for coffee at 9:30 a.m. in the basement, then enjoy these musicians at the church's 10 a.m. service.
Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes is hosting a Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday Aug. 17 rummage sale. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Free will proceeds go to Current for Curran, a solar project, and the Adult and Teen Challenge.
The Pine River Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed CanvasTech, a new businesses to Pine River. Rick Low owns the business that specializes in boat tops, covers, upholstery, custom canvas and awnings. The business is located in the former Shamp's Meat Market building alongside Highway 371, just south of Pine River. Low has been in the canvas business for many years.