Pineandlakes Echo Journal
BAXTER—A two-vehicle crash near Wal-Mart in Baxter led to minor injuries for one driver. The Baxter Police Department responded to the crash at 2:37 p.m. Thursday. According to the report,...
Breezy Point Ladies League The Breezy Point Ladies Golf League played at The Traditional on Thursday, June 16. The format was an individual game of fairways & putts - 5 points for each fairway hit then subtracting the number of putts on each green. First-place winner was Judy Thomas; a two-way tie for second place went to Connie Colon and Kathy McTague; third place went to Colleen Rawlings; fourth place, Janie Pommer. Black Bear Ladies League
The College of St. Scholastica-Duluth The following students were named to the spring semester dean's list at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth: Hannah Kostecka, Kacy Livingston and Nancy Malecha, all of Pequot Lakes; Jonathan Schneider and Isabel Lawrence, both of Pine River. University of Wisconsin-Madison The University of Wisconsin-Madison named Erin Rudbeck of Pequot Lakes to the spring semester dean's honor list. Rudbeck is studying in the School of Human Ecology. Pine Technical & Community College-Pine City
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., began speaking at 11:21 a.m. and continued in a filibuster that lasted 15 hours (C-Span 1 — Wednesday, June 15) about the need for background checks and closing the terrorist loophole at gun shows. He ended his speech and persuaded the Senate to take a vote on Monday, when he said that it took courage for the educational aide to wrap her arms around her autistic student before they were both shot and killed by an assault rifle with a 30-bullet clip.
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.
Community members showed off their furry (and feathery) friends during the seventh annual Pequot Lakes Pet Parade on Saturday, June 18. Participants walked down Front Street and then posed on the red carpet with their pets. Dogs, rabbits, goats, chickens and guinea pigs all appeared in the parade. The following awards were given: Best in Show, Eliah Martini with Harry Winston; Best Trick, Morgan Riley with Quila; Best Costume, Clay and Carter Erickson with Carmel and Humphrey; Pet/Owner Look-a-Like, Craig with Daisy; Most Unusual Pet, Shaila with Abbey the goat.
The Cass County Fair in Pine River kicks off Thursday, June 23, and runs through Sunday, June 26. Following is a schedule of events: Thursday, June 23: Agriculture Day 7-9 a.m.: 4-H & Open Class livestock check-in. 8 a.m.-noon: Open Class judging. Noon: Exhibit and commercial buildings open. Noon: 4-H and Open Class poultry show and judging. 4 p.m.: Carnival rides open. 4- 7 p.m.: Tiny Hands farm tours. 5 p.m.: Iron Chef Cookoff (Don Smith Building). 5 p.m.: 4-H rabbit show. 6-10 p.m.: Midway armband hours.
Kathy Gaalswyk, founding president of the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, announced she will transition out of her position at the end of this year after 30 years of service. Gaalswyk has led the foundation from its inception in 1986 through three decades of increasing resilience and vitality in central Minnesota's economy and communities.
The Crow Wing County Genealogical Society will host a research meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Center, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Several members will be present to assist in research. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend. For questions, call 218-828-9178 or 218-851-4819.
Twenty-two cancer survivors celebrated their winning battles with the disease and 258 years of survivorship during the 13th annual Pine River-Backus Area Relay for Life on Friday, June 17, at Pine River-Backus High School. Tricia Warner, a 1 1/2-year cancer survivor, was this year's Hope speaker. Warner addressed the audience with words of encouragement as she spoke about her cancer journey. During the opening ceremony, cancer survivors in attendance walked a lap around the gymnasium, and community members lit luminaries in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer.