Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Students from Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, and Crosslake Community School participated in the Pequot Brush Pilots Snowmobile Club's DNR-approved snowmobile safety training course, with an eight-hour hands-on course along with a written and driving test in the Pequot Lakes High School parking lot. Each student and their families will receive a free family membership to the Pequot Brush Pilots and Ideal Sno Pros for the next year.
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Foundation will host the Tree of Life Memorial Service and Lighting Ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the River Room on the lower level of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. The community is invited to the service offering family and friends the opportunity to honor a loved one and remember those lost. Scripture reading, music, reading of names and hanging of a bulb by a family member will be followed by a reception time for sharing and support.
Minnesota livestock producers received additional time to apply for grant money to help prevent wolf attacks. Due to a late harvest that kept producers in the fields longer than average, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture extended the deadline for the Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grant applications to Friday, Dec. 15.
500 scores 1 p.m. Tuesdays Pine River American Legion Tuesday, Nov. 28 Rich Davis, 3990; Les Dupont, 3930; Bud Johnson, 3650; Ralph Hulke, 3450. Jeanette Toenies won the door prize. Bridge scores Monday, Nov. 27 Jenkins VFW, 11 a.m. Peter Graves, 7180; Florence DeLong, 5750; Bruce Peck 5730. Tuesday, Nov. 28 Whitefish Golf Club, 12:30 p.m. Jim Thompson and Lois Steffen, 38.5; Ginny Hersey and Pat Nentl, 25.5; Tom and Helen McGrath, 25; Al and Rose Ann Stans, 23. Wednesday, Nov. 29 Maucieri's, 11 a.m.
Residents and visitors made their way to the Army Corps of Engineers campground on Saturday, Dec. 2, for Crosslake's annual Holiday at the Dam celebration. Visitors were treated to Christmas music, a bonfire with s'mores, horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit from Santa Claus. Children had the chance to tell Santa the items they want for Christmas and have their picture taken with him.
Both the varsity and junior varsity teams brought home trophies as the Revolution Dance Team competed at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2. In the jazz competition, both teams took first place against a field of 2A and 3A teams. Varsity took second place in high kick, which Alexandria won by three points. Junior varsity took first place in high kick.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters of PR-B volleyball. We had the awesome opportunity to win the 2017 Section 5A championship match, which allowed us to compete in the 2017 Minnesota State Volleyball Tournament in November. It was a wonderful experience playing at the Xcel Center and a great team bonding time. We competed, were challenged and were able to set our eyes on new goals for the upcoming season.
Five Pequot Lakes Patriots football players made the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team while nine other Patriots received honorable mention from a squad that reached the Class 3-A state semifinals for the first time in program history. Seniors Austin Young, Nathan Traut, Calvin Maske and Maxx Schindel and junior Tyler Manley represented Pequot Lakes on the first team while seniors Blake Lane, Zach Sjoblad, Zach Senst, Garrett Wolf, Devon Psyck, Chase Larson, Jon Urseth and juniors Dylin Ackerman and Tim Ryan made honorable mention.
Pine River United Methodist Church held its annual Kid's Shop Day on Saturday, Dec. 2, where children had the opportunity to select gifts for friends and family and participate in the gift-giving spirit of the season. The church pews were filled with families waiting their turns to select from a variety of toys, trinkets and gifts for any member of the family.
Lakes area temperatures are finally frigid enough to help freeze our lakes for ice enthusiasts. This is a topic that's close to my heart as I watched one family's lives change forever when their son/brother died after his all-terrain vehicle went through the ice on Round Lake on Dec. 10, 2006. Tyler Magnan, a Brainerd High School graduate, would be 32 today. His tragic accident affected not only his immediate and extended families, but good friends like us as well.