Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The third annual Four on the Fourth Fun Run will go four miles around Markee Lake at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 4. This family event will begin and end at the Minnesota Elks Youth Camp beach. Runners can run for time or fun. A social will follow the run on the beach. Runners of all ages are welcome. Enter the service entrance from 7:30-8 a.m. and park on the ballfield. Cost for adults is $25 with a T-shirt and $20 without. Cost for youth 12 and under is $15 with a T-shirt and $10 without. Parent permission is required.
This week's Pine River Duck Races at the dam will be held Saturday, July 5, instead of Friday, July 4, the Pine River Chamber of Commerce announced. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. with the first race at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4, at Fairfield Town Hall, located approximately 15 miles north of Crosby or 5 miles south of Emily on Highway 6, just north of the intersection of State Highway 6 and County Road 36. Start the holiday by acknowledging the document that established our independence as a nation no longer under colonial rule. There will be a short program of patriotic readings and music with light refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome.
Deborah Griffith, head park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake campground, will present "How High Is the Water, Mama?" from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Crosslake Community Center as the monthly Crosslake Chautauqua Program. Griffith will explain the task of water management on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.
The 10th annual Monarch Butterfly Release will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Pelican Woods Cemetery and Nature Trail in Breezy Point. Butterflies are available for purchase for $10 each at Breezy Point City Hall. Call 218-562-4441. Details and butterfly order forms are at www.cityofbreezypointmn.us Features speaker will be Coralee Fox, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener and Brainerd Chapter Wild Ones. Bring a lawn chair and camera for pictures of the real butterflies and the "larger than life" model butterfly. The event will be held rain or shine.
Pestello's off 371 and Rusty's Up North Realty in Backus are organizing a boat parade for noon July 4 on Pine Mountain Lake in Backus. Registrants are asked to decorate their boat in a patriotic theme. Judges will determine the best among the boat floats. Participants will compete for a half-day guided fishing trip as a grand prize or cash for second or third place. Registration will be from 8:30-11 a.m. at Rusty's Up North Realty in Backus. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. at Pestello's Off 371.
Kids in the Park is a fun time for most ages with carnival games and prizes that the Hackensack American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 has been hosting for the past several years. This year's event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, in the park in Hackensack next to the playground and before the city pier where the fishing contest is held.
Weekly Nisswa Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, American Legion parking lot Market in the Park, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 21, Trailside Park, Pequot Lake Pine River Duck Races, 1:45 p.m. Fridays (except July 4; races will be July 5 this week) through Aug. 15, Pine River dam Pine River Market Square, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 26, downtown Pine River Flea Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 30, along Paul Bunyan Trail Hackensack Kids Fishing Contest, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, City Pier Big Fun Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug.
The Hackensack Chainsaw Event Committee is looking for white pine logs that are at least 16 inches in diameter or larger.
Fieldstone walls are being rebuilt at the Nisswa pedestrian tunnel site after the walls along the ramp recently collapsed. That led to the tunnel site being closed. Nisswa City Planner Loren Wickham said when the landscaper started doing work, the fieldstone walls collapsed.