Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Nearly 100 runners and walkers found their way to Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 11, for the annual Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant 10K and 5K races. The races saw participants run through the Paul Bunyan trail and the streets of Pequot Lakes. Ed Shetka of Crosslake was the top finisher in the 5K race, completing the route in 21 minutes, 47 seconds. Jenni Hansen of Lindstrom was the top female finisher, completing the race in 25:05.
From one end of Crosslake to the other, there was no shortage of events for residents and visitors Saturday, Aug. 11. The Crosslake Area Historical Society hosted Heritage Day at the Historic Log Village, where more than 25 artisans demonstrated and sold their wares. The event replaced the long-running Artisans Fair. The Crosslake Fire Department served a meal of pulled pork sandwiches at its annual Pig Roast and Classic Car Show event. Fire trucks were on display, and classic cars filled the fire hall grounds.
Area communities hosted National Night Out events Tuesday, Aug. 7, for residents. The Pequot Lakes Police Department's events at Trailside Park included a hot dog meal, musician, bounce house, dunk tank, face painting and Water Wars. Fire trucks, police cars and helicopters were on display with fire department, law enforcement and healthcare personnel available to chat.
The Friends of Nisswa Lake Park is looking to expand its leadership team to promote and fundraise for the final stages of park development. The FONLP is a registered nonprofit dedicated to the completion of Nisswa Lake Park, which now has bike trails, dock for access to Nisswa and a picnic pavilion with electricity. No experience is necessary, but interested applicants should have a passion for parks, trails and public green spaces. To learn more about the park and future plans, see
Thank you, Mayor Adams and city council. What a wonderful community is Pequot Lakes! Concerts in the park, business that serves us all, a library and now a proposed splash pad and ice skating area in our new park. Something for everyone. We are also blessed with a fine police and fire department. How fortunate we are to live in Pequot Lakes. Diane Eitrheim, 20-year resident Pequot Lakes
The Republican and DFL candidates for governor, who were determined during the Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary election, will appear at a candidate debate from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 17, at the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge. The debate is sponsored by the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and Brainerd Lakes Chamber. KSTP chief political reporter Tom Hauser will moderate the debate, which will cover business, jobs and the economy among other important topics.
WEEKLY Thursdays: Nisswa Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nisswa American Legion Fridays: Pine River Market Square, 2:30-5:30 p.m., downtown Pine River Saturdays: Ideal Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ideal Green Market Co-op AUGUST 16-17 Our Savior's Lutheran Church-Pequot Lakes rummage sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon Friday 16-19 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd International Raceway 17 Last Duck Race of season, 1:45 p.m., Pine River dam 18 Crosslake Ideal Lions Flea Market, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crosslake Town Square
60 years ago, Aug. 15, 1958 (Headline) Early secrets revealed when Douglas Birk digs (Photo) Pictured above, Doug Birk, at the Indian Mound, showing skull in exact position as it was found. 50 years ago, Aug. 16, 1968 (Headline) Village council accepts resignation of Mayor John Rohr Recovery of a car stolen from Rochester last Thursday night was made here in Pine River, Saturday morning about 10 a.m. by Jerry Sorenson, local police chief. 25 years ago, Aug. 19, 1993 (Photo) Air show draws crowds to improved PR airstrip
Haze and a windless, warm day could not keep people away from the Northwoods Arts Council's annual Art and Book Festival in Hackensack on Saturday, Aug. 11. The event attracted visitors from all over the area to meet vendors, authors and artists alike, as it does every year. Attractions of all sorts ranging from food to jewelry and furniture accompanied the many authors and poets who filled the community building, church and street during the event.
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.