Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Taylor Max, a sixth-grader at Crosslake Community School, was chosen as one of three honorable mentions in the 2017 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities. Max's entry was chosen as one of the top six entries from the submissions of more than 400 Minnesota fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students. For the 2017 essay contest, students were asked to reflect on the following prompt:
As Pequot Lakes works to update its comprehensive plan, the public is invited to attend planning commission meetings the third Thursday of each month, where the comp plan will be a regular agenda item at 6 p.m. Regular planning commission meetings then begin at 7 p.m. The city of Pequot Lakes created a link on the homepage of its website at www.pequotlakes-mn.gov , where residents can follow the comprehensive plan update process, view the schedule of meetings and provide comments. Residents can also view a hard copy and provide written comments.
The Pequot Lakes fourth grade boys' basketball team took second place at the Staples-Motley Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. They beat Park Rapids and Aitkin, then lost to Staples-Motley in the championship game. Front row, from left: Blake Spiczka, Dylan Pederson, Carter Erickson, Ben Westerman and Ryder Schultz. Back row: Nic Foster, Ethan Rick, Owen Krueger, Toby Hoffard and Gus Bolz-Andolshek. The team is coached by Rich Spiczka and Matt Erickson.
The Pequot Lakes sixth grade boys' basketball team were consolation champs at the Little Falls Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. They lost to Rocori and then went on to beat Kimball and Brainerd. Front row, from left: Conner Quale, Cole Sposito, Clay Erickson and Griffin Hoffman. Back row: Shane Crowley, River Sommerness, Brayden Spiczka, Will Taylor and Eli Hall. The team is coached by Rich Spiczka and Garrett Anderson.
Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area will host a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in a tent on Hole-in-the-Day Bay as part of Frozen Fore festivities. The meal will include a stack of Minnesota Morning buttermilk pancakes, sausage and coffee. Attendees are asked to make a donation to Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area.
The 13th annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore, with the theme "Let the Games Begin," will be held Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25. This golf and snowmobile charity event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, with the fourth annual Frozen Flop (registration will begin at 5 p.m.), followed by the Tent Party located in the middle of Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake showcasing an ice bar, food and live music performed by SOLO at 7:30 p.m. and Boogie Wonderland at 9 p.m.
Pequot Lakes Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at isd186.org or call 218-568-9200. • Swimming Lessons Session 2: AmericInn, Pequot Lakes. Fee: $48 per session. Lessons for ages 11 months and up. Sessions are Mondays, Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2; or Wednesdays, Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 in one-half hour lessons from 2:30-6 p.m. • Essential Oils-Make and Take: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Pequot Lakes High School Room G102. Fee: $15 plus $15 supply fee.
The Pequot Lakes varsity speech team placed second at the Underwood Lions Invitational behind East Grand Forks on Saturday, Feb. 10.
The Crosslake Community School Archery Team had 19 archers participate in the 2018 Hill City Region 2 Archery Tournament held in Hill City on Saturday, Feb. 10, placing fourth overall with combined score of 3,000. In the Middle School Division, Logan Mejdrich finished first with a score of 281. In the 12th Grade Girls' High School Division, Emily Mitchell shot as an individual archer and took 17th place with a score of 240. Freshman Konner Dik shot as an individual archer and took 20th place with a score of 219. Nearly 500 archers took part in the tournament.
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.