Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Five Wings Arts Council seeks representatives from Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties to serve a three-year term on its board of directors. Council members are charged with setting policy, as well as approving funding programs and services designed to improve the lives of the people in Region Five through arts and culture projects. They also review and make funding award decisions about grant applications submitted to the council. In addition, Five Wings Arts Council members represent the council at various arts events in the region and state.
Thousands of runners and walkers - around 2,200 - lined up on Main Street in Nisswa on a sunny Saturday morning, July 7, to participate in the ninth annual Nisswa Firecracker Run. Racers and their families filled the Nisswa Community Center grounds after the race, where children enjoyed a Slip'n Slide and colored bubble machine while adults sampled the traditional free Pabst beer and crawfish boil.
School is out, but the learning has just begun at the Lakes Area Music Festival. Audiences of all ages can experience music and the arts in a new way through the programs of the LAMF's 10th season, running Aug. 4-26. Registration is open for Explore Music!, the festival's annual weeklong day camp for students entering grades 1-5. Now in its seventh year, the program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon July 30-Aug. 3 at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd.
Nearly 500 runners and walkers took part in the 21st annual Run for the Walleye 5K and 10K races at the Crosslake Community Center on Saturday, July 7. Brian Peterson of Edina was the first to cross the finish line, finishing the 5K in 19 minutes, 13 seconds, all while pushing a stroller. Edward Shetka of Crosslake was the top local runner, finishing seventh overall.
The Pequot Lakes Diamond League 9U team was crowned league champions after playing five games in a round-robin tournament in Bemidji on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. They played the Bemidji 9U team for the championship. Team members include Kyle Kotaska, Liam Zins, Lucas Haff, Josh Robeck, Luke Laposky, Alex Johnson, Luke Martin, Colton Vry, Sam Afagwu, Colten Barnes, Bodie Nybakken, Grant Vershey, Grady Tjaden, Michael Haar, Nolan Hall, Jackson Woodman and Ryder Schultz.
Driving for Hospice, a new charity golf tournament to benefit hospice patients in Aitkin, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood and Emily, will be Thursday, Aug. 30, at Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course in Deerwood. Hospice provides compassionate care and dignity for terminally ill people and supports their loved ones with comfort when time matters most. Proceeds from the inaugural fundraising event will stay in the community and be used to provide end-of-life care to hospice patients and fund supplies, medications and home equipment.
Our Lady of the Lakes Parish (with Catholic churches in Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Nisswa) announces its capital fund drive. The "One Faith - One Family - One Future" campaign aims to raise funds to make critically needed improvements at the Pine River church (Our Lady of Lourdes) and to construct a new church on County Road 29 on the border of Pequot Lakes and Nisswa to serve the southern half of the parish.
The Pine River High School class of 1963 invites all classmates from the years before and after them to join a reunion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Pine River American Legion. This informal gathering, hosted 55 years after the class of 1963 crossed the gym stage, will include refreshments and chatting/reminiscing with old friends. Spouses, friends and Pine River-Backus High School graduates are welcome to attend this gathering that takes place every year on the Saturday of Summerfest.
Hunters can now apply for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17. Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 18-19 (Thursday-Friday, code 668) or Oct. 27-28 (Saturday.-Sunday, code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. The bag limit for this year's hunt is two, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions for this year's hunt will be posted in July at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.
It is officially summer in the lakes area. The temperature is usually - sometimes unreasonably - high and every scene out of my window is that wonderful mix of blues and greens. If you can handle a little added weekend traffic, it truly is a wonderful time of year to be in the area, especially if you can get out and enjoy the natural beauty this area provides, with its wooded trails and hundreds upon hundreds of lakes. I, however, will not be enjoying the area too much this summer.