Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Thousands flocked to Crosslake Saturday for the 44th annual St. Patrick's Day parade. St. Patrick's Day green and props along with beads were the attire of the day in Crosslake. Echo Journal photo. --- --- --- --- --- KLICK! Gallery - Crosslake St. Patrick's Day 2018 Thousands flocked to Crosslake Saturday for the 44th annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
Crosslake Auto Body's 'boat float' took second place in the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade on a warm Saturday afternoon, March 17. --- --- --- --- --- KLICK! Photo Gallery - Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade floats Check out the parade floats in the St. Patrick's Day Parade - 2018 edition! 219 photos - Klick here to view!
Backus and Hackensack area businesses and residents are invited to an open house from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Cass County Land Department building in Backus to get information about planned reconstruction of Highway 371 between Backus and Hackensack in late summer. Highway 371 will be closed to through traffic for several weeks during the project, which is scheduled to begin in August and be completed in October. The detour will begin after the Labor Day holiday weekend in September.
The following area students competed Wednesday, March 7, in the Lakes Spelling Bee at the National Joint Powers Alliance center in Staples: Danika Dik, sixth-grader from Crosslake Community School; Erin Kempka, seventh-grader, and Madeleine Hoag, fifth-grader, both from the Pequot Lakes School District; and Randall Yost, eighth-grader from the Pine River-Backus School District. Royalton eighth-grader Chloe Holoman won the bee to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-June 1 in Washington, D.C.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at prbschools.revtrak.net or call 218-587-2080. • Painting: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, Pine River-Backus Elementary School Room 34. Fee: $5. Paint with a variety of items, including a double brush, rollers, potato masher and feather. Class will use springtime colored paints. • Watercolor painting: 3-5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Pine River-Backus High School Room 255. Fee: $5. Participants will design watercolor creations.
Verse Like Water, Central Lakes College's visiting poet program, will present Syrian storyteller and essayist Osama Alomar at noon Wednesday, March 21, in the Chalberg Theatre on CLC's Brainerd campus. This event is free and open to the public. As one of the most noted writers in Syria, Alomar strives to preserve "al-qisa al-qasira jiddan," which translates to "a very short story." Experience his mingling of poetry, fables and political allegory.
The Crosslake Area Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Crosslake Community Center, where James Kromwell will present "Landscaping." The club meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the community center. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Jayne at 218-763-1222 or visit https://crosslakegarden.wordpress.com/ .
Every year since 1973, March has been a month to appreciate and celebrate how good nutrition positivity affects Americans. Join the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Programs in celebrating National Nutrition Month by learning about and sharing information with your friends and neighbors about local food and nutrition resources.
Nine archers from the Crosslake Community School archery team participated in the North Region Tournament held in Cook on Saturday, March 10. Eight of those archers participated in the middle school division and shot for a combined score of 1869, finishing in 10th place. Robert J. Elkington Middle School of Grand Rapids finished first. In the 12th-grade girls high school division, Crosslake's Emily Mitchell shot as an individual archer and took 14th with a score of 247. Nearly 500 archers from 13 northern Minnesota schools participated in event.
The Crossing Arts Alliance presents "A Riot Of Color" through March 31. Because this time of year can get a little gray, this exhibition showcases some of the brightest, boldest and most colorful artwork from various local artists. Artwork from the following artists is on display: Elayna Hallbeck, Diane Runberg, Jan Lendobeja, Kim Reese, Kathleen Carney, Ellen Smith, Thomas Jungels, Bob Larson, MollieRae Miller, Joanne Wotczak, Sharon Herwig, Kathy Bardolph, Gabrielle Cordes, Shalene Cole, Holly Oehme and Carolyn Abbott.