Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Minnesota State University-Moorhead Megan Felthous, Pine River-Backus High School graduate, will earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead during its fall commencement ceremony Thursday, Dec. 14. Felthous will graduate summa cum laude.
A community meeting about the Fairview Township portion of the Gull Lake Trail will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Boathouse Event Center, 9820 Birch Bay Dr. S.W., Nisswa. Karl Sam, executive director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, will give a brief presentation about the partnership between Fairview Township and BLACF, which offers a way for people to donate money or appreciated assets to the trail project. Donations are tax deductible.
Pine River-Backus students in kindergarten through third grade filled the commons gym with songs of holiday cheer Monday, Dec. 4, even as rain outside and a winter storm warning was closing down evening activities, including the fourth- through sixth-grade concert. That evening concert was rescheduled to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the commons gym. The younger students performed such classics as "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Santa Claus Rock" and "Hark, Hear the Bells," as well as lively songs like "What's in the Stocking," "Polar Puppy" and "Makin' Christmas Cookies."
The Crosslake Area Garden Club will host a holiday potluck and optional gift exchange at noon Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Crosslake Community Center. 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/ .
Kinship Partners held its 29th annual Taste of the Lakes fundraiser Friday, Nov. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Guest culinary judge was Timothy Fischer, executive chef at Loews Hotel in Minneapolis, who presented awards in each of the categories. The winner for Best Starter was Brian Diumenti, executive chef at Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's, for crispy pork belly and crawfish cake. The award for Best Entrée went to Tom Johnson, executive chef at Breezy Point Resort, for bistro surf and turf, which is slow braised boneless short rib and lobster ravioli.
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.
Pine River-Backus High School Students of the Month for November are Laura Huesman, Paige Poehler, Anna Felthous, Brandon Wolske, Jordan Orth, Stella Canales, Malia Canales, Triston Siltman and Heather Stands.
Pine River-Backus Middle School Students of the Month for November are Tyler DeLong, Tiara Crannell, Morgan Hirchert, Randall Yost, Joseph Zaczkowski, Piper Conklin-DuHoux and Kelsey Bergem.
The ladies of Crosslake Assembly of God Church invite women and girls to a Christmas tea at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. It is a time to get away from the busyness of the season and have a relaxing evening of goodies, appetizers and inspiration. Each woman will receive a gift. Michelle Parker will share inspiring stories. There is no charge. Childcare is available by reservation. Contact Carrie Espeseth at 218-851-7777. Crosslake Assembly of God Church is located on the south side of Crosslake, off County Road 3 and west a quarter mile at 13919 County Road 36.
The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association, which is made up of the 10 snowmobile clubs in Crow Wing County and two clubs in southern Cass County, urge caution to snowmobilers before adequate snow cover is on the trails. While the snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1 there are issues snowmobile clubs must address and this can't be accomplished until they can get equipment out on the trails.