Pineandlakes Echo Journal
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.
Nearly 450 Pequot Lakes High School students took to the football field and track on a rainy morning and afternoon Wednesday, May 9, to take part in the school's annual Relay for Life, put on by the Interact Club. Students joined teams and walked laps around the field in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Those teams raised $26,325.51 - the most in school history.
Rotary President, Bruce Meade recently joined more 300 other rotarians at the Rotary District 5580 Conference in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, as he Meade accepted several awards on behalf of the club. These awards include first place in community and international service, the Fundraising Award of Excellence, and first place in per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation. Meade also accepted an Award of Excellence on behalf of the Pequot Lakes Interact Club for its community service, including its cancer walk.
New Pathways, a homeless shelter program, has been helping to find housing and services for families with children in need in the Brainerd lakes area since 2006. The organization is now in need of financial help, as it will lose about half of its normal operating budget in July due to federal Housing and Urban Development funding changes. "We've launched a 'Save the Shelter' campaign because we still need to raise a significant amount of money to replace the $192,541 in lost HUD funding," Executive Director Pamela Streed said in a news release.
An informational meeting on children's safety, called NissWATCH, will take place Tuesday, May 22, at the Nisswa Community Center. The program will begin with sandwiches, coffee and cookies at 5 p.m. Then at 5:30 p.m. Minneapolis Police Sgt. Grant Snyder will talk about the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force. He will be followed by Nisswa Police Officer Jeremy Rooney, who will talk about the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Naomi Nelson, regional navigator for Lutheran Social Services.
Second-grader Ireland Jordan and her grandma, Kathy Jordan, have fun with the "Chicken Dance" Friday, May 11, during Eagle View Elementary School's Grandparents Day. All second-graders performed songs and dances for their grandparents Friday.
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd Matthew and Kaycee Houde, Nisswa, a girl, Leia Rose, 5 pounds, 3 ounces, April 19, 2018. Kyle and Michaela Reed, Pine River, a girl, Loreli Mae, 7 pounds, 13 ounces, April 21, 2018. Grandparents are Elizabeth Hedman and Scott Amundson, Pine RIver, and James and Charlene Reed, Fifty Lakes.
Eagle View Elementary students and families donated items for the local food shelf on Tuesday, May 1. More than 550 pounds and $80 in cash were donated. Pictured are members of the Eagle View student council as they loaded up all of the items for delivery.
Crosslake Historical Society A fundraiser for the Crosslake Area Historical Society will be Tuesday, May 22, at Whitefish Lodge and Suites with social hour and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and are available at Whitefish Lodge and Suites or by calling Mary Dischinger at 612-940-1575 or Joan Callender at 218-692-3482.
RiverWood Bank was named 2017 Lender of the Year by the Minnesota Business Finance Corporation. This award recognizes RiverWood Bank for having the highest dollar amount of SBA 504 loans approved by MBFC and the US Small Business Administration within the fiscal year. These loans are specifically for small businesses and are designed to help startups and existing businesses expand and create new jobs.