Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Nearly constant snowfall and blustery temperatures made for an authentic WinterFest celebration Feb. 1-3 in Crosslake. Activities at the 15th annual event included the lost medallion hunt, SoupFest, a cabin fever carnival, pancake breakfast, craft vendors, radar runs, live music and much more.
FEBRUARY 9 Artist workshop by Tim Kowalczyk, 1-3 p.m., Central Lakes College Art Gallery, Brainerd 9 The Ragamala Dance Company of Minneapolis, "Sacred Earth," 7:30 p.m., Chalberg Theatre, Central Lakes College, CLC Cultural Arts Series 13 Lakes Area Unlimited Learning: Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby 14 Verse Like Water visiting poet program: Nick Flynn, noon, Chalberg Theatre, Central Lakes College, Brainerd
Verse Like Water, the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, will present New York Times best-selling author Nick Flynn at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Chalberg Theatre. Flynn is a poet, playwright and memoirist, and his book "Being Flynn" topped the New York Times bestseller list. It was subsequently turned into a film starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano.
Crosslake Communications will host a free technology seminar called "What is 'The Cloud?' and other Tips and Tricks" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Crosslake Community Center. Staff from Crosslake Communications and Emily Cooperative Telephone Company will take a look into what the cloud is, how it stores files, along with its benefits and drawbacks. The seminar will also discuss popular cloud services, such as One Drive, iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox.
On Saturday, Feb. 3, Emily Mitchell, a senior and an archer on the Crosslake Community School Archery team, shot 249 and placed 18th in the 12th-grade girls high school division as an individual archer in the New Prague NASP Archery Tournament. 564 Archers from 34 schools in Minnesota participated in this archery tournament.
The St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid received a grant of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors in Cass County. The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court and administrative hearings, all at no cost.
Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will start its Lenten journey with an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Service will include the imposition of ashes. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In weekly worship beginning Sunday, Feb. 18, through Holy Week, Grace is planning a sermon series based on Max Lucado's book, "He Chose the Nails." Come each week at 9 a.m. and be reminded that God chose you by sending his son, Jesus.
The Pine River-Backus varsity speech team received a first-place trophy at the Feb. 3 Blackduck varsity speech meet. Individual students earned ribbons, with Cody Deplazes and Randall Yost receiving fourth place as a Dramatic Duo; Molly Adkins, sixth for Drama and fifth for Informative Speech; Kansas Tilbury, fifth for Drama; and Emma Pflugshaupt, second for Humor. The speech team competed at the Grand Rapids Early Bird Meet on Jan. 27. Earning ribbons of excellence were Pflugshaupt in Humor and Tilbury in Humor and Drama.
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.
Nisswa Winter Jubilee events will run Friday-Sunday, Feb. 16-18, though the first clue for the Triple Medallion Hunt will be posted at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Clues will be posted at 3 p.m. every day at the Nisswa Chamber building and on Facebook for two of the three hidden medallions. All clues for the last medallion will be posted Saturday, Feb. 17. For prizes and more information, check "Nisswa Winter Jubilee" on Facebook.