Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Crow Wing County Highway Department reminds residents that it is illegal to place political, real estate, garage sale, graduation, wedding, etc. signs within a public road right of way, including the ditch. Signs placed in public road right of way are in violation of Minnesota Statute 160.27. This statute prohibits putting signs in the highway road right of way and allows for removal by road authorities.
For the third summer in a row, Happy Dancing Turtle will offer area youths the opportunity to hone their camping skills through Turtle Treks. Happy Dancing Turtle is a small nonprofit in Pine River working to promote stewardship and sustainability. HDT believes in the power of getting kids back into nature, a news release stated.
Representatives of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomed members and friends from the University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnership to the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens at the Cross Lake Recreation Area on Wednesday, July 25. The Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens project enjoyed early funding support from the Central Region's Sustainable Development Partnership.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point The following area students graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on May 19: Madison Grausam, Hackensack, Master of Science in community and organizational leadership; Ernest Jorgensen, Nisswa, Bachelor of Science in geoscience. Drake University Danielle McKay, Nisswa, was named to the spring semester dean's list at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at prbschools.revtrak.net or call 218-587-2080. • Eureka Engineering for Grades 3-5: 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, Aug. 13-16, Pine River-Backus School. Enter through Door 33. Fee: $70 (possible scholarships available). Eureka introduces students to the core skills of robotics and other STEM areas through engaging and hands-on learning opportunities. Student groups will work with Lego Mindstorm kits, which will include both programming and mechanical components.
The National Loon Center in Crosslake received support from the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources last week when it was included in the annual recommendations being made to the 2019 Minnesota Legislature on how to allocate proceeds from the state's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The project is dedicated to the survival and protection of the common loon and will focus, through the foundation's mission, to restore and protect loon habitats, enhance environmental recreation, and construct a research and education center for migratory wildlife.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers a Football Skills Clinic for students entering grades 3-7 from 6-7:30 p.m. for two days in mid-August at the PR-B practice football field. Fee: $15. Pre-registration is required. Register online at prbschools.revtrak.net or call 218-587-2080. This is a non-padded, non-contact clinic where participants will learn basic skills for all offensive and defensive positions. Camp coaches will include current PR-B high school coaches and athletes. Registration fees include a Tiger football T-shirt.
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its annual garden tour Thursday, Aug. 9, meeting at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross, County Road 13 in Nisswa, to kick off the tour. Members and their guests are welcome to attend. Participants will tour three garden club members' gardens. Those who attend should meet at the back door of the church to carpool to the homes. A picnic box lunch will be provided for $13. For more information, call Betty, event chair coordinator, at 651-336-6072.
David Parmley and The Cardinal Tradition is just one of many groups set to perform at the 13th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival on Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 23-26, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River. Besides more than 40 bluegrass shows showcasing local, regional and national performers, the event features an old-time dance and square dance, as well as free workshops and impromptu jam sessions. The festival is billed as family-friendly, and parents are encouraged to bring their children.
The Gull Chain of Lakes Association will hold its annual membership business meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Lutheran Church of the Cross (Celebration Center), east on County Road 13 just off Highway 371 in Nisswa. The meeting will include the annual election of board members, overview of the financials and updates on the association's work and issues affecting the lake. Representatives from the Cass and Crow Wing County sheriff's offices and the Corps of Engineers will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.