Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Minnesota State University, Mankato The following local students graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Saturday, May 5: Rebekah Pitassi, Emily, educational leadership; Mariah Anderson, Pequot Lakes, communication disorders; Courtney Kittock, Pequot Lakes, gender and women's studies; Megan Morgan, Pequot Lakes, history. Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Sailor Arnold shows her work to her grandma, Kay Arnold, of Walker, during Grandparents Day on Friday, May 4, at Nisswa Elementary School. Sailor is a kindergartner in Shaylee Schei's class.
Learn about Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and Common Goods during a half-hour informational open house Tuesday, May 15, at Crosslake Lutheran Church. The two organizations are partnering for this open house to discuss volunteer opportunities, such as salvage/pickup crew, construction site work and sales floor/receiving room. No experience is necessary for any volunteer activities, and hours are flexible. Two open houses are set: 9-9:30 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. If these times don't work, individual appointments can be made. For more information, call 218-454-7020.
Five musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performed a 45-minute concert for Eagle View Elementary School students Monday, May 7, as part of the Music Mentors Program, which is designed to inspire and educate elementary students since 2014. The musicians had just completed the Lakes Area Music Festival winter series on Sunday.
This weekend people will be bringing flowers, chocolate, jewelry, nice cards and messages to their wonderful mothers. This Sunday is Mother's Day, and it is appropriate to take time to honor our mothers who have blessed us with the gift of life and have supported us in so many ways, oftentimes unacknowledged. It is a day to honor them for who they are, to praise them for their many great qualities and to express appreciation for all that they do.
Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar has no problem with writer's block. You may find her working by the fireplace at Wendy's in Nisswa or sitting in the corner of Brick House Pizza in Brainerd. One might think it distracting to write in a public area, but Simar proves differently. She recently released her eighth book, "Escape to Fort Abercrombie" with Five Star Cengage Publishing.
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.
Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. "Bears are roaming around now with the lack of snow and warmer weather so interactions with people are going to start in central Minnesota, which includes the southern part of the bear range," said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
500 scores 1 p.m. Tuesdays Pine River American Legion Tuesday, May 1 Peg Kristoff, 3660; Scott Ingram, 3610; Delores Flategraff, 3510; Ed Kloncz, 3270; Ken Schrupp, 3040; Les Dupont, 2990. Bud Johnson won the door prize. Bridge scores Monday, April 30 Jenkins VFW, 11 a.m. Lorraine Northagen, 6370; Owen Johnson, 5610; Florence DeLong, 4360; Bruce Peck, 4280. Tuesday, May 1 Whitefish Golf Club, 6 p.m. Duplicate
Pine River-Backus sixth-graders from Girl Scout Troop 853 recently completed a Babysitting and First Aid course. They are: top row from left, Maranda Altepeter, Alexa Tuchtenhagen, Mya Pederson, Brooke Roubal, Brandee Leyk, Camryn Good and Olivia Anderson; bottom row from left, Nevaeh Middendorf, Mady Knapp, Julia Shogren, Alyssa Wheeler and Hayleigh Moore.