Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Pequot Lakes High School will hold auditions for "A Christmas Carol" from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, and 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the high school choir room or auditorium. This is the traditional story, and although it is not a musical, carolers will be needed. Between 20-30 middle level, high school and homeschool equivalent students will be cast. There will be no auditions for elementary students this year.
The midterm elections are soon upon us and Crow Wing County citizens have the daunting task of electing a new sheriff to take over the helm from retiring sheriff Todd Dahl. Sheriff Dahl has dedicated himself to serving this county for the past 12 years as sheriff and for over two decades prior to that. This fall also finds local schools preparing for homecoming festivities. The sheriff's election is not a popularity contest and we are not voting for a homecoming king. We are voting for the best qualified person to take over the No. 1 law enforcement position in the county.
Dale Menk, the DFL-endorsed candidate for Minnesota House District 10A, will challenge for the House seat currently held by Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa. Menk is a Pine River-Backus High School graduate and a strong supporter of the Constitution's Amendment II: Right to bear arms. He's a lifelong lakes area resident, a carpenter at a locally owned building construction company and a dedicated father. He understands our way of life and will always put the needs of the people first. He lives in Brainerd with his wife, Trisha. His children attend public schools.
The Nisswa and Pequot Lakes fire departments will host open houses and share fire safety tips with elementary school students as part of Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 7-13. The Nisswa open house will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Nisswa Fire Hall. The event will include fire safety demonstrations and an air care helicopter. Hot dogs, chips and water will be served.
500 scores 1 p.m. Tuesdays Pine River American Legion Tuesday, Sept. 25 Bud Johnson, 3380; Francis Schermann, 2860; Ed Kloncz, 2840; Carol Furnstahl, 2810; Ken Schrupp, 2760. Trudy Davies won the door prize. Bridge scores Monday, Sept. 24 Jenkins VFW, 11 a.m. Marlene Anderson, 7270; Bruce Peck, 6670; Jim Thompson, 6470. Tuesday, Sept. 25 Whitefish Golf Club, 6 p.m. Duplicate North/South: Jim Thompson and Kerry Holloway, 124.5; Jean Freytag and Enga Wodziak, 112.50; Charles Ready and Lois Steffen, 105.
The Christmas for Vets organization is planning its annual wreath remembrance for all veterans in local cemeteries. The organization is asking for volunteers to help place stakes in the two cemeteries in Pequot Lakes at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Stakes must be placed before the ground freezes. The wreaths will be placed on the gravesites Saturday, Dec. 8. All volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Cathy Malecha at 218-821-0450 or Sharon Thurlow at 218-831-1045.
Fall festival fundraiser Emily Wesleyan Church will host its fall festival fundraiser for Care N Share from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, featuring brisket, coleslaw, beans and chips for a freewill donation, as well as crafts, a bake sale, games and activities. Legacy Program Swedish cultural activist Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, will be featured in a free Legacy Program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Pine River Public Library. Back to the '50s Party
Once again, Sen. Klobuchar has managed to publicly embarrass herself and the state of Minnesota at the recent Senate hearings. She was an active and willing participant in trashing and destroying a decent human being, solely to further her party's liberal agenda, which is obstruction and destruction. Not once, during her several terms in office, has she voted to support the Republican efforts, no matter how worthy. She even voted against the tax relief bill, and other bills, that are now fueling America's comeback from the Obama years.
Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. Poets will start their meeting by reading poetry at the podium and then will discuss upcoming events, including the 2019 Fall League of Minnesota Poets Conference slated Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Go to www.mnpoets.org for more details and registration information.
Paul Douglas, a well-known Minnesota meteorologist, will talk about climate change from a Christian perspective at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. The presentation is free and open to the public. Douglas, co-author of the book "Creation Care," has more than 30 years of experience in television and radio. As a Christian and scientist, he believes it is our personal responsibility to protect God's creation for current and future generations.