Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Pine River-Backus High School Students of the Month for October are Autumn Hines (back row), Avery Trout, Claire Dahl, Olivia Adkins, Jaden Kramp; Halle Milham (front row), Jordan Tisdell, Darren Wynn and Alexis Sande.
Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association invites boys and girls ages 4-9 to try hockey for free on Saturday, Nov 10. Two Come Try Hockey sessions are planned with the first one from 10:00 am -12:00 pm in Breezy Point at the Breezy Point Ice Arena and the second is from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby. Participants are asked to arrive roughly 45 minutes prior to the scheduled time to get fitted for equipment. Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association will provide all necessary equipment for the sessions and it is free of charge with no commitments.
Bill Brekken's "listen, learn and lead" approach to serving the residents of District 2, Crow Wing County's lake country, is "on target." As a leader of the Whitefish lake association, I know Bill's leadership approach that he has demonstrated as a Gull Lake association leader in addition to his other past and present community service. Starting with his values for honesty, integrity and character, Bill has identified important natural resources, water resources, infrastructure and fiscal issues.
I have been in the law enforcement profession for over 30 years, starting with the Minneapolis Police Department in 1988, and in 2004 moving to Crosby to become the chief of the Crosby Police Department. I have known Capt. Scott Goddard for over 14 years. During that time, I have seen in him a man and a police officer of the highest integrity and dedication, both to his family and to his profession. He has the experience, qualities and skills needed to run the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, hands down.
The Pine River-Backus Family Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The family center will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day; Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23, in observance of Thanksgiving; and Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the holidays. Following is a schedule of upcoming events:
In over 55 years of voting in various elections, we have never put a sign in our yard endorsing a particular candidate until this year. Working with Crow Wing County on lakes/aquatic invasive species issues on behalf of numerous lake associations has been disappointing. Meetings with Bill Brekken have been informative and encouraging. Please consider voting for Bill Brekken as the District 2 county commissioner. We think his views are more productive to preserve and improve the lakes and resulting economy in our county.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at prbschools.revtrak.net or call 218-587-2080. • Group Hypnosis for Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation: 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Meet in the Pine River-Backus High School Media Center. Fee: $50 per session or $90 for both. Dr. Mary Fisher will work with attendees wanting help with weight control, smoking and chewing. • Sleep - Yes, It's that Important: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Meet in the Pine River-Backus High School FACS Room 49. Fee: $10.
Pine River-Backus third-graders celebrated national Farm to School Month on Thursday, Oct. 11, by participating in the Great Lakes Apple Crunch with fresh McIntosh and Honey Crisp apples. Pine River-Backus is celebrating a 15-year partnership with local farmers providing fresh produce in the school lunchroom. Food Service Director Jill Blanchard said, "We are extremely proud of the partnership with local farmers and the success in and out of the lunchroom."
Bill Brekken has a long and rich career, including impactful chapters in retail, finance, higher education, community development (as leader of the Brainerd Community Foundation) and real estate.
Pequot Lakes now boasts two landmark water towers identically painted as red and white fishing bobbers with the words "Pequot Lakes." The water tower off Pillsbury Street, just south of downtown, joins the downtown water tower as a bobber. Pequot Lakes uses the bobber as a branding and marketing tool.