Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Schaefer's Foods of Nisswa will host its annual Taste of the Holidays from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Taste of the Holidays participants will sample food and beverage items from every grocery department, including deli, produce, meat, dairy and bakery. A minimum donation of $5 per person is requested, and all donations will be donated to the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
A sign marking the Butterfield homestead in Crosslake has returned to its spot after the construction of the new Dollar General. Dodo Fraser, charter member of the Crosslake Area Historical Society, asked permission to restore the sign to its original spot after the Dollar General was built. Crews met Friday, Nov. 17, to do just that.
The Pequot Lakes Woman's Club will meet at Senior Class Care (4451 E. Woodman St.) at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, to help the residents celebrate the holidays with Christmas music and cookies. The Pequot Lakes girls choir will be there to sing. Anyone who can't attend should drop off 3-4 dozen cookies at Senior Class Care the morning of Dec. 7.
The Pine River-Backus School Board heard a presentation by teacher Deb Schlueter and two students regarding a recent project to remove buckthorn from the school forest. The presentation was a part of the "spotlight on education" portion of the monthly school board meeting Monday, Nov. 20.
Pequot Lakes Community Education will offer a class to make holiday tree ornaments and decorations from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Pequot Lakes High School. The cost is $25 per person or $35 for a family with up to three members. Youth under the age of 5 are free with a paid adult. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Kristen Gabrielson is the instructor. Decoration options include reindeer pots, candy cane reindeer and clear holiday ornament balls. The fee includes all supplies necessary to make the decorations.
The Pine River-Backus Area Learning Center continues to be a productive, supportive and highly structured learning environment, focused on the needs of at-risk learners ages 16 to 21. We partner with the Pequot Lakes School District and serve some of their at-risk students at our site. Our small, quiet setting, which offers one-to-one and small group instruction, is beneficial to many underachieving learners. We have a growing number of students who open enroll from area communities to participate in our program after being unsuccessful elsewhere.
Breezy Point North Stars hockey players volunteered with Community Action of Pequot Lakes to hang holiday lights for businesses.
The Echo Journal is accepting nominations for the 2017 Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake Citizen of the Year award. Nominees can be full-time or seasonal residents of the Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake area. They do not have to be chamber members or business owners. This award is open to all ages.
A free Water, Woods & Wildlife forum Thursday, Dec. 7, at Northern Lights Casino in Walker will be held to discuss many topics important to the northland. Speakers from the Minnesota Board of Health, Minnesota Whitetails Breeders Association, Minnesota Elk Breeders Association, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will give presentations. Among other topics, the group will discuss chronic wasting disease, deer feeding, fisheries, aquatic invasive species and other wildlife issues followed by a lengthy question-and-answer period.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at prbschools.revtrak.net or call 218-587-2080. • Wood Hammering: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, Pine River-Backus Elementary School Room 34. Fee: $5. Choose an object to cover with cloth and pound away to see what imprints are in the wood. A variety of hammers will be available. Instructor is Mary Jo Litke. • Snow Houses: 3-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Pine River-Backus High School FACS Room 49. Fee: $5.