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Much of your food likely comes from the grocery store where produce is potentially shipped in from all over the world. Local farmers markets are still one place you can go to find locally grown foods. Barb Mann of Peaced Goods of Backus is one of these growers. Mann is also one of the founders of the Pine River Market Square Growers and Crafters Market, which runs from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays in downtown Pine River. She sells an assortment of greens and vegetables from her garden plot at the Pine River Community Garden, but that's not all. "I sell a little bit of everything.
I have a life outside the newsroom. I know, it's hard to believe if you go to a lot of Pine River events. Everyone is always telling me, "Hey, I just saw you at blah blah!" Admittedly, a lot of my personal life is wandering through the woods by myself picking things (everyone else is afraid of poisoning), but that's beside the point.
The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) School Board on Monday, July 21, discussed results of the school's balanced scorecard and introduced this year's discussion on a possible increase in the tax levy through Local Option Revenue (LOR). Business Manager Jolene Bengtson said the district qualified for an additional $424 per pupil unit to the local tax levy because of a law Gov. Mark Dayton signed to close funding gaps.
Al Libera of Nisswa was born for a life on the water. Libera's parents even had a photo of him wrapped in a baby blanket at the front of their fishing boat. He was born for all things fishing. Libera started in North Minneapolis. His father ran three restaurants, The Hen House, The Launching Pad and Road Buddies. Being a child of rather insistent parents (in fishing and in work ethic) Libera worked in the back of one of these restaurants starting at age 12. "That was back in the days you didn't have all this stuff pre-packaged. You peeled potatoes, you chopped coleslaw.
Kristi Bodahl is an unassuming character when you meet her at her Hackensack coffee shop, Kristi's Coffee Corner. But like many people, her life is anything but boring. Bodahl is a Minnesotan, raised for most of her young life in Prior Lake where her parents planted in her a passion that didn't come to fruition for many years. "They had their own hobby farm out there. We raised our own foods and meats. That's kind of where I became interested in 'from scratch' types of cooking," Bodahl said. She found another passion in photography. "I had a little Polaroid camera.
The history of Pine River has come to life in a historic 1868 Concord Stagecoach tour this summer. Starting June 20 and continuing each Friday until Sept. 5, the Frontier Archive and Historical Tour takes visitors from the historic Pine River Depot to the historic waterfront and finally to the Pine River Public Library.
After the Jenkins Park Board reviewed open house comments to create a Master Park and Open Space Plan, the Jenkins City Council on Monday, July 14, approved the plan. Residents who attended the open houses that began at the end of May contributed to surveys that the park board used to create the plan.
75 years ago, July 21, 1939 (Headline) Pine River leads league in second half of play Pine River won from Akeley Sunday 501, placing them at the head of the list in the league for the second half of the schedule. 50 years ago, July 17, 1964 On Monday and Tuesday of this week the Stodolka Road Construction Co. of Little Falls spread 6,000 gallons of peneprime, a new type of road oil. 25 years ago, July 20, 1989 Colleen Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson, Pequot Lakes, and Daniel Rudlang, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Rising water levels near Pine River have set back road work in Bungo Township. Township Supervisor Larry Peterson said the township has spent a considerable amount of money in the past several years on various minimum maintenance roads, including Cass County's 32nd Street Southwest, known locally as Everett Dabill Road, and 60th Avenue Southwest, known locally as Ray Arnold's Road, next to Rob Lake. Much of that work has been undone by high water levels that began this spring and have continued into the summer. "We have had Class 5 gravel on these roads, but it's gone.
A well known volunteer from rural Backus passed away July 8. Michael Martin, known for his annual portrayal of Santa Claus, his devotion to the Backus Cornfest Committee and year-round involvement with the Hackensack Food Shelf, passed away from infection following open heart surgery. Martin was an advocate for bear research near Ely, and he was recognized for his year-long resemblance to Santa Claus, as well as his annual appearances at public places as Santa Claus. "He was a person that gave a lot. He was out helping the community and involved a lot in the community.