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Pine River has been without a coffee house since the closing of Dark Cravings on Barclay Avenue, but that absence will soon be filled just down the street. Life House Coffee is a new shop being constructed in the Riverview Life Center, formerly a funeral home, on Barclay Avenue. The property is currently owned by the Riverview Church and used for counseling and meetings. Executive Pastor Loren Fritze said they have been looking for a way to fill the extra space in the building, which has several currently empty rooms.
After 33 years of processing wild rice for Carroll Stimson, Steve Cox and Margo Semmler of Pine River have their own label of wild rice - Pine River Wild Rice. Cox has been processing rice with Stimson since 1983, when he worked at Stimson's processing plant for his first full season. Since then, he has missed only one year. Cox's father and son have also been workers at the processing plant in the past. This year, Cox and Semmler created their own label and are now selling Pine River Wild Rice.
Continuing an annual tradition, members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes dedicated three days in the basement of their church last week to craft piles of thin, soft lefse that will be part of the church's annual Lutefisk and Meatball Supper on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The Pine River City Council faced a decision to accept a loss of approximately $26,000 or risk even more in an attempt to collect it during the Tuesday, Sept. 13, regular meeting. Brad Swanson of Pine River State Bank explained to the council that the owners of the former Fresh Start Meat Market are unable to satisfy the loans they have for the market, so the bank is looking for a willing foreclosure from the owners.
A fire broke out in a double wide trailer in the early morning of Monday, Sept. 12, near Blind Lake. One person was home, but escaped without injury. The Backus Fire Department responded to the fire to find the trailer fully engulfed. Longville Fire Department was called for mutual aid. After receiving assistance from Bill Sawyer of Sawyer Timber to remove tin around the structure with heavy machinery, the crew extinguished the remaining fire. Fire crews left the scene at approximately 10:30 a.m. Damage was limited to the trailer, which was surrounded by hay bales.
The Pequot Lakes City Council agreed to a 3 percent increase to the general revenue tax levy in 2017 when it adopted a preliminary tax levy and budgets Tuesday, Sept. 6. The $1,581,823 general revenue tax levy would be $45,998 higher than this year's levy. The city's tax abatement levy of $15,407 for Pequot Lakes Supervalu would decrease by $2,120, or 12.1 percent. The city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority special levy remained the same at $38,250.
The Backus City Council approved a 2017 preliminary tax levy that’s 2 percent higher than this year’s levy at its Monday, Sept. 12, regular meeting. The council set the preliminary...
For years, Pine River, Pequot Lakes and many other communities throughout the country put their time and temperature phone numbers out of order. Now a company from Texas is returning them to service.
For years, Pine River, Pequot Lakes and many other communities throughout the country put their time and temperature phone numbers out of order. Now a company from Texas is returning...
Business owners in the Backus area are remembering a man who put the city on the map by sending the fruits of their labors all over the United States. Duane Eveland died Sept. 4 at the age of 85. He is best remembered for founding Scamp Travel Trailers with his brother, Gerald, and sister, Gladys, in 1971. Eveland retired from the company in 1989 while his family continued the company business, today located along Highway 371. Local business owners remember Eveland as a strong member of the community and a loyal customer.