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Thanks to sunny skies, the annual Pine River Summerfest Parade attracted its usual crowd Saturday, June 27. The parade featured various categories for local floats.
The sixth annual Pequot Lakes Pet Parade attracted 30 entrants who arrived just as the rain stopped Saturday, June 20. The parade, put on by Community Action of Pequot Lakes, featured a contest with various categories. Pequot Lakes Mayor Dave Sjoblad and his baby chickens won the pet owner look-a-like contest. Milena (no last name given) and Iris the goat won most unusual pet. Ben Brauer and his dog, Joe, won best trick. Morgan Eckes and Eli Pfeiffer with Rex, the Weimaraner, won best costume. Scott Soberg and his Newfoundland, Rokk, won best of show.
Patricia Green, formerly Patricia Johnson, always knew she wanted to inherit the family beef farm in Hackensack. "I knew since I was a little girl that I wanted this farm some day. I always loved it up here..." she said. "You go back in the pasture and it's beautiful. It's so natural. There's a big marsh on the northeast corner. We were back there fixing fence and it seemed like there were 100 frogs looking at us. They were all over the place. I've never seen so many frogs in one spot.
There is something in your brain called a mirror neuron. It was discovered by accident in a lab. Basically, a lab tech was taking a break from an experiment that involved looking at a monkey's brain activity during certain activities and using peanuts as reinforcement for the experiment. During this break, a monkey watched this tech pick up a peanut, crack it open and eat it. This would have been nothing big, except the monkey was still wearing the equipment that measured his brain activity.
In an event that may become an annual recurrence, more than a dozen veterans were given the pleasure of a leisurely kayak trip on the Pine River. "I feel stress free," said former Marine Sgt. Charles Murphy. "I feel like I'm floating. I actually am because I'm on water, but this is totally ... I can't even explain it because I'm used to the concrete." Murphy was one of the combat veterans kayaking down the river, and all of them came from The Eagle's Healing Nest in Sauk Centre where they recover from the mental stresses of combat.
A tire came off of a moving dump truck last Wednesday morning, June 17, and instead of rolling harmlessly into the ditch on Eighth Street Southwest near Backus, it struck pedestrian Charles Linn of Backus, who later died. "It's really a terrible situation," said Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch. "It is an extreme fluke, a rare incident. I can't recall anything like this happening before. It's a rarity. Our hearts go out to the family members, the victim and just everybody.
Shirley Clement has had her fair share of difficulties, but at the Heritage House of Pequot Lakes, the staff knows her for her positivity. "It doesn't take long for the staff here to realize that if you need a smile, a joke or just a few funny words, go visit Shirley, your day will be better for it!" reads the Heritage House July newsletter. Clement was part of a family with rough times. She had a sister and a half brother; her father had died of appendicitis when she was 1.
The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) School Board on Monday, June 15, hired Andrew Forbort as the next PR-B High School principal. Forbort succeeds Trent Langemo, who submitted his resignation in May to become high school principal at Kasson-Mantorville in southern Minnesota. Langemo was PR-B High School principal for four years. Forbort comes to PR-B with 10 years of teaching experience with the St.
The Pine River City Council on Tuesday, June 9, approved reassignments and appointments for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in light of its director's resignation. Director Alice Taylor of the HRA resigned from her position.
The wait is over. After an abrupt close Oct. 11, 2014, Shamp's Meat Market in Pine River will get a fresh start with new owners who will reopen the business Friday, June 19, with a new name. Michael and Mary Styx closed on the Highway 371 property earlier this week, following several weeks of delays because of property appraisals and a retail license. The opening was originally planned for Memorial Day weekend. They bring with them prior experience.