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With the return of the Lakes Bluegrass Festival comes the return first Minnesota performance of the Spinney Brothers from Canada. The Spinney Brothers is a traditional four part bluegrass band with a penchant for duet vocals and duet harmony. "We do throw in some three and four part harmony songs. We stay pretty close to traditional country as well as some original material. We try to bring a full, energetic stage show with as much excitement as we can.
Tradition is a big part of Rick Beyer's life, and the A-Pine Restaurant is only a small part of it. The Beyer family was a restaurant family. It all started with a great-grandfather who opened a hotel, bar and meat market across from the Great Northwest Railroad in New Ulm in 1911. As is often the case, that restaurant became a family affair.
The Pine River City Council continued discussion of a residence in city limits known for broken cars and garbage. The council has discussed actions concerning this same property on many occasions, having once gone through a legal battle to have the property brought up to safety standards for emergency response crews. In the past the council has discussed how they might convince the property owner to clean up the detritus in the yard. Some options discussed have been certified letters and legal recourse.
The Jenkins City council set a public hearing for Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.for an amendment to the ordinance which sets the council and planning commission salary.
Following two years of research by a wastewater subcommittee, the East Gull Lake City Council approved an amendment to its wastewater policy on a 3-1 vote earlier this month. The amendment focused on defining and calculating commercial Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC) charges, especially for Cragun's Resort and Madden's on Gull Lake Resort. Rob Mason, city administrator/planning and zoning administrator, said when the former policy was developed for ERC charges in 1991, the policy did not account for many of the facilities, amenities and offerings of the two resorts today.
The Pine River-Backus School Board approved an agreement for athletic training services with Big Stone Therapies Inc. Under the agreement with Big Stone Therapies (BST) Inc. the Pine River-Backus School athletics teams will have coverage for home varsity football games. BST will also provide impact testing by having athletes in grades seven, nine and 11 go through concussion pretests. If any student is suspected of sustaining a concussion, they can go through a follow up test and have the results of the pretest and follow up compared.
Who knew getting kicked off the school bus could have a positive result? Without that little hiccup, there's no telling what life would be like for two local Kinship Partners. Without it, they might never have met. Cameron Ward of Pine River is a fairly normal kid. Going into eighth grade, he has some learning and behavioral quirks. He sometimes has a hard time with good manners or good judgement calls and he can tell some tall tales. But overall he is just like anybody else.
Underdogs Bar & Grill in Jenkins sustained heavy damage in a Sunday, Aug. 10, fire. The Pequot Lakes Fire Department responded to the call at 10:58 p.m. and requested mutual aid from Nisswa and Pine River fire departments. Fire crews cleared the scene after 1 a.m. the next morning. Though the building shows little damage from the exterior, interior damage is extensive. "Most of the inside is pretty well burned up. The structure has a couple holes towards the roof. The fire did get up into the attic.
Marilynn Lodin was crowned Queen of Backus in preparation for the annual Backus Cornfest event Saturday, Aug. 9. Lodin was crowned as a result of the city's annual fundraising event. Voting boxes are spread throughout Backus after Memorial Day, and anyone can cast a vote for any Backus resident for 25 cents. Lodin won with 730 votes, a total of $182.50. This is a record for the contest that helps to fund the Cornfest event. After the crowning, Lodin immediately served as a judge for the royalty pageant Saturday, Aug. 2.
This year could mark the end of Pine River's annual Pie on the Porch fundraiser. After last year's event, the home traditionally used for the fundraiser was sold. This year, the event was relocated and renamed Pie on Park Avenue, but it focused on the same cause - raising money for Honduran missions trips. In the event's 12 years, it has been managed by volunteers from the Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter and Riverview Church in Pine River.