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OK, I'm a dork. But let's move on, because by the time you read this, you will have already missed gleaning season. Gleaning is an important tradition in the Grimler family, probably ever since my great-grandfather August took up property in the middle of Minnesota's potato country. It was also once an important tradition protected by biblical law.
Knowing my candidate will not be elected president, I am going to vote independent this year. Both of our main party presidential candidates have demonstrated very unpresidential behavior. One is proud to name fellow Americans as enemies; the other is on record saying wealth means they can get away with both sexual assault and murder in broad daylight. Both have questionable financial ties, and both have changed their stances on a number of positions in the last four to eight years (sometimes drastically), bringing their current stances into question.
The Emily City Council on Sept. 13 heard from resident Jim Frasier who would like to get Mary Lake Road in Little Pine Township paved. Council members said they could not do anything with the road because it is out of their jurisdiction. They recommended Frasier organize the majority of property owners to sign a petition for Little Pine Township, though financing might be an issue. In other business, the Emily City Council:
At the request of activities director Randy Schwegel, the Pine River-Backus School Board on Monday, Oct. 17, began contemplating a policy to allow students in sixth grade to participate in some sports with students in higher grades. Schwegel said the students wouldn't need to be included in all sports, and recommended against football and those with an abundance of participants, such as dance. Schwegel said he called many nearby districts to compare policies and found that only Walker-Hackensack-Akeley has no sports with students from sixth grade.
Congressional District 8 Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., visited Ole and Lena's Sweet Revenge in Pine River on Friday, Oct. 14, after visiting the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance in Backus. Nolan spoke to some customers at the restaurant, speaking in length with Kevin and Doreen Kerkvliet about Evinrude motors and ethanol additives in gasoline. This was just one stop Nolan made in a tour of the Eighth District before the Nov. 8 election. As he did two years ago, Nolan will face Republican challenger Stewart Mills III.
Concluding a year-long project, the Jenkins City Council decided to take over maintenance of Ellis Road during its Tuesday, Oct. 11, meeting. Bill Ellis of Ellis Road first approached the council to discuss the change in maintenance and was given a list of requirements for the city to take over the road. The city engineers inspected the road and found that it had to be brought to pre-bituminous standards, have ditches installed and have turf installed in the ditches.
Larry Reece of the Norway Brook Apartments attended the Oct. 11 Pine River City Council meeting to request additional attention to a road near the apartments. Reece said he and other residents had noted drivers traveling at high speeds, ignoring signs and burning their tires on the road between the apartments and Dairy Queen. Police Chief Paul Sand said he will have officers monitor the road more closely to resolve the issue. In other business Oct. 11, the council:
Jim Ballenthin, of Ponto Lake, returned home Oct. 4 from a 10-day journey to raise awareness and funds for local hungry families. Ballenthin rode over 1,400 miles around Lake Superior in 2013 in a campaign called Rolling Over Hunger. He decided to roll over hunger again with a 453-mile bicycle trip to Minnesota State Parks.
Equipment repair and a group resignation led to the closure of the Pine Mountaineer Senior Citizen Club and its weekly lunches in Backus, but that closure didn't last long. "Joe and Myrna Dunnick (former president and treasurer, respectively) basically were doing the lunches," said current president Twyla Brown, of Backus. "They were doing the lunches and they retired. We, as members, voted to go on and keep the place open. We were closed a little over a month for cleaning and reorganization and we got that done. Here we are."
The Jenkins City Council set a $252,200 preliminary tax levy for 2017 during its Sept. 28, second monthly council meeting. The levy passed unanimously with one council member absent. The amount passed is the same as the city's 2016 levy. Before the levy is approved in December, it can be lowered, but not increased, if the council decides to make changes. The council changed the date of its first meeting in October from Monday, Oct. 10, to Tuesday, Oct. 11, because of Columbus Day.