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The annual Run for the Lakes Marathon, half marathon and 10K run returns to Nisswa this weekend. The lake-centric competition will kick off Friday, April 29, with packet pickup and registration from 2-8 p.m. at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, followed by a 5K run/walk at 6:45 p.m. with the start and finish line located near the Nisswa Community Center. Runners must pick up their race packet prior to the race at the Grand View Lodge Norway Center.
The cities of Backus and Longville joined forces to qualify for a Small Cities Grant program that could assist businesses and homeowners in improving their properties, but time is running out to apply. Projects must be done and paid for before the end of December, and paperwork can take several months to complete.
When the Eagle View Elementary School library was just being constructed, media specialist Pat Kvale envisioned a mural on the walls. "When the school was built about 11 or 12 years ago I had some input on what it would look like and the furnishings and bookcases," Kvale said. "Part of my thought then was that it would be great to have a mural. When I was younger there was a beautiful mural in my library when I was a kid. I just loved that."
Law enforcement agencies surrounding the Pine River area converged on Pine River-Backus High School on Friday, April 15, to train for every parent's worst nightmare - an active shooter. Participating agencies included Cass and Crow Wing counties, Pine River, Crosslake, Nisswa and Lake Shore law enforcement. Participants, armed with realistic looking airsoft assault rifles, paired up into groups and practiced engaging an active gunman, also armed with an assault rifle. The sound of realistic gunfire rang out in the hallways as gunmen fired off blanks during scenarios.
May isn't that far away, and some of the local yokels (myself included) will be waiting with spears. With the start of May comes the start of sucker spearing season, a season that once started a frenzy among my fellow classmates when we were still in school. For good or bad, I haven't seen the same level of excitement with younger generations. It's an interesting hobby, if not particularly pretty. Unlike angling with hook and line, spearing doesn't allow you the opportunity to catch and release. It is probably this fact that is my least favorite.
At an April 19 meeting to deliberate the results of interviews with David Endicott of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District and Tom Rich of Melrose Area Public Schools, the Pine River-Backus School board decided to extend their offer for the open superintendent position to Endicott. The board reviewed recommendations and assessments by staff and community members before making their own decision. Those assessments included strengths and opportunities to grow for both candidates.
The Pine River-Backus School District on Monday, April 18, discussed possibly joining a substitute placement system, called Teachers on Call, to expand the district's access to qualified substitute teachers. Human resources director Cindy Felthous said the district was seeking a solution to a mass shortage of substitute teachers and paraprofessionals. "There are many days we go short," Felthous said. Teachers on Call works with the district's current substitute scheduling program, Aesop. Felthous explained that PR-B would not be the only local member.
The Jenkins City Council decided Monday, April 11, to hold a second monthly meeting at 9 a.m. every fourth Wednesday at Jenkins City Hall. The council decided to have a second meeting to enable the council to make decisions in a more timely manner, especially during Highway 371 work, which might require important decisions be made more frequently than once a month. In other business April 11, the council also: • Approved a contract with the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation. • Approved a new liquor license for Tobacco Gallery LLC.
The Pine River City Council approved two requests following public hearings at the Tuesday, April 12, council meeting. The first public hearing was for a variance to allow Doug Taylor to build a fence at his Cozy Theater property in the city. Taylor was requesting a fence taller than would be allowed without a variance, to be used to provide a separation for his theater audience from the surrounding buildings and highway.
The Hackensack Senior Center is working to expand its membership, including a policy change that now allows members age 21 and older to join. This change to the center's bylaws is a result of a community effort to keep the center open.