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Select faculty at Pequot Lakes High School recently heard a success story with the school's new internship program when Eric Lundborg talked about his time interning with Lonesome Cottage in Pequot Lakes. Lundborg is the first student to complete his internship since the program started at the beginning of the school year. He presented to PLHS Principal Aaron Nelson, Career Adviser Amy Sjoblad and others as an example of the program's success. Also present was Lundborg's intern mentor and boss at Lonesome Cottage, Jill Andersen.
The city of Pine River received a positive audit report from Chris Clasen with the firm Justin, Clasen and Company, as well as recommendations for improvement.
Many would describe their senior year of high school as being one of the best years of their life, but tragedy in the fall of 2017 left a negative mark for Pine River-Backus senior Taylor Vredenburg, of Backus. "I lost my boyfriend in a car accident," Vredenburg said. "I guess I just put that aside here at school and did what I was supposed to do to keep a positive attitude with it all."
OK, OK, so my column is called Grim's Grub and that suggests that all the recipes I share should be food recipes, but hear me out. Sometimes the coolest things you can do at home are homemade projects. Some of the coolest games or toys are those you put a little personal effort into. That being said, I find that the more things I know how to make (food or otherwise), the happier I am. I hope that is true for you as well.
The Jenkins City Council sent a letter requesting a public hearing on a proposed Crow Wing County all-terrain vehicle ordinance that could affect a recently developed pedestrian trail the city constructed, according to unapproved draft minutes from the council's April 9 meeting. The Crow Wing County Board will host a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Historic Courthouse on Laurel Street in Brainerd to consider amending the ordinance regulating use of ATVs in county road rights of way.
According to unapproved draft meeting minutes, the Emily City Council heard from guest speaker Char Kinzer regarding the future of Cooperative Mineral Resources, a Crow Wing Power subsidiary formed for the purpose of managing manganese ore deposits in Emily. The Natural Resources Research Institute in Coleraine has found a more cost efficient way to process the manganese, minutes from the March 13 meeting said. An Environmental Impact Statement, permitting and studies will be required before mining operations can begin.
Careful planning is often the predictor of success for a business, and if that's true, Main Street Ale House in Nisswa has a bright future.
The Backus City Council continued to review bids for work at the municipal airport, ultimately approving spending, with caveats.
In 2004, Heather Rogosheske (then Frederick) graduated from Pine River-Backus High School and prepared to learn floral design at Central Lakes College. She once considered going into social work, but she wasn't ready to leave home - the cozy place just four houses away from the Pine River-Backus School building. Floral design, however, wasn't everything she wanted, so she fell back to the profession that she had once considered and attended Bemidji State University for her degree in social work.
The Working Together Coalition has technically been in operation in Pine River-Backus consistently since 1999, but it has taken a less visible approach for several years since former coordinator Kelly Felton left in 2016. New coordinator Heather Rogosheske has been with the group since Feb. 28, and she has started to reach out to increase awareness for the group and bring it back into the public eye.