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At age 19, Casey Christianson, owner of Crystal Clear Window Washing, probably had no idea where he would be today. The Pequot Lakes High School graduate had just earned his Associate in Arts degree from Central Lakes College five years ago and was looking for a job. His old construction job had no openings; neither did the window washing business where he once worked.
Both those in support of and opposed to proposed area pipeline projects voiced their opinions Monday, Aug. 24, at a public meeting at Pine River-Backus School. The meeting was held to discuss the replacement of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 pipeline, as well as the comparative environmental analysis for the project. Line 3 is an Enbridge pipeline over 60 years old that follows a pipeline corridor through the northern part of Minnesota.
After some delay, the Pine River City Council reached a resolution to a land acquisition needed for storm water runoff. In early 2014, the board began a process to acquire land owned by Kinler Square Townhomes Limited and administered by CEPCO Management Inc. It was later discovered that ownership of the land, just off Kinler Avenue in Pine River, was convoluted and the title had mortgages and finance agreements, meaning the sale could not be finalized until those issues were resolved. City attorney Ted Lundrigan explained to the council Tuesday, Aug.
The Pine River-Backus School Board heard from Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) executive director Fred Nolan during its Monday, Aug. 17, board meeting. Nolan talked about seasonal recreational properties and school board levies.
Ole and Lena's Sweet Revenge of Pine River is the location of the first s'more bench in the lakes area. "We are flattered. We've had a lot of feedback on it. People really like it and there are a lot of photo ops. It was really nice we were the first ones," said Deb Oliver of Ole and Lena's. This bench has a backrest and seat shaped like a chocolate bar and graham cracker, respectively, along with marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker supports.
Maple Hill Lutheran Church will ring in a celebration of its centennial Sunday, Aug. 23. According to the Cass County Heritage book, the original Maple Hill Lutheran Church congregation was organized Dec. 30, 1915, though building construction began in 1916 and concluded in 1917. Some of the Walden Township (rural Pine River) church's most loyal members still share many of their memories, and memories from those before them.
Lee Aimers served his last day on the Pine River-Backus School Board on Monday, Aug. 17, when he finished the regular meeting with an announcement of his resignation.
The Backus Cornfest theme Back-us to the 50's brought out nostalgia and creativity at the 2015 Cornfest parade. The Red Hat Ladies won best overall for their incorporation of the theme, Godfrey's grocery store of Backus won the best overall float with their recreation of a typical 50's diner. The Backus Locker won "Corniest" for their train stop float. The WOW Church of the Nazarene won the youth trophy. The Hackensack Legion won best color guard. Parade floats boasted decorations in keeping with 50's themes, including red hot rods, leather jackets and long skirts.
The Jenkins City Council approved a bill vacating Bilyard Boulevard, a street south of Rosewood Street in the Jenkins Business Park according to a summary of the meeting. The vacation was done according to Minnesota Statute 412.851. The boulevard is being vacated to the owner of lot 5.
The Pine River Library Foundation earned $1,250 in its first year hosting the Pie on Park Avenue fundraiser. The fundraiser, formerly Pie on the Porch, ran successfully for 11 years from a local residential property until the homeowner moved and the church group in charge decided to call it quits. The Library Foundation decided to take over the event.