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Reviewing MNDot's plans for highway construction and nearby utilities, the Emily City Council decided against lighting plans suggested by MNDot during their June 14 meeting. In the suggested plans, the city would be responsible for a share of roughly $60,000 for installation of new poles with lights. The council said they considered the number of new lights excessive and the price for pole replacement too expensive in a time when the council is attempting to be more economical.
It's summer and some days here have been very warm or humid. Fellow recipe columnist Donna Evans beat me to the chase with her delicious homemade ice cream recipes. As a result, I think I will give my readers a treat as well. Instead of yakking on and on about some food related something or another, I'm going to regale you with kitchen tips and a couple recipes for ice cold treats. Strange eh?
The July 21 storm hit the city of Backus particularly hard, knocking trees down on and near many private homes and businesses and even some of the city's historic properties.
Kathleen Stephan of Pine River has lived in a crowd most of her life, but she has done all she could to be a distinct person. Stephan was raised in a crowd. Her siblings numbered seven, all but two of them sisters, with she and her twin planted squarely in the middle age-wise. "I always said I was the first one born," Stephan said. "Then I ordered my birth certificate and and told them 'first born twin'. It came back with her name on it. All this time... I thought I was the first born, now the tables were reversed."
The Nisswa Lutheran Church of the Cross is hosting a day for family and friends to honor and memorialize those who hold a special place in their hearts with a butterfly release. For $20 participants can honor and memorialize someone special through the release of a butterfly. If they are unable to attend, a butterfly can be released for them with the name being read. All proceeds will be put toward a Client's Dream Fund. Lunch will be served alongside an ice cream social. There will also be a silent auction, music and games for kids.
The Pine River City Council on Tuesday, July 12, invited the Pine Ridge Cemetery board to attend a meeting to discuss finances for the cemetery located outside of Pine River. The cemetery board previously contacted the council seeking help with operating costs. The cemetery bank account was low on funds at the time. Carol Burk from the board spoke on behalf of the board and said they were able to cash a certificate to cover operating costs.
If success could be measured in money, Micah Eveland has $15,000 in prize money to show for his success. Those are the winnings Eveland, of Backus, has to show for his work on amateur rodeo circuits in the last six months. He estimated about $6,000 in winnings over the Fourth of July week.
After returning from the Lebanon, Tenn., Junior Rodeo Nationals, Katie Hanneken of Pine River is already training to improve her performance for when she starts the High School Rodeo League in August. "I borrowed a calf before nationals from Kevin Carlson to prepare for nationals," Hanneken said. "I think we are going to buy a few more before the end of summer and practice more before rodeo starts back up in August. Next year I'd say I want to go to more clinics where I can learn more. I have one set for the end of July. My dad is a big help when I practice."
After being informed that a section of Third Street, which has been closed, required maintenance, the Pine River-Backus School Board agreed to convey the property to the city at the Monday, July 18, school board meeting. Conveyed was a portion of Third Street that's northwest of Jefferson Avenue and adjacent to the elementary school grounds. In other business Monday, the board:
The Jenkins City Council at a recent council meeting discussed changes to the way the city charges criminal complaints. The Pequot Lakes Police Department, with whom Jenkins has a contract for police services, is seeking to streamline the way it charges criminal complaints by using electronic charging. With this change, the council needed to approve a new joint powers agreement for police services. The council did so, according to approved minutes from the June 13 meeting.