- Member for
- 2 years 2 months
For a third year, the Pine River-Backus Career Day brought professionals to the high school to give valuable advice to students. Among other topics, speakers at the annual event shattered student expectations that they will never use what they learn outside of the classroom.
In February, concerned citizens replaced pipeline protest signs near Backus and Hackensack that were damaged by vandalism. On March 17 or 18, one of those signs was stolen. "It was sometime between Tuesday at dusk and Wednesday morning," said property owner Ben Butcher. The sign with bright yellow paint south of Backus had been erected where Butcher's driveway meets Highway 371 to show opposition to the construction of the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline.
Pine River-Backus students and residents were reintroduced to an alumnus when he presented the results of scientific research he led with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Nathan Johnson, the son of Nancy and Owen (formerly of Pine River Dental Care) Johnson, returned to the school where he graduated to share his research on the impact of sulfates on the environment and absorption of mercury into fish.
Due to sudden, dry thaws and an anticipated drought, area burning restrictions are expected to last longer than usual, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry officials. Joel Lemberg, area fire program forester stationed at the Backus DNR Forestry office, said the DNR traditionally starts burning restrictions 14 days after the snow in fields and open spaces has melted. Due to this year's sudden thaw, restrictions started Wednesday, March 25, even though weather forecasts predicted snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. "It never seems to fail.
While it would traditionally open in May, The Preserve Golf Course at Grand View Lodge is expected to have a July opening date due to nearly $1 million in improvements that began Oct. 1, 2014. Main improvement plans started with filling in 10,000 square feet of marsh to make the course's notorious hole No. 5 easier. "You tee off over a small marsh to a landing area," said Nate Erickson, head golf professional at The Preserve, which is just off County Road 107 south of Pequot Lakes.
The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) chose a murder mystery comedy for its spring play, but you might be surprised at how many of the cast and crew are family. The performance of Ken Ludwig's "The Game's Afoot," or "Holmes for the Holidays," is being brought to life by a cast of experienced local actors, but the success of the show will be built on fathers, daughters, sons, husbands and wives. While Jack Friday of Crosslake is on stage as Simon Bright, who is defending his name against allegations of murder, he will be drawing from directions given at rehearsal by the stage manager
The Pine River City Council on Tuesday, March 10, scheduled a public meeting to discuss a bonding project to pay for a 10-block street and utility replacement project. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at city hall. David Drown of David Drown and Associates met with the council March 10 to discuss possible methods of paying for the street project. In light of the city's advertisements for bids for the street construction work, Drown reminded council members that they should not award bids until they have secured funding.
Discussion of public records of communications was heated at the Monday, March 16, meeting of the Pine River-Backus School Board. Discussion began when board chair Lee Aimers shared information on public meeting laws that he learned at Minnesota School Boards Association board training. Aimers said emails that are sent to all board members are required to be available to the public, though information that is considered by law to be confidential must not be included.
The East Gull Lake City Council agreed to offer 18 credits for sewer connections to Kavanaugh's Resort in exchange for an easement, according to Feb. 8 draft meeting minutes. Mayor Dave Kavanaugh excused himself from the meeting before this discussion. The council had been in discussion with Kavanaugh's Resort for months over a length of sewer line in the resort property. The line had been constructed by Kavanaugh's at a cost of $100,000 for 23 units on the property, according to meeting minutes.
At the end of 2014, Cass County was added to the list of Minnesota counties that offer classes for divorcing parents to learn how to make divorced life easier on children and parents alike. Divorce can be hard on parents and children, which is why Parents Forever classes were established in 1994 to make adjusting to the biggest changes easier. In 2014, the Hackensack Onigum Walker and Akeley (HOWA) Family Center added Parents Forever to its list of offerings to families throughout Cass and Hubbard counties.