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It is that time of year where donations to Minnesota food shelves determine contributions from Minnesota FoodShare for the rest of the year. Local food shelves are continuing to see a growing need among families and older customers. At the Hackensack Food Shelf alone, Cheri Westphal said need has grown by as much as one-third with almost half of that increase being among younger families.
Douglas Birk came to Pine River with his parents in 1950 and immediately gained recognition for a passion that eventually became a career. The area historian died Wednesday, March 8, at age 73. His parents sold antiques and ran the Camp-Show-Me resort on Norway Lake, where Birk immediately began unearthing Pine River's past. Many fellow Heritage Group North members remember Birk's finds.
So, it is that time of year again, possibly even the tail end, weather pending (I'm new at this so I dunno). It's time to tap maples. This is the first year I have experimented with this. I acquired a commercial deep fryer in the last year and modified it a great deal to make a self-contained propane evaporator with a drain. I don't know if this will turn out to be a brilliant idea or just a so-so one, but I am guessing it will pass for a second stage evaporator for a couple years, maybe even a first stage evaporator until I get something bigger set up.
Kris and Dan Kayser, 12-year owners of Stone Woman Herbals in downtown Pine River, recently stepped away from the helm to give a shot to "young and eager, not old and crabby," as Dan joked. Stepping in to purchase the business were four members of a family that is not unfamiliar to the world of natural health products. "We're all business owners with It Works Global," said co-owner Julie Rono, mother to the other three owners. "We are all distributors with that company in natural, healthy products."
Pine River-Backus High School hosted its annual career day Friday, March 3, with nearly 50 professionals present. The annual career fair gives high school students the opportunity to meet professionals in careers including writing, transportation, skilled labor, medicine and law enforcement, among others. Each student attended four presentations in four different fields, and each 45-minute presentation included at least three speakers. Speakers included recent graduates from Pine River-Backus, including Jace Loge, Tucker Sheley and Melanie Burns.
The Backus City Council authorized the city fire department to buy a new pickup truck during its Monday, March 6, meeting. The truck is a 2002 Ford F-450 1-ton utility fire truck with 45,938 miles. The pickup is a surplus vehicle that DNR Forestry previously used. It is already equipped with a light bar, winch, siren and water tank. The purchase price was $10,500 with a contractual agreement to keep the truck in the fire department and to continue to respond to forestry fire calls. The department already responds to forestry fire calls, so there is no new burden on the department.
As part of a continuing effort to combat food poverty in the Pine River area, the University of Minnesota Extension Service, the Pine River-Backus Family Center and other groups have started a seed library to be hosted at the Pine River Community Library. "We run very similar to a library," said Samantha Barron, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) nutrition educator with the U of M Extension office. "It will be free and open to the public for those within the Pine River-Backus area."
Inspired by the care given to their son, Brandi and Ryan Larson, of Pequot Lakes, are collecting donations for children in need. In May of last year while the family was at a race track, then 3-year-old Eli Larson had a health issue. "He just kind of started having seizures, and we didn't know why," Brandi said. "It kind of hit with a bang. At first we thought it was a heat stroke when it got really hot." The condition, which started with one seizure, soon turned into several every day and then more yet.
The March 2-4 FIRST robotics match in Duluth resulted in close losses by both the Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus teams. Pequot Lakes Patriotics came in at 33rd overall with the Pine River-Backus Backwoods Engineers finishing 36th.
With the prospect of increased traffic on County State Aid Highway 145 in Jenkins, Mayor Jon Lubke has begun rallying city residents to increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians. In recent years, Lubke said CSAH 145 has seen increased use, especially by pedestrians accessing it as a multiple use route for walkers, bicyclists and snowmobilers. Because the road is narrow with small shoulders, motorists and others share the same roadway.