- Member for
- 2 years 3 months
For the second year, Ennenga's Garden Center in Jenkins and Eagle View Elementary School paired together to teach children about plants, and to make Mother's Day gifts. Second-graders from Pequot Lakes visited Ennenga's on Thursday, April 9, to color personalized cards and plant small planters with three flowering plants that will be much bigger by Mother's Day, May 10. In addition, the green thumb experience was part of a Minnesota state standard compatible lesson on growing plants, hence making the experience educational and fun. Students were bused to the garden center in three groups du
To most students, involvement in one or two extracurricular activities is enough to keep them busy. For Pine River-Backus (PR-B) senior Stephanie DeGrote, you better add in a few more. DeGrote has a laundry list of activities that keep her busy during the school year. "I'm in choir. I'm in our chamber choir, our women's choir and the full choir. I'm also in the concert band," she said. "Chamber choir, I started last year. Women's choir since grade 9. Band, I've been doing band since fifth grade when I was eligible." That's not all. "I play hockey and softball," DeGrote added.
The annual Pine River-Backus (PR-B) High School musical performance brings one of the most dysfunctional, beloved families from television to the lakes area with "The Addams Family: A New Musical," written by Andrew Lippa. The play, directed by PR-B' drama director Jennifer Anderson, shares the next chapter in the life of the Addams Family characters as Wednesday Addams falls in love ... with a normal boy named Lucas.
Only 10 years ago the Hackensack Area Fire Department and First Response Team made a decision that has enhanced the way the two groups respond to emergencies. They merged into the Hackensack Area Fire and Rescue Department (HAFRD). The merger meant that first responders for the Hackensack area would attend trainings and meetings previously held for firefighters.
A fire threatening two garages on adjacent properties was extinguished in the early afternoon Tuesday, April 14, by the Nisswa Fire Department and DNR Forestry. "One of the residents was burning a little stuff outside," said Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike. "I suppose doing a little yard cleanup and it just got away from her." A crew of 15 firefighters and four DNR Forestry workers headed off the fire to prevent it from spreading closer to the nearby buildings. Though it was small, the fire moved fast.
The Jenkins City Council on Monday, April 13, heard concerns from a resident about local Internet connectivity, according to city clerk Krista Okerman. The resident explained that his options for Internet are limited and the location of his home does not allow him to connect to cable. He said he would like to have broadband extended into his area. Council member Chuck Hoffman said he is aware of the issues relating to Jenkins and its connection to Internet.
Representatives from the Pine Mountain Gospel Church, located in the former Backus Elementary School building, approached the Backus City Council on Monday, April 6, with the desire to grant the city ownership of a fire hydrant on church property. The hydrant on the back side of the building belongs to the church. It was determined that the city would need a blanket utility easement to take over the hydrant because the water line runs under church property. The church representatives also inquired about connection to the city sewer system.
While many students were enjoying days off for spring break in mid-March, four Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Business Professionals of America (BPA) students were vying for a chance to participate in the national BPA competition. Two of those students achieved that goal. "This is our second time that PR-B has gone to nationals. Last year it was Nick Gravdahl," said teacher Kyle Bergem.
Area Easter egg hunts Saturday, April 4, attracted crowds of quick kids. At Forbes Park in Pine River, organizers took about an hour to hide over 3,000 eggs, and what Chris Hanneken estimated as 160 children took only minutes to gather them. Some lucky children found eggs with more than just candy, because organizers had chosen some eggs as "Resurrection" eggs. These special eggs had items in them that are symbolic to the Easter story of Jesus.
Al Bauman, former owner of Al's Repair in Pine River, has finally begun selling his long awaited Airwave Pedestal, a product inspired by his own hardships. Bauman began design of his pedestal following back surgery in 2011, after which he could no longer sit in a boat to fish. Instead, he was forced to stand and use his knees as suspension. "Shortly after my back surgery I started scribbling stuff on paper, making my design," Bauman said. "Three or four months later I had my first prototype in my boat. I only made one.