Members of the Crow Wing County Republican Party who attended caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Crosslake precinct site agreed they were there to influence politics at a grassroots level. Likewise, those who attended the Cass County Republican caucuses in the Pine River-Backus School commons saw the caucuses as an opportunity to influence government locally.
Leech Lake is a walleye haven and the third largest lake entirely in the boundary of Minnesota, and this year anglers on Leech and lakes near Pine River could still be wetting their fishing opener lines May 11 through holes in the ice. Last year, Leech Lake set a record for its early ice-off date of April 2. The State Climatology Office records the average ice-out date as April 27.