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Six area legislative candidates gathered to peddle their ideas at the final Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Monday, Oct. 29, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Candidates fielded questions by the event organizers and those who attended. State House candidates are: • District 9A: Alex Hering, DFL candidate from Pillager; and incumbent Rep. John Poston, R-Lake Shore. • District 10A: incumbent Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa; and DFL candidate Dale Menk from Brainerd.
The Pine River Public Library participated in ArtOrg's 1,000 print summer, contributing 25 one-of-a-kind prints made by Pine River area children and parents. Olivia Johnson, 10; her sister, Hailey Johnson, 8; and their cousin, Lily Barchus, 8, used the opportunity Friday, Oct. 19, to make prints that showed their familial bond. Olivia and Lily each made a print with half of a heart, but together the prints made one heart. The two are best friends in addition to family. "It's because we're cousins and she's my favorite cousin," Olivia said.
After years of background work, a solar garden is finally being installed at the Pine River-Backus School location. Construction began shortly after a Pine River city ordinance was adopted Sept. 11 defining the city's stance on ground mounted solar structures. The frames went up quickly and panels were delivered the week of Sept. 15. By Sept. 23, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance owner Jason Edens said 30 percent of the panels had been installed.
The Jenkins City Council opted out of a cooperative seal coat contract with Crow Wing County during the Tuesday, Oct. 9, regular meeting, according to a written meeting summary. The council decided that the city did not have enough roads that would benefit from the seal coat. The council also tabled a contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for snow removal to give council members time to discuss the contract.
The Pine River-Backus School Board received results of a recent phone survey by the Morris Leatherman Company on behalf of the school, and Business Manager Jolene Bengtson said results were even more positive than she anticipated. The board reviewed results Monday, Oct. 15.
The first week in October, when most businesses near Backus are normally starting to feel an annual slowdown between vacation season and snowmobile season, some local businesses got a boost from a surprising source. A film crew was in town. "I think it's brought some business into the area and the bar," said Patty Alexander, owner of Willard's Saloon and Eatery. "The first night they shot we had 25-plus people that came in. During the evening and the following days after that we would have two to four people in for breakfast and lunch. For dinner we had several more."
The Treehouse in Pequot Lakes will liquidate all of its greenhouses and contents at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, after nearly 30 years of service to the Pequot Lakes community. The business, owned by the late Jim Sherwood and his partner, Curt Lindelof, went on the market after Sherwood became terminally ill. After Sherwood's death May 23, Lindelof decided to liquidate the property rather than sell it as a whole. "We were hoping someone would buy it as a greenhouse operation," Lindelof said. "Both Jim and I were aware it can be hard to find a buyer for a larger greenhouse operation.
After two months of consideration, the Pine River City Council agreed to amend the winter parking ordinance in interest of snow removal. The issue was first raised during the August meeting by public works Director Mike Hansen. Hansen requested that the city revisit its parking ordinances as a whole, but focused especially upon the winter parking ordinances as he said cars on the city streets after snowfall have made plowing difficult over the years.
If you know much about me, you probably know that I buy and acquire a lot of "toys" that I can use in my job.
Pine River recently gained a business savvy couple who owns two separate businesses. Steph Noordmans brought Red Fox Pottery out of hiatus while Randy Noordmans manufactures tandem tricycles. Together, the couple is erecting a building near the center of Pine River where they can both produce their unique products for sale. Husband gets business on a roll