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Grand View Lodge in Nisswa hosted a tour of its nearly $50 million expansion project Wednesday, Sept. 19. Expansion includes the addition of a 60-room hotel complex, 41 cottages, fitness facilities and a chapel. Expansion also required changes to existing facilities. Employee housing near the main lodge has been moved to another end of the resort. Part of a golf course was removed to make room for the hotel, and a tennis court in need of resurfacing will be removed and relocated to create lawn space next to the chapel for wedding events.
A fire completely destroyed a cabin like structure on the 3,000 block of 44th Avenue outside of Pine River Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Pine River Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 4 p.m. and arrived to find the small structure already destroyed. Pine River Fire Chief John Richards says the cabin was being lived in, but there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is not yet known. A fire marshall is investigating, according to normal operating procedures.
Chainsaw carver Ben Semler makes a quick carve during a designation time period. The carving was later sold at auction as a part of the event's fundraiser.
Though many were aware of his uphill battle against cancer, the Hackensack community will feel the Sept. 17 death of Jack Thomas for months as Mann Lake LTD, Paws and Claws Animal Rescue and Resort, and their many employees learn how to operate in his absence.
Pine River firefighters responded to a cabin fire Wednesday afternoon on the 3000 block of 44th Street SW in Pine River. Further information about the fire was unavailable Wednesday.
In the interest of maintaining certain business presences on Barclay Avenue, the Pine River City Council decided not to change zoning ordinances to allow private clubs in C-1 zoned commercial properties. The decision was made during a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 11, arranged at the request of the Iron Order motorcycle club, which has a presence in Merrifield. The council last month scheduled the hearing when it was determined that current city ordinances do not allow private club houses.
After deliberation, the Emily City Council decided against vacating a section of Dahler Avenue, saying it was not beneficial to the public, according to unapproved draft minutes from the Aug. 15 city council meeting.
The Pine River-Backus School Board approved a preliminary tax levy during a very brief board meeting Monday, Sept. 17. The preliminary 2018-pay 2019 levy is $1,787,198, a $27,298 or 1.55 percent increase. The increase is due to an increase in property values, though the school district actually had a slight decrease in pupil units, which factors into some of the school's funding.
Friends and family, I am almost sad to announce that I have done it. I have gone to the dark side. I am now getting into meal replacement shakes. Don't be offended if you like meal replacement shakes. I'm only teasing. But truth is, I still would much rather "eat" my dinner rather than drink it.
The dam in Pine River will become the next battleground against suicide from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The weapons? Fishing and awareness. The Three Waters Fishing Contest is the brainchild of Chad Biggar and Deanna Steuernagel, of Pine River, who connected in June when Steuernagel started a grief support group at The Warehouse, where Biggar is director.