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The Pine River City Council's parking ordinances were again a topic of discussion at the Tuesday, Sept. 11, city council meeting. Early in the meeting, during public forum, Ryan Nelson said he felt like the city was targeting him following decisions the council made at the Aug. 13 regular meeting and the Aug. 28 planning and zoning meeting.
Only two hours after making a new friend at a Nimrod bar, Kristin Day offered him her kidney. Day, of Pine River, had seen a fistula on the man's arm, a port used for administering dialysis. He had experienced health issues that left him with damaged kidneys for the last two years. As a result, he needed dialysis every other day until he received a kidney transplant. So Day offered him a kidney. "It was just kind of crazy," Day said. "We were at Nimrod at a bar. That's just how it happened. We were in the right place at the right time."
The Jenkins City Council approved an increased preliminary general revenue tax levy during its Monday, Sept. 10, meeting, but it's possible residents won't see an increase in the city portion of their tax payments. City Clerk Krista Okerman said over telephone that an expiring tax increment financing agreement will add a large business to the tax roll along with new homes and businesses in the community. That growth makes for a larger tax base, which might make up for an increase in the tax levy.
City council members' eyebrows were raised while discussing the Backus Municipal Airport and various projects Monday, Sept. 10, because of additional costs, delays and malfunctions.
The future of the Pequot Lakes fire tower hinges on a Friday, Sept. 14, meeting of the Governor's Executive Council, residents learned at an informational meeting at the Cole Memorial Building. "They must give their approval before the DNR can sell it to the county," Paul Thiede, Crow Wing County commissioner who represents the area where the fire tower is located, said at the Wednesday, Sept. 5, meeting. "That transaction is $1. Then we would own that 40 acres and the fire tower."
For as long as I can remember knowing the word "anchovies," I have turned up my nose at eating them. It didn't help that they were the butt of many Saturday morning cartoon jokes. An entertaining recipe video in a series called "Frankie's World" got me curious to dive in and try a recipe using these stinky fish. I don't know if I'd like it any other way, but Pasta Putanesca has a lot about it that I like. First, I love food that comes with a legend. I won't elaborate too much on the legend, but the name itself translates to something along the lines of prostitute's pasta.
Sarah Blaeser, owner of Latte Da Coffee and Gifts, has had a good six years in her space adjoining The Wild Daisy in downtown Pequot Lakes, but a new building is calling her and Daniella Sutin, of Sweet Life Bakery, to make a move to bigger space. The pair will start a new lease in a building John Poston owns on Government Drive that formerly housed Silver Creek Traders. Sutin will run her custom, made-to-order bakery in the background while Blaeser runs her storefront, which not only displays a small supply of Sutin's products, but a wide variety of other merchandise as well.
Local cashiers and business owners are asked to be on the lookout for fake $20 after a practical joke got out of hand. Pine River State Bank Compliance Officer Sam Anderson sent out a heads-up to Pine River Chamber of Commerce members Sept. 5 to be on the look out for $20 that are the same size as real bills with the same design with exception of some Chinese characters printed on both sides, and a dotted black line in one corner. Bank rules on customer privacy limited what information Anderson could share on the incident.
The Labor Day crowd made an appearance at this year's Arts Off 84 Art Crawl from Pine River to Longville. Though there were fewer locations during the Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2, event, some shopping centers attract smaller crowds than were parked at some of this year's art sites. Handmade arts and gifts covered the full gamut from food and blacksmithing to basket weaving and pottery. Visitors used the annual guides to journey from Pine River to Longville via Highway 84 in search of special products they will likely find nowhere else.
Pequot Lakes recently became home to two new art businesses, one on each side of town. Faith Boost Art and the soul are Faith Boost's business. Owners James and Shannon Watkins opened their custom sign and craft shop on Front Street in Pequot Lakes not only as a place to display their products, but as a place for people to hold faith gatherings. The business was born from a service James, a remodeler, provided for his customers.