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Months ago I toyed with the idea of an invention that I am still convinced could hit it big, but I was quashed by limited resources and limited knowledge. You see, I had an idea for a product that would make at-home pasta production simpler using an equally simple tool that most hunters in our area already have. We even have companies in the area that could produce such a product. My problem is twofold. First, I don't know computer-aided design. Second, I don't have the capital it would require to produce a prototype or start a production run.
Some local city councils within recent months have addressed a franchise agreement with TDS Telecom. Among those who approved an agreement with TDS are Backus, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Breezy Point, along with Birch Lake and Pelican townships. Some residents in these communities might not know what this means. Here is a breakdown of what to expect and what not to expect. TDS will be allowed to provide internet television in these communities.
The Backus City Council addressed the general condition of sidewalks within the city Monday, June 4. The city has determined that many sidewalks have cracks or are becoming overgrown with sod. This raised the question of responsibility for upkeep and construction of sidewalks. The council consulted city ordinances and determined that upkeep and maintenance of sidewalks is the responsibility of the properties abutting those sidewalks.
When the Brainerd property David Herrera was looking at sold, he had to cast his sights elsewhere to find a building to start his automotive business. "There isn't much out there. I saw this (DG Towing building in Pequot Lakes)," Herrera said. "It's set up almost perfect so we decided to come out here." Herrera opened Northland Automotive Repair.
Former Backus firefighter Brent Godfrey left his blood family and firefighting family reeling when he died Nov. 10, 2016. Most of the Backus Fire Department was present when Godfrey was laid to rest. His brother, Wayne Godfrey, and sister, Heather Orth, knew immediately that they wanted to give a donation to the fire department.
The Ford dealership in Pine River has a new name. Long known as Houston Ford, the log building on Highway 371 now houses Kimber Creek Ford. Kade Vershey started the process to buy the business three years ago and changed the name as of June 1. In other area business news: • Jim Bergquist's Wind Water & Wheels and Crow Wing Kayaks business relocated yet again.
It is that time of year again when I try to get my behind into the woods as often as I can to stock up on some tasty items. Those of you who will not be going into the woods will be happy to know these recipes can be made using domestic vegetables as well. Most of the wild foods you find in the spring are greens, shoots and roots. With temperatures climbing faster than usual, however, you will want to get out and get your greens now, before they get stringy and bitter.
Though the Pine River-Backus High School graduating class is only 60 students strong, its motto suggests a big attitude. "Some people have stories, but we have legacies." The senior class will receive their diplomas in a ceremony that will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, in the school's performance gym. Valedictorian is Mikayla Sundley, and Hannah Nordlund is salutatorian. They will give a joint speech.
The Pine River-Backus School Board approved a joint project to provide solar power to PR-B and other partners, including Pequot Lakes School, which will continue to talk about the project next month. The project awaits approval by other partners as well. Pine River-Backus has designated a section of field behind the school to the project, unlike some partners who plan to install panels on their rooftops. For this reason, PR-B only needed to iron out insurance and construction details before determining that the school stood only to gain from the project.
Don Moen, teacher at the Pine river-Backus Alternative Learning Center, is retiring at the end of the school year, wrapping up 19 years with the district. During his nearly 20 years here, Moen's job has had a lot of flexibility. He started out teaching mid-level alternative classes on Barclay in 1999 before that program was cut. Though the program was dropped, Moen was not. "Cathy Bettino got me on as an at-will employee for most of the year before I got rehired as a contracted person at the ALC," Moen said. "I did math and science for them over there."