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This year in Minnesota I've had a successful harvest of hedgehogs, lobsters, oysters and chickens of the woods. No, I'm not talking animals. I'm talking mushrooms. I have never had a mushroom year like this. It's true I've usually found some success hunting fungi, but usually I have a mediocre harvest of one variety - maybe two, often by accident. This year I've gone on two successful hunts and one not-so-successful hunt, and the result is me trying to figure out what to do with all my mushrooms.
In June, the Pine River-Backus School Board approved a survey through Morris Leatherman Company that will look at public perceptions of the school district. The board discussed the survey again briefly at its Monday, Aug. 20, meeting. The 64-question survey will be taken via telephone. Board member Katy Botz said she had been under the impression the phone numbers would come from voter rolls, though when she voted in the recent primary they did not ask for her number. Superintendent Dave Endicott said he would look into the source for the phone numbers.
Lake water levels and wake are two topics local law enforcement addressed recently at a meeting of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association held at the Crosslake Community Center. WAPOA president Tom Watson said these two items have been in discussion since two years ago when historic rainfall caused docks and lawn furniture to float out into the lakes. Watson said this year he has had to raise his dock twice because of rising water levels.
Every journalist on the planet dreads getting phone calls and emails complaining about something they wrote. The cause of the dread varies with each story and with each complaint. Some complaints lack merit. There isn't a seasoned reporter out there who hasn't gotten negative feedback simply because a reader didn't like the item being reported on. Some readers do not seem to realize that the newspaper staff does not necessarily agree with everything they report on.
Signs warning of impending road work went up on Highway 371 between Backus and Hackensack as a harbinger of a major project slated to start Tuesday, Sept. 4, which will completely close the highway from its intersection with Highway 87 East next to Godfrey's in Backus all the way to County Road 40 in Hackensack.
The Jenkins City Council had a long and careful discussion of a County Road 145 improvement Monday, Aug. 13.
Though the audience loves it when bands like the Platte Valley Boys, Flatt Lonesome and others pick and sing at Lakes Bluegrass Festivals, the workshops where amateur musicians can learn bluegrass techniques have also been popular in years past. "Workshops are always well-attended, even from the beginning," said Donna Bowman, workshop host. "We could pretty much fill up the building. Workshops are really more close-up with the instructors. They are normal, everyday people, too. They are really no different than you."
The Pine River City Council received complaints on two matters ahead of its Monday, Aug. 13, meeting concerning both long-term parking and building inspections. Parking The city has received complaints regarding the long-term parking of Ryan Nelson's yellow fire truck along city side streets. The truck has advertisement for Nelson's Crosslake business, JR's No. 19, and has been used as a sort of moving billboard for years when Nelson operated within the Pine River city limits.
God had guided Jill and Ben Gibbs, of Fifty Lakes, to adopt their sponsored child in Tanzania. At least that's how they see it, and who is going to argue after the journey to America accidentally saved Bahati Juma's life. Ben, Jill and Juma shared their story of adoption July 17 in front of a summer book club group who had just read "A Long Walk to Water," a book about the lost boys of Sudan. Juma regaled the group with her own story of living in Tanzania, a place different, but similar to Sudan.
Summer is a time when kids get together to play, fish, ride bikes, go swimming and ... read. At least that's true for an area group after two Pequot Lakes moms started a summer book club. "We started last year. It's kind of something I had been talking about doing for five years and had never gotten it done," said organizer Sandi Hoag. "We talked about it together and Jodie said, 'Let's go.' She had some ideas right away and we ran with it."