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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."
At long last, three nearly forgotten veterans have received grave markers in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River. In September 2017, Pine Ridge Cemetery Board President Jacque Ide began a search for information on three veterans buried in the cemetery with little or no grave markers. Arnold Oller was buried in 1963 and had only a metal stake. Kenneth DeGroot was buried in 2000 with a metal stake that did not include his death date. Ernest Hopper was buried in 1948 with nothing to identify him but a last name on a map.
A grand parade, a community picnic with people lined up down the block, taps ringing through the air and cemeteries full of locals honoring veterans interred there. These are some of the Memorial Day sights and sounds mentioned in Pine River Journal archives. Memorial Day was once a huge, community social event that likely rivaled anything we have today. I understand that festivals and get-togethers simply aren't what they once were, but I don't think any event took as big a hit as Memorial Day.
A blaze destroyed the Assembly of God church building in Pine River during the early afternoon, May 23. Roads and parking areas were blocked off, while spectators watched their neighborhood church collapse in on itself not long after the fire was reported by a local police officer.
Recycling bins just outside of the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River are causing enough of a mess for the city of Pine River to consider their removal. Public Works Director Mike Hansen said at the Tuesday, May 8 council meeting that garbage placed inside the bins blows out all over, the bins aren't emptied often enough and people abuse the bins by disposing of everything in and around them, once including a boat.
The Jenkins City Council has approved a proposal for the annual crack sealing project, according to meeting documents. The project, approved at the May 14 regular meeting, is a common project scheduled annually in most cities. Crack sealing includes the use of air hoses to clean cracks in city streets, followed by application of sealant to reduce wear and tear on the road during summer and winter. Anderson Brothers submitted the winning quote this year for $16,318.33. In other business, the council:
Miss Nisswa Molly Johnson and the Nisswa Chamber of commerce continued the Welcome Wannigan fishing opener tradition that started in 1959. The crew boarded a pontoon provided by Boats and Beyond at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, and rode the gentle waters of Gull Lake to deliver doughnuts and hot coffee to the anglers who had hit the water during fishing opener.
History is a big deal, considering everything we now know goes back to it (literally). But funny turns of phrase aside, writing has given us a great tool that has allowed us over the years to record what once was for future record. It's not perfect, but without the writings of those who witnessed great events firsthand and have since died, we'd have a lot more questions than answers today. I'm glad for the authors and other documentors of our past.
Jay Cline, perhaps one of the most familiar faces on the Pine River Chamber of Commerce thanks to his many contributions, was honored Monday, May 14, with the 39th annual Distinguished Service Award at the Pine River American Legion. Ray Schrupp, 2017 honoree, presented the award after reading an extensive list of Cline's contributions and accomplishments, including: • President of the Pine River Chamber of Commerce board. • Vice president of Pine River Area Economic Development Corporation. • Treasurer of Cass County Economic Development Corporation.
With planning underway for a summer road construction project in Backus, residents of Lilian Boulevard and Point Road requested future projects on their roads.