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Pie on Park avenue was a success yet again for the Pine River Public Library which sold 10 of 14 donated pies in a fundraiser to benefit the library. The event raised $320 for the library in a fundraising effort the library adopted from the original "Pie on the Porch" which once benefitted missions trips.
Pine River recently recently received a new addition to its health offerings with the late June opening of Select Therapies on Barclay Avenue. The business is a mix of old and new. The location is new for Pine River, but this will be Trevor Harting's seventh office since 2003 when he first opened in the Bircher Design building across from Mills GM in Brainerd.
The Backus City Council defined the scope of a city assessment to pay for street resurfacing when they approved an assessment role during the Aug. 6 regular meeting. Before approving the role at a regular meeting of the council, there was a special meeting to offer residents the opportunity to hear the role and weigh in. The assessment role explained that properties abutting the following roads will be part of the assessment to pay for the project: • First Avenue East between Front Street North. and Hazel Street North
In spit(e) of the threat of rain, the annual Chokecherry Festival in Pequot Lakes was booming. The pit spitting contest, a popular attraction, brought many people of all ages to try and break the 34 foot record in spite of the inevitable dry mouth that comes with chewing chokecherries. In addition, the back seat driving game and other competitions provided entertainment enough for people of all ages.
After 71 years of business, the descendants of Walt and Jeannette Silbaugh are saying a bittersweet farewell to business ownership. The Silbaugh's daughter Jackie Wetrosky and her husband John decided nine years ago that it was time to sell their building. The doors are finally closing Aug. 17 after the clearance of the store products and fixtures is complete to make room for River Fitness.
Aaron Patton of Crosslake was the first to cross the finish line at Whitefish Warrior on Aug. 4 with a time of 13:55 after two grueling miles of obstacles.
While healthcare workers and governing bodies look to find new ways to analyze and react to the opioid epidemic in Minnesota, recovery is an old and still relevant focus of many county health services. Crow Wing County doesn't have an Rx prevention coordinator like Cass County, but it does have substance abuse staff that work to help addicts of all kinds, including those battling opioid addictions. Adult Services Supervisor Nathan Bertram said while this epidemic is growing, use of methamphetamines currently outpaces opiates, at least in Crow Wing County.
Amidst the growing epidemic of opioid abuse, Cass County dedicated a position based in Pine River to help respond to the epidemic. Cass County hired Richie Bean as Rx prevention coordinator at the Pine River-Backus Family Center. Bean is the first to hold this position, which started Jan. 1 thanks to a five-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration grant from the state of Minnesota aimed at combating opioid abuse. With the family center, he is forming community coalitions and working to raise awareness of and resistance to the epidemic.
Living at my father's house I ate more than my fair share of food cooked in cast iron cookware. My father and stepmother are collectors of Griswold and some Wagner cookware, which were a very different animal from the Teflon pans Mom used once we got a dishwasher.
This is a bumper year for wild fruit. Never in my life have I seen the juneberries as abundant as they are right now. Usually the trees are sparse - some with fruit, some without - and the birds are racing to get all the berries. This year I think there are too many for them and as a result they are willing to share with us humans.