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Many would describe their senior year of high school as being one of the best years of their life, but tragedy in the fall of 2017 left a negative mark for Pine River-Backus senior Taylor Vredenburg, of Backus. "I lost my boyfriend in a car accident," Vredenburg said. "I guess I just put that aside here at school and did what I was supposed to do to keep a positive attitude with it all."
OK, OK, so my column is called Grim's Grub and that suggests that all the recipes I share should be food recipes, but hear me out. Sometimes the coolest things you can do at home are homemade projects. Some of the coolest games or toys are those you put a little personal effort into. That being said, I find that the more things I know how to make (food or otherwise), the happier I am. I hope that is true for you as well.
The Jenkins City Council sent a letter requesting a public hearing on a proposed Crow Wing County all-terrain vehicle ordinance that could affect a recently developed pedestrian trail the city constructed, according to unapproved draft minutes from the council's April 9 meeting. The Crow Wing County Board will host a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Historic Courthouse on Laurel Street in Brainerd to consider amending the ordinance regulating use of ATVs in county road rights of way.
According to unapproved draft meeting minutes, the Emily City Council heard from guest speaker Char Kinzer regarding the future of Cooperative Mineral Resources, a Crow Wing Power subsidiary formed for the purpose of managing manganese ore deposits in Emily. The Natural Resources Research Institute in Coleraine has found a more cost efficient way to process the manganese, minutes from the March 13 meeting said. An Environmental Impact Statement, permitting and studies will be required before mining operations can begin.
Careful planning is often the predictor of success for a business, and if that's true, Main Street Ale House in Nisswa has a bright future.
The Backus City Council continued to review bids for work at the municipal airport, ultimately approving spending, with caveats.
In 2004, Heather Rogosheske (then Frederick) graduated from Pine River-Backus High School and prepared to learn floral design at Central Lakes College. She once considered going into social work, but she wasn't ready to leave home - the cozy place just four houses away from the Pine River-Backus School building. Floral design, however, wasn't everything she wanted, so she fell back to the profession that she had once considered and attended Bemidji State University for her degree in social work.
The Working Together Coalition has technically been in operation in Pine River-Backus consistently since 1999, but it has taken a less visible approach for several years since former coordinator Kelly Felton left in 2016. New coordinator Heather Rogosheske has been with the group since Feb. 28, and she has started to reach out to increase awareness for the group and bring it back into the public eye.
I hope nobody reading the PineandLakes Echo Journal on a regular basis is unaware at this point that an approximately 7-mile stretch of Highway 371 from the Backus Corner Store to Mann Lake LTD in Hackensack will be closed for improvements sometime after Labor Day, with traffic detoured 30 miles out of the way.
At age 17, Corey Derksen, of Pequot Lakes, started detailing cars at Brainerd Area Used Cars, a job that eventually led him to manage Pine River GM. After years away, he returned to Pine River and is back to detailing and back to the former Pine River GM building. "I thought about it a few months," Derksen said. "I kept driving by it. I thought there wasn't a good manual car wash around and I decided this would be the perfect spot. This would be great to be able to service the community. I do that right now with automotive repair but I kind of wanted to expand into detailing."