Following are a few thoughts from and good deeds by area residents in these unprecedented times.

If you have any such stories to share, email so we can share uplifting news with our readers.


Hard times for teachers

Deanne Trottier, fourth-grade teacher at Eagle View Elementary School, posted the following on Facebook on Wednesday, March 18:

“Today was hard. We packed up our students’ belongings and started to plan for an unknown future. I found books we hadn’t finished reading, trip plans for field trips we haven’t taken yet and stories that were left half written.

“It’s lonely being in a classroom with no kids, especially with so much left unfinished. Yet somehow I’m feeling thankful tonight - for technology that allowed me to hear some of my students’ voices during the day and will help us stay connected in the days to come. For our staff that is working together to feed, teach and care for our kids. For a parent who took the time to email today to share an accomplishment and to say thank you. For the supportive community we live in. For the decisions that will help keep us safe and healthy, and for my own kids who are adjusting to the changes that keep coming with positive attitudes.

“On my walk after school I watched some swans slipping on the ice, looking for a little bit of open water. They are patiently waiting for spring to come, the ice to melt, sunshine, warmer weather and brighter days. And it will.”

Help for those who cannot get out

Dale Anderson, of Pine River, has put out an offer to those who need supplies but are in greater risk of complications from COVID-19.

“If you know some elderly or someone who can’t go out or is immune compromised and is fearful of going out, and needs basic essentials, let me know,” Anderson wrote on Facebook.

Anderson directed any in need to contact him at

Little Free Pantry

Little Free Books outside the Nisswa Chamber building has been renamed the Little Free Pantry and is stocked. These items are for those who need them. If you have an item or two you can spare from your pantry, feel free to add to the stock. The book were moved to a table right inside the chamber doors and also include games and puzzles for the taking.

If you happen to be cleaning out your stock of books, puzzles and games, feel free to add to the fun.

Pay it forward

David Janowiec, a Pequot Lakes High School graduate whose company, The Recess Factory, runs the Nisswa Firecracker Run each July, said on Facebook on Sunday, March 22, that on behalf of the Nisswa Firecracker Run, he ordered and paid for 20 Big Axe Classic burgers for carryout from Big Axe Brewing in Nisswa for anyone in the area who’d recently been laid off or lost their job.

“Remember, behind each small business is an owner, a family, employees, and those employees have family. Consciously using your dollar is part of what real community is all about. That's how we get through this,” Janowiec wrote.

Luke Ganley, of Ganley’s in Nisswa, posted on Facebook on Saturday, March 21, that his family restaurant planned to deliver breakfast take out bags out to cars at the restaurant for freewill offerings Sunday, March 22.

“Take what you need for your family or neighbor,” Ganley wrote. “We will serve until it is gone. Free will offering. If you are in need at this time, it is on us! Please come enjoy.”

Bill Agens said in an email Monday, March 23, that earlier in the day he called as many Timber Bay families as he could get a hold of and offered to go through the Dairy Queen drive-through for them.

“I brought lunch to 21 people today with a total of seven trips through DQ drive thru,” he wrote. “The smiles and joy I saw on those kids’ faces was well worth the expense.”