Backus Pine Mountaineer Senior Center to reopen

Center to reopen March 31

Backus Senior Center. Photo Submitted March 2021

The Pine Mountaineer Senior Center in Backus will reopen Wednesday, March 31.

Staff members are asking that customers wear masks when entering the building. Hand sanitizer will be provided at several locations.

The center is a nonprofit organization that provides weekly hot meals at a low cost. It is run by volunteers and has been serving customers for more than 25 years.

The minimal food price is used to cover all food and building expenses with any remaining funds donated to community organizations. Donations have included the local food shelves, 4-H clubs and other youth organizations.

The center sells fresh baked cinnamon and caramel rolls at 8 a.m. every Wednesday with coffee or milk. Lunch hours are 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or while supplies last. Takeout service is available as well.


For orders of four or more, the senior center requests a 15-minute advance notice at 218-947-3844.

The meal March 31 will be meatloaf with potatoes and gravy, vegetables and a roll for $7.50. The meals have no age requirements. There is also an alternative of a soup of the day with sandwich. Cake and pie are also available with meals.

The senior center is located at 131 Front St. in Backus. Volunteers are always needed; call Sharon at 218-507-0551. Volunteers get free meals.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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