Family Center Happenings for Oct. 3

A list of events provided by the Pine River-Backus Family Center

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The Pine River-Backus Family Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Pine River Area Food Shelf: Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month (Oct. 12) the food shelf will be open from 3:30-6 p.m.

Pine River-Backus CommUnity Meals: A local collaborative effort has been put together to provide a free weekly meal for anyone who is hungry. Meals are served each Monday at the Riverview Church in Pine River or each Thursday at the Backus Pine Mountaineer Senior Center. Serving time is 4 p.m. until gone. For more information or to volunteer call 218-587-4292

Home Visiting Program: Are you pregnant? Could you use a little extra help with your questions around your pregnancy and about your child’s growth and development? The Family Centers Home Visiting Program has immediate openings for families who would like additional support. Free Swag Bags are available to all families who are expecting a baby that live in the Pine River-Backus school district.

NAPS: Drive up pick up is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. NAPS boxes are picked up inside the Family Center. Please enter through the back door to pick up your box.


WIC: Please call Cass County at 218-547-6872 for an appointment.

Family Planning: Family planning is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Please call (877) 275-6123 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Child & Teen Check-Up: Please call Cass County Public Health at 218-547-6872 if you have any questions.

Donations to the Pine River-Backus Family Center are always welcome and help the center to continue to support families they serve.

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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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