Backus Lions Club awards scholarships

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The Backus Lions Club awarded four scholarships to Pine River-Backus High School graduates at the May 29 commencement.

Receiving $500 scholarships were Jordan Cunningtham, of Pine River; Emma Barchus, of Backus; Kaitlyn Hanson, of Staples; and Keenan Dahl, of Backus.

Cunningham, the daughter of Chris and Karla Cunningham, will attend the University of Minnesota-Morris with a major in biology.

Barchus, the daughter of Kristofer and Amy Barchus, will attend the University of Alabama with a major in aerospace engineering.

Hanson, the daughter of Susan Peet, will attend Central Lakes College with a major in veterinary sciences.


Dahl, the son of Butch and Liz Dahl, will attend Alexandria Technical College with a major in welding.

The Backus Lions, a part of Lions International, is a volunteer nonprofit organization that supports many causes in and around the Backus and Pine River area. The club's meetings are held the first Thursday of the month and community members are invited to attend.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Backus Lions may send their contact information to: Backus Lions, PO Box 161, Backus, MN 56435.

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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