Brainerd student wins Pine River logo contest

Logo will be used in the celebration of the city's 150th anniversary

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Brainerd High School graphic design student Will Thomes submitted the winning logo design for Pine River's upcoming 150th anniversary in the contest that concluded in February 2022.

PINE RIVER — Brainerd High School junior Will Thomes was selected as a winner of the Pine River sesquicentennial logo design contest.

That's pretty awesome that mine got chosen. I'm kind of shocked.
Will Thomes

The 150-year committee ran the contest from December 2021 through the end of February. Thomes said he decided to enter the contest with encouragement from his teacher.

"My graphic design teacher showed it to me because I signed up for a second semester of graphic design," Thomes said. "I'm pretty interested in it. He showed it to me and I pretty much started working on it right away in second semester."

Thomes' design was selected from among others in April.

"I feel pretty good," Thomes said. "That's pretty awesome that mine got chosen. I'm kind of shocked. I would not have thought mine would have gotten chosen, but I'm super happy they picked it."


The design will be used to promote the 150th anniversary leading up to an event planned for the week of July 4, 2023.

Thomes is considering pursuing video production but has not yet chosen a school.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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