Pine River-Backus School District: School board changes meeting dates to first Monday of the month

Other small changes include mileage reimbursement and meal reimbursement.

PineandLakes Echo Journal file photo (Feb. 2020).

During the annual reorganizational meeting Monday, Jan. 3, the Pine River-Backus School Board rescheduled its meetings from the third Monday of the month to the first Monday of the month. Monthly work sessions will be held the third Monday of each month.

The board also confirmed appointments to board positions. Chris Cunningham was reappointed as board chair, with Ryan Trumble selected as vice chair. Katy Botz will remain treasurer and Wanda Carlson will remain clerk. Cunningham invited board members to send him their preferences for committee assignments, which will be discussed in February.

Board salaries will remain the same. Mileage for those who drive to official functions will increase with the state standard from 56 cents per mile to 58.5 cents per mile, though if someone chooses to drive a personal vehicle while an official school vehicle is available, the reimbursement will remain 28 cents per mile.

Meal reimbursement was increased from $10 for breakfast, $13 for lunch and $17 for dinner to $15 for breakfast, $20 for lunch and $25 for dinner.

The board appointed the Pineandlakes Echo Journal as its legal publication and Pine River State Bank as the official depository along with Minnesota School District Liquid Assets Fund. Kennedy and Graven will remain the district's official legal counsel.


The board renewed memberships to:

  • Minnesota School Boards Association.
  • Central Minnesota E.R.D.C.
  • Sourcewell.
  • Minnesota State High School League.
  • Cass County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Pine River Chamber of Commerce.
  • National School Board Association National Affiliate Program.
  • Minnesota Rural Education Association.

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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