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Mayor's Notebook: Variety of activities make Pequot Lakes special

The past weekend was a wonderful example of the variety of activities that make our community special. On Saturday, Henry Liedl and his hearty band of high school students totally revamped the 2014 homecoming celebration. Students worked extraord...

The past weekend was a wonderful example of the variety of activities that make our community special.

On Saturday, Henry Liedl and his hearty band of high school students totally revamped the 2014 homecoming celebration. Students worked extraordinarily hard to make Saturday a full day with an expanded parade in the morning, followed by tailgating events and then the football game with East Grand Forks (EGF) at 1:30 p.m.

Thanks should be given to the many students and businesses who participated in the parade, to all of those who came to watch and cheer at the parade, and to EGF for willingly changing its schedule so a "new" tradition could begin.

On Sunday morning, Community Action of Pequot Lakes, a not-for-profit group, held a pancake breakfast at the Legion. This small, but hearty, membership group is dedicated to raising funds for Pequot Lakes improvements, starting with banners for our light posts. Led by Kimberly Ziesemer and Barb Merritt, the group is about halfway to raising the approximately $6,000 needed for this project.

In the meantime, with the help of the Breezy Point North Stars hockey young men, you will soon see the group decorating the town with corn stalks.

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Then, on Sunday afternoon, the Park Board (led by Chair Cathy Malecha) and city employees (led by Sandy Peine, city clerk) benefitted from a beautiful fall afternoon to host an open house at Mayo Lake Preserve Park to introduce the park to our community.

At the south end of Mayo Lake, this park is a nature preserve designed with a walking trail to also be used in the winter for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Many thanks to the city workers who helped make this event successful and to those who came to discover this hidden gem.

These types of activities occur in Pequot Lakes on a regular basis. It takes great effort on the part of volunteers to make them happen; they don't happen in a vacuum. Whether it is the Lions, the Chamber, Community Action or one of the many other groups in town, our community would be much less than it is without their willingness to organize an event.

Offer your help, timewise or financially, to make one of these events happen. It's what makes our community special.

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