BACKUS — Anyone interested in knowing more about Cass County soils can attend a University of Minnesota Geological Survey two-hour seminar starting at 9:30 a.m. March 6 at the land department building in Backus. The focus will be on the county's soils as documented in the new county geological atlas. Earth moving contractors, septic professionals, landscapers and other soil professionals are especially encouraged to attend. The Cass County Board and Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors also plan to attend.
WALKER—The Cass County Board on Tuesday, Feb. 5, adopted the board's summer schedule for its 6 p.m. meetings at city and town halls throughout the county. The meetings will be at the following: • May 21, Turtle Lake Town Hall, 4196 72nd St. NW., Walker. • June 18, Leader Community Hall, 7430 State Highway 64 SW., Motley. • July 16, East Gull Lake City Hall, 10790 Squaw Point Road, East Gull Lake. • Aug. 20, Leech Lake Town Hall, 10010 Rifle Range Drive NW., Walker. • Sept. 17, Hackensack City Hall, 208 First St. N., Hackensack.
CROSBY—Just 15 minutes more and the men in the depths of the Milford Mine would have been at the end of their shift, but that kind of luck wasn't on their side 95 years ago—Feb. 5, 1924, the date of Minnesota's worst mining disaster near Crosby. When disaster swiftly struck, 48 miners were working on the 165-foot and 175-foot levels of the Milford Mine. The mine was 200 feet deep.
A fresh dusting of snow could be the first glimpse of what may be a snowy week. While the lakes region wasn't expected to get much more than an inch Tuesday, Feb. 5, a long period of snowfall—arriving late Wednesday afternoon through the day Thursday—could drop an additional 4-7 inches with the potential for up to 9 inches.
NISSWA—A 57-year-old man was injured when the snowmobile he was operating crashed at 10:05 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, on Edna Lake in Nisswa. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported Roger James Ohotto of Sartell suffered minor injuries. He was assessed on scene by ambulance staff and released.
WADENA—Rylie Hirschey scored 13 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 58-31 Tuesday, Feb. 5. Bailey Wynn and Gabby Rainwater each added 10 points for the Tigers. W-DC's Kennedy Gravelle tallied 19 points. W-DC 15 16—31 Pine River-Backus 31 27—58 WADENA-DEER CREEK
WADENA—An event originally scheduled for Jan. 31 will now take place Feb. 21, after extreme cold forced its cancellation. Clean Energy Resource Teams organized a free workshop with the goal of assisting people with finding energy savings at their homes. The Neighborhood Energy Workshop will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to find steps to save energy and money, get help reading utility bills, learn about energy assistance and connect directly with service providers. Also offered will be a free dinner.
CAMP RIPLEY—The Minnesota National Guard will host more than 100 members of the Norwegian Home Guard Feb. 8-22 as part of a reciprocal troop exchange at Camp Ripley. The exchange, in its 46th consecutive year, reinforces the positive working relationships between allied services and highlights the strong lineage many Minnesotans share with the Scandinavian culture.
Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, has been appointed to serve as the ranking member of the House Small Business Committee's Contracting and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
CROSBY—The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area is hosting an event Feb. 14 at The Skillet Restaurant in Brainerd. Kyle Bauer, chief executive officer of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, will speak about the organization noon-12:30 p.m. and Melissa Goble, women's health nurse practitioner, will speak about the hospital's new Menopause Center 12:30-1 p.m. Lunch and social will be at 11:30 a.m.