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I've complained about the spring season here a few times. Summer is too warm, and winter goes on too long. Now it's time for my favorite season of the year. For those of you saying fall started on Sept. 22, if every tree is still green and it's 70 degrees outside, it's not really fall. I don't care what the calendar says. Regardless, the leaves are changing and the weather is chilly without being frigid. It is safe to say we are officially in the middle of fall.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys finished 13th as a team and the girls ended the day in 11th place at the Perham Invitational Thursday, Oct. 4. Calia Chaney, the Patriots' top runner, finished 26th in the girls race with a time of 19:58 - second-best 5K time in Patriot girls history. "This is her second meet back after coming off a pulled glute muscle," Coach Jeff Brever said. "Calia is slowly getting back to her top notch performances. With still being a little cautious and running smart with her races"
This past weekend, I feel like I witnessed Twins history - which is weird to say, since I was watching the final game in the team's sixth losing season in the past eight years. The game was possibly Joe Mauer's final game with the Twins and the final game of his professional career. If it wasn't his final game, it sure as heck felt like it.
In a work session Monday, Oct. 1, the Pequot Lakes School Board continued discussions on the district's 2019 tax levy. In its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 24, the board agreed to certify the maximum preliminary levy for 2018, payable in 2019. Business manager Heidi Hagen informed the board that the district conservatively anticipates an enrollment of 1,756 students for the 2019-20 school year. Hagen also expects the need to hire four new full-time employees to compensate for any increases in enrollment and believes salary increases will range from 3 to 5 percent.
In its Monday, Oct. 1, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council approved the installation of a curb stop for the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club's service line, but has not reached a decision on how that will be paid for. The club intends to stop using its step station, which pumps sewage into the city's force main, leaving its existing two-inch service line idle. This leaves the line at risk of freezing and possibly bursting.
The Patriot Activities Club has been present at Pequot Lakes events - and on the school district's list of donations - for more than a decade. Formerly known as the Patriot Athletics Club, PAC now looks to provide funds for all school activities - from football and basketball to band, drama and robotics. They also provide funds for traveling basketball and volleyball teams. They also will occasionally host some youth tournaments, with volunteers keeping score, taking tickets and sometimes refereeing certain events.
Homecoming week ended on a bit of a sour note for Pequot Lakes as the Patriot football team was overwhelmed in a 47-0 loss to the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Friday, Sept. 28. "They are ranked fourth in the state in 4A for a reason," coach Bill Magnuson said. "Their strengths may be some of our weaknesses. They are big and strong. They have a very good run game and a couple of good tail backs. They are very good at what they do." The Patriots found themselves in a hole early, allowing three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game.
The Pequot Lakes Fire Department took part in a new experience Wednesday evening, Sept. 19, as it tried its hand in a training session simulating a plane crash at Breezy Point Airport. The three-hour, hands-on session saw firefighters operating in and around the fuselage of an old plane with removable wings and fuel pans connected to propane to simulate fuel leaks. "It was something that was kind of new and different," Fire Chief Tom Nelson said. "Knowing that there are a lot of aircraft in our area, we thought this would a valuable training to have for our guys. "
A late pick-six by Bode Magnuson was not enough to secure a victory for the Patriot football team as they fell to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 20-18 on Friday, Sept. 21. The two teams each scored three touchdowns in the game, but the Rebels found the endzone on one of three two-point conversion attempts. "We got within the 30, I think, four times and didn't get any points out of it," head coach Bill Magnuson said. "They are a good football team. They came out and ran the ball like we thought they would, but our defense really picked it up and got a big stop when we needed it."
The Pequot Lakes School Board has a preliminary levy in place. The board agreed to certify the maximum preliminary levy for 2018, payable in 2019, in its Monday, Sept. 17, meeting. If the maximum is approved as the final levy, the district will operate with a total tax levy of $5,855,332 - an increase of $180,400 from the previous year - and the local option revenue remaining at $424 per pupil. "I do feel, after our last meeting, there is more to discuss and look into," board member Kim Bolz-Andolshek said. "So I think it is appropriate to set the maximum levy."