Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Rochester Grizzlies scored five times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat the visiting Breezy Point North Stars 5-4 in North American3 junior hockey action Friday, Jan. 11. Casey Hormann and Jacob Berkowitz scored to give the North Stars the lead after two periods. But Rochester rallied by scoring five of the first six goals in the third period and then held on for the win. Lukas Brockman and Cooper Hoheisel did score for Breezy Point in the final period.
The 10th annual Penguin Plunge in Hackensack will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, on Birch Lake as part of Back to Hack festivities. The plunge will support the Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department and Faith in Action for Cass County. Both are local volunteer programs that help people in the greater Hackensack lakes area (fire and rescue) and throughout Cass County (Faith in Action) regardless of age, income, race or ethnicity.
Only 5 percent of the population donates blood to meet 100 percent of patient blood needs. Misconceptions are a big reason why more people don't donate blood, and new donors are always in high demand.
Two blood drives have been scheduled in the lakes area. A drive is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Emily City Hall. Another drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. Those interested can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A group of 18 family members - including Dave and Nancy Vogt of Brainerd, daughter Megan Vogt of Brainerd, and daughter Nicole Vogt and Brady Feist of Pillager - celebrated Christmas together in Punta de Mita, Mexico. Family members ranged in age from 5 to 79 and ventured from Brainerd, Pillager, Sauk Rapids, Jordan and Denver for a week. Here, the whole family prepares to eat an outdoor Christmas dinner as the sun sets.
Minnesotans interested in being more actively involved in deer management can apply to serve on a Deer Advisory Committee that will help foster dialogue between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "We're following through on the commitment we made this past summer in our statewide deer management plan, which calls for us to form this committee," said Paul Telander, wildlife section chief. "Committee members will play an important role in representing the breadth of deer management issues and discussing them with the DNR."
A state committee has recommended $4 million to build a National Loon center in Crosslake. That lottery funding now must be approved by Gov. Tim Walz and the 2019 Legislature. The common loon adorns the well-known logo of the Minnesota State Lottery. This year, lottery revenue may go a long way toward celebrating and protecting Minnesota's state bird.
The United Way of Crow Wing and Cass Counties recently named Kimberly Rollins as executive director. Rollins has more than 10 years of marketing experience and has been heavily involved in many nonprofit volunteer leadership positions. She comes to the United Way from Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union where she worked as marketing communication specialist.
The Senior Nutrition Program offers a nutritionally balanced meal for all people to enjoy. Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Pine River and Crosslake. The suggested voluntary donation is $4 per meal for those over 60 and $7.15 for those under 60. Meals on Wheels are available for homebound seniors in area communities. In Pine River, meals are served at the Heartland Apartments, 445 Snell Ave. To make a reservation or for Meals on Wheels information, call 218-587-2921.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department BURGLARIES: Report on Dec. 31 at 3:20 p.m. of a burglary to a foreclosed property on County Road 4 in Nisswa. Report on Jan. 1 at 6:02 p.m. of a burglary from a fish house on Train Bell Road in Merrifield. Report on Jan. 3 at 9:17 a.m. of a burglary on County Road 16 in Pequot Lakes. Report on Jan. 6 at 12:45 a.m. of a burglary on Ridgewood Drive in Merrifield. CRASH: Report on Jan. 3 at 9:03 a.m. of a property damage crash on Rebel Road and Sorenson Lake Road in Merrifield.