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The Pine River City Council was busy with public hearings for variance requests, amendments and ordinance changes Tuesday, Jan. 8. Among the items approved at the pre-meeting public hearings was Faith Assembly of God Church's request for a conditional use permit and variance to rebuild the church that burned to the ground in 2018. The congregation would like to build a structure that exceeds the impervious surface requirements and maximum height requirements.
Food is odd in that you sometimes like or hate certain foods in all their forms, and then there are those foods you usually dislike, except when prepared in a specific way. Coffee, tomatoes and other foods fill that niche for me. Perhaps liver is the best example, though. I don't remember ever eating it fried, but I have a hard time getting around the musty odor. Spice it and make it into a pate, however, and you have one of my favorite New Year's Eve dishes.
The Backus City Council on Monday, Jan. 7, approved a proposal by Short Elliott Hendrickson engineering firm to prepare an airport master plan. The city's share of the cost for that plan (5 percent) amounts to $2,385. The remainder of the $47,700 fee will be paid through a Federal Aviation Administration grant. The plan lays out goals for the city for the next 20 years. Having the plan in place qualifies the city for specific improvements and FAA grants for the airport, including plans for development of for-lease hangars in the future. In other business Monday, the council:
The Pine River-Backus School Board agreed that a Tuesday, May 14, bond referendum ballot will contain one question, and the board will host the first of four public information meetings for that $15.3 million bond referendum at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the high school media center. Go to www.pineandlakes.com or look in the Jan. 24 Echo Journal for a report on that information meeting. The bond would pay for a construction project covering a multi-purpose performing arts center, football field and track upgrades, career and technical space, and the high school gym.
A Pine River couple became the happy parents of the first baby born in 2019 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby - and the second baby of the new year born in Crow Wing County - when they welcomed Everly Claire Johnson into the world at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Brent and Kristina Johnson were a little surprised when they were told their baby just might be the first born in Crow Wing County in 2019. They were later told that Everly Claire was the county's second baby of the new year.
Bob Fladung of Pine River is familiar to many, for a variety of reasons thanks to his time in law enforcement, his years in education and even ten years as mayor. Fladung's interesting past started early. He grew up during his high school years, of all places, inside Itasca State Park. "I was born and raised in Bemidji and lived there a number of years," Fladung said. "During the time I was in high school we moved to Itasca Park where my father was employed. I also worked there a number of years."
In the new year, Cody Wills of Backus is taking his 12 years of experience as a licensed mechanic and making that experience more accessible to busy car owners with his new business, AYS (At Your Service) Autocare. His mechanical repair business is different from many because he brings the tools to his customers.
Custom Stone Interiors LLC of St. Cloud opened Dec. 10 in the Pine River industrial park. Unlike many businesses, they opened their new location specifically because they already have customers in Pine River. "We had a lot of customers already in this area and they would have at least an hour-and-10-minute drive to Fargo, St. Cloud or Minneapolis to see a large quantity of slabs," said Marketing Manager Mary Coleman. "There isn't a slab showroom with this many slabs inside in this area."
I bet many of my readers at this very moment have in their freezer a ziplock bag filled full with water and fish. I'm here to tell you there is a way to store your catch that makes for better tasting fish. I recently reflected on the fish that came into the restaurant where I used to work. It was stored in single fillets with the skin on, coated in ice. That reminded me of a Paul Harvey segment telling the history of Clarence Birdseye, founder of Birds Eye Frozen Foods around 1912.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River is prepared to welcome a stolen Jesus statue back to the parish with no questions asked. Barbara Demm, maintenance worker, noticed the statue was missing from the garden shortly after Thanksgiving, though she said a parishioner had noticed it was missing just before Thanksgiving.