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Pine River-Backus School Superintendent Dave Endicott presented the Pine River-Backus School Board and a small public audience with a state of the district address Thursday, June 6. Endicott laid out various numbers for those attended, starting with enrollment and enrollment projections for the upcoming years, the changing free and reduced lunch percentages, special education participants, post-secondary education enrollment, open enrollment numbers and many other numbers.
Following on the heels of a popular 2018 event commemorating the lost Spurrier Hotel, Heritage Group North in Pine River will host an event to commemorate the Land O'Lakes Creamery on July 25 at Bites Grill and Bar. To help make the event a successful remembrance of days past, Heritage Group North is seeking to borrow Land O'Lakes Creamery memorabilia for display at events as well as firsthand anecdotes and stories that can be shared.
Since 2015, quiet discussion has been taking place in Cass, Crow Wing, Wadena, Todd and Morrison counties about the development of a regional children's museum. In March, the Region 5 Children's Museum board (a working title; the museum is not a project under the economic development group) opened and accepted applications for proposed museum sites. Groups from Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Brainerd threw their hats in the ring, leading to five local sites initially under consideration.
Backus is on better footing for fuel negotiations thanks to the purchase of three propane tanks. In past years when prices have varied significantly between one provider or another, the city council has briefly discussed buying its own tanks, which would allow the city to get refills from the lowest bidder without having to switch out a tank.
Susan TeHennepe looks back on her last 33 years teaching with the Pine River-Backus and Backus school districts with the "it takes a village" proverb in mind. She should know, given where she came from.
It was 1837, and Queen Victoria had ascended the throne but had not yet been coronated. That ceremony would take place June 28, 1838, and English nurseryman Joseph Myatt was cultivating a special breed of vegetable that would revolutionize the plant's use. Until this time its primary use was as medicine. Botanists track this vegetable as far back as 2700 BC in China, where it was presumed to be a powerful medicine, particularly noted for its purgative qualities.
This weekend I plan at least one outing with friends into the woods to look for morels. The funny thing is that 10 years ago, around this same time, I was guided on a hunt and found my very first morel. That was a dry year. We only found two, and I'm hoping this weekend will be more successful.
As many are aware, it can be a challenge to keep a restaurant in good working order in the north woods. PJ Severson, who succeeded with the Local 218 in Brainerd, is willing to try again at the former Arthur's location in Hackensack. The location has had difficulties in the past. It was Bromley's many years ago, then Arthur's in the 1990s. The building was demolished and years later the Ten Mile Lake Association rebuilt and reopened the restaurant as Arthur's on Ten Mile Lake. Then it was Fin's. Now it is Headwaters Restaurant and Bar.
After his automotive detailing shop in Pine River became a big hit, Corey Derksen got an opportunity he couldn't pass up when a large repair shop in Jenkins became available. "This kind of fell into my lap," Derksen said. "I wasn't quite ready to expand, but the opportunity came by and I couldn't pass it up. There was no other shop around that would do the things we needed to do. I can accommodate a full semi-tractor trailer in my bay. We can do heavy trucks all the way to light trucks."
The long-awaited Pine River Essentia Health Clinic project received approval from the Essentia Health board of directors as of May 22. "The biggest thing that occurred is our board of directors approved moving forward with the project," said Vice President of Operations Bill Palmer. "We have board approval now so we're able to move forward and complete the planning process and move forward with the project."