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I found myself facing a dilemma I never before considered on a recent early Sunday morning. It made me realize more than ever how risky living alone can be. I got some sort of bug and that Saturday I wasn't feeling particularly well. I kind of knew something was coming, but I didn't really know what to expect next. What took place at 3 a.m. that Sunday I can only describe as excruciating.
As the new executive director of the United Way of Cass and Crow Wing Counties, Kimberly Rollins, of Pine River, didn't always know what she wanted to do with her life. In a way, the path to her current lifestyle started on a fairway. "(I've been) golfing with my dad since I was very little," Rollins said. "My mom would make my dad take my brother and I out on the golf course even though he probably didn't want to. He taught us from a young age the discipline of golf and all that entails."
Local residents gathered to collectively brainstorm about public transit Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Pine River-Backus School commons. The discussion was led by members of the Region Five Development Commission, which formed the Region Five Regional Transportation Coordinating Council with help from grant funding to identify transit options in Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Morrison counties, look at gaps and transportation needs and ultimately develop solutions that approve transit for Region Five.
I think one of the most universally liked foods in the world is probably the potato. Most people I know enjoy some form of potato, whether it be hash browns, mashed, baked or simply french fries. It's funny to think that for a long time Europeans believed the potato to be poisonous. To be fair, the potato is a member of the same family as deadly nightshade, and Europe didn't really see the tuber at all until it was brought back from South America.
Cass County offered the city of Backus the opportunity to buy a tax-forfeited property on Point Road, and while the city has no interest in it, the lot's future sale means the city may recoup unpaid expenses the property's former owners accrued. The .44-acre property, which the county valued at $5,500, has $1,057.96 in delinquent water and mowing fees with the city. The council decided to seek collection against the property. When the property is sold, the city could recoup those costs.
In the history of Pine River, many buildings have burned down, some of them businesses. But not even the popular Marlow Theater was rebuilt by other business owners and community members. The same cannot be said of Pine River Lanes, now Community Bowl & Pizzeria on Barclay Avenue. Before July 1992, Pine River Lanes had been in constant operation since 1959, when Martin Ruigh, his father and an extended crew built the six lanes next door to Ruigh's house on Barclay Avenue. Ruigh ran it with his wife, Joan, until she died in 1991.
Pine River-Backus Elementary School students joined forces to raise, penny by penny and dollar by dollar, $9,559 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in January. Fundraising started with "Pennies for Patients" where students collected donations of change through both physical and electronic means. Through sharing online links alone the students raked in $4,067. A flare was added to the physical fundraising efforts that made the fundraiser not only rewarding but fun.
It was a joyous occasion when Kyle and Brittany Borman, along with son Braylen, of Pine River, welcomed the newest member of the family, Mason, on Oct. 11, 2018. But amidst the excitement and cheer, there were signs that something was off right away. "When he was born he had labored breathing," Kyle said. "You could see his ribs and his stomach almost looked bloated." Even so, the problem wasn't identified immediately. Additional symptoms warranted a checkup.
The Doreen's K9 Cuts and Paw Spa building on the 1500 block of State Highway 371 between Backus and Hackensack was destroyed Wednesday, Jan. 23, in a fire of undetermined cause. Owner Doreen Sawyer announced she was sent reeling by the loss of a dog named Loretta in the conflagration. "We lost our renter's dog," Sawyer said. "It was very sad." Sawyer said the investigating fire marshal said the cause of the fire was undetermined due to the presence of a wood stove, old wiring and a space heater.
Ever the team player, when Pine River-Backus coach and teacher John Riewer was selected as the school district's Teacher of the Year, he gave credit to virtually the whole school.