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Anyone who has watched "Bambi" is aware of the abundance of newborn animals that arrive with spring. Whether rural or urban, residents will start seeing an influx of young wildlife now that the weather is more spring-like.
Spring weather is nearly here, and with it comes a brief window of time where I and some others in the know will harvest ramps, or wild onions. It's incredible how much history there is for onions as a family. Taxonomists estimate onions originally came from central Asia or around Iran and Pakistan. Their use as food started before the invention of writing or farming, according to onions-usa.org.
Public Works Director Mike Hansen gave the Pine River City Council a run-down of upcoming projects for the spring and summer during the Tuesday, April 9, city council meeting. Reacting to questions about work near the dam on the Pine River, Hansen said soil borings are being taken from near the dam and bridge to determine what is needed to construct piers and abutments when the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins constructing a new bridge. MnDOT is acting completely separate from the city on the bridge project, but Hansen was keeping the council informed.
The Pine River-Backus School Board decided not to pass a revised calendar with added days to replace lost snow days this school year. During the Monday, April 15, school board meeting, Superintendent Dave Endicott presented the board with a calendar that extended the school year to June 5 for students and June 6 for teachers. Endicott's recommendation for the revised calendar included: • Meeting students' needs for education. • Providing work hours for hourly employees (cooks, bus drivers and paraprofessionals, among others) who have lost six days of pay.
Pine River-Backus High School senior Madison Abraham has worked hard during high school, sometimes maintaining a busy work schedule along with high school and college level classes all at once. Never did she realize she would receive recognition for her challenges; it was just something she saw as a part of reality. "As I got older I started to appreciate that's how life is and you will have to get your own things," Abraham said. "My junior year I had two to three jobs and a bunch of college classes. That was difficult."
The Pine River Area Sanitary District recently changed its sewer rate formula, not without some disagreement on the board. The PRASD board had sought to review PRASD's billing procedures and formulas for commercial and institutional units. Board Chair Marvin Ryan, Vice Chairman Alan Johnson and board member Mike Hansen disagreed on many decisions to follow, but agreed the old formula was convoluted. "Similar businesses were being charged differently," Johnson said. "Nobody ever complained. If a customer had complained, we would have been on it."
Residents and visitors to the Birchview Assisted Living in Hackensack joined in a friendly talent show competition Saturday, April 13, with several sharing their vocal skills as well as other talents.
Staff, family and students came back to school Tuesday, April 2, for the first Tigers Care Community Conference and its keynote speaker, Terey Summers. Summers kicked off the event with a one-person performance of "The Wonderful World of Eunice," starring Summers as Eunice and co-starring Summers as Suzie, Bobby and the Hobson twins.
There is a quiet problem in nearby communities that Simon Whitehead, Cass County health and nutrition educator, wants to help fight: food insecurity. Recently, Whitehead became more aware of this existing problem. "One of the workers for Cass County reported to me that people were going hungry during the federal (government) shutdown," Whitehead said. "They were kind of going check-to-check anyway. The food shelf was spiking in numbers and there was obviously a need for food."
Cynthia Tennier will represent the community as Miss Pine River 2019 after being crowned Saturday, April 13, at the annual scholarship pageant at Pine River-Backus High School. Kansas Tilbury claimed the First Princess title; Jada Olivier is Second Princess; and Sarah Carey is Miss Congeniality. Other candidates were juniors Emma Barchus, Bella Netland and Haily Wiltz, and seniors Shiloh Kuhlman and Lizzy Mackert.