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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.
The move from a space next door to Pine River Carpet to the former Plaid Duck Art Mall on Barclay Avenue in Pine River was fast. When it came time to move equipment, River Fitness owner Sharon Gensmer said friends, families and fitness club members helped haul the gear from the old space to the new space. Gensmer said members were back to lifting weights the evening of the move on Nov. 29.
Paul, Sue and Aubrey Ralph, from outside of McGrath, knew when they arrived at the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion on Saturday, Dec. 15, that they would be picking up gifts, but the biggest gift was a surprise. When Stephen Eisenreich, president of Homeless and Wounded Warriors Minnesota, told them the rest of the news, they were shocked. "I said, 'I want to introduce you to your car.' (Sue) asked, 'But why?' I said, 'Because you don't have one.' She said, 'Well, that's a good reason,'" Eisenreich said.
Like the Olympic flame, the Light of Peace is a flame that is transported across the world, with origins in one of the most meaningful locations in Christendom. This year that flame came to provide light on an altar at Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes.
The Jenkins City Council on Monday, Dec. 10, approved the final general revenue tax levy for 2019 after determining the city should not certify an amount lower than the preliminary $270,200. The council also approved the annual budget showing disbursements of $295,028.82 and receipts of $293,766.42. In other business Dec. 10, the council denied a request by a resident to temporarily park a building at the end of his cul-de-sac until a time when he can clear space on his property for the building.
The Pine River City Council approved its general revenue tax levy and budget for 2019 at its Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting, deciding not to change the preliminary levy adopted in September. The council approved a levy of $481,540. That is a $3,532 (or 1 percent) increase over this year's levy of $478,008. The increase was made to cover general operational cost increases for the city. In other business Dec. 11, the council:
Janel Andrus is not a new face to Pine River, but she is new as a local business owner. Customers might recognize Andrus as a stylist at one of the chairs of the former Leigh's Hair Affair, now Shear Grace under Andrus's ownership. Others would recognize her from her years growing up in Pine River.
The Emily City Council discussed several construction projects during its Nov. 13 meeting, including bridge repair, beach construction, bike trail investigation, maintenance shop construction and band shelter construction, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.
Every year, we at the newspaper put our heads together for a big project called Love of the Lakes. In case you are unfamiliar, Love of the Lakes, or LOL, is a magazine promoting our area and our lakes through stories about conservation, fishing, hunting, recreation, nature, history and other topics. It's one of our biggest projects each year.
The looming Pine River Dam replacement project has been on a rollercoaster ride, going from seemingly no funding before the September city council meeting to now having the full $2.231 million for the project. The city is long overdue to replace its aging dam, which state inspectors deemed obsolete more than five years ago. The city applied for Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council grant dollars from the state to help pay for the project, but initially funding was denied. A call to state Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, turned the city's fortunes around.