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Amidst the solemn farewells for former branch manager Muriel Erickson and Browser the library cat, visitors to the Pine River Public Library officially greeted Tami Beto as the new branch manager Friday, Nov. 30. For Beto, moving to Pine River is a goal that she and her husband, Scott, are realizing after many years of waiting for the stars to align. It's a step that perhaps would not have appeared likely 10 or so years ago, before she entered the library world.
I've mentioned in the past that wild food seems to bring out generosity, and venison is often no different. I thank my friends and family very much for that. Even if nobody wants to give away a full deer, there are parts - like the ribs or some organs - that almost every hunter I know tosses. I'm not much of a deer hunter. I don't like killing animals, but I have shot deer and I do like venison. Thanks to an injury, however, I decided not to go into the woods this year. Thankfully, that did not stop me from getting venison.
The Nisswa Fire Department initiated an interior fire attack against a pole barn fire just before 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the 6700 block of Cullen Loop north of Nisswa. Pequot Lakes Fire Department was also dispatched.
I think most people know I've been working a second job for several years now to make ends meet. I'll admit the debt that necessitates this is of my own doing. Complex issues led me to abandon seven years of goals and planning (and a better paying career) to instead help my mother. The details there are rather personal, so back to the point. Through my second job I became aware of something odd. There just aren't as many kids working in kitchens as there were when I was a student.
Garny Gaffey, of Pine River, is the longest serving member of the Pine River-Backus School Board, and with a recent election loss, he looks back on his years with the board fondly. Gaffey isn't originally from the area, but it didn't take long for him to get locally involved. He and his wife, Joleen, moved to the Backus area in 1981 with their sons from Alta, Iowa. He didn't join the board immediately, but he did establish himself through work. He started working in a field he learned from his father.
It's been almost two years since Pine River had its own Relay for Life celebration, but the event will return Friday, Dec. 7, to Pine River-Backus with students at the helm. "At PR-B we didn't have a Relay for Life last summer and I think it was small, or shortened the year before," said Tina Hanneken, PR-B Schools community asset developer. "So, it went from 14 years of doing the relay to almost two years of not doing it."
The Pine River-Backus School Board approved informational documents for public display pertaining to a potential $16.2 million building project. The flyer presented to the board Monday, Nov. 19, highlights each separate building project, including: career-technical spaces, auditorium, football/track upgrades, high school media center renovation, high school gym renovation and outdoor storage building works. These are the same potential construction projects presented recently in an independent phone survey the district used to gauge community opinion.
Jenkins entered into a cooperative construction agreement with the state of Minnesota for the care of Puoalack Street, Gateway Avenue and Beyer Street during the Nov. 13 regular meeting, according to Clerk Krista Okerman. The agreement means that Jenkins now accepts those three streets as city streets. The agreement also identified the existing buildings, improvements and nearby utilities. It defines the city's responsibilities in maintaining those streets as well.
Many of our food preparation tricks today come from ancient, usually accidental, discoveries that we eventually learned to savor for their taste. Today, I'd like to focus on smoking, a type of meat preparation that was vital to food storage before the advent of refrigeration, and amazingly, a food preservation method that many cultures appear to have discovered independent of one another.
Business for Lucette's restaurant in Hackensack was mostly good this year. It celebrated its 15-year anniversary on Valentine's Day with its popular stuffed pizzas, and except for an early business slowdown thanks to Highway 371 road construction, owner Cindy Paulsen (Czuczor) was looking ahead to the future. Then what doctors had suspected were kidney stones turned out to be something worse, and the business's future was suddenly in question. "I was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer," Paulsen said. "It was an incidental finding."