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The Emily City Council heard of concerns with the State Aid Highway 6 and County Road 1 intersection, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes for September. There were concerns that construction of bollards on the west side of Emily Meats might prohibit customers from exiting Emily Meats' small parking area. Local resident Fran Barrett requested the city work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for another option. Customers have been exiting the parking lot using the pedestrian crosswalk ramps, which is not safe or legal.
The Backus City Council decided to move forward cautiously when approached about selling property that once adjoined the old city dump site. Micah Eveland approached the council Monday, Oct. 1, with a request to buy a 10-acre section of a lot the city once owned for dumping. The property is outside of city limits, but still belongs to the city. Eveland would also like to apply for one of the city's revolving loans to construct his building and get started.
Pine River-Backus High School athletes had a good reason to be proud Friday, Sept. 28, as students in kindergarten through sixth grade stood in line for their autographs. Student athletes represented sports from all over the spectrum, including rodeo, cross country, volleyball, fishing and football. Royalty from last week's homecoming court were also present to dish out autographs to their adoring fans.
Branch Manager Muriel Erickson, who has been the face of the Pine River Public Library for the last 32 years, will retire at the end of November, but don't let that fool you. She will still volunteer with the library and other groups. "I'm not going to disappear," Erickson said. "I'm already part of the community. I'm a Lions member. I work with them and volunteer. People will still see me around, just not every day at the library."
"If you were telling me I could take a log and turn it into something people would pay money for, I would have called you crazy, especially coming from no art background and little confidence," said Ben Semler, reflecting on his chainsaw carving career. "Now it is second nature to me. It's one of those things I don't know how I am able to do it."
Amy McLain knows how to count her blessings, perhaps because she knows how fast life can change. At the age of 20 (nearly 20 years ago), she and her husband were planning a trip to Germany where he would advance his education. They had both just quit their jobs and were on the verge of the big move when Amy came down with some sort of illness. In three days, she was in a coma.
I received a phone call last week from someone claiming to be with the IRS, threatening me with prison time if I didn't settle my debt with them quickly. I thought now was a good time to share with our readers a heads up. Local police departments will agree with me on this one: The IRS will never call you to settle debts, so please do not allow these callers to scare you into sending them money.
Grand View Lodge in Nisswa hosted a tour of its nearly $50 million expansion project Wednesday, Sept. 19. Expansion includes the addition of a 60-room hotel complex, 41 cottages, fitness facilities and a chapel. Expansion also required changes to existing facilities. Employee housing near the main lodge has been moved to another end of the resort. Part of a golf course was removed to make room for the hotel, and a tennis court in need of resurfacing will be removed and relocated to create lawn space next to the chapel for wedding events.
A fire completely destroyed a cabin like structure on the 3,000 block of 44th Avenue outside of Pine River Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Pine River Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 4 p.m. and arrived to find the small structure already destroyed. Pine River Fire Chief John Richards says the cabin was being lived in, but there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is not yet known. A fire marshall is investigating, according to normal operating procedures.
Chainsaw carver Ben Semler makes a quick carve during a designation time period. The carving was later sold at auction as a part of the event's fundraiser.