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Lizzy Thurlow, left, of Nisswa recently won first runner-up at the Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant, where she also won interview and scholastic achievement awards. Standing with her are Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2014 Lauren Alyger and second runner-up Alyssa Crum. Submitted Photo

Nisswa teen wins title  updated 4:15pm

Lizzy Thurlow of Nisswa, Miss Northern Lakes' Outstanding Teen 2013, recently won the first runner-up title at the Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant, winning a $250 scholarship.

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Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa to host rummage sale April 25-26

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will hold its huge spring rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. There will be no early sales.

Reminder 0424: Cass sheriff to be in East Gull Lake April 30

Cass sheriff to be in East Gull Lake April 30 The Cass County Sheriff's Office will host a Community Outreach Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at East Gull Lake City Hall.

Reminder 0424: Youth trap league information meeting is Sunday

Youth trap league meeting is Sunday Wild Acres Game Farm is offering a youth trap league for grades 6-9 Sunday afternoons, June 8-Aug 10, at the game farm, offering one round of trap (25 targets) each week. A parent registration meeting...

Reminder 0424: Legacy Chorale to stage concert in Crosslake

Legacy Chorale concert in Crosslake The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will stage "Legacy on Broadway" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Concerts also will be at 7:30 p.m.

Crosslake-Ideal Lions plan roadside cleanup April 26

The Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club invites community groups and individuals to participate in the club's annual roadside cleanup Saturday, April 26. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Reed's Market parking lot in Crosslake.

Pine River Market Square meeting set April 29

Gardeners, farmers, bakers, canners, maple syrupers, honey gatherers, crafters, etc., are invited to participate in an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Emily firefighters retire

Retiring Emily volunteer firefighters were recognized recently for their many years of dedication to the city of Emily and surrounding communities.

Patriot Perspective: How does our district compare?

One of the most challenging topics to communicate about in public education is finance. The constant debates that are a necessary part of our democratic system of government create many misperceptions about the numbers.
Chris Lindholm

PR-B Community Education classes listed

Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. To register, call 218-587-2080 or go online to • Marvelous Mother's Day Hand Towels: 3-5:15 p.m.

Tiger Talk: Small program has big impact

The Pine River-Backus Area Learning Center (ALC) continues to be a busy, productive and highly structured learning environment, focused on the needs of at-risk learners ages 16 to 21.
Sue Peet

PR-B honor roll students earn lunch with the principal

Pine River-Backus students in grades four through six who were on the honor roll through the first three quarters earned the honor of eating lunch with elementary Principal Rick Aulie.
Travis Grimler

Pequot Lakes Artist of the Month: Lauren Greiner

Lauren Greiner Senior My love for art started at a young age. I've always loved coloring with crayons, markers and sidewalk chalk. Now that I'm older, I love to paint. My favorite kind of painting is acrylic painting.

Pine River-Backus student artists

Pine River-Backus student artist representatives for April include high school students senior Lewis Whelan, senior Jake Shetka and eighth-grader MiKayla Sundlie.
Travis Grimler

Eagle View students donate items to food shelf

The Eagle View Elementary School Student Council spearheaded a food drive where donations totaled 1,364 food items and $668.50.

Nisswa teen wins title

Lizzy Thurlow of Nisswa, Miss Northern Lakes' Outstanding Teen 2013, recently won the first runner-up title at the Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant, winning a $250 scholarship.

Backus Church of the Nazarene carry a cross on Good Friday

As a special demonstration, those who attended the Backus Church of the Nazarene during Good Friday service April 18 were given the chance to carry a large wooden cross in the parking lot.
Travis Grimler

Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball to receive new electronic scoreboard

The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team will soon have its own electronic scoreboard, courtesy of a $9,000 donation from the Copham Family Foundation.
Chelsey Perkins

PR-B to host Pacesetter Volleyball Camp June16-19

Pine River-Backus School will host a Pacesetter Volleyball Camp for all area girls entering grades 5-12 Monday-Thursday, June 16-19, in the PR-B High School Performance Gym. This camp is open to PR-B and Pequot Lakes players as well.

Nisswa Lake Park funding again addressed

Nisswa Lake Park funding was again addressed Wednesday, April 16, when Fred Heidmann asked Nisswa City Council members' stance on using city money for park development.
Nancy Vogt

Freeze run coming to an end in local communities

With the temperature on the rise, local communities are beginning to call an end to this year's freeze run.
Travis Grimler and Nancy Vogt

Fifty Lakes council approves hiring architect for planned bar expansion

The Fifty Lakes City Council approved hiring an architect from Simonson Lumber of Crosslake to draw up architectural plans for the municipal bar's planned patio expansion at their April 8 meeting, according to draft minutes.
Chelsey Perkins

Gloria Dei in Pequot Lakes to hold rummage sale

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will hold a spring rummage sale from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

CRMC donates doors to Crosslake church

CRMC donates doors to Crosslake church Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby recently donated no longer needed double doors and a door frame to the Crosslake Evangelical Free Church.

Pequot Lakes Woman's Club to meet May 1

The Pequot Lakes Woman's Club will hold its spring meeting at noon Thursday, May 1, at Lakes Latte. After lunch and conversation, there will be a report on the Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant. All women are invited to attend.

Nisswa prepares for Governor's Fishing Opener community picnic

More than 250 volunteers are working hard to make the Governor's Fishing Opener community picnic on Friday, May 9, a success in downtown Nisswa.
Nancy Vogt

Pequot Lakes approves new contract for principals

The Pequot Lakes School Board approved the 2013-15 contract with principals at its Monday, April 21, meeting, securing a total increase in costs of $23,710, or 7.5 percent, over two years.
Chelsey Perkins

Good Samaritan residents get a big, furry visitor and his dog too

Michael Martin of Backus, known locally for his stature and beard, brought his dog, McGee, to Pine River's Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Society on Thursday, April 17, to visit.
Travis Grimler

Spring revival meetings set in Backus

Evangelist Glen Jaspers will conduct special meetings at Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus on Sunday-Wednesday, April 27-30. The meetings will begin Sunday with services at 9 and 10:15 a.m. and at 6 p.m. The meetings will continue at 7 p.m.

Emily UMC donates to food shelf

Emily UMC donates to food shelf Pastor Elaine Foote-Blum, Emily United Methodist Church (UMC), is shown with a shopping cart full of donations for the Emily Area Food Shelf.

Nutrition 0424

The Senior Nutrition Program offers a nutritionally balanced meal for all people to enjoy. Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. The suggested voluntary donation is $4 per meal for those over 60 and $7.15 for those under 60.

Crosslake chili cook-off exemption bill now law

A licensing exemption to the Minnesota Department of Health's (DOH) standards on food safety signed into law by Gov.
Chelsey Perkins

Level 3 offender to be released between Backus and Hackensack

Convicted Level 3 predatory sex offender Oscar Leon Rono will move to the 1400 block of State Highway 371 Northwest near Backus on Monday, April 28.
Travis Grimler

PR-B teacher contract negotiations come to a close

Contract negotiations between Pine River-Backus Education Minnesota (PRBEMN) and the Pine River-Backus School Board officially closed with unanimous approval of a contract by the school board Monday, April 21.
Travis Grimler

Pequot Lakes District hires new Eagle View Elementary principal

The Pequot Lakes School District selected its new elementary school principal for the next school year.
Chelsey Perkins

Sellner appointed to one vacant council seat

Gregg Sellner will fill one of the two vacant Nisswa City Council seats. A three-member council appointed Sellner on Wednesday, April 16, and he was sworn in right after that council meeting.
Nancy Vogt

GMOs topic of Feast, Film & Forum on May 1

Happy Dancing Turtle and Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present the last of the series Feast, Film & Forum on Thursday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. for optional potluck and 6 p.m. for the program at Happy Dancing Turtle in...

Officers respond to accidental shooting in Fifty Lakes

At 5:17 p.m. Friday, April 18, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a residence in Fifty Lakes for a report of a prowler. The caller, 61-year-old James Brustad, indicated there may be an intruder in the basement of his...

County to begin staking for next summer's CSAH 36 construction

The Crow Wing County Highway Department held the third open house concerning next summer's construction of County State Aid Highway 36 in Crosslake on Tuesday, April 15, at Crosslake City Hall.
Chelsey Perkins

Police Blotter - April 24

Breezy Point police ARRESTS: Report on April 16 at 12:28 a.m. of a traffic arrest on County Road 3 and Fawn Lake Road in Crosslake.

Wildfire Prevention Week raises awareness of outdoor fire hazards

Gov. Mark Dayton declared April 20-26 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards.

Sellner appointed to one vacant council seat

Gregg Sellner will fill one of the two vacant Nisswa City Council seats. A three-member council appointed Sellner on Wednesday, April 16, and he was sworn in right after that council meeting.
Nancy Vogt

Man accused of Tasing, trying to kidnap ex-girlfriend

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A Bismarck man is charged with seven felonies, including attempted kidnapping and burglary, after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend’s Comstock home late one night last week and Tasing her while wearing gloves and...
Forum News Service

Students injured when truck, school bus collide

RENVILLE, Minn. –– Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota.
Forum News Service

Woman dead after three-vehicle accident

BUFFALO, Minn. -- A three-vehicle crash in central Minnesota killed an Aitkin woman Wednesday evening.
Forum News Service

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa to host rummage sale April 25-26

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa to host rummage sale April 25-26 On Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will hold its huge spring rummage sale.

Suspect in custody after deputy wounded in Norman County

PERLEY, Minn. A suspect has been apprehended in a shooting that wounded a Norman County deputy early Tuesday morning near Perley in northwest Minnesota.
Forum News Service

Military veterans bond through LSS Senior Companion Program

A decade after Cal St. Sauver and his wife brought the gift of friendship and support to older adults as Senior Companions for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), the 89-year-old is receiving the help he needs through a Senior...

Pine River firefighters retire

Pine River firefighters Darrell Wolkenhauer, left, and Al Bauman were recently honored for their years of service after both retired.

Mission gets new fire trucks

Two shiny 2014 fire trucks recently rolled off the KME production line in Pennsylvania and are now at the Mission Fire Hall. A new engine/pumper truck and new tanker truck are replacing two of the department's older trucks.

Bunio earns Be Inspiring recognition

Pine River-Backus students are proud to present Nick Bunio as this month's Be Inspiring nominee. Be Inspiring is a campaign from the Working Together Coalition to recognize those in the community who have had an inspiring, positive impact...

Crosslake Lutheran to host session on loss, grief April 25

Crosslake Lutheran Church will offer "Journey Through Loss - Finding Hope and Healing" from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 25, at the church.

First Lutheran in Pine River lists Holy Week services

There will be two services at First Lutheran Church in Pine River during Holy Week: a Maundy Thursday service, worship and communion at 7 p.m. April 17; and the community Good Friday service, "The Cry of the Whole Congregation," at 6:30 p....

Crow Wing to offer final immunization clinic

Crow Wing County Public Health will offer a walk-in school immunization clinic from 7:30-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division, 204 Laurel St., Suite 12, Brainerd.

Card games 041714

500 1 p.m. Tuesdays Pine River American Legion Denny Haven, 4580; Ralph Hulke, 3790; Leonard Blasing, 3750; Lila Kersey and Les Dupont, both 3340. Carol Furnstahl won the door prize. New players are always welcome. No dominoes until...

Brainerd Deanery CCW conference set May 13 in Crosslake

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have its spring conference Tuesday, May 13, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Cost is $15. There will be a bag raffle.

Local business owners respond to minimum wage hike

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Minnesota Legislature approved a hike in the state minimum wage, vaulting the state from one of the lowest minimums in the country to near the top. Gov.
Travis Grimler and Chelsey Perkins

Pequot Tool hosts events for food drive

On March 25, Greta Seavey turned in the PTM Medallion and collected the prize for the first PTM Medallion Hunt at Pequot Tool & Manufacturing in Jenkins.

Essentia Health-SJMC gains recognition for performance

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center (SJMC), Brainerd, achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

Washa becomes Master Meat Crafter

Tony Washa of Grand Champion Meats in Crosslake was one of 21 people awarded the distinction of a Master Meat Crafter in January.

CLC named one of top community colleges

For the third time, Central Lakes College has been named one of the top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and is eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College...

Tiger Talk: Help your children be safe on school bus

It's been a long, cold winter. The bus barn has been a big help with the snow and cold. With April under way, including spring sports and field trips, it will be a busy two months. We look forward to serving the community's needs.
Tom Bristow

St. Francis students raise $50,415 as part of statewide raffle

St. Francis of the Lakes students raised $50,415 in just six weeks, every penny of which will go to the Brainerd school's coffers, as part of the annual Catholic Schools Raffle.

Dedicated reader at PR-B

Pine River-Backus Elementary School students understand that reading a minimum of 20 minutes per day outside of school starting in kindergarten will increase successes in school and in their future.

PR-B Community Education lists upcoming classes

To sign up for the following classes, contact Pine River-Backus Community Education at 218-587-2080 or register online • Survival Class Youth & Adult (ages 11-adult): 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Making the grade 0417

University of Nebraska- Lincoln Carleen Ann Johnson of Nisswa was among University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) undergraduate students honored in conjunction with UNL's All-University Honors Convocation on April 13.

PLHS students seek children for 'play school'

The child development class at Pequot Lakes High School will conduct "play school" from 10:35-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, April 29-May 23, in Room 314 at the high school. This annual event helps students learn by working with and...

Book drive

The Pequot Lakes National Honor Society collected 604 books in a March book drive. Books were donated to the school library, Pequot Lakes Community Library and the Brainerd Public Library.

Ward, Radinovich support minimum wage increase

State Reps. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, and Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, supported the bill to increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2016. Sen.

Strandlie announces re-election bid for Cass County attorney

Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie announced he will seek re-election as Cass County attorney. Strandlie has been the Cass County attorney since March of 2008.

Ruud, Gazelka support bipartisan tax bill

State Sens. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, supported a bipartisan tax bill the Senate passed last week, which provides approximately $100 million worth of tax relief for Minnesotans.


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