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Planning a Grand Opener 

Raffle chair David Anderholm, second from left, of Northern Psychiatric Associates, discussed raffle ticket sale locations Friday morning, April 11, while Leana Bruer, left, Grand View Lodge ... Read More

Woman dead after three-vehicle accident

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

Republicans endorse Mills for Congress

Eighth Congressional District Republicans unanimously endorsed Stewart Mills III of Nisswa for the U.S. House seat Saturday, April 12, in Park Rapids. Mills will challenge current U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat.

Nisswa Elementary School principal hired

A second-year elementary school principal from Madelia will be the next principal of Nisswa Elementary School. Molly Raske, principal at Madelia Elementary School in south central Minnesota, will join the Brainerd School District on July 1.
Nancy Vogt

Foster resigns from Nisswa City Council

Another Nisswa City Council member has turned in her resignation, bringing the total number of resignations in the past year to three. Tina Foster submitted her resignation Thursday, April 10, effective immediately.
Nancy Vogt

Lane wins Miss Pequot Lakes crown

Vanessa Lane can add a royal title to her list of academic and athletic accomplishments at Pequot Lakes High School.
Nancy Vogt

First National Bank of Walker to close and move Jenkins branch

First National Bank of Walker announced that the Jenkins branch will close July 11, and the building will be moved to Baxter.
Travis Grimler

Cozy Theater among buildings considered for demolition

One of the buildings in Pine River recently considered for destruction, known as the Eastern Star building, was once a source of news and entertainment for the city. Joe Zigmund constructed the split-level building in 1915.
Travis Grimler

City of Emily declines police contract with Pequot Lakes

The Emily City Council decided not to accept a proposed contract with the Pequot Lakes Police Department, according to draft minutes of the April 8 meeting. The city's interim police chief, Josh Herold, will work up to 31 hours a week.
Travis Grimler

Jenkins council updates contracts/job descriptions

The Jenkins City Council approved contracts with the Pequot Lakes Fire Department and Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) on Monday, April 14.
Travis Grimler

Pine River council continues Family Dollar discussion

Though the Pinewood Café and former Eastern Star and dry cleaner buildings will not be demolished for conversion to parking space, the Family Dollar Corp.
Travis Grimler

Still no contract agreement for Pequot Lakes teachers, school board

After nearly four hours of negotiations Monday, April 14, Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes (EMPL) union negotiators and the Pequot Lakes School Board were unable to reach a contract agreement.
Chelsey Perkins

Police Blotter - April 17

Breezy Point police ACCIDENT: Report on April 7 at 7:06 a.m. of a property damage accident on Golf Shores Road and County Road 11. BURGLARY: Report on April 10 at 4:04 p.m. of a theft and subsequent return of an iPad.

Backus American Legion Auxiliary hosts Kids Easter Party

More than 100 children and accompanying adults attended the Backus American Legion Auxiliary’s annual Kids Easter Party on Saturday, April 12, where they played a variety of games, participated in an Easter egg hunt, took home prizes...

Dates to note

Dates to note Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time at the library. Bring your young children in for one-half hour of stories, songs and fun. Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Musical program to be presented April 30

BY CLAIRE NAGEL Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. is the time set for our next heritage program. We'll be presenting Lauren Pelon's program, "Music from the Backyard and Front Porch.
By Claire Nagel

Breezy Point women talk about spring planting

Spring planting proved to be a popular subject at the luncheon meeting of the Breezy Point Area Women's Club on April 2 at Breezy Point City Hall. The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m.

Christmas For Kids fundraiser planned April 24 at Wendy's

Christmas For Kids fundraiser set April 24 at Wendy's in Nisswa A fundraiser for Christmas For Kids will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Wendy's in Nisswa.

Backus Legion to host fish fry

An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be served from 5 p.m. until gone Friday, April 18, at the Backus American Legion.

Nisswa Chamber seeks Welcome Center volunteers

The Nisswa Chamber is looking for volunteers to serve as Welcome Center greeters. Each year, thousands of visitors come to the chamber looking for information about the area.

Backus Legion to host customer appreciation party April 26

With the return of residents from the south under way, the Backus American Legion will hold its 11th annual Welcome Back Snowbirds, Frozen Survivor and Customer Appreciation Party from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Reminder 0417: Pregnant Girls Night Out is Thursday at Bites

Pregnant Girls Night Out is Thursday at Bites Pregnant Girls Night Out will be offered from 6-30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River, featuring hors d'oeuvres, prize drawings and alcohol-free.

Reminder 0417: Beekeeping topic of discussion in Pine River

Beekeeping topic of discussion in Pine River Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River and Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will sponsor a free viewing of a film on bees and discussion with beekeepers at 6 p.m.

Nisswa Garden Club to meet April 24

The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Nisswa Community Center. Note the change in location for this month. Social hour and check-in will begin at noon.

Planning a Grand Opener

Raffle chair David Anderholm, second from left, of Northern Psychiatric Associates, discussed raffle ticket sale locations Friday morning, April 11, while Leana Bruer, left, Grand View Lodge intern; Nate Grotzke, third from left,...

Area Easter egg hunts planned Saturday

The following area Easter egg hunts will take place Saturday, April 19. Crosslake The Whitefish Area Lions children's Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. at the Army Corps of Engineers Campground (main parking lot).

East Gull Lake personnel committee to create benefit package for future administrator

At an April 8 special meeting, the East Gull Lake Personnel Committee was charged with creating a salary and benefits package for the open city administrator position based on council input.
Travis Grimler

Early Childhood Coalition Garage Sale May 3

The Early Childhood Coalition is holding a garage sale to fund early childhood in the PR-B Community. The garage sale is scheduled May 3 at the Warehouse in Pine River.

Crosslake City Council hears about Fourth of July fireworks

The Crosslake City Council on Monday, April 14, heard an update on the Fourth of July fireworks display from Crosslake chamber director Cindy Myogeto and Lake Country Crafts and Cones owner Pat Netko.
Chelsey Perkins

Nordic Ridge recreation trails to expand

The Nordic Ridge Recreation Area Trails in Crosslake will likely be expanded by 2-3 miles this year in hopes of putting the trail system and the city on the winter tourism destination map, Alden Hardwick of the PAL Foundation told the...
Chelsey Perkins

PL/BP Lions Cleanup slated May 3

The 15th annual Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club Community Cleanup will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, in the Pequot Lakes Middle School parking lot.

Woodtick Wheelers to host event April 26

Woodtick Wheelers to host event April 26 The Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club will host its spring meeting and pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 26. New members are welcome.

Burning restrictions to take effect Monday in Crow Wing, part of Cass

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is placing burning restrictions over the central part of the state because fire danger is expected to increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.

Pequot Lakes Volleyball team placed 2nd

The Pequot Lakes Junior Olympic volleyball team placed second in the 14U Silver Division at the 32-team Minnesota North Spring Fling tournament in Duluth on April 12.

Jury selection begins in trial of man who shot teens

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a rural Little Falls man who shot two teens to death in his home.

WACC Home & Leisure Expo set April 26-27

WACC Home & Leisure Expo set April 26-27 The Walker Area Community Center (WACC) Home & Leisure Expo will be Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, at the Walker Area Community Center.

And the winner is...

The Miss Pine River Scholarship Pageant and the Miss Pequot Lakes Pageant were held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.

Nisswa Elementary School principal hired

A second-year elementary school principal from Madelia will be the next principal of Nisswa Elementary School.
Nancy Vogt

Foster resigns from council

Another Nisswa City Council member has turned in her resignation, bringing the total number of resignations in the past year to three.
Nancy Vogt

Public invited to help develop Pine River Watershed Management Plan

The Pine River Watershed is a unique combination of lakes, rivers, forests and agricultural land. With only two bodies of water in the watershed that have been identified as impaired, it is important to establish a plan going forward to...

Lakeshore Conservation Club fundraiser under way

A Lakeshore Conservation Club fundraiser will be held Wednesdays in April at Buffalo Wild Wings in Baxter, which will give a percent of sales that day to the Lakeshore Conservation Club if people mention the conservation club to their...

Crow Wing County seeks public comment on land use ordinance revisions

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department is requesting public comment on proposed revisions to the county land use ordinance. The ordinance revisions can be viewed on the county website at www.crowwing.

CSAH 36 reconstruction open house set April 15

An informational open house regarding reconstruction of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 36 from CSAH 37 to County Road 114 in the summer of 2015 will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Crosslake City Hall.

CSAH 3 work begins in Crosslake-Fifty Lakes

Crow Wing County has entered into a contract with Anderson Brothers Construction Company of Brainerd, LLC for the reconstruction of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3 from CSAH 37 in Crosslake to CSAH 1 in Fifty Lakes.

Pequot Lakes Police officer Hogan resigns

Pequot Lakes police officer Rich Hogan resigned effective April 8 after accepting a position with another organization. Hogan worked for the city part time for eight years and full time for 14 years.
Nancy Vogt


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