Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 27, at Lutheran Church of the Cross on County Road 13 in Nisswa. Social hour and check-in will begin at noon. The program will be Stump the Panel: Questions and Answer Session with the University of Minnesota Master Gardeners. Hosts will be Carol Alverson and Karen Green and Coordinator Dorothy Johnson. Upcoming programs include From Acorn to Zucchini, all about squash with Brenda Myers on Oct. 25, and the Dec. 6 holiday party at a date to be determined.
The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to get vaccinated. Essentia Health provides two options to be vaccinated: by scheduling a 10-minute appointment at your local clinic or by stopping at a walk-in flu clinic. "Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu," said Kari Russell, registered nurse and infection preventionist at Essentia Health. "Other precautions you should take include washing your hands regularly, covering your cough and not going to work or school if you are sick.
Pequot Lakes Schools will celebrate homecoming the week of Sept. 24-28. Homecoming coronation will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the high school auditorium. The senior court includes Molly Johnson, Kyan Kitzman, Britt Kratochvil, Olivia Lane, Hannah LaRock, Chloe Seeling, Nicole Young, Dylin Ackerman, Colton Anderson, Marcus Klein, Evan Mykkanen, Sam Pfeiffer, Alex Trees and Josh Lelwica. The court also includes freshmen Maya Orvis, escorted by Nic Kotaska; sophomores Kate Bolz-Andolshek, escorted by Josef Slepica; and juniors Kenzie Lampi, escorted by Josh Pettit.
Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services has been designated an Essential Community Provider by the Minnesota Department of Health for the next five-year period. An Essential Community Provider is a health care provider that serves high-risk, special needs and underserved individuals. The Minnesota Department of Health designates Essential Community Providers pursuant to the requirements in Minnesota Statutes §62Q.19 and Minnesota Rules Part 4688. Those regulations require that Essential Community Providers:
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities to avoid risk. One way to help prevent falls is to participate in a Matter of Balance class, an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Classes are free and offered once a week for eight weeks for two hours each. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources. "The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has remained fairly high in recent years, so hopefully that will result in a good duck season," said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. "We also heard favorable reports on the number of duck broods over the summer."
Pine River-Backus Tiger fans will mark the start of homecoming week with an Egyptian themed coronation at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Performance Gym, featuring the annual skit and musical interludes before crowning. Senior homecoming candidates are Torry Hirschey, Crystal Hutchins, Logan Gordon, Laura Huesmann, Nathaniel Wosmek, Gabby Rainwater, Murray Armstrong, Lydia Crawford, Tanner Onken and Bailey Wynn. Events will continue the rest of the week with an outdoor showing of "The Emperor's New Groove" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Minnesota 4-Hers from 87 counties brought more than 2,300 static exhibits, delivered about 175 public presentations and participated in dozens of group learning experiences and performances at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. In addition, more than 2,800 youth exhibited livestock at the fair. Among these exhibits, both static and livestock, were Cass County 4-Hers.
The 45th annual Nisswa Fall Festival & 13th annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge took place Saturday, Sept. 15, in downtown Nisswa, starting with a pancake breakfast and Bridges of Hope's Run for Hope and ending with a rib fest and live band on an outdoor stage. A record number of participants cooked ribs all day, with top honors and $1,125 going to Jake Brandt State Farm Insurance, Brainerd. Brian Haase, of Bucky's BBQ, Baxter, won second place and $675; and Shane Rhuby and Lindsay Radatz, of Team Smoke Addiction, Brainerd, took third and $450.
The 14th annual Hackensack Chainsaw Event will run Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23, featuring 12 carvers. Admission is $5 for all three days. Carvers are Chad Danczyk, of Mosinee, Wisconsin; Curtis Ingvoldstad, Nerstrand; Scott Johnson, Menahga; Travis Kimball, Waterloo, Iowa; Michael Koppel, Wittenberg, Wisconsin; Chris Kuehn, Hackensack; Dave Parsons, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; Lucas Pennington, Somerset, Kentucky; Rich Pethtel, Chassell, Michigan; Ben Semler, Merrifield; Kyle Thomas, Sussex, Wisconsin, and Molly Wiste, Hackensack. Following is a schedule of events: