Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Minnesota's ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were down 29 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources. Drumming is a low sound produced by males as they beat their wings rapidly and in increasing frequency to signal the location of their territory. Drumming displays also attract females that are ready to begin nesting. Ruffed grouse populations are surveyed by counting the number of male ruffed grouse heard drumming on established routes throughout the state's forested regions.
Brainerd Community Theatre will present its second offering of the summer season with the musical "Church Basement Ladies" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 19-21, and Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus. Brainerd Community Theatre Director Patrick Spradlin said the show has a rich theatrical history and will especially resonate with audience members who had a Lutheran upbringing.
The University of Minnesota Extension's Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Land Services Building in Brainerd. Participants will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law, including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation.
Staff members at Crow Wing County Community Services are working with Bridges of Hope to research and build a self-healing community. The idea is to engage the public, inspire innovation, support peer-helping and ease the daily stress of parents to promote change so that together communities can better protect and nurture the next generation.
Crosslake's planned dog park is moving into the next phase - fundraising and construction. The 1-acre dog park will be located on a portion of the 9-acre property the city of Crosslake recently acquired west of the community center. Clearing of underbrush and planning are in high gear. The community dog park was one of the top-ranked projects residents identified during the community visioning sessions led by the Minnesota Design Team and the Crosslakers in the summer of 2016. Fundraising is underway now to cover the costs of fencing, gates, memorial benches and more.
The journey to bring The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Sanford together as a combined enterprise cleared a major milestone after the society membership overwhelmingly voted to approve the restated articles of incorporation resulting in both organizations being able to sign the new affiliation agreement combining the two organizations as one, pending completion of the regulatory review process. Good Samaritan Society has communities in Brainerd and Pine River as well as a Home Care and Hospice in Nisswa.
The Cass County TRIAD presentation at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Hackensack Hub will focus on the county K-9 and narcotics investigations. Investigator Tony Cyr will talk about the impact of narcotics on the area and how everyone can protect themselves and the community. This will include narcotic identification and conversation about prescriptions, their disposal and protections. Deputy Bill Conner will bring K-9 Yankee and will talk about the role of K-9s in searches for narcotics, as well as the role of a K-9 team. Coffee and desserts will be served.
Lakes Area Musical Festival fans will have several opportunities to enjoy "prelude" concerts before the festival kicks off its 10th anniversary season in August. The free concerts on consecutive weekends will feature two different programs and will take place at several venues. Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, will feature the Twin Cities-based Lux String Quartet, along with pianist Scott Lykins and baritone John Taylor Ward, the organization's founding artistic directors.
Following are Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days winners from various events held Wednesday, July 4: • Stars & Stripes Parade winners: The Babinski Foundation, nonprofit; Stonemark Land Surveying Inc., commercial. • Kiddie Parade winners: "Little Patriot," Noelle Ester, Crosslake, overall winner as Tiny Miss America); "Red, White & Blue," Soren and Sevi Lewandowski, Minneapolis, most patriotic as Yankee Doodle; "Firecracker," Audra, Julia and Grant Sheridan, Plymouth, best theme.
Area communities celebrated the Fourth of July with music, parades, fireworks and other events last week, with Life in Minnesota naming Pequot Lakes among "9 of the Best Small Town Minnesota Fourth of July Celebrations."