Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Pine River-Backus Schools received eight large boxes of new winter coats as a donation from the Catholic Knights of Columbus, Pequot Tool, Pine River Dairy Queen, Jenkins VFW, Stonemark Land Surveying, GrowthZone, First National Bank and Pine River Family Market. Students and families in need of winter coats are encouraged to inquire with PR-B teachers.
"Seussical," a musical showcasing the beloved stories of Dr. Seuss, will be staged three more times as part of the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts series. Pequot Lakes Community Theater opened the show last weekend, and it will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for youth. Buy tickets online at www.glapa.org or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.
Minnesota Senate Republicans on Thursday. Nov. 8, unanimously re-elected their leader and selected a new president of that chamber. In a closed meeting, Republican lawmakers elected Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Fairview Township in Cass County, to serve as Senate Majority Leader and Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, to serve as Senate President. The contest comes two days after Republicans won a special election to clinch a one-person majority in the Senate. Democrats flipped control of the House of Representatives and kept the governor's office.
Senior Bailey Wynn of the Pine River-Backus Tiger volleyball team was recently named to Class A All-State Team. She is one of 14 Class A players selected by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association to be awarded a spot on the team. Additionally, the Tigers as a whole were chosen as an All-State Academic Team by the coaches association, awarded to teams whose top 10 athletes have an average GPA of 3.75 or higher..
The Family Safety Network of Cass County will host its second annual Parade of Trees event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Hackensack. The event will feature a silent auction of donated decorated trees, wreaths and holiday centerpieces, as well as live music, art/craft vendors and a light lunch of soup, bread and dessert. This event is part of a year of activities recognizing 25 years of services the FSN provides.
Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will host a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Freewill offerings will be accepted, and profits will be shared between the Lakes Area Food Shelf and the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. The buffet menu will include an assortment of salads, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, corn, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, an assortment of pies and beverages. Groups and individuals are welcome. Serving will be first-come, first-served.
The Crosslake Area Garden Club announces two upcoming events. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the topic of the club's seminar is "Time to Grow Up: Vertical Gardening," presented by JoAnn Weaver. At noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, the club will host its annual holiday party. The Crosslake Area Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Crosslake Community Center. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to join as members. For more information, contact Linda at 218-765-3246 or visit crosslakegarden.org.
In partnership with CrisisGo, Sourcewell is offering its members in education free access to the Safety for Students application and program. Safety for Students is an online communication tool to help bring students, school staff, law enforcement, communities and others together for a common cause: to protect students. Through an online application that can be downloaded to virtually any handheld device, Safety for Students provides four main components, all surrounding student safety:
Crow Wing County and the cities of Brainerd and Jenkins were recently selected to receive $1.4 million through the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Local Road Improvement Program. The local agencies are among 52 locations around the state chosen through a competitive process to distribute state bonding dollars authorized by the Minnesota Legislature. The program is intended primarily to improve local roadways having regional significance.
The Women's Leadership Fund, a nonprofit and grassroots effort to support and accelerate the strengths and skills of women in organizational leadership positions, is now recruiting for its WELead peer advisory cohorts in Brainerd and Little Falls. Each cohort seeks 12-15 women leaders to join a group of peers who will support and advise on their personal and professional goals. Through monthly meetings, deep discussions and a supportive environment, WELead cohorts forge stronger and deeper connections among local women leaders and further develop their skills and strengths.