When clients stop in at the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes, they choose the foods they will use at home. The food shelf now resembles a mini grocery store, with refrigerated glass display cases and wide aisles for shopping carts. It's a radical departure from the way most food pantries operate where individuals and families in need pick up a box of pre-packed food at the counter. The Pequot Lakes food shelf adopted a client choice model last November, based on what they learned through the Food Shelf Coalition.
As a physical education teacher at Garfield Elementary School, Dave Baloga is always searching for ways to educate his students on being active and healthy. A few years ago he set up fitness stations on the playground. Each sign posted at the stations also provided nutritional tips. The next year the school received a Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant through Crow Wing Energized to train staff on how to create an active recess and to buy playground equipment. An active recess encourages all students to participate in games and activities while on the playground.
Back in 1965, Mick and Rose Bilyard opened a seasonal drive-in restaurant, recognizable with its A-frame roof, along Highway 371 at the County Road 16 intersection in Jenkins. While the concept of drive-in restaurants fell out of favor in the 1970s, that iconic A-frame restaurant still flourishes as the A-Pine Restaurant 50 years later. Rick and Leah Beyer purchased the restaurant 30 years ago. The Bilyard family had owned the restaurant for a few years and after Mick Bilyard passed away, his wife and children continued to operate it.
PEQUOT LAKES - She was known as Patient No. 11.2 in a dramatic medical story that emerged from a clinical cancer trial at the Mayo Clinic where she was injected last summer with a massive dose of a genetically modified measles virus manipulated to kill cancer. The infusion, which could have provided enough measles virus to vaccinate 10 million people, miraculously worked.
On her 21st birthday, Pat Knapp sat in an eye doctor’s office unable to see two feet in front of her. Her vision was gone, her blindness was caused by a rare autoimmune response she had to a defective over-the-counter cold capsule she had taken when sick. It was 1965. “It was very frightening,” recalled Knapp. While she regained some of her vision following that doctor’s appointment and she was able to drive for a few years after that, her eyes were permanently damaged.
PEQUOT LAKES – Liz Mackenthun was working at Lakes Area Neurology in Brainerd back in 2009 when a patient file with a familiar name slid across her desk. It was her cousin Paul Wgeishofski’s medical file, containing the results of his recent kidney biopsy. The diagnosis: Renal cancer. Liz was devastated. She and Paul were the same age. The pair had only seen each other a couple of times since they graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1985, but they had grown up together.
If you’ve ever shopped around for an insurance company, you understand how overwhelming it can be. How do you know you’re buying the right insurance package for you? Baxter Insurance Group is one of the largest full-service agencies in the Brainerd lakes area. Darrell Pulak started the agency himself more than a decade ago and it has been a growing business since. They have continued to bring on more agents and staff to meet the increasing demands of their growing customer base.
LAKE SHORE — Bar Harbor chef/general manager P.J. Severson knows when his customers step foot inside the restaurant, they are expecting more than just a nice lunch or dinner. Customers want a Bar Harbor experience. With a major restoration project and several additions inside and outdoors during the past two years, the Bar Harbor experience has now grown to include a wealth of new customers who may arrive by car or boat and make their own Gull Lake memories at the historic restaurant.
When Sherm and Steve Quisberg sold their chain of seven Twin Cities-based grocery stores back in 1985, the father-son partners bought two grocery stores, one in Duluth and one in Brainerd, the former County Market. While Sherm decided to run the SuperValu in Duluth, Steve took over operations at the northeast Brainerd store. As the Quisbergs planted their own family roots in the Brainerd lakes area, so did their business within the community, which has since expanded to three area grocery stores.
PEQUOT LAKES — Even today, nearly 2-1/2 years after SuperValu in Pequot Lakes opened its doors, Chris Quisberg continues to receive thank you notes from customers who are happy that the Quisberg family decided to build a new store in the community.