Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Owen Swenson, 32, Pine River, was apprehended Sunday, Jan. 14, when a tip to Pine River police and the Cass County Sheriff's Office led authorities to discover a stolen 1998 GMC Suburban, Ice Castle fish house and other possible stolen goods outside of Pine River. Swenson was found near the location where the stolen property was found.
Author R.W. Passi will celebrate the release of his book "Saving Democracy: The 2016 Presidential Election: An American Watershed" from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Prairie Bay Grill in Brainerd, with a short program at 2:45 p.m. Passi will have copies of his book for sale, and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. "Saving Democracy" offers a perspective for those trying to understand what is happening in American politics.
Pequot Lakes eighth-graders had the chance to learn about a variety of careers firsthand when area volunteers from different professions participated in a career panel with the students at Pequot Lakes School. This was the first time a career event was held for eighth-graders. The goal of the Friday, Dec. 15, event was to help prepare youth for life after high school, said Amy Sjoblad, career adviser with Rural MN CEP Inc., who works with both Pequot Lakes and Pillager schools.
The newly elected Nisswa Women's Club officers for 2018 are: Deanna Anderson, treasurer; Sharon Harris, secretary; Marilyn Wottreng, president-elect; Jo Quam, past president; Katy Johnson, president; Midge Shaw, director of membership; Ann Swanson, director-at-large; and Barb Elmquist, director, TLC.
Jim Brandt, of Pine River, was recently honored as Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Outstanding Conservationist at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) on Dec. 3-5 in Bloomington.
The Crosslake Community School Board approved its annual audit report and revised its budget at the Monday, Dec. 11, board meeting, according to information Director Todd Lyscio provided after the meeting. "We approved a revised budget to better reflect what our current student count is," Lyscio said. "We had to adjust some numbers in the budget to account for that." In other action Dec. 11, the board approved documents regarding the lease agreement with the new school building, approved a new whistleblower policy and formalized practices for records retention.
Thanks to the Christmas for Vets program and 20 volunteers, 316 veterans at five lakes area cemeteries were honored with wreaths for the holiday season.
The Echo Journal is accepting nominations for the 2017 Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake Citizen of the Year award. Nominees can be full-time or seasonal residents of the Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake area. They do not have to be chamber members or business owners. This award is open to all ages.
Captain Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department announced he will run for sheriff in the November 2018 election. Current Sheriff Todd Dahl as well as Chief Deputy Denny Lasher both announced plans to retire at the end of Dahl's term in 2018. Goddard, 47, is a lifelong resident of Crow Wing County, growing up in the Pequot Lakes/Jenkins Township area. He graduated from Pequot Lakes High School and Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College) and lives in Ideal Township.
The city of Nisswa is interested in gathering input from local residents and business owners regarding a draft update of its comprehensive plan. The draft can be viewed online at www.cityofnisswa.com . Input on the draft comprehensive plan is highly valued and the steering committee will consider it for inclusion in the plan. The city will accept written comments until Wednesday, Dec. 6. Comments are also welcome in person at the planning & zoning commission meeting Dec. 12 and at the city council meeting Dec. 20.