Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Many Brainerd Public School employees go above and beyond assigned job expectations every day to ensure students receive a high quality education in a safe and positive learning environment. The Brainerd Public Schools Above and Beyond Award is intended to annually recognize employees who demonstrate a positive attitude that inspires others and consistently go above and beyond what is expected so students can be successful. Eligibility: All employees, full- or part-time, are eligible for this award regardless of their job classification or other awards received.
The Brainerd Public Library will host genealogy workshops Tuesday, May 1. The workshops will include three different classes scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Participants can register by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or by visiting https://tinyurl.com/bplmayclass . Genealogist Rick Crume will teach the classes. The sessions are as follows:
Motorists who travel Highway 6 through Emily will encounter construction crews, heavy equipment and potential delays after a project to reconstruct Highway 6 and the Highway 6/County Road 1 intersection in Emily begins Monday, April 30.
The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association will offer a safe serving alcohol class from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Backus American Legion. The class is free and meets insurance industry requirements for companies offering reduced rates to establishments enrolling employees and those requiring bar personnel to take the course periodically. Area establishments serving alcoholic beverages are invited to send employees. No advance registration is necessary. For information, call Kathi Spicer-Tallman at the Backus Legion at 218-947-3156.
A ceremony honoring Vietnam-era veterans living in the Brainerd lakes area and a veterans town hall meeting focused on improving VA health care services and programs are scheduled starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Brainerd VA Clinic, 722 N.W. Seventh St., in Brainerd. The Vietnam veteran recognition ceremony is the first item on the agenda and the town hall meeting will take place immediately afterward.
The symposium "One Loaf at a Time," which focuses on the dangers of sex trafficking and sexual violence, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, in Hackensack and Walker. Doors open at 5 p.m. Both events are free.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources scientist Paul Radomski will speak about lead pollution from fishing tackle and hunting ammunition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
The Vitals Aware Service app was released in Pequot Lakes on March 29, Police Chief Eric Klang reported in a news release. This app is a tool for first responders and will improve interaction with those living with intellectual, behavioral or developmental conditions. The technology provides users with special needs with greater independence, protection and safer communities by giving up-to-date information to police and emergency personnel.
A meeting to outline Trailside Park reconstruction plans will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Pequot Lakes City Hall. This meeting is for anyone interested in learning about the park reconstruction project. The city has been working with SAS+ Associates to develop plans, which include removing a block of Patriot Avenue from Main Street to Sibley Street to connect Trailside Park to Bobber Park.
The Pine River-Backus School Board revisited issues raised at its March meeting. The Monday, April 16, meeting started with board chair Chris Cunningham's announcement that there may have been missteps at the March meeting, during which parent Marika Olivier addressed the council on parental concerns regarding athletic activities. Olivier did not identify any coach or sport during the March meeting, but Cunningham said that to avoid violation of laws protecting employee rights and privacy, any further discussion would need to be even less specific to avoid violations.