Pineandlakes Echo Journal
A candidates forum on environmental issues will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Candidates for State House Districts 9A, 9B, 10A and 10B, Crow Wing County Commissioner Districts 2, 3 and 4, and Soil & Water Supervisor Districts 2, 3 and 5 have been invited to participate.
The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance in Backus is contributing to research into methods to expand solar energy arrays into Habitat for Humanity homes in the state. Through support from the Central Region Sustainable Development Partnership, RREAL teamed up with graduate fellows Jordan Morgan and Ryan Streitz and their professor Gabriel Chan at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis.
The Crosslake mayor and city council candidate forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Crosslake Community School. Meet the candidates, learn more about their positions on important local issues to help make an informed choice at the polls Nov. 6. Invited to participate are Crosslake mayoral candidates Patty Norgaard and David Nevin, and Crosslake City Council candidates John Andrews, Aaron Herzog, R Clay Porter and Dave Schrupp.
This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Nisswa Smiles and receive $1 per pound of candy they turn in. Nisswa Smiles will collect candy from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Dr. Luke Waln will ship the candy to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization based in California.
The Nisswa American Legion held its annual flag retiring event Thursday, Oct. 11. When flags are too old and tattered to fly anymore, the Legion disposes of them honorably by burning. This year, nearly 700 flags were dropped off to be burned. Fourth-graders from Nisswa Elementary School marched to the burn site with Legion members to participate and learn about flag history and etiquette. They brought flags to contribute, observed a small ceremony in honor of the retired flags and listened to a presentation explaining the importance of the American flag.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - the perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Anna Gwinnup, a wife, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017. Within weeks, it advanced to Stage 2, forcing her to undergo a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, which required blood products. Though she was a blood donor before her diagnosis, Gwinnup now has a new passion for the cause. "I want to raise awareness about the need for blood to treat cancer," she said in a news release.
Schaefer's Foods seeks photos that portray the beauty and unique character of the Nisswa area for its annual calendar photo contest. Schaefer's is collaborating with Lakes Printing, the Echo Journal and Brainerd Dispatch and the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to produce the annual Nisswa area calendar. The original photographer must submit entries. Photos that have been published elsewhere are not eligible. There is a limit of five photos entries per person. Photos must be a minimum of 3,000 by 2,400 pixels (300 dpi), JPG files.
The second annual Out of the Darkness walk to raise support for and awareness of suicide prevention was held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Jeri Borgwarth, whose husband, Dennis, died by suicide in 2014, organized the event for suicide-loss survivors. The Oct. 13 event attracted 250 participants and 22 teams and raised $26,000 to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. --- --- --- --- --- KLICK! Photo Gallery - Out Of Darkness Nisswa Walk
The Pequot Lakes and Nisswa fire halls opened their doors to the public for open house events last week to share fire prevention tips during Fire Prevention Week. The Nisswa event was Tuesday, Oct. 9, followed by the Pequot Lakes open house Wednesday, Oct. 10. Nisswa residents faced rainy and snowy conditions the night of the open house, but were welcomed into the fire hall for food and fun while meeting firefighters and seeing the equipment they use.
Motorists who travel between Hackensack and Backus will now find the most direct route between the two cities open. Crews removed the detour, and opened the newly reconstructed lanes of Highway 371 between Hackensack and Backus, just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.