Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa with social hour and check-in at noon. Jeff Dirks, of the Horticulture Department with Central Lakes College, will present the program, entitled "Growing Vegetables with Hydroponics." Pat Frykholm will host the event. Upcoming programs include "Stump the Panel," a question-and-answer session with University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners on Sept. 27; and "From Acorn to Zucchini," all about squash with Brenda Myers on Oct. 25.
The first day of school for grades 1-12 in the Pequot Lakes School District is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Kindergartners will begin Thursday, Sept. 6. Parents of early childhood students are encouraged to check the school website for their child's first day. NEW STUDENTS: Registration now open, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. New student registration is now underway. Parents must bring their child's birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security number along with the family's E911 address.
The Lakeshore Conservation Club will host its member appreciation day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2. The event will feature food and games, and will include a 50-bird trap shoot, a 50-bird skeet shoot, a 50-bird 5-stand shoot and a 100-bird trap shoot. First place for each event will get 60 percent of the pot and second place will get 40 percent of the pot. If there is a tie, a reverse run of scores will be taken. There will be no prize for a regular 25 Bird event.
Those interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.
The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 25 state lawmakers, including Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, as 2018 Legislators of Distinction. Chosen legislators are honored for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the past year's legislative session. Legislators of Distinction are approved annually by the league's board of directors in recognition of the collaboration of state and city officials needed to successfully serve shared communities and meet the unique needs of rural, urban and suburban residents across Minnesota.
The Cass County Emergency Services Board will be the topic of a TRIAD meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Hackensack Hub. Coffee and desserts will be served. TRIAD meetings feature a session at the end of the regular meeting focusing on different areas of the sheriff's office. Chad Emery, Cass County emergency management coordinator, and Aaron Isaacs, Hackensack assistant fire chief and president of the Cass County ESB, will explain what the ESB is and how they work to keep the residents and visitors of Cass County safe.
Paddle Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, starting at the Nisswa Lake access off Hazelwood Drive. This is a five-mile supported paddle from Nisswa Lake to Zorbaz on Gull Lake. Host 46 Degrees North hopes to gather the largest group of active water sports enthusiasts for the group paddle, followed by a lakeside party. The event welcomes paddle boards, kayaks and canoes for $25 per person for just the paddle or $45 per person for the paddle, barbecue and pizza party.
Recognizing that Crosslake has telecommuters as well as work-from-home residents, the Crosslake Economic Development Authority has partnered with Crosslake Communications to begin a small business resource center. With Crosslake's economic industry being tourism, the EDA acknowledges a need to provide resources so visitors have access to broadband as well as other tools necessary for telecommuters and work-from-home businesses.
Nearly 100 runners and walkers found their way to Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 11, for the annual Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant 10K and 5K races. The races saw participants run through the Paul Bunyan trail and the streets of Pequot Lakes. Ed Shetka of Crosslake was the top finisher in the 5K race, completing the route in 21 minutes, 47 seconds. Jenni Hansen of Lindstrom was the top female finisher, completing the race in 25:05.
From one end of Crosslake to the other, there was no shortage of events for residents and visitors Saturday, Aug. 11. The Crosslake Area Historical Society hosted Heritage Day at the Historic Log Village, where more than 25 artisans demonstrated and sold their wares. The event replaced the long-running Artisans Fair. The Crosslake Fire Department served a meal of pulled pork sandwiches at its annual Pig Roast and Classic Car Show event. Fire trucks were on display, and classic cars filled the fire hall grounds.