Pineandlakes Echo Journal
John Wgeishofski is the featured artist at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd. A collection of his original works and prints of his diversity Nu-Art will be on display through January. The public is invited to attend a meet and greet with Wgeishofski from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, to learn more about his artwork and vision. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free.
The Rochester Grizzlies scored five times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat the visiting Breezy Point North Stars 5-4 in North American3 junior hockey action Friday, Jan. 11. Casey Hormann and Jacob Berkowitz scored to give the North Stars the lead after two periods. But Rochester rallied by scoring five of the first six goals in the third period and then held on for the win. Lukas Brockman and Cooper Hoheisel did score for Breezy Point in the final period.
A state committee has recommended $4 million to build a National Loon center in Crosslake. That lottery funding now must be approved by Gov. Tim Walz and the 2019 Legislature. The common loon adorns the well-known logo of the Minnesota State Lottery. This year, lottery revenue may go a long way toward celebrating and protecting Minnesota's state bird.
The United Way of Crow Wing and Cass Counties recently named Kimberly Rollins as executive director. Rollins has more than 10 years of marketing experience and has been heavily involved in many nonprofit volunteer leadership positions. She comes to the United Way from Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union where she worked as marketing communication specialist.
Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz is now the top state office-holder, and has named most of the lieutenants who will serve under him in leading the various state agencies. One who is key to those whose first loves and favorite recreations lie in the outdoors, will be next Natural Resources Commissioner, Sarah Strommen.
The Crosslakers group of volunteers began the new year celebrating completion of one project it has been supporting since its inception while taking on support of another cause that is new to the Crosslake area. This spring will see the grand opening of a dog park in Crosslake aptly known as the Crosslaker Dog Park. It will be located near the Crosslake Community Center and will be a welcome addition to the community.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception of The Crossing Arts Alliance's exhibition, "Black & White," after second Saturday events from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Freewill offerings will be accepted at the door. Light refreshments, in a black and white theme, will be served.
Back to Hack will liven up the Hackensack winter scene and will feature the return of many annual favorites, including a snow sculpture contest, Penguin Plunge and dart tournament. Snow sculpting will begin early Sunday, Jan. 13. Medallion hunt clues will be released at 10 a.m. every day starting Thursday, Jan. 17. Following is a schedule of events: Friday, Jan. 18: 7 p.m.: Extreme bingo and DJ with prizes at the Birchwood Char House and Bar. Saturday, Jan. 19:
Skaters took to the ice during beautiful weather Thursday afternoon, Jan. 3, at the Nisswa ice rink in the city park. Kids and teens passed pucks around the rink to practice their hockey skills, parents taught their young ones to skate independently and some skaters glided on figure skates across the ice for exercise and relaxing recreation. After several bitterly cold days, patrons of the ice rink welcomed sunshine and temperatures in the upper 30s. Many commented that it was the perfect day to be outside.
What is the census? Why should I care? What can I do to help? Join the conversation virtually or in-person during a two-part, one-day workshop Thursday, Jan. 17. Sessions on preparing for the 2020 census will be held at Sourcewell in Staples, as well as online for participants who choose to attend virtually. From 9:30 a.m. to noon, focus will be placed on Census 101: What is the Census (and why should I care)? During this half-day portion, participants will learn basic information about the Census, what it's used for, how it impacts individuals, local and state government.