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After an incident overnight Sunday, March 10, a real leak in the bowling alley roof in Pine River had turned into rumors of a full roof collapse. "Yesterday we got a phone call from a church group coming in at noon who heard the roof had caved in," Community Bowl and Pizzeria owner Sandy Zoldey said.
Nearly 20 individuals filled the Pine River City Hall chambers Tuesday, March 12, for a presentation by Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives regarding the planned bridge replacement on Barclay Avenue over the Pine River. This project is not to be confused with the Pine River Dam replacement project the city is discussing; MnDOT Project Development Manager Eric Schiller started the meeting by clarifying that.
Crow Wing County Commissioner Bill Brekken presented the Jenkins City Council with a possible compromise on cost sharing for road work Monday, March 11. If the city follows through and pays for half of the County Road 145 road work, the county could schedule resurfacing and repair for Cemetery Road for 2023 at no cost to the city, Brekken offered.
Space and safety continued to be the biggest topics of discussion at the third public information session pertaining to the upcoming Pine River-Backus School District bond referendum. Voters will decide May 14 whether to issue bonds to fund $15.295 million in school facility improvements.
The Emily City Council learned that the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District notified the city of termination of the memorandum of understanding delegating administration of the city's Minnesota State Wetland Conservation Act rules effective March 31. The city's planning and zoning administrator is not qualified to administer the program and Sourcewell does not have a qualified person on staff, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes from the Feb. 12 regular meeting.
In a three-day visit to Minnesota, National Commander of the American Legion Brett Reistad visited the Pequot Lakes American Legion on Monday, March 11. "The posts have been very welcoming," Reistad said. "I think they're hungry for the information I'm providing about the history of the American Legion. I think they are half expecting that when I come in, knowing it's our centennial. They seemed genuinely thrilled to have a national commander with them."
The Backus City Council decided Monday, March 4, to seek new quotes for updating lighting in the council chambers. The Pine River Area Sanitary District, which the city contracts for public works, is updating facilities with LED lighting to replace fluorescent bulbs. The work would include removing ballasts but reusing housings. Council member Karl Flier said the lighting in the chambers is insufficient, and he recommended drop in light fixtures. Andy Schwartz, of PRASD, said much of the materials cost was being paid for now with rebates.
Reports on Thursday, March 7 from the National weather service were anticipating nearly impassable weather starting midday Saturday, March 9 thanks to abundant heavy, wet snow and updates Friday, March 8 barely improved the outlook. Travellers going south of the Brainerd Lakes Area are advised to leave early.
The 17th annual Ice Tee Open increased its donation to Camp Knutson by 12 percent over 2018 when it brought in $45,000 on Saturday, March 2. The event was held on the ice at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar. This increase was in spite of a slight decrease in golfers from last year, possibly due to cold weather. This year's golf holes were frozen solid and ringed with snow piles. Even though half of the holes were closed last year because of flooding, warmer weather in 2018 brought in a slightly bigger crowd.
Just short of two years following the death of prominent Pine River archaeologist Douglas Birk, St. Cloud State University is immortalizing and continuing his work with the Feb. 15 dedication of the Douglas A. Birk collection at SCSU.