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The history of the protein salad sandwich is threefold, because it wasn't invented all at once. First came mayo, then protein salads, and finally protein salad sandwiches - which are all, fascinatingly, tied to women's history.
After six meetings and an online survey, the Pine River-Backus School District's strategic planning process revealed some shared themes during the public input session Thursday, June 6. A small audience gathered there, in addition to school board members, provided feedback via worksheets in which they identified the district's strengths, its needs for growth and the various visions those assembled had for the district.
Locally, it can be hard to find volunteers to keep events going for local teens. So it is probably fortunate that Timber Bay found Bill Agens, of Pine River, especially when you consider he seemed destined to take a completely different route. As a group that promotes belief in Christ, it is no surprise that Agens, Timber Bay's Pequot Lakes and Pine River area director, is a man of faith. But he didn't start that way. As a matter of fact, his faith came relatively late in life. "I came to Christ in 2004 and started volunteering with Timber Bay in 2007," Agens said.
Pine River-Backus School Superintendent Dave Endicott presented the Pine River-Backus School Board and a small public audience with a state of the district address Thursday, June 6. Endicott laid out various numbers for those attended, starting with enrollment and enrollment projections for the upcoming years, the changing free and reduced lunch percentages, special education participants, post-secondary education enrollment, open enrollment numbers and many other numbers.
It was 1837, and Queen Victoria had ascended the throne but had not yet been coronated. That ceremony would take place June 28, 1838, and English nurseryman Joseph Myatt was cultivating a special breed of vegetable that would revolutionize the plant's use. Until this time its primary use was as medicine. Botanists track this vegetable as far back as 2700 BC in China, where it was presumed to be a powerful medicine, particularly noted for its purgative qualities.
As many are aware, it can be a challenge to keep a restaurant in good working order in the north woods. PJ Severson, who succeeded with the Local 218 in Brainerd, is willing to try again at the former Arthur's location in Hackensack. The location has had difficulties in the past. It was Bromley's many years ago, then Arthur's in the 1990s. The building was demolished and years later the Ten Mile Lake Association rebuilt and reopened the restaurant as Arthur's on Ten Mile Lake. Then it was Fin's. Now it is Headwaters Restaurant and Bar.
After his automotive detailing shop in Pine River became a big hit, Corey Derksen got an opportunity he couldn't pass up when a large repair shop in Jenkins became available. "This kind of fell into my lap," Derksen said. "I wasn't quite ready to expand, but the opportunity came by and I couldn't pass it up. There was no other shop around that would do the things we needed to do. I can accommodate a full semi-tractor trailer in my bay. We can do heavy trucks all the way to light trucks."
The long-awaited Pine River Essentia Health Clinic project received approval from the Essentia Health board of directors as of May 22. "The biggest thing that occurred is our board of directors approved moving forward with the project," said Vice President of Operations Bill Palmer. "We have board approval now so we're able to move forward and complete the planning process and move forward with the project."
The Pine River City Council performed business as usual during its Wednesday, May 15, meeting, in the process amending a zoning ordinance, approving new hires, recommending a representative to the sewer board, approving a franchise fee and reviewing the annual audit.
A former millwright from Emily is now running a rare business in Pequot Lakes - a Hyperbaric Therapy of Minnesota center. Brandyn Pelphrey started the business after he was a customer of a center in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he sought treatment for Lyme disease after six months of chronic pain and illness. Feeling relief, he transitioned from a customer to a business owner after working and training with Hyperbaric Centers of Florida. In February, he brought his own hyperbaric therapy business to life just south of Supervalu in Pequot Lakes.