Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Deep Portage Side by Side Shoot — a fundraiser for the hunting and shooting sports education programs at Deep Portage — will take place on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. The shoot is open to any gauge side-by-side shotgun. A 100-target, hunter-designed sporting clays course is the main event, but side games will be available. Shooters are encouraged to bring their own shells. The cost is $150 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a banquet dinner.
Casey Finnerty of Crosby-Ironton and Tyler Seeling of Pequot Lakes each shot 77 to tie for individual medalist honors in the Mid-Minn Conference golf meet at Cragun's Legacy Courses on Monday, May 21. Seeling's 77 along with John Marchwick's 81 helped secure a first-place finish for the Pequot Lakes Patriots. Area all-conference golfers include Brady Raph and Keenan Dahl of Pine River-Backus, Beck Erholtz and Finn Erholtz of Staples-Motley, Casey Finnerty of Crosby-Ironton, Sam Sadlowsky of Aitkin and Tyler Seeling of Pequot Lakes.
Play Ball! Minnesota will conduct a free youth baseball clinic in Nisswa on Sunday June 3. Hosted by Nisswa Parks and Recreation, the clinic will take place at Nisswa City Park Little League Field. In the event of rain, the clinic will be relocated to Nisswa Elementary Gym. Play Ball! Minnesota Clinics are for boys and girls, and are broken up into two sessions. Kids 6-9 years olds should report at noon, and 10-13 year-olds should report at 1:30 p.m.
Registration is now open for the 21st annual Grandpa's 5K and 10K Run for the Walleye. Grandpa's Run for the Walleye has become one of the signature events of the Crosslake Fourth of July Celebration and is set for Saturday, July 7, this year. The event begins at the Crosslake Community Center with the 10K run at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. The day ends with the Kids Sunfish Dash (up to age 10) at 9:45 a.m. The 5K and 10K courses are certified, and races are professionally chip timed.
The Ideal Green Market Cooperative board will host a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday May 26, in the co-op parking lot in conjunction with Saturday's farmers market. For $5, breakfast includes blueberry buckwheat pancakes, real maple syrup, Fox Farm Sausage, juice and coffee. A gluten-free option will be available. In case of rain, the breakfast will be held next door at the Old Milwaukee Club.
Pre-registration is required for all Community Education classes. Contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 or register online at www.isd186.org and click on "community education." Youth drivers education (classroom): 8-11:15 a.m. Monday-Friday, June 4-15 (10 days), Pequot Lakes High School Room J108. Fee: $75. Instructor is Dan Moddes. There are still openings for this state-mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction for those wishing to get their learner's permit. Participants cannot miss any classes, as no make-up dates are available.
Crow Wing County Land Services is set to begin the state-mandated "quintile" process of physically viewing 20 percent of the parcels within the county for property valuations effective in 2018. State statute requires each county to review properties annually to verify the accuracy and completeness of assessment records used to determine property taxes. This year, property assessors will view about 8,200 parcels county-wide.
Memorial Day weekend in Backus will begin with the 47th annual Backus Area Old Timers event, which including an all-school reunion, luncheon, Sunday dinner dance and Memorial Day services held May 25-28. Activities begin at the American Legion with a social and meat raffle at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25. Saturday, the Old Timer's Committee will sponsor the 18th all-school reunion and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Backus City Hall. The meal includes sloppy Joes, chips, a pickle, bar and coffee or lemonade for $5.
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, May 24, at The Treehouse in Pequot Lakes. Social time and check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer for a potluck followed by the business meeting. Note the change in time and location for this meeting. Club member and Treehouse owner Jim Sherwood will present the program "Annual Spring Garden Party." Coordinators are Jill Macnamara, Doreen Mahoney and Chuck and Betty Ramsbacher.
In the past two years almost $11.5 million has been collected in the local option sales tax revenue for road improvement projects in Crow Wing County. The half-cent local option sales tax was implemented on April 1, 2016. As of April 1, 2018, the revenue that has been brought in represents a 34 percent increase over what was projected at the time of approval. The 0.5 percent sales tax delivered over 21 extra miles of roadway construction and nearly 200 extra miles of crack sealing and other surface maintenance treatments.