Crow Wing County shares highway construction summary

All 24 of these projects were constructed between April and October of 2016.The estimated cost for all the projects was anticipated to be approximately $9.5 million. The 2016-2020 Highway Improvement Program identified 18 county roadway projects and six township level projects in the unorganized territories to be performed in 2016. Video of rfuTNnjZ1Io

The Crow Wing County Highway Department has completed its 2016 construction program. Due to lower fuel and petroleum related costs, the actual final costs of these projects was $7.8 million. Of this amount, the funding sources utilized were:• State gas tax: $4.25 million.• Property tax levy: $400,000.• Federal funds: $400,000.• Local option sales tax: $800,000.• Unorganized Territory property tax: $450,000.• Grant and cost shares: $1.5 million.The 2016 program included 15 resurfacing projects, one reconstruction, two bridge replacements, three safety/erosion control improvements, two pavement marking projects and one preventative maintenance surfacing project.Visit the county’s website at or call the Crow Wing County Highway Department at 218-824-1110 for more information on the projects listed.

Police Blotter-Feb. 2, 2017

29 at 7:33 p.m. of a property damage deer/vehicle crash on County Road 11 and Ouray Drive in Breezy Point.Report on Jan. 26 at 12:50 p.m. of the theft of an ice auger on Schaller Road in Pequot Lakes.Report on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. of a property damage deer/vehicle crash on County Road 11 and Pueblo Circle in Breezy Point.Nisswa Police DepartmentCRASHES: Report on Jan. 25 at 7:13 a.m. 29 at 2:57 p.m. of a crash with injuries on State Highway 371 and 16th Avenue in Pine River.FIRES: Report on Jan. of a fire on First Street in Pine River. 26 at 11:20 p.m. of a fire on First Street in Pine River.Report on Jan. of a theft from a vehicle on Gull Lake in Nisswa.Pequot Lakes Police DepartmentTHEFTS: Report on Jan. of a theft on First Street in Pequot Lakes.Report on Jan. of a driver arrested for DWI on State Highway 371 and Hole In The Day Drive in Nisswa.Cass County Sheriff’s DepartmentCRASH: Report on Jan. 23 at 7:23 a.m. of a driver arrested for DWI and fifth-degree drug possession and passenger arrest for fifth-degree drug possession on State Highway 371 and Veterans Street in Jenkins.Breezy Point Police DepartmentCRASHES: Report on Jan. 28 at 12:03 p.m. 29 at 10:11 a.m. 27 at 5:35 p.m. 24 at 1:40 p.m. 29 at 11:36 a.m. of a theft on Olson Street in Pequot Lakes.Report on Jan. 25 at 5:23 p.m. of a property damage deer/vehicle crash on County Road 18 in Pequot Lakes.Report on Jan. of a theft on First Street in Pequot Lakes.Report on Jan. of a property damage crash on State Highway 371 and Dell Drive in Nisswa.TRAFFIC ARREST: Report on Jan. 22 at 12:03 a.m. of a property damage crash on County Road 56 and Hosta Lane in Pine River. 25 at 12:01 p.m. 24 at 3:51 p.m. Crow Wing County Sheriff’s DepartmentCRASHES: Report on Jan. 24 at 12:58 p.m. Report on Jan. of a gas drive off on First Street in Pequot Lakes.TRAFFIC ARREST: Report on Jan. of the theft of a portable fish house on Forest Knolls Road in Pequot Lakes.Report on Jan. 27 at 1:37 p.m. of a property damage crash on County Road 4 in Breezy Point.Report on Jan. of a property damage crash on County Road 66 in Manhattan Beach.THEFTS: Report on Jan. 27 at 5:21 p.m.

Dayton seeks tuition help for low and middle income students

State and federal college grant programs made the difference for her, she said, and she expect to graduate in May after four years.”Honestly, I either would have had to take out a lot more loans than I have or I would have had to take less credits because it is cheaper…” Wegener said. While she would like to see more money for grants, tuitions also should remain constant, she said.”The less students worry about finances, the better they can do in school and the more successful they can be in the future,” she said.When some of Weneger’s friends stress out about money, she said, they may take extra shifts at work and skip classes.State grants are available to students at state-run colleges and universities, nonprofit schools and for-profit schools.By far the most grants go to students in state-run two-year colleges: 37,641 last year. Minnesota State four-year college students received 14,653 grants, those at private nonprofit schools got 11,827 grants and 10,758 University of Minnesota students were awarded grants.The 17 percent increase in the program Dayton wants would “get back the purchasing power” after 10 to 15 years that the program fell behind inflation, Pogemiller said.Wegener said about three-fourths of her total expenses are paid by state and federal grants, “not including things like rent, my textbooks, groceries and just general life things.””I actually am very lucky because I will probably have only $6,000 in loans,” she said.She has faced difficult decisions in her nearly four years at St. Mark Dayton on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Don Davis / Forum News ServiceST. Mark Dayton targets in asking for a $62 million boost to the Minnesota State Grant program, which provides tuition and fee aid for low- and moderate-income college students. Cloud State University. Cloud State,” she said.Her state and federal grants go to tuitions, books and fees, she said. It works with the federal Pell Grant program.Dayton’s budget proposal would increase the size of grants to 82,400 students and add 6,400 others to the the list of those who get grants.In his budget plan, the governor says that increasing tuition grants is important because Minnesotans’ incomes are not rising enough.”It is all needs based, income based,” Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller said.State and federal grants pretty much can pay for all tuition and fees for students from families with up to $35,000 annual income, Pogemiller said. Those whose families make more will get less money, but Pogemiller said the grants help reduce students’ debt.More and more students leave college with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, so Pogemiller said the grant program can help them start jobs with less to pay back.Students in families making roughly $85,000 or less generally are eligible for at least some level of grants, Pogemiller said. Her living expenses come from her two jobs, which she said is the most she can work and still carry a full class load.Weneger warned legislators and schools that if tuition costs and the grant program spending both increase, students will see no net gain. Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller, pictured with Minnesota Gov. Cloud State: “Am I going to buy groceries for two weeks or am I going to buy this textbook that costs $200?” Nearly two-thirds of the grants went to students in families with $40,000 or lower incomes last year.Chairman Bud Nornes of the state House Higher Education Committee said he likes the grant program.”It probably is the best money spent because it goes right to the students,” the Fergus Falls Republican said.There always is a tug-of-war between the grant program and money going to state-run colleges and universities, which in some recent years have frozen tuitions. “Or maybe gotten a third job, but that may have been too much.”She is the type of student Gov. Nornes said he is not sure where money will go this year, and he needs to be convinced the grant program needs money.”I’m not sure it is necessary,” he said about Dayton’s request to spend more. “It is a well-funded program right now.”Wegener, on the other hand, said more funds would help.”I think student loans are a huge issue right now for students and I know our tuition freeze just ended at St. PAUL — A third job probably would have meant Madilyne Wegener needed more than four years to graduate from St.

Births-Feb. 2, 2017

27, 2016. Lakewood Health System, StaplesAlexia and Vladimir Wogen, Pequot Lakes, a girl, Mabel Jane, 6 pounds, 12.7 ounces, Jan. Grandparents are Tom and Teri Austin, Hoyt Lakes, Anne and Bruce Smith, Backus, and Brad and Nancy Henderson, Minneapolis. 12, 2017. 14, 2016. 30, 2016. Grandparents are Ken and Rose Kramer, Brainerd, and Gene and Wanda Niehoft, Nisswa.Matt and Jessie Perrine, Riverton, a girl, Velouria Rey, 6 pounds, 7.8 ounces, Dec. Grandparents are Tim and Jody Perrine, Breezy Point, Mark and Nancy Larson, Stockton; and Sue Landowski and Ken Klug, Lewiston. 16, 2016. Great-grandparents are Elizabeth Perrine, Aitkin, Sandy Price, Las Vegas, and Ginny Wallace, Fort Myers, Fla.Steven and Ashley Tilbury, Deerwood, a boy, Jamas Robert, 8 pounds, 14 ounces, Dec. Grandparents are Karla Stiernagle (Greg), Ironton, Ronda Hedlund (Al), Merrifield, Terry Gregoire, Aitkin, and Todd Wood, Crosby. Grandparents are Robert and Marianne McLaughlin, Deerwood, and Karen Tilbury, Nisswa.Kimberly Gregoire and James Wood, Merrifield, a girl, Kinsley Ivery Wood, 8 pounds, 9 ounces, Dec. 25, 2016. 20, 2017.Melissa Parker and Michael Nadeau, Pequot Lakes, a boy, Parker John, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, Jan. 11, 2017. Essentia Health-St. Great-grandparents are Linda Gregoire, Aitkin, Cecil Stiernagle, Mankato, Barb and Ron Hedlund, Merrifield, and Doris Wood, Dayton.Cody Girdley and Kisha Henderson, Brainerd, a girl, Teagan Girdley, 8 pounds, 1.4 ounces, Jan. Grandparents are Jeff and Sue Barrett, Forest Lake, and Gerald and Dana Stephens, New Prague. Joseph’s Medical Center, BrainerdJim and Brittany Stephens, Backus, a girl, Janie Rose, 9 pounds, 13 ounces, Jan. 25, 2017.Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, CrosbyJoshua and Samantha Janiksela, Brainerd, a boy, Harrison Allan, 6 pounds, 11 ounces, Dec. Grandparents are Matt and Kane Johnson, Brainerd, and Steve and Cindy Janiksela, Crosslake.Seth Kramer and Hannah Paulson, Brainerd, a girl, Josie Lynn Kramer, 7 pounds, 5.6 ounces, Dec.

Mongan starts countdown to Granny Daycare – Pine River city clerk to retire

I feel like we’ve kind of lost some of our hominess. Growing up, my mom used to send us to the store and we would sign our name and your signature was good. “The things that have been torn down and not replaced, the empty storefronts. She married after high school and then took part in what was probably the only career in which she didn’t excel.”I worked on a dairy farm for a while,” Mongan said. After many years of helping those who come to Pine River City Hall, Clerk-Treasurer Wanda Mongan is retiring to spend more time with her husband, children and many grandchildren. People also seem to underestimate the cost and efforts of running a city.”They don’t understand how expensive it is to run a government,” Mongan said. She said it seems like many residents expect instant gratification to their complaints, and they expect the city and police to intervene between neighbors, when at one time neighbors would have resolved most issues privately. I think I’d really like to just sit back and help raise the grandkids and be a homebody for a while.”In addition to watching her many grandchildren, she and her husband will partake in some of their favorite pastimes, including rock picking on the North Shore or antiquing.She also intends to return to working in hospice care, which she has been doing for most of seven years. She said it’s fulfilling to be with people and their families when they need it most. I have a lot of that in my house, apparently, we do that a lot. A lot of people don’t stand on their word anymore. When picketing and negotiations frustrated her husband, they returned to Pine River, where she took a year’s break before applying to work for the city.Her time with the city started not as clerk-treasurer, but as the bus administrator under Viola Garret, who taught her what she today considers her most important lesson.”I think the most important thing she taught me is, ‘If you watch the pennies, the dollars take care of themselves,'” Mongan said.After Garret died five years later, Mongan took her position. “We aren’t getting any younger. “I spelled words really crazy. Though she said the job was rewarding, it wasn’t always fun and excitement.”I guess it’s kind of sad to see some of the changes that have happened,” Mongan said. “Pine River’s a small town, but it costs a lot of money to keep the roads cleared, the parks looking nice, to keep the water lines running so the towers don’t freeze, and for the most part, people are good. We must be infested.”After teaching them about deer tracks and rabbit droppings, Mongan said she thinks she will spend more time teaching them about the outdoors.”I think we will have to have lessons on what’s what and make sure they know some of the things to avoid,” Mongan said.With 17 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren ranging from 10 months to 17 years old, she has a whole new career ahead of her, one with more ups than downs and certainly zero talk of annexation. “We do a lot of dinosaur hunting and slaying of dragons and snakes. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal Since 1985, Wanda Mongan has been a steady employee of the city of Pine River.That’s 32 years that Mongan has dealt with the city’s most vocal residents, handled the city’s paperwork and complaints, and given guidance and information to the city council. Mostly, however, Mongan plans to be with her own family, specifically her grandchildren.”We have a huge yard,” Mongan said. She liked working with the kids, but said she didn’t see much going on around her in the school. Now, Mongan is ready to kiss boo-boos, sing lullabies and teach her grandkids about animal tracks and scat when she retires April 11 as city clerk-treasurer.The road to Mongan’s career with the city was not always certain.She was born in Jenkins, and from 1960 on was raised in Pine River. It’s sad to see the route it’s taken.”Then again, it’s good to see the skate park. They can’t take you on your word. Following her first husband, she moved to Brooklyn Park and took up reception work at a pediatric clinic, then at a medical center and then for orthopedic surgeons. That’s a great addition to the city. People and businesses came and went. Though she didn’t have professional experience, she applied to be a transcriptionist at the Pine River Clinic, before it became an Essentia Health branch.”I didn’t have professional training so I used the dictionary quite a bit,” Mongan said. Those events convinced her it was time to spend more time with her family.”I think it made me realize life is too short,” Mongan said. She’s been watching the pennies ever since.In that time she’s been in a position that is intimately related to local history. (I was) scared to death of cows.”From there she became an aide at Pine River School, before it became Pine River-Backus School. Culture changed and the personality of the city of Pine River became something different entirely. (Following improvements at) Forbes Park, it really gets used a lot,” she said.Many of the familiar faces she used to see in the city offices have vanished, and new people come in now. Once in awhile we get people that are nasty.”Mongan and the rest of the city employees counter negativity with humor.”Otherwise you would just be crabby all day long,” Mongan said.Though there are a lot of good developments, like the ice skating rink and the growth of Forbes Park, Mongan said the negative issues, like the city’s attempted annexation, sometimes tend to overshadow the good things.In just the past year or so, Mongan became eligible for retirement, and her current husband, high school sweetheart Dave, had health issues. “I wasn’t very good at that. (Charles) Pelzl said it was good for a laugh.”When the clinic found a new transcriptionist, Mongan moved on to become a receptionist. I remember Dr. You can’t do that now. Everyone is just struggling to survive.

Social media documentary ‘Screenagers’ to play at PL High School

6, during grades 5-12 conferences at Pequot Lakes High School. Screenings of the documentary “Screenagers” will take place Monday, Feb. The document is geared toward helping parents and guardians navigate the ever-changing world of social media.Screening times are 4, 5 and 6 p.m. and will take place in the high school auditorium.The National Junior Honor Society and school staff will provide childcare for parents with young children.The official trailer for the documentary can be found at

Athletes encourage Pine River-Backus readers

Shelly Boyum-Breen spoke to students at Pine River-Backus about being a celebrated female high school athlete in Brainerd.1 / 2Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Boyum-Breen, of Brainerd, recounted to students her experiences in excelling in high school sports where her fellow girls seemed underrepresented. 25, to students. Among her tales was the story of her climb toward becoming the first Brainerd girl to score 1,000 points in basketball, and the embarrassing moment when she threw an air ball on the final point in the midst of newspaper photographers.Antonovich told students of his recovery from injury and going on to become a National Hockey League scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets.Today, both have made a name for themselves and serve as representatives of Minnesota’s athletes persevering in the face of difficulties.As part of the annual Community Read event, books offered to students and the community to read included “Shelly Bean the Sports Queen Plays a Game of Catch,” “Shelly Bean the Sports Queen Plays Basketball” and “Shelly Bean the Sports Queen Skates at the Hockey Rink,” all by Boyum-Breen; as well as “The Boys in the Boat” (abridged version) and “The Boys in the Boat,” by Daniel James Brown; “The Boys of Winter,” by Wayne Coffey; “The Crossover,” by Kwame Alexander; “Miracle on Ice,” by Michael Burgan; and “Squeeze Play,” by Cal Ripken Jr. Shelly Boyum-Breen spoke to students at Pine River-Backus High School about being a celebrated female high school athlete in Brainerd.2 / 2The Pine River-Backus Community Read theme was “Athletics and Perseverance,” and athletes Shelly Boyum-Breen and Mike Antonovich exemplified just that in presentations Wednesday, Jan.
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Lightning extend win streak to 15 games

27, five different players scored while Garrett Westlund had three assists in Northern Lakes’ non-conference victory over the Kittson Central Bearcats.Matt Stangel was near perfect in goal rejecting 18 shots for Northern Lakes. “They didn’t take any time off. The Lightning, 17-1-1 overall, were scheduled to play River Lakes (Cold Spring Area) on Tuesday, Jan. I think I have a good base of kids that have bought into what I believe will make us successful. Josh Maucieri had his fifth hat trick, which is a school record. on Saturday, Jan. “I’m the only coach they have had in high school. 4, at Breezy Point Arena.Josh Maucieri tallied one goal and one assist during the Northern Lakes Lightning 3-1 win over the Dodge County Wildcats Saturday.Maverick Engstrom and Shane Donovan each recorded a goal for the Lightning and Brett Reed registered two assists pushing the Northern Lakes’ win streak to 14 straight.”This is the group of (seniors) that were freshmen when I started here,” said Northern Lakes coach Craig Larson. 26, Maucieri became the all-time leading scorer in Northern Lakes history as he raised his career point total to 118 with two goals and four assists in a victory over Red Lake Falls at Breezy Point Civic Center.Maucieri is the leading scorer in Section 8A, and also one of the top scorers in the state, according to Larson.Westlund also recorded a hat trick with a goal in each period for the Lightning while Jaeger Reed stopped 13 shots to earn the shutout.Red Lake Falls 0—0Northern Lakes 3 3 4—10First period: NL-Brett Reed (Josh Maucieri, Shane Donovan) 14:26, NL-Mav Engstrom (Maucieri, Kasey Couture) 10:40, NL-Garrett Westlund (Aaron Cable) 3:58Second period: NL-Westlund (Zach Spalj, Brendan Knox) ppg 10:12, NL-Maucieri (Elfering, Engstrom) 6:26, NL-Maucieri (Brett Reed, Elfering) 6:03Third period: NL-Zach Myhre (Maucieri, Engstrom) 10:00, NL-Elfering (Reed, Maucieri) 3:13, NL-Westlund (Couture) 2:00, NL-Couture (Westlund) 1:14Shots on goal: NL 47, RLF 13Goalies: NL-Jaeger Reed (13 saves); RLF-Brendan Larson (37 saves)Lightning 8, Prairie Center 0On Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Breezy Point Ice Arena.4 / 4The Northern Lakes Lightning extended their winning streak to 15 games with a 3-1 non-conference victory over Dodge County on Saturday, Jan. 31, and then host Lake of the Woods-Baudette at 6 p.m. It was a good game, and obviously the win helps us with our goals in the conference. They are executing and it is rubbing off on the younger guys and they see what we need to do with the competition we play.”The guys are dedicated to hockey and when the season starts, they are ready to go. The Lightning's Dylan Mesenbrink races toward the puck in a game against Red Lake Falls Thursday, Jan. 24, Matt Stangel was perfect in net and Maucieri collected four goals for the Northern Lakes Lightning in an 8-0 Mid-State Conference win over the Prairie Centre Stars.Stangel rejected all 17 shots he faced. Scoring goals for the Lightning were Kasey Couture, Maverick Engstrom,, Max Tangen, Brett Reed, and Shane Donovan.Kittson Central 1—1Northern Lakes 2 3—5Second period: NL-Kasey Couture (Garrett Westlund, Aaron Cable) 4:45; NL-Maverick Engstrom (Josh Maucieri) ppg 0:13Third period: NL-Max Tangen (Westlund) 14:37; NL-Brett Reed ((Maucieri) 10:43; KC-Alex Donaldson (Hayden Hennen) ppg 2:56; NL-Shane Donovan (Westlund, Couture) 2:14Shots on goal: NL 46, KC 19Goalies: NL-Matt Stangel (18 saves); KC-Ben Sugden (41 saves)Lightning 10, Red Lake Falls 0On Thursday, Jan. That has been our biggest plus.”Dodge County 1—1Northern Lakes 1 1 1—3First period: NL-Maverick Engstrom (Brett Reed, Josh Maucieri) 1:55Second period: NL-Shane Donovan (Reed) 11:23Third period: NL- Maucieri 12:12, DC-Matthew Determan (Daytin Freerksen) 10:19Shots on goal: NL 32, DC 15Goalies: NL-Jaeger Reed (14 saves); DC-Cole Kundert (29 saves)Lightning 5, Kittson Central 1On Friday, Jan. Max Tangen added a pair of goals and Drew Elfering and Westlund each scored once.”Our kids showed up to play,” Larson said. Both of our goalies continue to play well, so we are pretty happy.”Northern Lakes leads the Mid-State with a 6-0 record.Prairie Centre 0—0Northern Lakes 3 3 2—8First period: NL-Drew Elfering (Garrett Westlund, Shane Donovan) 15:57; NL-Westlund (Brendan Knox) 15:04; NL-Josh Maucieri (Max Tangen) shg 11:22Second period: NL-Maucieri (Tangen, Reed) ppg 14:49, NL-Tangen (Maverick Engstrom, Maucieri) 12:00; NL-Maucieri (Kasey Couture, Reed) 5:15Third period: NL-Maucieri (Reed, Engstrom) 15:16; NL-Tangen, Shane Donovan, Engstrom) 5:42Shots on goal: NL 35, PC 17Goalies: NL-Matt Stangel (17 saves); PC-Jason Gould (20 saves), Isaiah DeFoe (7 saves) 28, in Kasson.
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Lightning hockey forwards Drew Elfering (6) and Brett Reed (7) celebrate a goal in the second period against Red Lake Falls Thursday, Jan. 26, at Breezy Point Ice Arena.1 / 4Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
26, at Breezy Point Ice Arena.3 / 4Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal Lightning forward Drew Elfering defends against Red Lake Falls Thursday, Jan.
26, at Breezy Point Ice Arena.2 / 4Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal Lightning defenseman Aaron Cable reaches for the puck in a game against Red Lake Falls Thursday, Jan.

MnDOT asks drivers to be cautious around plows

“Our snowplow drivers are well-trained to drive their plows, but motorists should be patient and stay back from the plow. Snowplows travel much slower than the posted speeds because it is most effective for clearing roads.”Lund said visibility behind snowplows is restricted for the operators, so they must rely on mirrors to see to the rear and side of the truck.”So the safest place you can be is well behind the snowplow and away from the snow cloud it creates,” Lund said.Last year, Minnesota saw 48 crashes involving vehicles and snowplows.Minnesota law requires drivers to turn on their headlights when it’s snowing or at any other time when weather conditions impair visibility.The following are recommendations for safe driving around snowplows:• Stay at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, and don’t drive into a snow cloud.• Stay alert of snowplows that turn or exit frequently with little warning. “Crashes typically happen because of inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions,” said Steve Lund, state maintenance engineer. With more than 30 crashes involving vehicles and snowplows so far this winter, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges drivers to use extra caution during plowing operations. They may also travel over center lines to further improve road conditions.• Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.• Turn on headlights and wear a seatbelt.• Turn off cruise control.• Be patient and remember snow plows work to improve road conditions.• Don’t drive distracted.Drivers can check road conditions at

Cardinals gain revenge on Patriots – S-M holds off Pequot Lakes 67-51

FG 26-43 (60 percent), FT 12-13 (92 percent). 24, Olivia Lane registered 27 points and 10 rebounds in Pequot Lakes’ Mid-State Conference win over the Panthers.The Patriots grabbed a 38-22 halftime lead and continued to build that advantage in the second half.”The first half was a little closer,” said Pequot Lakes assistant coach Kate Dale, “but we came out the second half and put the game away early. The Patriots had defeated the Cardinals 56-37 on Saturday, Jan. The Staples-Motley Cardinals gained revenge on the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team with a 67-51 Mid-State Conference victory on Thursday, Jan. FT 6-13 (46 percent).PEQUOT LAKESMolly Dotty 5, Britt Kratochvil 6, Karli Skog 16, Olivia Lane 27, Kristin Skog 2, Lyndsey Johnson 2, Corina Ruud 8, Bre Sewall 7, Sam Littman 2. 26. 3-point 7-15 (47 percent).PEQUOT LAKESBritt Kratochvil 2, Karli Skog 7, Olivia Lane 18, Kristin Skog 1, Corina Ruud 18, Bre Sewall 5. FT 12-22 (55 percent).Patriots 75, Park Rapids 38On Tuesday, Jan. 31, and then travel to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday, Feb. 21. Claire Wolhowe tossed in 18 points to lead the S-M, which improved to 5-1 in the conference and 14-3 overall.Pequot Lakes was scheduled to play Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. Both Olivia (Lane) and Karli (Skog) had big games, but we also had nine girls score for us.”Karli Skog added 16 points for Pequot Lakes, which leads the conference at 3-0.Park Rapids 22 16—38Pequot Lakes 38 37—75PARK RAPIDSNatalie Kinkel 1, Macky Warne 3, Kaisa Coborn 3, Kendra Coborn 11, Mercedez Bellanger 2, Jaiden McCollum 6, Julia Johnson 1, Rilee Michaelson 6, Kamree Carlson 1, Paige Johnson 4. 3-point 3-12 (25 percent). S-M clinched the win by making nine of 10 free throws in the final minutes.”(S-M) was pretty fired up and wanted to win,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. Both teams entered the game with 13 wins, but the difference was the hot shooting of the Cardinals, who made 26 of 43 from the floor.The Patriots had an early 8-2 lead before S-M roared back for a 20-13 edge. FG 29-64 (45 percent), FT 14-25 (56 percent). The Cardinals eventually led 36-24 at the break and then 43-28 early in the second half. “We played a terrible game as nothing went right.”Olivia Lane and Corina Ruud had 18 points each for the Patriots, who drop to 3-1 in the Mid-State and 13-3. 3.Staples-Motley 36 31—67Pequot Lakes 24 27—51STAPLES-MOTLEYKelsie Weite 13, Ashley Smith 3, Chelsea Nanik 13, Sam Schimpp 5, Kaitlin Longworth 5, Claire Wolhowe 18, Amber Robben 10.

Tigers improve to 8-0 in conference

on Thursday, Feb. FG 31-77 (40 percent), FT 8-14 (57 percent). 2.Laporte 13 20—33Pine River-Backus 49 25—74LAPORTEKeairah Urrutia 7, Kalei Kerby 9, Camryn Smith 3, Natalie Hadrava 13, Alyssa Moss 1. PR-B, 13-4 overall, extended its winning streak to nine games.The Tigers were scheduled to play Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Tuesday, Jan. FG 29-62 (47 percent), FT 8-14 (57 percent). 1 / 22 / 2Bailey Wynn’s 14 points helped the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls’ basketball team defeat the Laporte Wildcats 74-33 and improve to 8-0 in the Northwoods Conference on Thursday, Jan. FG 12-40 (30 percent), FT 9-18 (50 percent). 3-point 0-10.PINE RIVER-BACKUSBailey Wynn 14, Sidney Lodge 6, Gabby Rainwater 9, Olivia Adkins 2, Vivian Bueckers 3, Shelby Adkins 13, Alyssa Semmler 6, Andrea Semmler 1, Anna Felthous 4, Rylie Hirschey 8, Emma Barchus 4, Emma Mills 4. 3-point 3-10 (30 percent). Shelby Adkins added 13 points for the Tigers, who had 12 players score. 26. 31, and then host Blackduck at 6 p.m. 3-point 4-14 (29 percent).Tigers 69, Blackduck 40Alyssa Semmler led the Tigers with 16 points while Wynn finished with a double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Tigers easily defeated the Blackduck Drakes in Northwoods Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 3-point 5-15 (33 percent).PINE RIVER-BACKUSBailey Wynn 15, Gabby Rainwater 15, Vivian Bueckers 2, Shelby Adkins 11, Alyssa Semmler 16, Andrea Semmler 4, Rylie Hirschey 6. FG 14-43 (33 percent), FT 7-14 (50 percent). 24.Gabby Rainwater 15 tallied points and Shelby Adkins 11 for the Tigers.Blackduck 20 20—40Pine River-Backus 29 40—69BLACKDUCKAlexa Sparby 2, Deja Palmer 2, Johanna Swedberg 2, Jada Landis 9, Zoey Mills 10, Selena Murray 3, Michaela Sparby 12.

Ms. Simplicity: 10 things to get rid of right now

I hope not. Or, I connect with them via Facebook or LinkedIn depending on the type of connection they are. Instead, I hand the person my phone and ask them to enter in their information right there. Stop now and do it.• Calling all out of date software. If you live in one of those areas that bans them, I applaud you! So go grab a box for donations and get ready to run around your house grabbing these 10 items.• Gather all your pens and pencils and get rid of the ones that don’t work or you don’t use. Stop reading and go now.Give yourself a gold star and give yourself a pat on the back, and I will give you a virtual high five.Organizing can be overwhelming without a plan. Frankly I think they are grateful that I am honest.• How about those promotional items that you never use? I don’t know why they distribute these anymore, but I am here to tell you that people still have a sense of obligation to keep them. In all fairness, he started dating me in high school because I was a girl who owned an Atari.) But if you are not so inclined, gather yours and find a place to recycle or donate them. Please do not fill up our landfill.• Plastic shopping bags. We knew he would never use it, so I found a friend who takes salads to work and she was thrilled with it.• Whenever I see metal hangers from the dry cleaner I have a “Mommie Dearest” moment; they aren’t good for your clothes, and they’re bad for the landfill. When I am offered pens from banks or insurance agents I say thank you and then hand the pen back mentioning my oddity. They need to leave my house.Did you grab your box and gather these 10 items? If you have stack of business cards, either enter them in your phone or toss them. If not, get those bags to a place to recycle and ask yourself why you have any of those bags. If the book buyback program didn’t buy those textbooks in 1995 when you tried to sell them back, they’re now worthless. I have drawers full of my kids’ old gaming software, and I don’t even have a slot in my computer to put them in if I wanted to be all sentimental. My husband won this cool salad container with a separate dressing compartment at work. Simply hand them back to your dry cleaner when you pick up your clothes.• Old electronics are hard for “some people” to part with. Or find another use for them.• Business cards are something I no longer take. Search your community to see if that service is offered. So for today, just start and get going with these 10 items.I hope removing these 10 items will lead to 10 more!Ms. I am here to help you get a few things out of your home and just simply feel pretty dang good. I think that 90 percent of people who look under their kitchen sink right now will have a lifetime supply of plastic shopping bags. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger is a professional organizer based out of Fargo and author of “Organizing in Simplicity: Kitchens.” Email her at I am a weird pen girl, I like one brand and one brand only. A big hint is to keep your green shopping bags in your car and a small one in your purse so you are never without one.• I have been out of college for a long time and should not have any old textbooks or outdated reference materials. Get them to the recycling center or make a craft out of them.• When you put your holiday decorations away, did you pack your broken tree lights? (Yes “some people” is in reference to my husband. All I know is if you have any and they are covered in dust, walk them to your recycling bin right now. Did you know organizations exist that will repair broken lights? Why not? Or Google a DIY site on how to repair your own.• Gather your phone books. Melissa Schmalenberger, Ms Simplicity columnistSometime we just need a win towards our organizing resolutions.

Crosslake WinterFest medallion clues

CLUE #1For 14 years we’ve been doing this gig,find the medallion and dance the WinterFest jig!Businesses in Crosslake donate Treasure Hunt wares,

and ignite the spark for the fireworks flares.CLUE #2You’ll be searching & searching till the cows come home,only by foot you need to roam.The fun doesn’t stop when the treasure is found,with events and activities all around town.If you find the medallion, bring it to Lake Country Crafts and Cones, located at 36084 County Road 66, to redeem a prize package valued at more than $1,500 courtesy of Crosslake Chamber member merchants.For more information on WinterFest, go to

Dahlberg 2nd as Warriors triumph

Cloud Apollo on Thursday, Jan. 26. She finished behind teammate Millie Klefsaas, who swept all four events and was all-around champion.Brainerd, 4-2 in the CLC and 5-2 overall, is scheduled to host Willmar at 6 p.m. Dahlberg, a Pequot Lakes junior, scored an 8.7 on bars. Hannah Dahlberg finished second on the uneven parallel bars to help the Brainerd Warriors score a season-high 143.3 points in a Central Lakes Conference victory over St. 2.Brainerd 143.3, Apollo 69.8Vault: 1-Millie Klefsaas 9.225, 2-Jaelyn Kappes 9.0Uneven parallel bars: 1-Klefsaas 9.5, 2-Hannah Dahlberg 8.7Balance beam: 1-Klefsaas 9.6, 2-King 9.25Floor exercise: 1-Klefsaas 9.45, 2-Smith 9.2All-around: 1-Klefsaas 37.775 on Thursday, Feb. The Eagles finished with just 69.8 points.

Registration opens for Miss Nisswa contestants

23, at the Nisswa Community Center.For registration forms, contact the Nisswa Youth Organization on Facebook or by email at Registration opened Wednesday, Feb. To be eligible, girls must be a junior or senior in high school or homeschool equivalent and must have attended Nisswa Elementary School in any grade or live within a 10-mile radius of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.The pageant is limited to 15 girls, but a waiting list will be started and all who sign up should attend the informational meeting from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, for contestants for the 45th annual Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant, and will remain open until Friday, Feb. 17.

Dance Team: Revolution takes first in high kick

Monticello (6)2. Becker (11.5)Varsity jazz:1. Becker (14)5. Pequot Lakes (10) However, the team’s presentation and confidence in the routine were very good,” said Holland.The junior varsity dancers finished with a third place in jazz.”Saturday was junior varsity’s last competition of the season and they went out with their strongest performances of the year. Pequot Lakes Revolution dance teams came away with two first-place finishes at the Monticello Dance Team Invitational on Saturday, Jan. Timing in both the kick and jazz routines was very good, as was their energy and confidence. We are incredibly proud of all the junior varsity teams have accomplished this season,” said junior varsity coach Madison Watson.This week, the varsity teams are preparing for section competition.”We will take the time to clean up some areas of our routines and mentally prepare ourselves for the tough day of competition on Saturday, Feb. Pequot Lakes (6)2. Albany (7)3. Albany (7)3. Melrose (8)JV kick:1. Cloud Apollo (10)4. Both varsity and junior varsity won in high kick against a field of 12 other schools.”Varsity kick had a very strong day,” said head coach Melissa Holland. “They improved their total score once again and received high scores in the areas of execution and choreography.”Pequot Lakes took fifth place in the varsity jazz competition.”We hoped to score higher in varsity jazz, but we were up against some strong teams and we didn’t perform exceptionally well in the areas of execution and technique. Bemidji (9)3. Monticello (3)2. Albany (9)3. 4, at Rocori High School,” Holland said.Varsity kick:1. 28, at Monticello High School. Pequot Lakes (17)JV jazz:1. Pequot Lakes (3)2. St.
Pequot Lakes Revolution varsity dancers perform to "The City That Never Sleeps" at the Monticello Dance Team Invitational.
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Mount Ski Gull team competes

22 Northland Junior Race Series at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. 5, at Lutsen Mountain in Lutsen.Mount Ski Gull results:Girls7-under: (1) Piper Grillo 61.318-9: (9) Gabriella Bratney 1:38.52; (10) Rhea Hoagland 1:40.50; (13), Sunnie Ruttger (DQ run 1) 59.5510-11: (2) Calia Chaney 1:02.41; (6) Bridget Collins 1:08.15; (8) Lindsey Neifert 1:10.48; (9) Millie Taylor 1:10.82; (10) Addie Ryan 1:11.14; (16) Aubrey Wiczek, 46.76 (run 1)12-13: (3) Carsyn Krassas 1:00.26; (6) Maddie Pederson 1:02.55; (7) Annika Wiczek 1:04.39; (12) Amanda Trusty 1:08.02; (13) Morgan Krieger 1:12.45; (14) Hannah Taylor 1:15.3714-15: (1) Anna Krieger 59.03; (2) Emma Hiebert 59.81; (4) Cassidy Chaney 1:07.73; (5) Rachel Trusty 1:19.6616-up: (6) Taylor Krassas 1:11.91Boys7-under: (8) Mullen Bratney 80.29; (9) Zeke Johnson 80.358-9: (4) Tucker O’Brien 1:09.33; (8) Ethan Hiebert 1:15.1610-11: (5) Eli Johnson 1:07.46; (6) Peter Breitbach 1:09.46; (9) Jameson Dale 1:11.48; (15) Brayden Tollefson 1:40.1312-13: (1) Brandon Neifert 55.63; (2) Parker Linn 1:01.20; (3) Emmett Johnson 1:02.54; (5) Max Krieger 1:04.13; (10) Sam Pikula 1:11.97; (11) Esten Hiebert 1:12.58; (12) Jack Anderson 1:18.31; (13) Gavin Hoelzel 1:19.23; (16) Evan Hutchison (DQ run 1), 29.19 (run 2)14-15: (4) Trevor Hutchison 1:01.10; (5) Ethan Johnson 1:03.47; (6) Briston Domino 1:12.76 Piper Grillo won the girls 6-7 age division. Eight members of the Mount Ski Gull Race team landed in the top three of their divisions during the Jan. Calia Chaney finished second in the girls 10-11 group while Carsyn Krassas was third in the girls 12-13 division.Brandon Neifert won the boys 12-13 division followed by Parker Linn in second and Emmett Johnson in third.Anna Krieger won the girls 14-15 group with teammate Emma Hiebert in second.The next Northland Junior Race Series event will be Sunday, Feb.

Family, children’s minister to be installed at Nisswa church

5. The church has called Kari Erikson to this position. She brings more than 30 years of experience as an educator, teacher, curriculum coordinator, coach and counselor. Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will install its new, full-time children’s and family minister at both services (8:15 and 10:30 a.m.) Sunday, Feb. A lifetime Lutheran, she has years of Christian education experience.This Sunday is called “Half-Rally Day” as it means a new start for the church’s school year.

Chef’s Hat: Bring nontraditional snacks to Super Bowl party

Mix well. Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. Place into small serving bowls.Serve the sausages warm along with the bowls of dipping sauce. Top with top of bun and serve.Cajun Pigs in a BlanketAdapted from delish.com1 can refrigerated crescent dough12 ounces Andouille sausage cut into 1-inch pieces (use an Italian sausage if you can’t find Andouille)1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water½ cup mayonnaise4 teaspoons Dijon mustard1 teaspoon hot sauce½ teaspoon Cajun spice1 tablespoons chopped parsley1 green onion finely mincedNon-stick cooking sprayPreheat the oven to 375 degrees. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.Place the crushed corn flakes on a large plate. To save time, buy shrimp that is already peeled and deveined.If you want the recipe with more kick, add more hot sauce. Do not overcook the shrimp or it will become rubbery.To make the sauce: Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, hot sauce and green onions.If desired, buns can be toasted in a 350-degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes.To prepare the sandwiches: Spread sauce on bottom of buns. Set aside. Place a sausage piece on the wide end of the dough triangle and roll up until the sausage is fully wrapped. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the parsley over the top. Make a grownup version of this dish by using sausage instead of plain hot dogs. Add the cut up chicken and turn to make sure all pieces are coated. Happy Eating.Shrimp Poor BoyAdapted from delish.com1/2 cup milk, whole or 2 percent2 eggs½ cup flour½ cup cornmeal1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning1 teaspoon thyme½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon white pepper1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removedCanola oil, for fryingSmall hamburger buns (or slider buns)Lettuce and tomato slices, if desiredSauce:1 cup mayonnaise1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon lemon juice1 tablespoon hot sauce2 green onions, thinly slicedIn a large bowl, whisk together milk and eggs. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Top with shrimp. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, Cajun seasoning and thyme. Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper.Spray a large cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Lightly brush the egg wash over the rolled up sausages. Press to make sure pieces are coated. Let the chicken sit a few minutes to make sure the marinade drains off. If desired, place lettuce leaves and tomato slices on top of the shrimp. If desired, serve with your favorite bottled blue cheese dressing. The ends of the sausage will be poking out the dough.Place on the prepared pan. Set aside.Unroll the crescent dough. Mix well. Place onto the cookie sheet. Dredge the chicken pieces in the corn flakes. With a little bit of shopping and prep time, you can bring a variety of new dishes to your get-together.Shrimp Poor Boy sandwiches are a great alternative to hamburgers. Fry shrimp until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray. The top snacks for the day include:• Over 1 billion chicken wings consumed.• Approximately 278 million avocados eaten.• Over 48 million pizzas ordered, keeping pizza restaurants hopping.• Over 11.2 million pounds of potato chips munched.• 3.8 million pounds of popcorn popped and eaten.• 14 billion hamburgers served.Add a little pizzazz to your Super Bowl party by forgetting those typical appetizers. That number breaks down to about $80 per person!What types of foods are consumed? Dredge shrimp in the milk mixture, then toss in flour mixture and keep tossing until shrimp is evenly coated.In a large skillet over medium heat, heat about 1 inch of oil until the oil is shimmering. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator. These do take a bit of preparation as they need to be marinated at least 30 minutes before cooking. Let marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.Remove from refrigerator and strain into a colander. Lightly drizzle olive oil over the chicken pieces.Place into oven and cook 15 to 20 minutes, just until the chicken pieces are golden brown. There is some prep time, but the recipe comes together quickly. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. For some people it is about the game, but for a lot of people it is more about socializing with friends and eating elaborate snacks. Cut each segment into three smaller triangles. Place in oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 10 minutes.While the sausage is cooking, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, Cajun seasoning, parsley and green onion. If your guests do not care for the dipping sauce, serve with yellow mustard.Baked Popcorn Chicken2 pounds skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch nuggets (you can also use chicken thighs, if you prefer)2 cups buttermilk1 teaspoon jarred garlic1 teaspoon oregano½ teaspoon thyme¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper2 cups finely crushed corn flakesSaltPepperFresh parsley, chopped2-4 tablespoons olive oilNonstick cooking sprayBlue cheese dressing, optional, for servingIn a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, garlic, oregano, thyme and cayenne pepper. Remember to plan accordingly.Get ready for some football by forgetting about those old standby snacks and trying new recipes. This dish is served with a Cajun dipping sauce that can be made as hot as your guests desire.If you’re looking for a twist on traditional chicken wings, try popcorn chicken bites. Just keep in mind, some of your guests might not care for the sandwich if it has too much of a bite.Pigs in a Blanket seems like an ordinary dish. It may or may not surprise most people, but Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food day (or holiday, depending on your point of view) of the year – right behind Thanksgiving, of course.The numbers vary depending on whom you ask, but most sources agree that over $15 billion is spent on food on Super Bowl Sunday.

Warriors triumph at Lutsen Mountain

Brainerd and Duluth Marshall were tied with 166 points after their top four skiers, and the tiebreaker was decided by the Warriors’ fifth skier, Anna Krieger, who placed 32nd to give Brainerd the win at the Cook County Invitational on Thursday, Jan. on Thursday, Feb. “It’s not a lot at stake at this point in the season, but in the sections, when it’s the difference between going to state and going home, it could be huge.”Brainerd is scheduled to compete at the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Invitational at Spirit Mountain at 10 a.m. 26, at Lutsen Mountain. 2.Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 166, 2-Duluth Marshall 166, 3-Hermantown 163, 4-Cook County 158, 5-Hibbing 146, 6-Duluth East 134, 7-Virginia Area 62, 8-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 57, 9-Duluth Denfeld inc.Individual winner: Alex Stone (Brd) 53.17Other Brainerd results: 10-Grace McGuire 1:00.72, 12-Payge Fitterer 1:01.35, 23-Emma Hiebert 1:05.85, 32-Anna Krieger 1:08.90, 33-Madison Kalenberg 1;09.52, 34-Lindsey Proctor 1:09.57, 37-Whitney Fink 1:15.17, 38-Hannah Taylor 1:15.35, 42-Allison Krantz 1:18.56 The Warriors’ Alex Stone, a Pequot Lakes senior, won for the fourth time in five races while teammate Grace McGuire, a Pequot Lakes junior, finished 10th.”We always try to make our kids understand how important to finish two clean runs is because you never know when that fifth skier will come into play,” Warriors coach Jim Ruttger said in a Brainerd Dispatch story.