Making the Grade: Feb. 23, 2017

Gatton, Breezy Point, daughter of Steve and Rebecca Gatton, English, with highest honors; and Sarah S. Dodd, Hackensack, daughter of Sam and Robin Dodd, elementary education, with highest honors. Downie, Backus, daughter of D.J. Minnesota State University, MankatoThe following local students were named to the fall semester academic high honor and honor lists at Minnesota State University, Mankato: Coleman Larson, senior, honor list, Backus; Marcus Lambert, junior, high honor list, Emily; and Cameron Boller, junior, honor list, Pequot Lakes. Paul fall semester dean’s list: Elizabeth G. PaulThe following local students were named to the University of Northwestern-St. Downie, marketing, with honors; Hannah K. University of Northwestern-St.

Lake Country Faces: Backus native becomes youth pastor at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church

“And I’m glad I did. The book is complete but still needs to be edited.Broom said his tendency to doubt has strengthened his faith, and he hopes to use that experience with overcoming doubt to teach the youth in his new church.”I’m looking forward to working with the teens … “It felt very applicable to what I wanted to be doing, so I ended up realizing: ‘Yeah, I probably should get a master’s.'”Broom attained a Master’s of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical counseling from Central Seminary in Plymouth.”Long story short, I got reluctantly convinced to spend a long time doing school,” he said. It was definitely something I needed to do.”Broom’s decision to work in the church isn’t surprising, as his dad, Jeff, was the pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus for 34 years. I grew up as a pastor’s kid. After about a decade of schooling in Wisconsin and the Twin Cities, the Backus native moved his family of four back to the lakes area in early February and now preaches about his favorite narrative.Ten years of post-high school education wasn’t Broom’s original plan, as school was never his favorite thing. “Naturally I’ve just always been a doubter. That’s not a bad thing. But his personality might not be what some would expect from a pastor.”I’m actually a pretty skeptical person, which is funny for a pastor,” Broom said. You should doubt stuff and look into what you believe,'” he said. and saying, ‘It’s OK to doubt stuff. Eventually you’re going to have to decide if this is your faith or not.”Inspiring youth is only a small part of Broom’s decision to become a pastor though.”As Christians we believe pastoral ministry is a calling; it’s something you feel compelled to do,” he said. I don’t really have an answer for that.’ So I’d go out and read and research it.”The research turned into a blog post, which quickly transformed into a book about contrasting atheism and Christianity. I took some counseling classes and just loved it,” Broom said. and I’m convinced that Christianity is the best story,” said Zach Broom, youth pastor at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. He also preaches at Sunday services once a month, which isn’t typical of most youth pastors. I grew up in a pastor’s home, and I just remember, even from a young age, asking my dad skeptical questions.”That skepticism and doubt spawned into curiosity and research.”I worked with a lot of Muslims and a lot of agnostics and atheists and stuff down in the Cities,” Broom said. Zach Broom, originally from Backus, is now the youth pastor at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church.”We all have to pick a narrative to believe … “They would give me an argument against Christianity or against belief in God or something, and I’m like ‘Hmmm. But after getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in church ministries from a small Bible college in Watertown, Wisconsin – and marrying his now-wife, Becky, during junior year – Broom’s father persuaded him to continue his education.”He convinced me to take a couple classes, so I did. But for Broom, teaching others about the Gospel – an integral part of Christianity – is what being a pastor is all about.”My whole purpose as a pastor is to see the Gospel not only change people’s lives and make it so they can have a relationship with God, but also make it so that their lives will flourish,” he said. “Especially with kids who grow up in the church. “God has made it clear to me that he is calling me to do it, so it feels more like a calling than a desire.”As the youth pastor at Pequot Baptist, Broom’s primary responsibility is to work with the parish’s teenagers and their parents. “Because I believe it’s the best way to live life.”

Crow Wing County: Highway department advises safe spring driving

When in a vehicle, watch for motorcyclists.Bicyclists and pedestrians will also be using the roadways more. Be aware of additional hazards in these areas.Obey all laws and drive for the road conditions present. Springlike temperatures can bring unexpected hazards to roadways. The Crow Wing County Highway Department advises motorists try to avoid hitting these areas by being aware of these conditions and driving at safe speeds.Motorcyclists will be out riding with the warmer temperatures. Soft spots, potholes, motorcycles, bicyclists, animals and even people are now more noticeable. The sand, mainly on curves and at intersections, can contribute to a motorcycle’s tires losing traction with the road. The softening can create humps, dips, potholes or even roadway blow outs. Soft spots happen expectantly when the frost begins to soften up the soil beneath the road. Be on the lookout while driving. People riding a bike or out walking should wear highly visible clothing.Events such as parades and shows have many people present and can contribute to roadway congestion. Don’t drive distracted or under the influence.Contact the Crow Wing County Highway Department at 218-824-1110 with questions regarding this information. Remember the roadways may still have sand in areas from the winter’s snow and ice control efforts.

Senior Menus: Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2017

in Pine River and Crosslake. Meals on Wheels are available for homebound seniors in area communities.In Pine River, meals are served at the Heartland Apartments, 445 Snell Ave. The suggested voluntary donation is $4 per meal for those over 60 and $7.15 for those under 60. Menus are subject to change.Meals are served with bread, margarine and low-fat milk.Feb. The Senior Nutrition Program offers a nutritionally balanced meal for all people to enjoy.Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. To make a reservation or for Meals on Wheels information, call 218-587-2921.In Crosslake, meals are served at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road. 27-March 3MondayCreamy vegetable soup, turkey sandwich, fruit cup, cookie.TuesdayLiver or pepper steak (pepper steak only in Crosslake), buttered boiled potatoes, carrots, fruit crisp.WednesdayLemon pepper fish, baked potato, creamed peas, pudding dessert.ThursdaySwedish meatballs, paprika potatoes, corn, ice cream.FridayCreamy potato soup, crackers, tuna sandwich, fruit cup, cookie. To make a reservation by noon a day in advance or for Meals on Wheels information, call 218-692-4271.

Social media documentary ‘Screenagers’ to play Tuesday in Staples

Tuesday, Feb. For more information or to register, visit trailer for the film is available at Doors open at 6 p.m., with the film beginning at 6:30 p.m. The National Joint Powers Alliance will host a community viewing of the social media documentary “Screenagers” at 6 p.m. Through insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower youth to best navigate the digital world.The film explores, not only the impact of screen time on children, but also offers solutions on how to help them find a balance.This event is free and open to the public. The documentary is one hour and six minutes long.Attendees must register in advance. The film probes into struggles of family life over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. 28, at the NJPA building in Staples.

Nisswa: City won’t pursue cat ordinance, hears about new animal shelter

15, in response to a November request from the Heartland Animal Rescue Team to do so. A representative from the animal shelter in Baxter had said it was being inundated with cats overall and could no longer afford to take in all the stray cats from Nisswa because it has become financially overwhelming.Police chief Craig Taylor and city clerk Laurie Hemish told the council they haven’t seen a big issue with stray cats or stray dogs in Nisswa. The facility has a capacity of 100 cats and 100 dogs, plus a surgical facility, and it has partnered with a veterinary facility.The foundation does not offer a pickup service and is not looking to get into the dog catcher business, Johnson said.The city has a contract with animal control officer Don Hannahs to pick up stray dogs, but not cats, and take them to HART. The city pays a monthly fee for the service, plus time and mileage for Hannahs. Illustration1 / 22 / 2The city of Nisswa will not pursue a cat ordinance, the council decided Wednesday, Feb. There is no charge for the foundation to take in stray dogs or cats, or for people to adopt them. They said “Nisswa” covers a wide area, and cats being taken to HART may, in fact, not really be from the Nisswa city limits.Marty Johnson attended the meeting to tell the council about the Babinski Foundation Animal Shelter, a 25,000-square-foot facility that recently opened on County Road 29, about six miles off Highway 371 in rural Pequot Lakes.The shelter is self-funded through the Babinski Foundation, which was started by the late Don Babinski, of Nisswa. Nisswa has a contract with HART to impound dogs, but not cats.According to the Babinski Foundation website, the foundation is currently taking in stray animals and pets that owners drop off. The city of Nisswa will not pursue a cat ordinance, the council decided Wednesday, Feb. 15, in response to a November request from the Heartland Animal Rescue Team to do so. People can call the foundation at 218-568-7387 to schedule an appointment, or visit the website and click on “Schedule Appointment” to select a time to visit the shelter.To see what animals are available at the shelter, visit the website and click on “cats” or “dogs” under the “Our Animals” tab.

Registration open for March 4 Polar Plunge in Breezy Point

March 4. Funds raised benefit more than 8,200 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes as they train, compete and transform themselves and their communities. They are encouraged to wear unique and outrageous costumes. Register online at Participants may plunge as individuals or in teams. Each participant must raise a minimum of $75. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is open for the Brainerd area Polar Plunge that will be held Saturday, March 4, on Pelican Lake at Breezy Point Resort as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. Bring pledges, as well as shoes and towels, to the plunge.For more information or to register, visit or email Last year, more than 325 people took the plunge in Breezy Point and raised about $79,000Check-in will be held from 10 a.m.

Pequot Lakes High School honor roll students listed

16 edition of the Echo Journal:

11th grade – A honor rollJacqueline Cook, Olivia Elson, Matthew Fabian, Clare Ganley, Adelaide Hubbard, Alexia Miller, William Moe, Reid Pierzinski, Matthew Sherman and Karli Skog.10th grade – A honor rollSam Person. The following Pequot Lakes High School students were omitted from the list of first semester honor roll students in the Feb.

Girls Basketball: Lane sets Pequot Lakes school record

Recommended for youAthletes awarded at PR-B banquetLarson named MVP at Patriots banquetRaph to play in North Central All-Star games2016 graduate Haley Wiebolt set the girls record Jan. Olivia Lane scored 44 points Thursday in Pequot Lakes' 85-18 victory against Hinckley-Finlayson and broke the Patriot girls single-game school record.When Olivia Lane scored 44 points Thursday in Pequot Lakes’ 85-18 victory against Hinckley-Finlayson she broke the Patriot girls single-game school record. Earlier last season, Wiebolt tied the previous girls record with 41 against Roseau.In the process of breaking the single-game record, Lane finished the game with 1,000 career points. Recommended for youAthletes awarded at PR-B banquetLarson named MVP at Patriots banquetRaph to play in North Central All-Star games 28, 2016, with 42 points against Deer River.

Minnesota Starwatch March 2017: Look before mid-March to see Venus in full glory

If you’ve never beheld the whole panoply of winter constellations, grab a star chart now, because March is the last good month to see these stars in the evening.The full moon arrives at 9:54 a.m. Unfortunately, the moon will have set by then. on the 12th. For more information and viewing schedules, see:Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: Cities, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics: out the astronomy programs at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum ExploraDome: U of M astronomers and links to the world of astronomy at—By Deane Morrison Jupiter, a yellowish beacon, rises in the east during the evening hours. on the 12th. The giant planet also dominates the predawn sky, shining below Arcturus, the bright anchor of Bootes, the herdsman. March’s full moon was known to many Algonquin Indians as the worm moon, for the little critters that start to appear with the softening ground.Spring slips in with the vernal equinox at 5:29 a.m. Better look before mid-month if you want to see Venus in full glory, because in the third week of March it will be all but swallowed by the sun’s glare. Minnesota StarwatchLast month Venus began a swan dive into the sunset, and in March the brilliant planet completes it. If you have trouble finding it, Mercury will be to the lower right of a crescent moon on the 29th; on that date, try looking about 40 minutes after sunset.Mercury is coming out from behind the sun, chasing Venus. At that moment the sun crosses the equator into the northern sky and our planet is lighted from pole to pole. Meanwhile, in the south, Saturn hovers over the Teapot of Sagittarius, just to the left of the red star Antares, the heart of Scorpius. Soon both planets will swoop between Earth and the sun: Venus on March 25th, Mercury on April 20th.Jupiter, a yellowish beacon, rises in the east during the evening hours. on the 20th. The giant planet also dominates the predawn sky, shining below Arcturus, the bright anchor of Bootes, the herdsman. To be sure of seeing it, look the evening of the 11th, or before 7 a.m. By month’s end it’ll clear the horizon less than an hour after sunset. Sirius, the brightest of stars, is still fairly high in the south an hour after sunset. Look for the elusive planet to the left of Venus half an hour after sunset on the 19th; after then, Venus leaves Mercury to shine by itself low in the west. This is also the time when the sun moves most rapidly northward, bringing increasing day length to the Northern Hemisphere.The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. Remember that full or nearly full moons appear in the west in the morning. Meanwhile, in the south, Saturn hovers over the Teapot of Sagittarius, just to the left of the red star Antares, the heart of Scorpius.The knot of bright winter constellations is making its way westward across the evening sky. By month's end it'll clear the horizon less than an hour after sunset. But as Venus sinks into the sunset, Mercury pops up from it.

Push to make smoking tougher in Minnesota gains student support

Maureen McMullen / Forum News Service1 / 2Minnesota state Sen. Jeff Hayden, D-Minneapolis, introduced a bill Monday, Feb. cities, enforce a legal tobacco sale age of 21.Although it may be a tough sell to Minnesota lawmakers, Hefter said, raising the smoking age would better prevent kids from taking up tobacco.”There’s less 15, 16, 17-year-olds that are best friends with 21-year-olds,” she said. “So, I think there’s not only the environmental justice, but there’s also an element of racism in that. Two cousins around her age picked up the habit by the time they were 13.”It’s a terrible habit, I can’t stand it,” Korder said. 20, 2017, to ban discount coupons for tobacco products. PAUL—Cigarette smoke seems to be a constant presence in Cayanne Korder’s life.The Red Wing High School sophomore does not smoke herself, but her mother, stepfather, brother and two older sisters do. Maureen McMullen / Forum News Service2 / 2ST. “Don’t have an automatic inflator, that’s very poor public policy.”Davids said Minnesota’s already-high tobacco taxes have led to more crime involving tobacco smuggling.”Tax policy affects behavior,” he said. Jeff Hayden, D-Minneapolis introduced earlier this week that would ban discount coupons for tobacco products, which he said undermine state-imposed high tobacco prices that steer Minnesotans away from smoking.Hayden also has been critical of how flavored tobacco regulations treat menthol cigarettes, which he said target black communities.The Center for Disease control reports more than 88 percent of black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes.”When the FDA (federal Food and Drug Administration) went to ban flavored cigarettes, the only one they didn’t ban was menthol, and I think it’s because black people smoke them,” he told youth advocates. Youth advocates with the Minnesota Coalition for a Smoke Free Generation were encouraged to spread the message of their visit to the State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. Products like e-cigarettes, she said, offer that promise.”It’s easy to draw people in because it’s blueberry flavored, or strawberry,” she said. “I work at a KwikTrip and people will buy ridiculous amounts of tobacco, and you know they’re not smoking that whole tub. They’re obviously giving it to somebody.”Chairman Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, of the House Health and Human Service Committee said raising the smoking age in Minnesota would be “controversial.””Increasing taxes and prohibition by age are kind of the most drastic steps,” he said. “It’s so unhealthy for you but people think it’s just water vapor and flavoring, and it’s not.”The coalition estimates that raising Minnesota’s smoking age would prevent 30,000 kids from lighting up over 15 years.Both California and Hawaii, along with a lengthy list of U.S. “I’m an athlete, so to me, it’s a health issue.”Korder was one of nearly 300 youth advocates to gather recently at the Minnesota state Capitol with anti-smoking group ClearWay Minnesota’s Smoke Free Generation coalition.Minnesota elementary through high school students talked to lawmakers about three of the coalition’s legislative goals this year: keep tobacco prices high, raise the smoking age to 21 and restrict flavored tobacco products.For Two Harbors High School senior Abigail Hefter, keeping candy-flavored tobacco products away from kids takes top priority.As a child, Hefter would imagine being able to take in flavors like muffins or chocolate cake without ever getting full. That’s what we want to tease out and talk about.” “Because of our out-of-line taxes, you could take a suburban and 8-by-12 U Haul, fill it up in North Dakota and make over a million dollars in the difference in price.”ClearWay supports a bill Sen. “Then on the other end of the spectrum, it’s things like letting 11th-graders know what this does to how you look, how you smell, how appealing you are, those kinds of things.”Dean said he favors an approach that would focus on outreach efforts with the Minnesota Health Department and grants to nonprofits that help vulnerable populations steer clear of tobacco.Minnesota implements automatic annual inflation to tobacco taxes.House Taxes Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, said this year’s tax bill will include a provision to stop the inflator, which he called “lazy.””I hate cigarettes, but if people want to raise the tobacco tax, have the debate and raise the tobacco tax,” he said. 22, 2017, on social media.

DNR staff highlight need for Minn. license fee increase

Ditto for Legacy Amendment dollars generated by the small sales tax increase Minnesota voters approved in 2008 dedicating funding for natural resources, parks and the arts, Franke said.”It’s one of those funds we have access to quite a bit of money but it can’t replace what we’re doing” with traditional license revenue funds, he said. Doug Franke, area wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Thief River Falls, led the presentation. THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—A small audience gathered Thursday night in Thief River Falls to hear area and regional staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources make their case for increasing hunting and fishing license fees. Other DNR staff on hand were Phil Talmage, area fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Baudette, Minn.; Pat Znajda, District 1 enforcement supervisor; John Williams, Northwest Region wildlife supervisor, Bemidji; and Becky Ekstein, Thief River Falls assistant area wildlife manager.The info session wasn’t a public meeting, as such, but instead was set up for area sportsmen’s group. “And if you have fewer staff, trying to implement contracts in the field becomes difficult. “It gives us funding to keep everything current we have now and not lose anything.”Dedicated accountThe Game and Fish Fund is a dedicated account primarily funded by hunting and fishing license dollars and federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.”It’s literally how we fund the fish and wildlife program and a large chunk of enforcement funding,’ Franke said.As time goes on, when incoming money stays flat and more money goes out, the fund depletes.Franke said the DNR is working to keep costs in check by holding positions open and cutting back on fieldwork such as creel surveys and other management efforts. That, in turn, would allow the DNR to better manage fish and wildlife populations and do necessary habitat work on the state’s 1,400 wildlife management areas.Across the board, the increase is about 12 percent.For context, Franke said a $25 fee to fish for a whole year and $34 to hunt for the season is a good deal compared to spending $33 for a Twins game, $50 to $185 for a Vikings game and $43 to $115 for a Minnesota Wild hockey game.”Hunting and fishing is a pretty cheap date out there right now,” he said. “It’s a big deal.”Statewide, Williams said there are 26 vacancies in wildlife and another 17 in fisheries.The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, generated by proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery, can’t be used as a substitute for traditional, license-generated funding but can only supplement existing work. At the same time, though, operating costs have increased, and emerging issues such as flooding, wildlife diseases and invasive species have diverted existing resources.The DNR’s Northwest Region alone is down nine wildlife positions that aren’t being filled, and enforcement has 20 vacancies across the state, increasing the time it takes for conservation officers to respond to incidents and curbing their ability to enforce the state’s game and fish laws.”When we start losing those staff, the phone, trust me, it doesn’t get picked up quite as often or quite as quickly,” Franke said. You can’t ask for funding you have a difficult time spending.”The DNR’s message: Hunters and anglers will lose.Proposed hikesAmong the increases the DNR is proposing are the following:• Individual angling licenses would increase from $22 to $25.• Nonresident annual fishing licenses would increase from $45 to $51.• Resident deer licenses would increase to $34 from the current $30.• Nonresident deer licenses would increase to $185 from the current $165.The increase, which would result in an estimated $6.1 million in new fishing license revenue and $2.8 million in new hunting license revenue, would stabilize the Game and Fish Fund into the year 2021, the DNR estimates. The Pembina Trail Toms chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted the presentation.The half-dozen sportsmen who attended also had an opportunity to ask questions about the proposal during the informal presentation.Franke used a Powerpoint presentation filled with charts and graphs to explain the need for a fee increase. More information about DNR fish and wildlife work is available at “It hurts, and we try to respond as much as we can, but it slows everything down.:Williams, the DNR wildlife supervisor, said even with a fee increase, he won’t be able to fill open positions. “It’s a pretty good deal. It’s important people get the best bang for their buck. Without the influx of new money, the DNR’s Game and Fish Fund is expected to go into the red by June 2019 and be more than $7.3 million in the hole by June 2021.”We’re basically going to call this a ‘lights-on’ bill,” Franke said. We’re not in the high end of things by any means.”The proposal hinges on approval by the Minnesota Legislature, and if it fails to pass, the DNR says, there will be consequences.To contact legislators about the fee increase, go to At best, he’ll maintain the status quo.”Those are the kind of positions we’re having to make right now,” he said. It’s important to us that we provide a fee-type service to people that’s competitive.

Perennials potentially damaged from early-season warmup

That’s why spring floods result in little or no plant damage. We’ve experienced successful rebloom with both methods.If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at Apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwi, peaches, pears and plums continue to ripen after picking. In fact, the freezing and thawing can help loosen heavy clay soil, making it more mellow and workable. Will they be damaged before the standing water drains away?—Stan Davidson, Fargo.A: The shrubs will probably be fine. Shoots that haven’t fully expanded can withstand a certain amount of cold. Benson, Moorhead.A: Fruit can be divided into two categories: types that continue to ripen after harvest and types that don’t. Fall mulching helps perennials remain safely and consistently frozen.Green shoots that have sprouted because of warm weather can easily be damaged when temperatures plunge back to normal. When early extended periods of warm temperatures arrive in late winter with little insulating snow cover, soil freezes and thaws multiple times, causing continual expansion and contraction.That’s not so bad on bare soil. When trees or shrubs are still dormant and not leafed out, they can tolerate being flooded without injury. If fully expanded shoots are frozen, perennials will hopefully sprout replacement shoots in spring. It’s bloomed beautifully, but the flowers have now faded and dropped. Fruits that don’t ripen after harvest, and should be picked and sold ripe and ready-to-eat include strawberries, apples, cherries, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, pineapples and watermelons.Because they don’t continue to ripen after picking, strawberries don’t improve after purchase. The strawberries in the grocery store are often not fully sweet and ripe. A: This winter’s extended warm period has coaxed some perennials to begin growing dangerously early, which might cause problems. Putting bananas in a brown paper bag ripens them nicely, but strawberries seem to rot before they improve.—L. But when this happens to perennial flowers, the alternating freezing and thawing tears plant roots as the soil expands and contracts. 2 / 2Q: I want to share what I found yesterday with our perennial sedum. Do I cut off the arching branch on which the flowers were attached, or do I leave it?—Ann H., Grand Forks, N.D.A: The most commonly sold orchids are the phalaenopsis, or moth orchids. Or it can be cut off at its point of origin, and a new flower spike will arise from the plant’s base when the orchid is ready to bloom again. The expansion can literally “heave” perennials right out of the ground, usually killing them.We experienced this several winters ago, causing heavy casualties of even tough perennials like peonies, iris, daylilies and hosta. Choose berries that are fully red, and avoid those harvested with berry tips still whitish-green and partially unripe.Q: Several of our backyard shrubs are underwater from the recent melts. I don’t know what might happen, but I’m guessing we will get too cold again for the little shoots that are starting to grow.—Dick Sinner, Casselton, N.D. Some won’t. If the flower spike, or branch from which blossoms arose, is still green and plump instead of dry and withered, it can be left intact, and future flower buds can form along it. All questions will be answered, and those with broad appeal may be published, so please include your name, city and state for appropriate advice. But when floods occur in midsummer when trees, shrubs and other plants are actively growing, death can occur quickly if roots are submerged for more than a few days.Q: I purchased an orchid at one of the local stores. It might help to cover with mulch, straw or woodchips as temperatures dip to normal cold.Q: Is there a way to ripen strawberries after they are picked?
The alternating freezing and thawing tears plant roots as the soil expands and contracts. This winter’s extended warm period has coaxed some perennials to begin growing dangerously early, which might cause problems. Special to Forum News Service1 / 2Don Kinzler, gardening columnist

Little things make a big difference with gardening

Readers can reach him at also blogs at Approaching gardening and plants with a sense of curiosity and close observation develops an instinct for plant care.5. Tomato diseases are best controlled preventatively, and can be difficult once symptoms appear.15. on Tuesday, Feb. Before planting trees and shrubs, make four vertical slices through the root ball to sever circling roots.25. Always moisten potting mix before using indoors or outdoors. Their current size is much different. Locate pockets of annual flowers among perennials to bridge the gaps as various perennial types bloom and fade.27. Plants are like pets because both depend on their owners and become healthier if given joyful attention instead of minimum maintenance.4. Waiting until Memorial Day creates a healthier lawn, demonstrated by university research.29. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service1 / 2Grown from leaf cuttings potted at the same time in the same-sized pot, the African violet on the left received attentive care. A few minutes a day working with plants develops an awareness of how they’re doing and what they need.3. Lettuce, radish, carrot, spinach, beets and other vegetables that come up thickly are best thinned quickly to about one inch apart.14. Curved lines in landscapes are more naturally pleasing than rigid, straight lines.20. The larger plant received attentive care by fertilizing, monitoring closely for timely moisture needs and moving to preferential light. Locate the widened tree trunk flare above soil line to avoid problems from too-deep planting.26. When shopping for potting mix, beware of bargain brands in bags that are heavy for their size. Most perennial flowers grow more profusely if generous amounts of organic material are added to soil, especially shade-loving types.28. (South of Elim Nursing Home). Periods of active growth signal houseplants’ need for fertilizer, which usually coincides with lengthening days in March through September.7. They’re usually poor quality.11. Empty excess pot drainage soon after watering to prevent reabsorption of this “leachate,” which often contains excess salts.10. Fertilizing lawns in early spring has been shown to stress grass by overstimulating it earlier than is healthy. Sponsored by the Fargo Garden Society.When: 7 to 8 p.m. It isn’t medicine for plants ailing from other causes.13. Reduce blossom end rot by mulching around tomato plants in late June after soil has warmed. Check by scraping aside the top inch of rootball soil. Although started at the same time, the spider plant on the left received attentive care while the plant on the right was given basic, but minimal, care. Newly planted trees in heavy clay soil can be killed from too-frequent watering. “I just don’t have a green thumb.” My answer is always: “Yes, you do.”

All of our thumbs turn green when we do many small, simple things properly. Mulching too early keeps soil adversely cool.17. 28Where: Pioneer House Ministry/Activity Center, 3534 South University Drive, Fargo. Clear plastic mulch warms the soil more quickly than black plastic for speedier crops of melons, squash, tomato and cucumber.18. Gardening failures are beneficial, because we can learn from them.If You GoWhat: “Garden tools – A Fun Look at Gardening Equipment, New and Old ” with Don Kinzler. Watering after planting is also easier if mix is premoistened.12. Apply mulch three inches thick in a three-feet diameter circle.24. If houseplant soil has settled leaving a deep “headspace,” add fresh soil so only about one-half inch remains. Grass growing up to the trunk greatly slows the growth rate of newly planted trees. A can-do attitude is a key to success with plants.2. I was reminded of this recently while working with our houseplants. Plants sitting in a deep well don’t seem to grow as profusely.8. Roots resent contact with dry soil when transplanting. Plants often communicate their needs, if we watch for the signs.6. Home landscapes can be improved by creating a pleasing, eye-catching focal point at the front entrance with groups of flowering containers, flower beds or specimen shrubs.19. To prevent tomato diseases, start with resistant varieties and use soil soaker hoses instead of overhead sprinkling.16. The smaller plant was watered as needed, but not treated with special focus. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service2 / 2Do you know what my most frequently heard gardening statement is? I noticed two spider plants that had been started at the same time a year ago, but now they look very different.The plant that received attentive care, repotting, fertilizer during active growth and timely watering had grown larger than the similar plant that received a bare minimum of care instead of purposeful attention.Even more dramatic were two African violets started identically from leaf cuttings last year. Fertilizer provides nutrition to keep healthy plants vigorous. Entrance and parking on south side.Don Kinzler, a lifelong gardener, worked as an NDSU Extension horticulturist and owned Kinzler’s Greenhouse in Fargo. Landscapes can be refreshed by creating a neat, crisp edge between lawn and shrub borders.21. It’s best to water lawns, flowers and vegetables first thing in the morning, so sunlight quickly dries foliage which helps prevent diseases.30. Details made a difference and the larger violet is ready for division.Here are 30 items for everyone’s green thumb checklist.1. Some newly planted trees are damaged from allowing the rootball to become so dry that irreversible wilting occurs.23. Cultivate hard-packed houseplant soil with a fork to incorporate oxygen.9. If dark and moist, don’t water.22.

North Dakota, Minnesota bankruptcies (Feb. 25)

Chapter 12 is a petition for family farmers to reorganize.Chapter 13 is a petition for wage earners to readjust debts.Filed in U.S. Bolstad, Detroit Lakes, Chapter 7Lisa Renee Wiegert, Alexandria, Chapter 7Leroy J Golden And Carrie L Golden, Parkers Prairie, Chapter 13Sara M Jirik, Alexandria, Chapter 7Brian J Schmidt And Nikki J Schmidt, Alexandria, Chapter 7 Bolstad and Deborah J. Mitchell, Bowman, Chapter 7Clinton L. Powell and Marquetta J Powell, Harvey, Chapter 7Arthur Gene Jones, Minot, Chapter 7Irene K. Biggerstaff, West Fargo, Chapter 7Robert D. Stenehjem and Jade C. Wayne Ralph and Jessica Sue Ralph, Williston, Chapter 7Courtney Brenton Lyons, Minot, Chapter 7Sara M. Strietzel, Belcourt, Chapter 7Jason R. Bender, Fessenden, Chapter 7Timothy Ryan Sellers and Rachel Elizabeth Sellers, O’Fallon, Mo., Chapter 7McM Inc., St. Thomas, Chapter 7Jesse W Hennessy and Christina L Hennessy, Minot, Chapter 7Francis A Herda and Lisa M. Quammen, Webster, Chapter 7Kathryn Kennedy, Fargo, Chapter 7MinnesotaBankruptcy filings from the following counties: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin.Sheldon E. Bankruptcy CourtNorth DakotaKarla Diane Culp, Minot, Chapter 7Bernard W. Chapter 7 is a petition to liquidate assets and discharge debts.Chapter 11 is a petition for protection from creditors and to reorganize. Herda, Grand Forks, Chapter 7Terry D. Mitchell and Dennis L. Stenehjem, Bismarck, Chapter 7Mark Donald Simenson, West Fargo, Chapter 7Roxanne E Deaven, Minot, Chapter 7Mark T.

Grim’s Grub: Pout about it

Remove with a slotted spoon. However, if you've ever eaten fried fish that was merely scaled, this should not be a problem to you. Mix with marinade and let sit for 20 minutes.Heat oil in a large pot. However, if you’ve ever eaten fried fish that was merely scaled, this should not be a problem to you.I suspect, like cod, you could also use this fish in a cold ceviche where the acids and lime in the recipe cook the fish thoroughly. Cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn. That traditional use, however, is also a good indicator of possible other recipes.I’ve boiled this fish and found that it holds together very well with a texture that does compare to lobster. IllustrationIt’s that time of year again where people go nuts in Walker over the ugliest fish this far to the north.Eelpout, burbot, ling, lota lota – or whatever other name you prefer it by – tries its hardest to be unlovable. Add stock and bring to a boil. Pour soup over top of fish and bring to a boil. Add ginger, garlic, half of the scallions, szechuan peppercorns and dried chili peppers. Toss in onion, garlic, chiles, tomatoes and olive oil. They are long and attempt to wrap around your arm like a snake. Naturally, the reputation for such a fish isn’t kind, and that extends to its table value. This fish is the perfect base for recipes that require clean meat that doesn’t break apart easily.In addition, given that this fish has “ray skin” rather than scales, it has potential for some more exotic recipes. Make sure the fish is covered. They eat insects when young; as adults they eat fish eggs, crayfish, mussels and smaller fish. I decided to use it in a Chinese soup, but without the skin mainly because I am afraid nobody but me will eat it if the skin is left on. If you like things like cold tuna or shrimp salad, you should give this a try too, but keep it nice and cool and enjoy the fresh vegetables paired with it. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice and dip in melted garlic butter.Eelpout CevicheAdapted from ½ pounds eelpout (frozen immediately after cleaning for seven days minimum before thawing)1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lime juiceSalt and fresh ground pepper1 small white or red onion, sliced into slivers1 garlic clove, minced1 or 2 serrano or jalapeno chiles, minced2 medium, firm tomatoes¼ cup extra virgin olive oil1 ripe but firm avocado, diced¼ to ½ cup cilantro (to taste)6 ounces bag baby spinachCut fish into ½-inch cubes, removing bones. Dip fish pieces into melted butter or pour over fish. Add rice wine and soy sauce, then stir a minute. They have much the same eating habits of more popular eating fish. Simmer 15 minutes covered until fish is cooked.Remove fish and vegetables with a slotted spoon and serve over rice or by itself. Wrap bowl and refrigerate six to seven hours, stirring once in awhile.Add salt and pepper to taste and toss together. I think this is an undeserved reputation.Folks probably assume that this particular fish is as unsavory as most rough fish. Add celery and napa cabbage to another soup pot or wok. This is in contrast to some other fish that might flake or break apart while boiling. They are related, after all, and can be used in much the same way. Cover and refrigerate for another hour. They have whiskers and slime. Stir in the avocado and cilantro and gently toss together.Line plates or bowls with spinach leaves, remove ceviche with a slotted spoon and top the spinach just before serving.Hot and Numb Fish SoupAdapted from pound eelpoutMarinade1 egg white1/8 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons rice wine1 tablespoon cornstarch   Soup2 tablespoons grapeseed oil1 tablespoon szechuan hot bean sauce (any hot red bean paste will work)1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced4 cloves garlic, sliced1 scallion cut into ½-inch pieces1 tablespoon szechuan peppercorns (available in some supermarkets in envelopes)¼ cup dried red chili peppers1 tablespoon rice wine2 tablespoons soy sauce2 cups fish or chicken stock2 celery stalks, sliced1 cup napa cabbage, cut up ( prefer 1 or more cups of bean sprouts)Cooked riceCut fish into two-inch pieces. Traditionally, pout is cooked as “poor man’s lobster.” That is to say, it’s boiled and dipped in copious amounts of garlic butter as a vehicle for garlic butter flavor. I decided to use it in a Chinese soup, but without the skin mainly because I am afraid nobody but me will eat it if the skin is left on. Place in a large bowl and add lime juice. Freezing your pout ahead of time should eliminate any parasite worries and the acid handles the rest.Of course, there is no reason not to just bread and fry this fish, but I want to go exotic here to expand your horizons.As a bonus, if you search for the 2011 Eelpout Festival by “The Tonight Show” online, you can see a familiar face from Pine River having just a little too much fun there.Poor Man’s LobsterCourtesy of Fine Kettle of Fish recipe book by the Wisconsin DNR2 quarts boiling water2 tablespoons saltFish filletsGarlic butterLemon juiceDrop fillets in salted boiling water. All you have to do is look at the meat and its whiteness to realize it’s very clean.If you eat cod, you should have no problem with eelpout. Add hot bean sauce and stir about a minute or until fragrant. Return to full boil; allow burbot to remain in water 1 ½ minutes. The skin could actually be left on for certain Chinese or traditional Native American soups. If you like pickled fish, fear not, this isn’t so different. The skin could actually be left on for certain Chinese or traditional Native American soups.

Pine River: New owners build on bowling alley basics

“He still didn’t get it. There are also plans to start offering lunch hours with full menu options and bowling and the possibility of summer bowling leagues.As far as what will remain the same, the bowling alley will sell the same pizzas at the same prices as always, though the menu will expand to include corn dogs and calzones. “We are going to rip this (the locker section) out and install a dining room. More changes are on the way as well.”I want a dining room,” Sandi said. Since the bowling alley is already set up for moonlight bowl, the Zoldeys have already started doing Saturday moonlight bowling with music and black lights.The fact that the bowling alley is so important to the Pine River community means that the Zoldeys are dedicated to building on what the locals love, and making it better.”These people have an expectation of what they’ve had,” Sandi said.When the weather warms up, Tami said they might have a special event with low prices to really kick off their ownership of the business.”I’m thinking in the beginning of summer we will have a grand opening with a special deal for pizza and bowling,” Tami said. Some changes took place right away.At the request of the former owners, the name was changed, but to keep it familiar the new owners went with Community Bowl and Pizzeria. I’m not a stay-at-home person so I needed to buy a place. I just thought it was something she’d think about and move on. Tami and Sandi Zoldey are the new faces of the Community Bowl and Pizzeria in Pine River. I told him, ‘I want it.'”Sandi had been on the hunt for a new passion for approximately a year and a half. “I didn’t really believe her. I want to open for lunch. “I knew I needed to do something. She was no longer able to work in hospice, basically her lifelong career, so she needed something new. Afterward, she met with her daughter, Tami Zoldey, who had long ago agreed to help her if she found a business she liked. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal 2 / 2On her second visit to Pine River Community Bowl, Sandi Zoldey simply told her husband, “I want it,” and that was that.Zoldey had been in the bowling alley two weeks earlier during Thursday youth leagues when she sat and watched the bowlers interact for the first time. In addition, the Zoldeys immediately requested a full liquor license, meaning the bowling alley now sells more than the 3.2 beer that customers would have been more familiar with. “She had asked one day if she ever found anything she wanted to do if I would help her,” Tami said. Before she sat in during Thursday youth leagues she had no idea what that new thing would look like, but she knew it would be business ownership.”I had no idea whatsoever,” Sandi said. I plan to stay open in the summer.””What I’m hoping for is starting in the spring because we want to wait for leagues to wind down,” Tami said. “When the leagues end we’re going to take the lockers where they are at and stick them in the game room.”To make room for the lockers and benches, some of the less used games will be removed, but others will remain.In addition, the Zoldeys will accept credit and debit cards. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal1 / 2Tami and Sandi Zoldey are the new faces of the Community Bowl and Pizzeria in Pine River. 4 the deal was done and the mother-daughter duo took over ownership. Doctors can stop me from working, but not from owning a place.”In August, Sandi placed a bid on the bowling alley, and Feb. I’m very excited about that. Then one day she said she found a bowling alley and asked if I would help her get started and come up here for six months to help her.”Once Tami was on board, it was time to get husband Bill on board.One Thursday on their way to their Hackensack cabin from the Twin Cities, Sandi convinced her husband to turn at the stoplights in Pine River and get pizza at a bowling alley he didn’t even know existed.”He asked, ‘How did you know this place was here?’ and I said, ‘Because it’s up for sale,'” Sandi said.

Pequot Lakes Community Carnival to offer fun for all ages, Volunteers still needed

This family-friendly event has activities for all ages, including mad science theater shows, a book walk, a balloon artist, glitter eyes, crazy hair, face painting, adult tricycle racing, a Minecraft competition, a robotics circuit, raffles and food vendors.New activities this year include inflatables, paintballing and an Earth balloon, which is a 20-foot balloon that uses satellite images to provide a flawless representation of the Earth. Other entertainment for parents and adults is the opportunity for discussion about technology after the recent viewing of the documentary “Screenagers” at Pequot Lakes High School. Saturday, March 4, at Pequot Lakes High School. There will be 15-minute presentations on various topics, such as climate change and plate tectonics.Carnival chair Laura Leckband said adults as well as children can enjoy the Earth balloon. Last year’s carnival raised $8,200.Volunteers are still needed to help the day of the carnival. Advance wristbands can be bought until March 3 at Schaefer’s Foods in Nisswa, Lake Country Crafts and Cones in Crosslake, and Lakes Latte, SuperAmerica and Supervalu in Pequot Lakes.The carnival is sponsored by local businesses, so most of the money goes directly to Pequot Lakes Schools. Those interested can sign up at!/showSignUp/10c0f48a5a72aabf58-pequot1. Children ages 4 and under get in for free. The annual Pequot Lakes Schools Community Carnival is set to take place from 3-7 p.m. Parents will be able to talk about the influence of technology on their kids and view clips from the film.Admission for the carnival is $7 in advance or $8 at the door.

Faith: Look beneath the surface for what is buried

Today, tomorrow, always.”I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have loved you and you are mine.” – Jeremiah 31:3 So much can be buried beneath the surface of our lives that needs to be uncovered, used and even celebrated. Digging them out of the snowbank requires confronting parts of who we are that we don't like to own. Digging them out of the snowbank requires confronting parts of who we are that we don’t like to own. This meant that by the time we neared the end of our journey, it was dark. If there is a piece of trash along the road, I might pick it up and later deposit it in a can I find along the way. I carefully picked up the random cards, IDs and driver’s license so that I could somehow return them to their rightful owner. IllustrationDuring this past week with all warmer temperatures and hint of things to come, I was aware that we have entered that time of year when the snow that blanketed our streets and yards has melted in such a way to reveal what is buried beneath. Still other things are beneath the surface because they bring us such pain. As we reach down to bring what we have found into the light, may we be held by the One who has promised to never let us go, the One who loves us unconditionally. Still other things are beneath the surface because they bring us such pain. Our eyes had adjusted as we walked, and so when we came upon a black mound on the trail I started to reach down to pick it up only to be stopped by my friend who exclaimed: “Don’t think about it!”We walked on, and the black mound remained forever a secret.I realized that I have the desire to clean up the messes I see. The single glove along the sidewalk might have special significance and so hanging it from the bare limb of a tree makes perfect sense to me.Not too long ago I found a wallet in a mall parking lot, its contents flung with abandon around and under a car. Once you begin noticing, it is impossible to stop until before you know it, all you see is the debris that lies beneath.While taking an evening walk with a friend recently, the sun began to set during our time on the trail. The hope is that "out of sight, out of mind" will work. Those experiences, thoughts, feelings that are buried always find a way to work their way out of their discarded home.My prayer is that each of us may have the courage today to look beneath the surface for what is buried. It was, in part, an act of saving them from being buried beneath the next snowfall I know is a reality in our Great Minnesota winters.This season, with its ugliness and dirty face, becomes a great life metaphor. As I walk my usual paths in our community, it is common to see a mitten half frozen in dirty snow or discarded trash that sticks out of an icy snowbank. So much can be buried beneath the surface of our lives that needs to be uncovered, used and even celebrated. The hope is that “out of sight, out of mind” will work.The wisdom of years most often proves this not to be true.

Ruud appointed to Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board

Additionally, a variety of grants are available to local units of government, education institutions and nonprofits that promote workforce development and sustainable communities.The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation service area encompasses 13,000 square miles in northeastern and central Minnesota, representing 49 cities, 129 townships and 15 school districts. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, has been appointed to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB).”It’s an honor to be appointed to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board,” Ruud said. Carrie RuudState Sen. “The IRRRB covers over 30,000 constituents in my district, and I look forward to the opportunity of working with my fellow legislators to increase economic development at home and throughout Senate District 10.”

The IRRRB is an economic development agency focused on business, community and workforce development in northeastern and central Minnesota. It provides funding, including low or no interest loans and grants for businesses relocating or expanding in the region.