With a House vote on the gay marriage bill scheduled for Thursday and the DFL House speaker confident he has enough votes for passage, Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, said he won’t decide “until I have to push that red or green button.”
WALKER — Cass County will offer 18 non-conservation land parcels for sale at a 9 a.m. June 29 auction at the courthouse in Walker.
One commercial city lot in Pine River will see the appraised price lowered from $8,500 to $6,000. That site has been occupied by a bookstore. Others include acreages in several townships, two lakeshore lots and several parcels in The Crossing development at Pillager.
All are tax forfeited properties and have road access. Descriptions will be listed on the county website, www.co.cass.mn.us , beginning about May 15.
Two of Brainerd’s four identified top proposed priorities were detailed Monday.
At its regular meeting, the Brainerd City Council talked about what those priorities might mean down the road and how to implement them.
The top four proposed priorities were voted on during a special strategic planning session, where city leaders identified what to focus on for the future: neighborhood investments, stable financial planning, building a river walk and creating a website and newsletter.
BREEZY POINT — Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) received two prestigious squadron awards at the Minnesota State Civil Air Patrol Conference and Awards Banquet on April 27-28. Several individual squadron members also received recognition throughout the weekend. The conference was attended by more than 300 CAP members, guests, and dignitaries from throughout the state and nation.
WALKER — Cass County Board has set two special meetings.
May 17, the board will meet at 10 a.m. at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, east of Hackensack, to tour solar, wind and other energy saving improvements the reserve has made in the last two years. That tour is expected to conclude at noon.
WALKER — Nineteen people applied for the veterans service officer and assistant veterans service officer positions Cass County advertised.
The county board Tuesday voted to proceed with interviewing the six applicants who met all the eligibility requirements for veterans service officer, with the intent to select one veterans service officer.
The assistant position would not be filled if a qualified veterans service officer is chosen.
Grass fire season was in full force Monday as foresters with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) battled four fires in the Brainerd lakes area, including a 120-acre fire west of Jenkins.
Mark Mortensen, DNR program forester, said all the grass fires occurred around the same time, with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office dispatching the first grass fire at 12:20 p.m., four miles west of Jenkins. The other three fires were an 18-acre fire five miles west of Pequot Lakes; a wildfire a couple miles from the Wadena County line; and a small grass fire near Leader.
Thrift Store Volunteers — We are looking for volunteers to work in our thrift store in Pequot Lakes. Duties would include, sorting incoming donations, marking, organizing and assisting customers. Daytime hours are Wednesday through Saturday with additional hours during summer months.
Zack is a 5-year-old from the Baxter area waiting for a mentor. He is a happy and active little guy.
Zach would really like to learn how to fish this summer. He enjoys spending time outside and loves sports, especially baseball. He also likes arts, crafts and baking. Zach likes to stay busy and would be a great helper for those weekend projects around the house.
Are you available to do a little fishing, play a little catch and have a little helper?
Question: As an officer, I notice a lot of motorists using bypass lanes as pit stops, stopping in them to use their phone, or for other reasons. I appreciate passing lanes, and I am in favor of them. I wish there were more of them. I do stop and advise these pit stop drivers that they have chosen one of the most unsafe places to stop. I explain to them that a passing vehicle may not see them until it is too late.
For those interested in donating blood can do so at the following: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Brainerd VFW No. 1647, 309 South Sixth Street, Brainerd; from noon to 6 p.m. May 22 at Emily City Hall, 39811 State Highway 6, Emily; and from noon to 6 p.m. May 23 at Motley United Methodist Church, 847 Third Avenue South Lane, Motley.
Simply call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.