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What organizations should be allowed to rent county government space?

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:45pm

A proposal to lease vacant basement office space hit a snag this week as a Crow Wing County commissioner questioned if the county would then provide room for any organization.

“I guess I’m not necessarily opposed to this, but I’m kind of in a state of wonderment,” said Commissioner Paul Thiede.

At issue was a plan to rent a single 113-square-foot office in the Land Services Building to The Nature Conservancy for $95 per month. The Nature Conservancy works on critical conservation issues.

Thiede said he was going to be as radical as he could in making his point.

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'Chili bill' on its way to governor's desk

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:45pm

Competition in the non-restaurant division of next fall’s Crosslake Chili Cook-off may be a little stiffer this fall as the result of legislative action this week.

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Police Blotter - April 11

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:48pm

Brainerd police

ARRESTS — A 35-year-old man was arrested at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday on the 400 block of Sixth Street for obstructing with force.

A 15-year-old male was arrested at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday for fifth-degree domestic assault after a report of a disturbance.

THEFT — A report at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday of a theft of two loads of laundry taken from Giant Wash, 1224 Oak St.

Crow Wing sheriff

FIRE — A report at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday of burning in the area of the 13000 block of Executive Acres Road.

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Correction/clarification

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:48pm

The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly reported that attorney Larry Frost could not be reached for comment in Thursday’s story regarding the lawsuit between Robin Hensel and the city of Little Falls. He pointed out the money the tentative settlement calls for the city to pay would pay part of her legal costs. His comments have been included in the online version of the story.

The Dispatch regrets the error.

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Senior calendar-April 11

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:47pm

The Center

803 Kingwood St., Brainerd

829-9345

TheBrainerdCenter.com

Monday

8 a.m. - Greeting card recycling.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.- Cardio Exercise Room.

9 a.m. - Free Blood Pressure Checks.

9-11 a.m. - Advice from Ann.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.-The Gift Shop.

11 a.m. - Bone Builders.

11:15 a.m. - Lutheran Social Service Dining-Swiss steak, baked potato, corn, bread, pineapple.

11:30 a.m. - 500 (Fourth week of month).

12:30 p.m. - Party Bridge.

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Radinovich, Ward support Women's Economic Security Act

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:47pm

Representatives John Ward, DFL – Baxter, and Joe Radinovich, DFL – Crosby, voted in favor of the Women’s Economic Security Act omnibus bill (HF 2536).

“When you dig underneath the first layer of economic challenges facing Minnesotans, we find that it is disproportionately women facing barriers to economic security,” said Rep. Ward said in a news release. “Women make up 50 percent of Minnesota’s workforce, but 60 percent of women earn $9.50 or less, and while women earn a majority of college degrees, they are still clustered in low-wage fields.”

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PR-B teachers conduct 'work-to-rule' days

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:02pm

Pine River-Backus (PR-B) teacher contract negotiations have been going since the end of August, and though some compromise has been reached, there are still details under discussion.

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Contract negotiations to continue with Pequot teachers

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:02pm

The negotiating teams for Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes and the Pequot Lakes School Board will meet for further contract negotiations Monday, after 288 days without a contract agreement.

Until a new contract is negotiated, teachers are bound by the terms of their previous contract.

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Police search for driver in fatal crash at Florida day care center

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:52pm

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Police searched on Thursday for a driver suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people, two of them critically, at a day care center in the Orlando, Florida area.

Robert Corchado, 28, was believed to be the driver of a Dodge Durango involved in the crash Wednesday afternoon, which rear-ended another car as it slowed to turn into the day care entrance, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Pennsylvania officials seek motive for school stabbing rampage

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:38pm

MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for what may have driven a 16-year-old student to turn on his classmates with two kitchen knives, stabbing startled victims in the stomach and back, leaving nearly two dozen wounded.

Sophomore Alex Hribal was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault using 8-inch steel blades in a stabbing frenzy through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania officials seek motive for school stabbing rampage

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:38pm

MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for what may have driven a 16-year-old student to turn on his classmates with two kitchen knives, stabbing startled victims in the stomach and back, leaving nearly two dozen wounded.

Sophomore Alex Hribal was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault using 8-inch steel blades in a stabbing frenzy through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Mushroom class set for Saturday

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:25pm

■ National Library Week April 13-19

The Brainerd Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

In celebration of National Library Week, held April 13-19, Baxter Culver’s restaurant and the Brainerd Public Library are teaming up to kick off the “Bee” a Book Lover drawing campaign.

Through this Culver’s restaurant-sponsored event, children are encouraged to read and celebrate their favorite book characters.

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Judge orders Indiana to recognize ailing gay woman's marriage

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:25pm

(Reuters) - Indiana must recognize immediately a terminally ill gay woman's marriage to her partner in Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young entered a temporary restraining order that requires the state to recognize the August 2013 marriage of Amy Sandler and her ailing spouse, Nikole Quasney, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009.

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