Members of the Brainerd Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services Team may not have put out any blazes in the Green Valley fire that claimed 55 homes and buildings in the Menahga area, but their presence was very much appreciated.
Andy Cilek, president and co-founder of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, on Tuesday gave Brainerd Rotary Club members an abbreviated preview of his organization's side of a voting rights lawsuit against Crow Wing and state officials.
Sen. Paul Gazelka, an opponent of the gay marriage legislation that passed in the state Senate 37-30 Monday, said he believes the passage of the law will devalue and eventually decrease the number of marriages.
A second recall petition against a Crow Wing County lawmaker who voted in favor of gay marriage has been initiated. Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, is the subject of a recall petition initiated by Doug Kern of rural Brainerd and Tony Bauer of Nisswa.
■ How area lawmakers voted
Voting yes - Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter; Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby; Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township; Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji.
Voting no - Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore; Rep.