Wrapped in a soft pink blanket, 3-day-old Finley McKey Tepper contentedly slept through the flurry of activity.
Nearby, her 2-year-old brother Foster carefully ate tiny fragments of blue frosting swirled atop a cupcake.
Crow Wing County commissioners voted to neither support nor deny a waiver request by Wausau Paper.
When Wausau Paper opened in Brainerd in 2004 it received JOBZ property tax benefits from the state, which were set to continue until 2015.
Mark Johnson was at a construction site when he suffered a heart attack.
Quick work by two men helped save his life.
"We're going to share with you just an amazing story," said Kevin Lee, North Memorial Ambulance.
At the final meeting of the year, Crow Wing County commissioners approved setting aside funds for specific projects.
Commitments included $5 million for the 2018 highway improvement plan, noting work expected on Highway 371.