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.
Bitterly cold air combined with light winds will make dangerously cold wind chills for the first hours of the new year.
The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a wind chill advisory for the region in effect until noon New Year's Day.
Fighting the battle against invasive aquatic species in a lake-rich region isn't foolproof but did catch two boats with zebra mussels.
On Memorial Day weekend, a zebra mussel was found in a boat livewell before it launched into Lake Hubert.