When a challenging economy made a lakes area couple look at new career options, they seized what might have seemed an unlikely opportunity.
"My husband was in construction when everything kind of crashed in on us," Dawn Pikula said.
Filling the tank is likely to take a bigger bite out of the budget this summer, but living in the Midwest has its advantages.
Gene LaDoucer, AAA spokesman based in Fargo, N.D., said AAA doesn't believe $5 a gallon gas is coming here.
Gary Benjamin drove by the vacant furniture store in northeast Brainerd many times and thought about its potential.
"It was an ideal opportunity," Benjamin said. "All I saw was a nice challenge to come in and do something.
Close-Converse Commercial and Preferred Properties, Brainerd, leased the former Stock Lumber Building to Brock White of Baxter, a construction materials supplier on Forthun Road. Brock White was formerly known as Northland Brick and Fireplace.
Crow Wing County commissioners may run for election earlier than expected.
It's all part of the ripple effects of redistricting. Commissioner's borders may be redrawn, potentially placing more board members on the ballot.