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By: Renee Richardson on March 11, 2013 - 9:34pm - Add new comment

What kind of funding should the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) get and should it answer a Crow Wing County funding decision by eliminating funding for materials in Crosslake and Pequot Lakes?
That’s one of the questions back before the Crow Wing County Board March 12 as commissioners are asked to restore $20,000 in funding.
Last year, the board took $20,000 from the requested funding for the library and put it toward a new funding request by The Center, the senior activity center in Brainerd.

By: Renee Richardson on February 14, 2013 - 1:42am - Add new comment

Ever wanted to be able to ask your own question of the president? Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:50 p.m., President Obama is sitting down in the Roosevelt Room in the White House for a fireside hangout.
That's an updated version of the fireside chats President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made so famous. This time the chat's are of a virtual nature and in deference to the digital world we live in — the chat is online.

By: Renee Richardson on December 12, 2012 - 4:57pm - Add new comment


Today's date presents a dozen opportunities.
Especially for those who like lists or who see the benefit in taking stock of where things are and where we might like to see them in the future.
Getting through the daily grind tends to absorb all the spare energy, add to that the bustle of the holiday season and December becomes a sleepless blur.
But today is worth taking a few minutes for reflection.
Make a list — it could be 12 things you'd like to achieve in the next 12 months, or 12 things to do in the next 12 years, or maybe it's 12 goals for a lifetime.

By: Renee Richardson on October 7, 2012 - 11:39pm - Add new comment

If the Olive Garden in Baxter looks a little different to you, it's not just that it's new to the lakes area.
The much-anticipated restaurant addition to the lakes area isn't the same Olive Garden. The chain changed the look for its new restaurants creating a rustic stone exterior and using a farmhouse look with exposed wooden beams and character of a farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy as a model.
"This is how they’ll all be from now on," said Olive Garden General Manager Miranda Ahlers. "We’re one of the newer ones to have the exact layout we have."

By: Renee Richardson on September 7, 2012 - 7:05pm - Add new comment

Last year, Minnesotans faced dangers when they were on the road that had nothing to do with ice or snow or deer flying out of ditches.

By: Renee Richardson on May 14, 2012 - 2:38pm - Add new comment

I guess plans for a massive shopping spree before the world ended Dec. 21, 2012 — according to the Mayan calendar predictors — are off. It sounded like a good idea especially since no one would be around to send the bills. But it turns out the world isn't destined to end that day after all.
In the Guatemalan rain forest, at a noted Mayan site, scientists found the calendar continues well beyond December 2012.

Researchers at Xultun in Guatamala found wall paintings projecting 7,000 years into the future.

By: Renee Richardson on April 24, 2012 - 1:59pm - Add new comment

Want to live longer? The American Heart Association (AHA) reports for every hour of regular exercise, a person gains two hours of additional life expectancy. That’s even true, the AHA notes, if you don’t start until middle age.
The good news is you don’t have to get it all in one lump. The AHA says three 10-minute periods of moderate activity are almost as beneficial to overall fitness as one 30-minute session. And just 30 minutes has proven health benefits, the AHA says.

By: Renee Richardson on April 16, 2012 - 10:02pm - Add new comment

Minnesota's mercurial spring just took another turn, adding white stuff to the mix after pretty much shunning snow when it was welcome in late December, January, February and even March.
It's good for the fire prevention. After this last downpour of rain, the green-up could be in full flight if the sun came back with just a little punch. While the sun was out this afternoon, it wasn't enough to entirely melt the snow in Brainerd yards.

By: Renee Richardson on March 10, 2012 - 11:30pm - Add new comment

I have loved tennis for years. While I can't keep a ball in the court or serve to save my life, I find the sport fascinating. It's not just the physical effort or stamina required. Tennis is a mental challenge. For singles players, it requires the fortitude to go out on a large court in front of thousands of people without a teammate for comfort or cover. It requires problem solving on a grand scale and at a fast pace. Points and sets may go by quickly. Or a match may hinge on a few points in a tug-of-wills that last for hours or days.

By: Renee Richardson on March 8, 2012 - 12:02am - Add new comment

Big names are playing doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Andy Roddick is playing with Minnesota native Mardy Fish. And America's top doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will be looking for their first BNP Paribas Open title. It's hard to believe the Bryans, who have been so successful on courts across the globe haven't nabbed this title in their home state.
Other tops seeds taking to the doubles court include Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.