I was just wondering if that family in Wadena needed three pages of news in the Tuesday paper - the one with the new skating rink?
Stupid and nuts
What a debacle. Went to the meeting about the Central Minnesota Juvenile Center with the Crow Wing County and other board members. It was stupid and nuts! They let this man get by with his problems again. They basically said they didn't want to get their noses into it and be part of the problem. These are elected officials and they want nothing to do with it! They just want to let this man continue to ruin the employees' lives. Ridiculous! Get rid of the director and the administrator and have someone get in there and straighten this place out.
What will it take?
I'm disturbed the county commissioners allow the juvenile detention facility to continue as is for another four months. It's apparent the administrator has made no commitment to comply with DOC and safety standards. Even after receiving a non-compliance report from the DOC, he still has failed to comply. Further, after reading the recent article, it appears he's blaming this lack of compliance on staff under his supervision. As the administrator, he's the bottom line in situations such as this and needs to accept full accountability for his facility. What will it take to make a change?
Question to be asked
In a recent Dispatch article, Mayor Wallin indicated if we didn't use the $800,000 of federal grant money available for a feasibility study of a Mississippi crossing north of Brainerd, that the city might not be able to asks for funds in the future. But the question should be asked, "Why is the mayor of Brainerd requesting funds, from anywhere, in regards to a project that would be outside of the city's jurisdiction and that MNDOT's traffic count says is not warranted? A project which would further encourage visitors to bypass his city."
Fill the potholes with the money
Just how many freebies does our council spend on themselves? They get paid a wage for being on the council, and if that's not enough money, get off the council because you all have a job besides. This is about spending other people's money. I pay plenty of taxes as it is. If the money is itching your fingers, why not try filling some of these potholes that ruin our vehicles?
Save our downtown
Did you enjoy the holiday music and decorations in downtown Brainerd this year? I missed them and I understand I didn't miss much. It is not safe to go downtown at night and there is nothing to go there for except one bar after another. Our city council had a chance to eliminate a couple of these bars but they chose not to. It would be nice to have some upscale businesses in which to shop or dine and not have to drive from one strip mall to another. I hope the city council will consider saving our downtown.
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