Have a thought or two on smart growth?
If so, the Growth Forum on June 23 will give residents a chance to talk about smart growth issues from driving forces of business and residential growth to the challenges to serve new areas with roads and municipal services. Examples will come from the region, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. And Minnesota Planning will be on hand to talk about looking ahead and what other growing areas are doing.
The forum has a quality panel and needs participants in the audience. Questions are welcome and needed to ensure a lively discussion. The forum is from 1-3:45 p.m. at Central Lakes College. A registration form, to get an idea regarding room size and seating, is included in today's paper.
The Cuyuna Range Economic Development Inc., Crosby, received a federal grant to perform a Reuse Study for the Spina Hotel in Ironton.
CREDI is currently requesting proposals for the study.
The Spina Hotel was built in 1913 for a cost of $50,000. The 27-room hotel closed about 1980. It was constructed on the heels of a Cuyuna Range mining boom and remains a sentinel to the past and an opportunity for the future. The hotel came just three years after the first house was built in Ironton.
Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, recently opened Julia's, a coffee and gift shop with a French country cottage atmosphere. Julia's was named after the late Julia Cote, the wife of Brownlee Cote who opened Grand View Lodge in 1919.
In a news release, Grand View described Julia's as a full service coffee bar with a selection of gifts such as the new Beanie Kids. Julia's also offers fresh baked muffins, scones, deserts, light lunches, and selection of wine inside the porch or outside among the gardens. Julia's is open daily and is located east of the main lodge.
Lou's Dairyway has a new name. The Brainerd eatery on South Sixth Street has been renamed KatiAnn's Diner. Recently the diner's parking lot was accented with vintage cars that were a reminder of the restaurant's drive-in heritage.
Bueckers Super Valu, Pine River, was sold to new owners Jerry and Nancy Sauvageau, Wahala, N.D. John and Marilyn Bueckers owned the grocery store for 34 years. The Sauvageaus have been in the grocery business for 21 years and will make their home in Pine River.
Kinzie Candles, Pequot Lakes, laid-off about a dozen workers in what was termed a regular seasonal slow-down. The company, which employs about 50 people, is already working on Christmas season sales, with shows this month.
The workers involved in the layoff came from shutting down a second shift in the plant.
Roach's Lawn and Marine, Merrifield, relocated to a new, larger facility at the junction of county roads 3 and 11 along the main thoroughfare to Crosslake. Owners Kelly and Randy Roach started the business 15 years ago along County Road 3 in Mission Township. This spring the outboard motor service business moved to larger facilities. An open house is planned June 24. The business is now a Honda Power equipment dealer.
Gor-Pier Manufacturing is expected to be a new addition to the Pierz business community and the third business to set up in the new portion of the city's industrial park.
Gorecki Manufacturing, headquartered in Milaca, is set to open the new Pierz division about Sept. 1. Owners Ben and Dorothy Gorecki started in 1967 in Milaca making wire harnesses for 3-M duplicating machines. They are reported to be putting up a 120- by 190-foot building with office space for the Gor-Pier Manufacturing project. The Gorecki's also operate plants in Milaca and Foley called Gor-Mil Manufacturing and Gor-Fol Manufacturing. They employ about 250 people.
In Pierz, the company will start out with about eight to 10 employees. The plant will produce promotional material for skyline displays. The signs and backgrounds are used for home, builder and sportsman shows.
Ben Gorecki lived in Hillman and went to school in Onamia. He said the Pierz location and new industrial park was a good addition.
"I know a lot of the people there," Ben Gorecki said. "It's a good fit."
Shoppers were handed sturdy Cub Foods' cardboard boxes and the lucky ones were able to enter the River Nith Coffee and Books' store in shifts.
Hundreds of people waited to buy books Thursday morning at the liquidation sale at the former book center. Parking was at a premium before the sale began at the Westgate Mall store location. And with people waiting nearly an hour to enter the store on one hand, others were leaving with boxes of books. The orderly mass of people reminded one observer of depictions of Titanic passengers thronged on deck waiting for the next life boat opening.
Instead openings came as new waves shoppers were allowed inside the former Little Professor book center. With that interest in the best sellers lists, as well as any number of paperbacks, area residents should have a well-read summer. And other entrepreneurs or larger chains should find the Brainerd area a desirable one to locate a full-scale new book store.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.