If one goes to the Baxter city Web site http://www.ci.baxter.mn.us/, you can view their comprehensive plan dated 1996. The plan summary is on page 4 and states "The plan recommends concentrating retail/commercial development along northern part of 371 and the eastern part of 210, concentrating industrial development south and east of 210 and 371, office/service development along the new 371 bypass between county 48 and 210 .... On page 9 the it states the "shopping concentration along 371 needs to be more pedestrian and biker friendly and the retail area should look like the gateway to the 'Northwoods.' This means many pine trees and well designed signage." All this sound like super Wal-Mart at the entrance of Baxter?
David B. Paul
A great ceremony
I and a lot of others wish to say thank you to everyone who worked so diligently on the Purple Heart Stamp Cancellation Ceremonies. It was an honor to have this ceremony and the special stamp cancellation in the city of Brainerd. No other city had the privilege.
The weather was perfect, music was beautiful, program was nice, emotional and very touching. The Parade of Flags circling the audience was neat.
I was so proud sitting among all these veterans who served in the military in war or peacetime, for our freedoms. We should be so thankful.
I'd like to ask the protesters standing in the back, what they were hoping to prove. You carried your signs. Where was the American flag? These veterans fought and shed blood, some recently and others 50 years ago for everyone's freedom. They were due this honor, a huge thank you and respect from everyone.
I'm against wars too, but I'm also against lots of things, including sometimes having to get up too early. Like it or not some things have to be done.
God Bless America, all veterans at home and abroad and peace for all the world.
Students in the Garfield second grade class of Barb Hakes have been studying neighborhood problems. Some of their letters:
We have been studying that littering is still a big problem in our world. It can harm animals and can kill them. It can make our world look awful. It can make our lakes look polluted. Please keep our community clean.
Please help keep our world clean. We ned to keep our world cool. Litter pollutes our lakes. We need help.
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