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An early morning fire burned a jet ski rental business near Nisswa Thursday, Oct. 18. Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said crews received the call just after 2 a.m. and responded to heavy fire and smoke at Dockside Rental on the southwest side of Round Lake, in Unorganized Territory between Brainerd and Nisswa.
Emotions ran high in the Buffalo Hills Lane community Tuesday night, Oct. 16. Residents gathered at Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church for an informational meeting about a proposed project to reconstruct the western portion of Buffalo Hills Lane. Brainerd City Engineer Paul Sandy met with about 100 residents—many very vocal—concerned with the impact on their property, project assessment costs and curious why and what they would have to pay.
Thanks to a grant from the Small Communities Development Program, the city of Brainerd has more than $600,000 to help with renovations in the northeast and downtown portions of town. The Brainerd City Council, Monday, Oct. 15, adopted policies and plans needed to receive the $638,338 grant from the state. Policies formally adopted include:
About 50 people packed the Washington Educational Services Building board room Monday, Oct. 15, to listen to six of the seven Brainerd School Board candidates answer questions about the referendum, special education and fiscal responsibility. Dan Hegstad served as moderator for the forum, put on by the League of Women Voters, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Brainerd Dispatch.
Five candidates vying for two seats on the Baxter City Council fielded questions on population growth, economic development, taxes, recreation and the police department during a candidate forum Friday morning, Oct. 12, at Yesterday's Gone in Brainerd. Sponsors of the event included the League of Women Voters, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government and the Brainerd Dispatch. Chamber President Matt Kilian served as moderator, asking both pre-written questions and those from the roughly 30-member audience.
Oct. 21 will be an emotional day for Brittany Egan. Heroin needles, run-ins with law enforcement and jail stays are in her troubled past. Working on sobriety and helping others to do the same is her present and future. On Sunday, Oct. 21, friends, family and supporters will surround Egan as she walks through northeast Brainerd with a sign held high, reading, "I'm in recovery, and I'm not anonymous." Inspirational messages urging addicts to reach out for help and demonstrating the possibility of recovery will be plentiful that day.
The 12th annual Great Pumpkin Festival will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Gregory Park in Brainerd. Free activities at the family friendly event include bouncy ball races, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, pumpkin rolling, pie-throwing event, face painting, arts and crafts, and an air-filled slide.
Bond issuing and refunding took center stage at the Brainerd School Board's Monday, Oct. 8, meeting. Director of Business Services Marci Lord and Greg Crowe, a municipal adviser with Ehlers Inc., walked board members through the sale process for post-employment benefits, referred to as OPEB, refunding bonds and building refunding bonds.
The Brainerd School Board will send a letter to the Brainerd City Council regarding a street vacation following a request for more information from council members.
Brainerd School Board members heard Monday, Oct. 8, about district efforts to improve math curricula for special education students.