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Local briefs- Sept. 23

Absentee ballots for Brainerd school election will be available Oct. 3

Absentee ballots for the Brainerd School District’s Nov. 8, special election will be available from the Crow Wing County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office for Brainerd School District (Cass and Crow Wing counties) residents beginning Oct. 3. Residents who are unable to vote on Nov. 8, for the special election Day, because of absence from the precinct, illness, physical disability or other reasons, are eligible to vote by absentee ballot.

The Crow Wing County auditor-treasurer’s office is located at 326 Laurel Street, second floor, Historic Courthouse, Brainerd, Minnesota.

Interested persons may request an application for an absentee ballot by mail, phone at 824-1023, email at or by fax at 824-1046. An application must be completed and signed before an absentee ballot will be issued. Requests should be in as soon as possible to ensure receiving the ballot in time.

Additionally, residents may vote in person at the county auditor-treasurer’s Office where an election booth is set up. In compliance with the Help America Vote Act, an Accessible Voting Technology device will also be available to assist voters in marking their ballot if they so choose. Auditor-treasurer office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions regarding absentee voting, please contact the Crow Wing County auditor-treasurer’s office at 824-1045. If you have questions regarding the ballot questions, please contact Steve Lund at Brainerd public schools) at 454-6905.

Buoy makers to be removed on Cass lakes

WALKER — The Cass County Sheriff’s Department will begin removing marker buoys from county lakes starting Oct. 8. 

Some area lake associations in Cass County have already started this process, the sheriff’s department reported. Boaters, anglers and hunters should use caution and familiarize themselves with area lakes they intend to travel on.