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Local news briefs- Nov. 9

Cravaack addresses airport issues with officials

Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., met with Brainerd and Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission officials Tuesday to discuss airport issues at Brainerd City Hall.

In a news release from Cravaack’s office, officials said those attending discussed the Nov. 23 deadline facing the commission if it wishes to state why the current carrier that has bid on airline service is unacceptable.

Other topics discussed at the meeting included replacement aircraft, the handicapped, wheelchairs and walkers and the Essential Air Service program.

Those attending the meeting from the airport commission included Chair Beth Pfingsten, Crow Wing County Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom, Rick Adair and Brainerd City Council member Kevin Goedker. Also attending was Brainerd Mayor James Wallin.

Veterans Day program planned Friday at BHS

Brainerd High School will host its annual Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday in the BHS gym.

The event is for all ninth- through 12th-grade students and community members. The Symphonic Band, A Capella Choir and Chamber Orchestra will be performing. Featured speaker is Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Aubrey Fillbrandt. Members of local veterans organizations will be presenting the colors.

Visitors may park in the circular area between BHS and BHS South Campus.

City of Crosby offers free

day at Hallett Center for vets

CROSBY — The city of Crosby will offer a free day at the Hallett Center of Crosby for all military veterans on Veterans Day on Friday.

Any military veteran is welcome to workout, swim, skate and sauna from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. There’ll also be free coffee from 7-9 a.m. Veterans will be asked for identification and to fill out a waiver prior to working out.

Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set at 1 p.m.

The first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Radio and television stations will report an Emergency Action Notification.

John Bowen, Crow Wing County emergency manager, issued a reminder about the test. Bowen noted the Minnesota Broadcasters Association reported television stations, many on cable networks, will be force-tuned to the cable system’s public service channel for the duration of the test and some may be unable to insert a background slide to clarify the alert is just a test and not a real emergency notification.

Bowen stated he hoped the television stations will be able to run a tailored public service announcement or crawl preceding the test to help avoid any unnecessary confusion or panic. But law enforcement is preparing to receive 911 calls from people who are unaware nationwide test.