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It's official: Olive Garden is coming to town


BAXTER — The City of Baxter must have made Santa’s “nice” list this holiday season.

After a long economic drought, the city is positioning itself for a commercial building boom in 2012 if plans continue. This includes the addition of Costco, Olive Garden, a strip mall and several new building applications to be heard for the first time before the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission in early January. Plans for renovating Westgate Mall are also in the works.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.