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Airport commission to hire attorney

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission authorized the chair to hire an attorney to provide legal representation for the panel. The action was taken in a brief Tuesday meeting attended by airport commission critics Jeff Czeczok and Brainerd City Council member Bob Olson.

Voting yes on the motion to hire an attorney were Chair Andy Larson, Beth Pfingsten and Brainerd City Council member Kevin Goedker. Members Brad Davis and Crow Wing County Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom were absent. Member Rick Adair, who is serving as interim airport manager recused himself from voting.

Czeczok asked for clarification on Adair’s vote and said that he should have stated his reason for abstaining from the vote. Olson did not address the commission.

After the meeting Larson said the commission wanted to hire an attorney so that it would have ongoing, consistent legal advice.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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