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Baxter grants permits for three businesses

BAXTER — Baxter City Council members approved a number of business requests and noted it is seeing an increase in business activity.

Tuesday the council approved a conditional use permit for Carpet One, which is opening in the Radio Shack building at 14317 Edgewater Drive. The permit allows furniture sales, carpeting/rug sales and an interior decorating studio. Carpet One is taking part of the building for its business and sharing space with Radio Shack and Wireless World.

Radio Shack and Wireless World currently occupy the entire 6,816 square feet of space. Carpet One is moving into 3,454 square feet on the building’s south side.

The building dates back to 1997 when it was built specifically for Radio Shack. The city also approved a variance as the parking lot fails to meet a required 10-foot setback. Conditions for the variance included removing pavement for less impervious surface and creation of a stormwater pond to prevent runoff that has been flowing off the site.

In addition, the council approved a conditional use permit for Sue Conway’s Nixie Consignment Boutique. Conway owns Among the Pines in the Baxter Village, just off Highway 371 North by Famous Dave’s.

The consignment boutique is expected to offer clothing, jewelry, furniture and home furnishings at 15670 Edgewood Drive.

The council also approved an interim use permit for Little Yukon at 14230 Dellwood Drive in the former Enterprise Car Rental space next to Baxter Liquor Mart. The entire area is owned by Esser’s the city reported. The question for city staff came in how to safely handle the traffic flow. Plans are to construct two buildings for the plants and a Quonset hut in back. The parking lot will be restriped. The approval came with 13 conditions including keeping the area in front open to reduce traffic congestion and restricted hours of operation to sun up to sun down seven days a week between May 1 and Oct. 31.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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