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Baxter approves permits for Dondelinger automotive center

BAXTER — A host of approvals for the planned Dondelinger automotive center dominated the start of Baxter’s city council meeting Tuesday.

Two representatives for the Dondelinger project were the only people in attendance for the meeting leading to a brief public hearing. A judge is expected to act on the petition on July 5.

The petition is for annexation of 11.86 acres for the Roger Dondelinger property, which is the site of the proposed Dondelinger General Motors (GM) automotive dealership at the corner of Highway 371 and County Road 77.

The city approved a conditional-use permit for the Dondelinger planned unit development for a plan with three commercial buildings for the auto dealership, one for the GM facility, one for the Hyundai building and an outline for a future third building for the auto body repair facility.

In other business, the council:

Heard preparations are well in hand for the Fourth of July, with mowing done, spraying for mosquitoes and poison ivy completed and plans for traffic control.

“I think we’re set,” Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

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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