Weather Forecast


Brainerd City Council: A presenting night

Council members and the public listened to four different presentations during Monday’s regular council meeting.

Grant VanWyngeeren, vice president at Crow Wing Recycling provided a brief history of the company his family has owned and expanded since 1996. He said the number of employees at Crow Wing Recycling has grown from originally just six, to the present 55 working with scrap metal to date.

Following VanWyngeeren, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl, thanked his officers for doing an exceptional job both monitoring the waters and during weekends when there is an influx of people, such as this past weekend with the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

“When my phone doesn’t go off during a busy weekend like last, I first think it’s not working properly,” Dahl said jokingly. “And then I am relieved that it means we are doing our job and the weekend was a success.”

Jennifer Bergman, executive director at the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HJRA), was next to present, providing a brief update of what the HRA has been doing, noting that there are currently 625 households in Brainerd operated and managed by the HRA.

The final presentation was from Tom Jay, transit coordinator, about the city’s transit system, stating that as years have gone by, the transit has grown to include more stops and routes throughout the city of Brainerd.

In other business, there was a call for applicants for the following positions:

• Economic Development Authority, one position, term to expire Sept. 7, 2013.

• Cable TV Advisory Committee, one position, term to expire Dec. 31, 2012.

• Transportation Committee, two positions, both terms to expire Dec. 31, 2013.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).