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Brainerd's park system going to the dogs


Few political decisions are more perilous than naming a building, a bridge or some other civic amenity after someone. No matter how widely respected the honoree is, someone will be offended.

So when the Brainerd City Council named its new dog park Buster Park Monday night, one could almost hear the howls of protest.

Literature and the entertainment world have given us Clifford, the big red dog of children’s books, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie.

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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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