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City seeks riverfront project committee volunteers

The Brainerd City Council is seeking volunteers to be part of a Mississippi River Partnership Project Steering Committee. The council is working with the University of Minnesota Center for Rural Design (CRD) to develop a riverfront design plan and the steering committee will provide project advice and recommendations to the city council.

Earlier this year the Brainerd City Council completed a strategic planning process and established the design and construction of a Mississippi River walk as one of its four strategic focus areas. However, before a decision on how and where a river walk can and should be constructed a riverfront design plan should be developed.

Proponents of the project said the river can be a place that residents and visitors access and enjoy year-round natural scenery along with a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities in harmony with a healthy river environment. It can be a place for community gatherings, trail systems, festivals and events. The riverfront area also has commercial redevelopment potential which would foster economic development.

Steering committee participation will be about a one year commitment and require attending four to six committee and community meetings. The first meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 with a location to be determined. Those interested in being a steering committee member will find an application online at It may also be picked up at Brainerd City Hall or by calling 454-3402 to arrange for one to be sent to you. Also on the city website is a description of the steering committee role in the process. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 21.

Questions may be directed to City Planner Mark Ostgarden at 828-2309.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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