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Trees of Nisswa

Trees of Nisswa

My grandparents, parents, my sister and her family, aunts, uncles, cousins and my family have been coming to Nisswa for over 100 years. My grandparents, Daniel and Annie Petri, had owned property on Nisswa Lake and came here every summer. Their sons inherited the property and built homes there when they retired in the 1970s. Grandma and Grandpa came every summer until Grandma died at the age of 102. Their sons and their families came in summer and other times during the year for fun, hunting and fishing. My cousin and his wife live on the property my grandparents owned. Their sons and their families come often for visits.

It was always fun to leave the city and roam the woods, see wild animals and live a different lifestyle for a couple of weeks. When my husband saw this area, he immediately said, “this is where I came to retire.” Well, we retired here in 1974. I’ve told my family about the changes and they aren’t sure they want to return.

My husband and I live just south of Nisswa and yes, we understand that changes come. What bothers us most, however, is the destruction of trees, not only by Nisswa, but Baxter as well. The drive between Brainerd and points north used to be so beautiful with all the trees lining the highway. The up north look is why so many tourists flock to this area.

Now, the road between Brainerd and Nisswa looks like a flea market.

Spending millions on the project in Nisswa is ridiculous. Why do we need a tunnel for pedestrians? We already have stoplights and crosswalks.

I can’t see area tourists coming to the landing by the boat loads to shop. If they do they can use the stoplights and crosswalks.

Does the city have the tax base for all this change? I don’t think so.

Marie Bode

Rural Brainerd

Dog shooting

I was quite disturbed to hear of the senseless and unnecessary shooting of a dog around Labor Day. Someone took the life of a friend of mine. This dog was family; people loved him! He was a friendly pup — not a feral dog or an attack dog. He wore a brightly-colored collar and was obviously well cared for. He was playful and well-mannered and captured the hearts of all who met him with his kind eyes.

This pup had been entrusted to his current owner by someone was recently disabled and could not properly care for his devoted friend. It was a good match. The pup was helping his new owner overcome the loss of his dog who recently succumbed to tick-borne disease. They were always seen together walking through Crosslake or sitting in the truck side-by-side.

The reason for the killing? Apparently this pup had gotten into the field where the individual who shot him kept his donkey. This pup was very friendly, I doubt that he would harm the donkey in any way. Donkeys are used to guard and protect farm animals from coyotes and have been known to kill coyotes and unfamiliar dogs. How much of a threat could this dog have been to the donkey?

Were there alternatives to killing a playful pup? A warning shot or speaking with the owner would have been more appropriate.

Why would this individual brag about such a fatal action? Obviously, there is no remorse. How insensitive and heartless–how inhumane.

This was simply a callous disregard for the life of a cherished pet who will be so sorely missed by many in Crosslake.

L. S. Gregoire

Pine River

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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