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March 18, 2016
Our Opinion: Drive with care on Highway 371
Anyone driving on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes in the past month has noticed the rapidly changing landscape in preparation for a four-lane highway. It's brighter—even on a gray day or at night—and it's more expansive. We see houses we never knew existed....
March 18, 2016 - 7:48pm
February 19, 2016
Our Opinion: Superintendent candidate interviews lacked transparency
When it comes to transparency, the Brainerd School Board, in its process to interview finalists for the school district's superintendent position, appears to have missed the mark. The school board on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday conducted interviews with the three finalists for...
February 19, 2016 - 11:21pm
December 31, 2015
Our Opinion: New rules for reader submission
The ability of people to freely express opinion is part of the foundation of the country, and the Brainerd Dispatch has always valued printing the opinions of its readers. However, over the past several years, the rules of our Opinion Page have become unclear and, in some cases, lax....
December 31, 2015 - 10:29pm
December 4, 2015
Our Opinion: A sales tax is the best way to fund county road maintenance
It's a difficult situation the Crow Wing County Board finds itself in. What should be done to address the issue of how to pay to maintain its miles and miles of paved roads? We support the idea of a half-cent sales tax currently being considered by the county board. It's a support...
December 4, 2015 - 8:22pm
December 3, 2015
Our Opinion: Menk a good choice
We commend the Brainerd City Council for its appointment of Ed Menk as mayor. Menk, who fills the vacancy left by the Sept. 26 death of long-time mayor James Wallin, has an impressive resume, one which will serve him well in the mayor's post. He served on the Brainerd Planning and...
December 3, 2015 - 5:09pm
November 6, 2015
Our Opinion: Crow Wing County should stay with Central Minnesota Community Corrections
On Tuesday, the Crow Wing County Board potentially could make a decision to leave Central Minnesota Community Corrections, the partnership for probation services it has been in for more than 40 years. We hope the board will stay partners, along with Aitkin and Morrison counties,...
November 6, 2015 - 8:22pm
October 1, 2015
Our Opinion: Wallin's passing a sad day for Brainerd
With Mayor James Wallin's passing, the city of Brainerd lost perhaps its biggest supporter, cheerleader and genuinely one of the nicest people to call this city home. We join the chorus in mourning his unexpected death Saturday at the age of 73. Wallin, who was first elected to...
October 1, 2015 - 9:09pm
July 13, 2015
Our Opinion: Weathering the storm
Sunday's thunderstorm was an awesome and frightening display of the power of nature. And like thousands of others in the Brainerd lakes area, the Dispatch was not immune to its effects. About 7:30 p.m., west Brainerd - including the Dispatch building on James Street - went dark,...
July 13, 2015 - 6:05pm
April 24, 2015
Our Opinion: Thanks to Kevin Stunek for his service
April 17 was Kevin Stunek's last day with the Brainerd Fire Department, ending an almost 40-year career that saw him rise through the ranks of the paid on-call staff to ultimately be named as chief of the department. We wish him luck in his retirement and thank him for his decades...
April 24, 2015 - 11:32pm
April 9, 2015
Our Opinion: Minnesota should approve Sandpiper
Make no mistake, as long as Bakken oil is being pumped in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, it will be transported through Minnesota. The only question is how it will be transported.
April 9, 2015 - 11:53pm
April 6, 2015
Our Opinion: Brainerd's South Sixth Street should be three lanes
The Brainerd City Council has been tasked by the Minnesota Department of Transportation with choosing which alternative of a reconstructed South Sixth Street it would like to see in Brainerd - a three-lane project, a five-lane project or a hybrid two-lane project with options for...
April 6, 2015 - 10:22am
March 20, 2015
Our Opinion: Thiede should know better
In the newspaper business, going public with secondhand information is bad form.
March 20, 2015 - 7:33pm
Our Opinion: Re-appoint Nelson as veterans service officer
On Tuesday the Crow Wing County Board will decide whether to reappoint Bob Nelson as the county's veterans service officer (VSO) for another four-year term. We hope they do. One thing most everyone seems to agree on is Nelson is exceptional at his job of serving veterans in Crow...
February 20, 2015 - 7:25pm
Our Opinion: Class 3A finals dance awards - Poor sportsmanship
Last weekend's Minnesota high school dance team finals put a spotlight on the sport, but for all the wrong reasons. In the Class 3A finals, the Faribault Emeralds won the state title for high kick. When it came to the medal ceremony, the five other teams competing in the finals...
February 20, 2015 - 10:18am
January 23, 2015
Our Opinion: Military pension exemption not justified
A bill that would exempt military pension recipients from that portion of their Minnesota income taxes is a prime example of state legislation that's well intended but misses the mark. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, and Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, announced this month they'll...
January 23, 2015 - 10:54pm