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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
January 14, 2015
Our Opinion: Wanted: safe neighborhoods
It's been well over a week since the Jan. 4 tragic shootings that killed a man and seriously wounded a woman in north Brainerd and there's still a sense of unease in the neighborhood and in the city. No neighborhood is immune from the type of senseless violence that took place...
January 14, 2015 - 10:25pm
January 9, 2015
Our Opinion: Make your arguments
It shouldn't take much persuasion for Minnesota lawmakers to conclude the state's transportation needs are a top priority in 2015. Everyone's talking about it. Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, described transportation as a key point in this legislative session and Rep. Dale Lueck,...
January 9, 2015 - 4:54pm
December 3, 2014
Learning about Brainerd's dam
Brainerd Public Utilities is new to the hydro dam ownership business, but one aspect of being a dam owner has become apparent. When the city took over ownership of the dam it also took on increased public scrutiny regarding the Mississippi river landmark. The hydro dam was a big...
December 3, 2014 - 2:12pm
November 14, 2014
Our Opinion: County residents vote
Anyone who reads the Brainerd Dispatch's Commentary page has a pretty good idea that there's no shortage of opinions among Crow Wing County residents. In the days weeks leading up to the 2014 elections the newspaper allotted extra space for Reader Opinion letters and cartoons and...
November 14, 2014 - 8:37pm
October 31, 2014
Vote yes on LOST ballot questions
Its acronym is LOST, which stands for Local Option Sales Tax.
October 31, 2014 - 10:59pm