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August 5, 2016
Our Opinion: Experience the Lakes Area Music Festival
Hearing world-class musicians and singers, or seeing a performance of Shakespeare, may create visions of a trip to a metropolitan city and a hefty entrance fee. The classical music might be something many only see on a television screen. Beautiful but distant. Interesting but unaffordable....
August 5, 2016 - 8:50pm
July 15, 2016
Our Opinion: Brainerd a ghetto? Get real
It was disappointing, to say the least, to see Mark Ronnei refer to Brainerd as a ghetto in comments made Monday before the Brainerd School Board. Ronnei, a member of the school district's long-range comprehensive facilities planning committee, told the board four of the district's...
July 15, 2016 - 10:35pm
July 1, 2016
Our Opinion: Celebrate the Fourth of July
The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, bringing a host of festivities and activities for friends and families to participate in together. The Brainerd lakes area is a popular destination during the weekend, and for good reason. Communities throughout the area hold myriad parades,...
July 1, 2016 - 6:38pm
May 27, 2016
Our Opinion: One way or another, fund the fair
It's a bit like Groundhog Day. The Crow Wing County Fair Board seeks a license to sell beer at the annual Crow Wing County Fair, only to be denied. In years past it was the Oak Lawn Township board shooting down the proposal. The past two years, however, it's been the Crow Wing County...
May 27, 2016 - 8:10pm
May 26, 2016
Our Opinion: A failure to legislate
While Gov. Mark Dayton considers calling the Legislature for a special session, we still are at a loss as to how our elected state senators and representatives failed in their jobs this session. And there is no other description that fits—it was a failure on all sides. There...
May 26, 2016 - 10:28pm
May 13, 2016
Our Opinion: Bonding for Cuyuna trails is a good area investment
May 23 is approaching fast. That's the date that the Minnesota Legislature is set to adjourn, presumably with its work for the session completed. It's looking more and more like that won't be happening. Numerous important issues still need to be resolved, including a bonding bill...
May 13, 2016 - 7:24pm
April 15, 2016
Our Opinion: Still time to do the right thing with Mississippi River Northwoods
There is a lesson to be learned from the controversy surrounding a proposed multi-use trail system within the Mississippi River Northwoods property. And, we hope, there is a compromise that will serve the interests of everyone.
April 15, 2016 - 10:11pm
April 3, 2016
Our Opinion: More pressing issues at hand
Minnesota is among at least 13 states, according to a count by Reuters, considering bills that would prevent transgender people from using public bathrooms that don't respond to their birth sex. North Carolina last week became the first state to enact a law requiring transgender people...
April 3, 2016 - 5:38pm
April 1, 2016
Our Opinion: State job training program a good use of tax dollars
We've been hearing it for a while now—the jobs are there, all that's missing are people qualified to fill them. That problem may have a solution. The news last week that Pequot Tool & Manufacturing was awarded a $109,670 grant to train employees in advanced manufacturing is...
April 1, 2016 - 8:36pm
March 25, 2016
Our Opinion: Mille Lacs walleye decision a step in the right direction
The DNR's decision last week to restrict walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake this upcoming open water season to catch-and-release only, and to ban the use of live bait to catch the lake's signature fish, illustrates the fine line state officials walk in trying to resurrect the species...
March 25, 2016 - 9:34pm
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