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Conservation officer reports for July 16
What's Up Outdoors: Trophy fish, shore lunch and more at Tazin
Outdoor Notes for July 16
Outdoor Traditions Magazine
This Was Brainerd - July 21
Students compete in robotics camp at CLC
This Was Brainerd - July 20
This Was Brainerd - July 19
What's Doing - July 16
Science and Tech
This Was Brainerd
Fiber arts exhibit celebrates 'web of connection'
Coming Friday: Street fun
Special Events - July 20
Entertainment Briefs - July 20
Find out the secret in 'A Doll's House': Play to take BHS stage July 27-30
Her Voice Magazine
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Doug & Pat Bjorklund
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Michael E. Flynn
Thomas Marshal Peterson
Curtis M. Gilman
Marion G. Gilman
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Crow Wing Co. In-Custody
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July 2, 2017
Our Opinion: Destination Downtown challenge another positive step for Brainerd
Downtown Brainerd appears poised to turn a corner as a destination spot once again. New restaurants have opened or are planning to open, new businesses are renovating and looking to locate there and organizations are looking at the city core for office space. It certainly seems downtown...
July 2, 2017 - 7:30am
May 26, 2017
Our Opinion: Time for cooler heads in yearbook issue
Sometimes we forget that words carry weight, and that weight can have a tremendous impact. Those of us in the news media know that well. The Brainerd High School Brainonian yearbook staff now knows it, too. Last week, when it was first reported that a student was quoted in this year's...
May 26, 2017 - 9:30am
May 15, 2017
Our Opinion: Legislators should rethink LGA funding
Cities throughout greater Minnesota are imploring the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to return local government aid to 2002 levels. Brainerd is no exception. Brainerd receives $4,104,000 in LGA, which is about 27 percent of its revenue. The House and Senate Tax Conference Committee's...
May 15, 2017 - 8:15am
May 14, 2017
Our Opinion: Keep committee meetings open
The Brainerd School Board is taking a dangerous step on its path to restructure its committees. The school board on Monday approved the first reading of a revision of district policy that, among other things, specifically states committee meetings would not be subject to Minnesota's...
May 14, 2017 - 2:21pm
May 4, 2017
Our Opinion: Drop the business property tax inflator
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature are headed toward this session's finish line with a lot of work left to do and, so far, not a lot of agreement on how to do it. One of those areas is tax relief. While Dayton, the House and the Senate all have differing ideas on how taxes might...
May 4, 2017 - 9:54am
April 17, 2017
Our Opinion: A text can kill you - or someone else
Cellphone use, or more specifically smartphone use, has become a ubiquitous part of American culture. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Such a sentiment could apply in almost any occasion these days—dinner with the family, out at a movie, at a sporting event or just having...
April 17, 2017 - 8:30am
February 3, 2017
Our Opinion: It's not too late to rethink South Sixth Street
Numerous plans have been floated over the decades aimed at the revitalization of downtown Brainerd. In the late 1980s there was the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team. In the early 2000s a group that included the city and Brainerd Restoration offered a downtown revitalization plan....
February 3, 2017 - 7:39pm
January 20, 2017
Our Opinion: Settlement needed in county attorney budget
We can understand why Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan is appealing his office's 2017 budget in district court.
January 20, 2017 - 6:19pm
December 9, 2016
Our Opinion: County, state should compromise on Mississippi River Northwoods
To borrow a line from the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What it's Worth"—"Nobody's right if everybody's wrong." That seems to be the theme surrounding the ongoing controversy with the Mississippi River Northwoods property. The Dispatch on Nov. 29 reported on the potential...
December 9, 2016 - 7:15pm
December 2, 2016
Our Opinion: Facilities plan merits wide discussion
We commend the Brainerd School Board's decision Monday to table, albeit only for a short time, further action on the school district's comprehensive long-range facilities plan. Sometimes stopping and taking a breath is a good thing. This plan is a major undertaking by the district...
December 2, 2016 - 10:03pm
November 24, 2016
Our Opinion: It's too early to be on the ice
The front page of Wednesday's Dispatch included a photo of an angler who had set up his portable fish house on the ice of the Crow Wing River. We don't know how much ice was present on the river, but we're fairly certain it was instances such as this that led to the Minnesota DNR's...
November 24, 2016 - 9:28pm
November 23, 2016
Our Opinion: Trump has rare opportunity
Donald Trump may well be one of the most unlikely candidates ever to reach the Oval Office. Since the night of the election, which by all accounts surprised nearly everyone, the real issue going forward is which Donald Trump will show up in the transition from unprecedented candidate...
November 23, 2016 - 3:53pm
October 22, 2016
Our Opinion: Jane Peterson milestone highlights a remarkable career
Jane Peterson doesn't remember her first victory as Central Lakes College volleyball coach, but she does remember her first loss as the Raiders' new coach in the fall of 1991. In that memorable match, CLC won the first two sets and were leading in the third set when Hibbing rallied...
October 22, 2016 - 6:11pm
Our Opinion: Jane Peterson milestone highlights a remarkable career
Jane Peterson doesn’t remember her first victory as Central Lakes College volleyball coach, but she does remember her first loss as the Raiders’ new coach in the fall of 1991. In that memorable match, CLC won the first two sets and were leading in the third set when Hibbing rallied...
October 22, 2016 - 12:52pm
October 7, 2016
Our Opinion: 2016 National Newspaper Week
As we celebrate the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, we are reminded of the important role that newspapers continue to play in our lives. This annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to big and small communities across the nation. The daily...
October 7, 2016 - 11:02pm