21-year-old Backus woman killed in crash in Pine River


Vox Pop


Repair the damage

To the person driving the groomer on Jan 5, 2011 (we don't know who to contact from the Merrifield Marthons): You ran over a mailbox on County Road 3 by the Ossipee Store. This person is in the hospital in Minneapolis dealing with cancer. When we went to pick up the mail that day we found the mail scattered in the ditch, and the post sheared off where the groomer had hit it. The groomer tracks were quite obvious. So, as goodwill, I would think you would be back over and repair the damage you did.


I'll wave at you

Those of you who think the roads are so bad need to realize that this is January in Minnesota. Drive accordingly, not like it is the Fourth of July. You know the roads are icy so leave early, slow down and hang up! If you end up in the ditch I'll wave as I go by.

Assess your reason for being on the road

The Dispatch did a great article on the terrible road conditions and the reason for it. Here's another take. County Road 3 from Merrifield to Brainerd's conditions warrant approximately 40 mph. There's always someone doing 15-20. You're impeding traffic and causing more problems than a speeder. Look in your rearview mirror. If you have 100 or more cars backed up behind you, you're a problem. Assess your reason for being out there. Maybe you should drive real early or better yet hit the road at 8:30 a.m. when the commute to Brainerd is done.

Political correctness will destroy everything

This concerns the classics of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Political correctness should not ruin traditional classics. Political correctness will end up destroying everything in our country and I, for one, won't stand for it.

Soul of America is sleeping

In mental hospitals, group homes and nursing homes, the soul of America has been put to sleep.

You have to pay for great services

I am simply amazed that in a culture, a community and a state that does not want to pay taxes to have any form of better services, people would call in and complain to Vox Pop about the quality of our roads, snow removal and city services. Absolutely ridiculous. If you want to live in a place with great services, you are going to have to pay for them! That is in the form of taxes.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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