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Vox Pop- Dec. 8

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The good old days

I miss shopping in downtown Brainerd when I was a kid. You had Woolworth’s and King’s sporting goods on Sixth Street, and everything else was around Seventh and Laurel. S&L, Scott’s, Gambles, Alderman’s, Shallbetter’s sporting goods, the Pet and Hobby shop. (I always had to pick out a model car kit, so my parents knew what I wanted). Streets were well lit. They were open until 9 p.m. Thursday nights. You parked your car (free) and it was snowing, walking from store to store. Everyone knew everyone. Your shopping was done in one or two days. Aaahhh, the good old days.

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Idiots on the lake

I’m calling about those idiots on the lakes. We’re driving home from Brainerd to Nisswa and we drove by the lakes and we cannot believe people are actually out there. They’re not only risking their lives but the lives of the people that have to go out there and try to rescue them if they fall through. They’re not thinking of anybody else but themselves. People are complete idiots for going out on the lakes. The Sheriff’s Department has warned you people. It’s been in the paper and on the news. Don’t go out on the lakes. Stop being idiots.

An excuse?

Can anyone please explain why they cleared what little forest we have off of the Spur Line Trail? Or is this the reason my city taxes went up $100 for the year, an excuse to waste money?

Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words. To phone in a comment, call (218) 855-5888 and leave a message. To e-mail a comment, write to voxpop@brainerddispatch.com. Comments, which must meet the newspaper’s standards of fairness and good taste, may be edited for clarity, length and libel.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
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