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Vox Pop-March 8

Hay bales and snowmobilers

I’m calling in response to the person by Merrifield who put straw bales up to keep the snowmobilers away. Do people not realize how much business and tourism snowmobilers bring into this area? We need that money in the economy right now. Second of all, does the person not realize that the area in the ditch is not their property. It is property of the highway. It is not their property. If a snowmobiler got hurt on that, that would be a terrible lawsuit and would that person like to lose everything they have just to keep a couple snowmobilers out?

Will they work it out?

I’m wondering if the Brainerd City Council is going to work out the funding issue before they go through with their projects in 2012 or if they’re going to credit card it like they did in 2011? In my finances, I pay for everything as I go and I believe this town will be better off if our council would reach the same conclusion.

Handicapped stickers

I’d like to know how it can be that these young kids are able to get around using handicapped stickers? I’ve seen so many of them pulled into a handicap spot and they run into the store and run out. If they are using their parents’ stickers, that is against the law. It should be turned in and it will be turned in by me if I see it. But I think something needs to be done about this.

Fix the sound system

It must be quite obvious to anyone who watched and listened to the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday night that the sound system needs work. Fading in and out of the sound and especially the garbled words was very noticeable and irritating. Is there a technician? Who’s responsible here? Please get it fixed.

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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.
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