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Minnesota deer kill down 9.5 percent from last year
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September 4, 2017
Our Opinion: Future looks bright for downtown Brainerd
Perception—unfortunately and unfairly—often trumps reality. That's why it's exciting to see people finally looking at downtown Brainerd...
September 4, 2017 - 10:30am
Our Opinion: Still time to see the Crow Wing County Fair
Thursday's cold temperatures and rain might have put a little damper on things, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy the Crow Wing County Fair this year. Specific upcoming events include Teen Day on Friday, along with the 4-H livestock awards program at 6 p.m. On Saturday it's...
August 4, 2017 - 10:54am
July 26, 2017
Our Opinion: Taking a bite out of the drug trade
Addressing the Crow Wing County Board June 13 about drug trends, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl offered a startling perspective. "I can tell you that it's (meth use) higher than I've ever seen in my 30 years," Dahl told the board of commissioners. "Once we get a handle on it,...
July 26, 2017 - 10:30am
July 22, 2017
Our Opinion: State taking too much tax from charitable gambling
"Charitable Gaming in Minnesota is dead at 72." That was the headline of an emailed "obituary" sent out Wednesday by Allied Charities Minnesota, the association that represents charitable gambling in the state. The email explained why it made such a statement: "Details are not yet...
July 22, 2017 - 7:30am
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