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July 19, 2018
Teacup pig. By User:Ashley13579 [CC BY-SA 3.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons.
Brainerd City Council: Members contemplate allowing mini pigs in city
July 19, 2018 - 10:00am
July 12, 2018
Brainerd comprehensive plan update survey now open
July 12, 2018 - 10:30am
July 7, 2018
The Brainerd City Council mulls allowing crematoriums and mortuaries in commercial districts and conditional use permits. These facilities pose a chance for -- if small -- nuisances to neighboring properties. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council: Possible amendment for crematoriums on docket
July 7, 2018 - 10:00am
June 22, 2018
A photo illustrating the approximate average size of a small pig -- or, as City Planner Mark Ostgarden noted, mislabeled a "mini pig." Photo documentation / City of Brainerd
Brainerd City Council: Members mull allowing mini pigs in city limits
June 22, 2018 - 6:34pm
June 8, 2018
The Brainerd City Council voted to install a chalk repository at the bridge spanning the Mississippi River by Kiwanis Park -- a spot that sees a lot of graffiti vandalism. Satellite 3D image / Google Earth
Brainerd City Council: City to install chalk box to fend off Kiwanis Park vandals
June 8, 2018 - 11:00am
May 10, 2018
Council President Dave Pritschet (left) shares a glance with Mayor Ed Menk and council member Kelly Bevans during Monday's meeting. Council members and city staff were divided on the issue of on-sale liquor license applications. They voted to impose a 30-day moratorium. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council: City imposes 30-day liquor license hold
May 10, 2018 - 10:59am
May 9, 2018
A ground-level photo of the residential plot to be converted into the new Thrifty White Pharmacy in Brainerd. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council: Members approve Thrifty White parking lot
May 9, 2018 - 3:00am
May 8, 2018
Brainerd Area Landlord Association meeting set
May 8, 2018 - 12:30pm
April 4, 2018
Conceptual map for additions to St. Francis Church in north Brainerd -- a 10,800 foot project, requiring a 2-phase permit, that may take between 3-5 years to come into fruition. Architectural schematic / Widseth Smith Nolting
Brainerd City Council: Green light for 2-phase St. Francis expansion
April 4, 2018 - 9:00am
April 3, 2018
Members of the Brainerd City Council opted to have an ordinance reading that may ultimately revise the city's statutes for cocktail room and microdistillery licenses. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council: Members mull microdistillery ordinance change
April 3, 2018 - 9:00am
March 30, 2018
Participants discuss ideas for Brainerd’s comprehensive plan concerning Ward 4 Thursday at Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Back to the drawing board: Brainerd revisits comprehensive plan
March 30, 2018 - 5:00am
March 25, 2018
Mark Ostgarden
Opinion: City of Brainerd Comprehensive Plan Update Progress
March 25, 2018 - 8:30am
March 13, 2018
Council member Gabe Johnson (left), along with the rest of the Brainerd City Council, discuss a proposal to change the B1 district ordinance. The change, which would require parking lots for conditional use permits, is intended to meet future developments along Washington Street. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council: Ordinance change on parking lots on docket
March 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
February 22, 2018
City Administrator Cassandra Torstenson (left), Council President Dave Pritschet, "Interim Mayor" Ella Bieser and council member Kelly Bevans listen to a presentation regarding the Downtown Placemaking Initiative. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd City Council: Members mull placemaking initiative for downtown
February 22, 2018 - 2:00pm
February 9, 2018
A photo of a hoop house, or fabric-based construction, submitted by City Planner Mark Ostgarden to the Brainerd City Council. Submitted photo
Brainerd City Council: Members reconsider ordinance for hoop houses
February 9, 2018 - 6:00am