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November 11, 2018
New year, new blood on Crow Wing County Board
If Steve Barrows had lost his race for Crow Wing County commissioner, he said he would not run again for public office. But the Baxter City Council...
November 11, 2018 - 5:00am
November 9, 2018
Nisswa voters overwhelmingly in Brekken's camp, ousting incumbent. Brekken loses to Thiede in most precincts, but wins election.
The numbers don't lie, but they can be confusing. Bill Brekken will, however, take the win against Paul Thiede in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general...
November 9, 2018 - 4:29pm
November 7, 2018
Bill Brekken upsets incumbent Paul Thiede for county commissioner seat
Bill Brekken narrowly won in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election against County Commissioner and Board Chair Paul Thiede, an experienced incumbent...
November 7, 2018 - 12:38pm
November 3, 2018
Reader Opinion: Brekken for commissioner
We have seen the testimonials and support in many letters over the past weeks. Bill built this reputation through the relationships that prompted the support. Everything expressed in writing is a result of a personal and business life well lived. We know, we have been privileged to...
November 3, 2018 - 11:30pm
Reader Opinion: Time for a change
Bill Brekken for Crow Wing County Commissioner. Bill has served the greater Brainerd lakes area in both nonprofit and for profit organizations for years. In this wide variety of experiences he has made important budgetary decisions. Bill Brekken is a listener and "regular guy" that...
November 3, 2018 - 5:30am
November 1, 2018
Reader Opinion: Vote for Brekken
Bill Brekken's "listen, learn and lead" approach to serving the residents of District 2, Crow Wing County's lake country, is "on target." As a leader of the Whitefish Lake association, I know Bill's leadership approach that he has demonstrated as a Gull lake association leader and...
November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm
Reader Opinion: Support for Bill Brekken
Bill Brekken has a long and rich career, including impactful chapters in retail, finance, higher education, community development (as leader of the Brainerd Community Foundation), and real estate. These diverse experiences have helped shape Bill into the practical, solutions-oriented,...
November 1, 2018 - 5:31pm
Reader Opinion: We can do better with Brekken
In over 55 years of voting in various elections, we have never put a sign in our yard endorsing a particular candidate until this year. Working with Crow Wing County on lakes/aquatic invasive species issues, on behalf of numerous lake associations, has been disappointing. The current...
November 1, 2018 - 8:31am
October 25, 2018
Reader Opinion: Vote for Brekken
Bill Brekken has a simple but resonating campaign message. Listen, Learn, Lead. When Bill announced he wanted to serve his community as a county commissioner, he acknowledged that serving in the public sector was new to him. So, his first priority was to find out what issues mattered...
October 25, 2018 - 11:30am
October 20, 2018
Our Opinion: Campaigning should be kept out of public meetings
When elected officials attend public meetings of their boards, councils or commissions, the expectation is they are there to conduct business for the citizens they represent. Sometimes elected officials stray from that expectation. That certainly appears to be the case of Crow Wing...
October 20, 2018 - 7:30am
October 19, 2018
Reader Opinion: Brekken cares
Bill Brekken cares deeply about our community and became involved as soon as he moved to Brainerd. I have known him to be honest with a very positive outlook in both life and business. Bill is a problem solver and is willing to listen to people's point of view in a respectful way....
October 19, 2018 - 11:30am
Reader Opinion: Support Brekken
I support Bill Brekken, a constructive community leader I will not be able to vote for as a non-resident of his district; however, all county residents, including me, have a civic interest in the governing temperaments of our county board members. In his years of leadership through...
October 19, 2018 - 8:30am
October 18, 2018
Reader Opinion: We need Bill Brekken
Working with Bill Brekken on his campaign for Crow Wing County Commissioner these past few months has been an honor and a pleasure. We met Bill several years ago and have always known him to be a hardworking, positive thinker, with an uncanny ability for bringing people together.....
October 18, 2018 - 8:30pm
October 15, 2018
Reader Opinion: Vote Bill Brekken
I have known Bill Brekken for over 30 years, since he first moved to town as manager of the Herberger's department store. During this time, he managed a multimillion dollar store, and was always in the top profit centers out of 40 stores. Bill understands the importance of both revenue...
October 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
Reader Opinion: Brekken is for us
Paul Thiede apparently used board meeting time to campaign for re-election, criticizing his challenger, Bill Brekken, at a meeting where county business should be discussed. Mr. Brekken has spoken out on his own time about how much the current board policies are costing taxpayers,...
October 15, 2018 - 11:30am