Mark Munson is dying, but he knows now his dream will live. The inaugural finale concert of the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock brought a capacity crowd to its feet Thursday while a mile away, Munson lay in a hospital bed recovering from major surgery. Although his health prevented him from feeling the vibrations of the bass solo in Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" in person, Munson viewed the performance via livestream to a waiting room at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
A group of neighbors intend to ask the Crow Wing County Board to act against the planning commission's recommendation Tuesday concerning a planned development near East Gull Lake. Those living on Miles Circle adjacent to County Highway 77 said they feel the development is out of step with the surrounding area and endangers the natural, untouched beauty of property surrounding the Gull River.
Jud and Cathy Murray embraced as they skillfully swirled among other dance pairs Wednesday at the Crow Wing County Fair. The Brainerd couple nearing a half-century of marriage began dancing together just two months ago—after a 35-year hiatus. "We'd come to listen to the music in the past, but after 35 years of not dancing, two months ago we started to get back in it again," Cathy said. "And we haven't quit dancing since."
John Jansen counts his and wife Ruth's recognition as the 2017 Crow Wing County Farm Family of the Year a win for all small, local farmers. "We were of course happy to receive it," Jansen said. "We're mostly happy that they recognized the contributions the small market growers contribute to the well-being of the community. As individuals, we're not big farmers. In aggregate, all the farmers market vendors, I think we contribute a lot."
Crow Wing County will receive a portion of a bonus earned by the state of Minnesota for its performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Crow Wing County Board authorized receipt of the funds as part of its consent agenda Tuesday. The federal government recognized Minnesota for achieving the "most improved" payment error rate in fiscal year 2015, awarding a $1.83 million bonus. The federal assistance program, known as SNAP, is the largest domestic hunger safety net and provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families.
Familiarizing yourself with fresh herbs might be the best thing you could ever do to take your homemade cuisine to the next level. In the past, I've shared how learning to properly season my food was like a lightbulb going off for me as a home cook. Suddenly, with the addition of the right amount of salt, the flavors of what I'd cooked came to life. But salt is by no means the only way to boost flavor, and in an age when heart disease experts warn against excess sodium and so many processed foods contain too much of the mineral, alternatives to flavoring foods are a must.
A planned development including a new 18-hole golf course and nearly 40 housing units proposed by Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake will not require an environmental impact statement. The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday followed staff recommendation and concluded the environmental assessment worksheet process gathered enough information concerning potential environmental impacts of the 400-acre plan. Most of the planned development is located within Unorganized Territory, with a small portion in the city of East Gull Lake in Cass County.
After about 40 minutes of closed session deliberations, the Crow Wing County Board agreed Tuesday to settle the lawsuit it faced from County Attorney Don Ryan over his 2017 budget. The settlement permits the county attorney to hire an additional legal assistant as of September and to hire another county attorney in 2018.
Entrepreneurs exploring the idea of opening a microdistillery in Crow Wing County prompted officials to examine permitting and waste treatment requirements.
LONG PRAIRIE—For 61 years, the towering screen at the Long Drive-In Theatre brought double features to life for generations of Minnesotans. The stalwart steel structure met its match Monday evening, however, when a dangerous thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds marched across the region and left destruction in its wake. Now, it's unclear whether the local business considered a cornerstone of the Long Prairie economy can afford the repairs necessary to reopen.