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In lieu of a magic crystal ball, Brainerd lakes area businesses hoped to get a glimpse into the future by asking area legislators to be prognosticators at an event at Madden's on Gull Lake. Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce's "Eggs & Issues Minnesota Legislative Forum" is an annual breakfast and interactive panel discussion and featured Brainerd lakes area legislators the morning of Friday, March 23, at the lakeside resort.
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District wants to put the contentious relationship a few of its supervisors sometimes had with the county board in the past and wishes to start anew. District representatives expressed that desire to a few of the commissioners at Tuesday's committee of the whole in the hopes of a closer relationship and more funding from the county.
Crow Wing County Environmental Services Division Manager Paul Herkenhoff had some big shoes to fill when longtime county employee Chris Pence quit in November to take a new job. Herkenhoff was formally introduced to the Crow Wing County Board as Pence's successor at its Nov. 14 meeting, but his resignation was taken up at Monday's personnel committee meeting.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners withheld its support for a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to acquire land because of tax revenue concerns. Backus Area Forest Supervisor Joel Lemberg requested last month the board approve the purchase of 80 acres from Potlatch Minnesota Timberlands near Crosslake for state forest purposes through The Nature Conservancy, which would in turn donate it to the DNR.
Residents warming up to the thought of spring in a few weeks had a rude awakening Monday morning as a strong winter storm caused whiteout conditions. Snowfall rates were predicted to reach up to an inch an hour, with at least 8 inches total accumulation possible Monday—the heaviest amounts most likely from the Brainerd lakes area east into far northwest Wisconsin—according to National Weather Service in Duluth.
BAXTER—Arlene Boesch loves helping others, but after more than two decades of assisting other seniors as a volunteer, she now receives care as part of the very same volunteer program. The Lutheran Social Service Senior Companion Program partners with Crow Wing County Community Services and Essentia Health to identify seniors in need of extra help, who are then matched with volunteers—volunteers like Boesch and Patricia Durose, Boesch's companion.
Eliminating eyesores and getting tax-forfeited property back on the county tax rolls was a topic du jour at Tuesday's meeting of the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners. Jennifer Bergman, Brainerd and Crow Wing County Housing and Residential Authority executive director, stood before the board at its meeting at the Historic Courthouse on Laurel Street in Brainerd to propose a policy.
EMILY—The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a possible snowmobile crash Wednesday afternoon in the area of Emily and found a 52-year-old Crosslake man dead. The possible snowmobile crash was on a snowmobile trail near Ruth Lake, north of the city of Emily, at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Scott Goddard. "Two snowmobilers were traveling together when the first one noticed that his companion was no longer behind him, so he went back down the trail and found him," Goddard said.
A fire at a Brainerd-based automotive recycler also damaged the salvage facility Wednesday afternoon, but no one was hurt at the longtime auto and light truck parts supplier. "Nobody was in the shop at the time," said Luke Shipman of Shipman Auto Parts. "Everybody was at lunch. No one was hurt." The Brainerd Fire Department extinguished the fire after a burning vehicle was pulled from the shop along Southeast 13th Street at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners went along with a proposal that prioritized and recommended downtown and south Brainerd among "opportunity zones" for improvement. Representatives from the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. and the Crow Wing County Housing and Redevelopment Authority said those areas in the county are the "most distressed" and may qualify for tax incentives to attract investment in low-income areas.