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BAXTER—Area residents have more options for better sleep as Baxter welcomed Mattress Firm to the 371 strip. The bedding retailer's inception dates to July 4, 1986, when three Texans—Harry Roberts, Steve Fendrich and Paul Stork—scrounged together their life savings and put up enough for a few mattresses and a month's rent for a room to showcase them. The three bet their livelihoods on using a showroom to present their products—an industry standard now, but an unorthodox tactic in the furniture business at the time.
Tucked away in the Brainerd National Guard Armory, stuffed in utilitarian plastic bags and then piled on a cold concrete floor, a community's warmth and commitment to its children took the form of hundreds upon hundreds of toys waiting for the season of giving.
Students at Central Lakes College are hunkering down for the long haul to reclaim the life's work of Gordon Gullion—a preeminent expert on ruffed grouse whose diligent, innovative and exhaustive studies of the bird mostly existed as 69,000 notecards, until now.
Brainerd residents will likely be footing a 3.5 percent property tax levy increase in 2018. During Monday's meeting, Brainerd City Council members reviewed a bevy of statistics detailing the financial state of the city going into 2018—in which Brainerd is projected to spend more than $15.4 million against budgeted revenues of just over $15.9 million. After the presentation by Finance Director Connie Hillman, council members offered a forum in which to present and answer questions regarding the tax levy and how it relates to the 2018 budget.
The hearing for the annexation of the Brainerd Public Utilities property came to a close Wednesday morning, signaling the end of the oral portion of the dispute between the cities of Brainerd and Baxter. Administrative Law Judge James LaFave said both city attorneys, Joseph Langel representing Brainerd and George Hoff representing Baxter, opted to waive oral closings.
The future address of Brainerd Public Utilities hangs in the balance as attorneys representing Brainerd and Baxter argued their sides of a legal dispute that has been brewing for the better part of two years.
It may seem paradoxical to give a loud, boisterous music performance for the deaf, but in the hands of American Sign Language students the experience is not diminished, it is deepened and amplified.
It is yet to be seen whether the Vikings will be the first team to play a Super Bowl with real home-field advantage, but Crow Wing County will be well represented at the big game. Monday, Brainerd City Council approved the authorization of the county's multi-agency bomb squad to assist security at U.S. Bank Stadium.
An introductory seminar on Islam—billed as an opportunity for education and establishing communication—veered off script Friday as attendees confronted the speakers on a number of contentious religious subjects.
Memorial Park will shine a little brighter next year after Brainerd City Council approved a motion to go forward with the purchase of new lights for one of its athletic fields. After the unanimous vote, city officials are authorized to devote up to $128,000 in a bond to purchase lights for the field, one of multiple sports venues in the area catering to Brainerd's robust and growing softball community forming about 80 teams during the summertime, said Parks and Recreation Director Tony Sailer. The fields also accommodate 24-30 kickball league teams during the fall months.