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The Brainerd City Council authorized the advertisement of bids for the 2018 seal coat project during Monday's meeting. The resolution sets in motion efforts by the city to address the long-term durability of a number of its streets. The streets identified to be seal-coated in the project include Third Street, Eighth Street, 10th Street, 12th Street, 13th Street, and 14th Avenue in northeast Brainerd; K, L and M streets; Brainerd Oaks Street; Southeast 28th Street; Willow Street; South Seventh Street, Quince Street, East River Road; and Southwest Fourth Street.
MNsure executive Allison O'Toole is stepping down to take a position with a national health care advocacy organization—signalling the end of a three-year tenure that saw a reversal of fortunes for Minnesota's health care exchange. The announcement was made Wednesday at an MNsure board meeting. Chief Operating Officer Nate Clark was tapped as acting executive upon her exit April 13. O'Toole said she's taking a position as director of states' affairs for United States of Care—though this decision was made with confidence in MNsure's viability and future, she noted.
It's rotting the system of American democracy from the inside out, starts with "M" and rhymes with "honey," typically strung out with a line of zeros and punctuated by a dollar sign. Money, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson said, and lots of it—that might be the single greatest ailment of modern politics and a central issue of the 2018 election cycle if the "Fix Politics Now" campaign has its way.
The 2018 referendum looks to reshape more than Brainerd High School, as the interconnected roadways of downtown Brainerd are also likely to get a facelift should the district vote "Yes." Tim Houle, a civil engineer and a vice president of Widseth Smith Nolting, gave a final update on the BHS traffic study Monday at the Brainerd City Council meeting—the culmination of extensive documentation and research to gauge the flow, efficiency and safety of streets students are likely to use or cross during their careers at the school.
The Brainerd City Council is taking a hard look at changing its ordinances for B1 business districts—a preemptive move to address future developments, particularly along Washington Street. City Planner Mark Ostgarden said the ordinance change is meant as a preemptive measure for future growth—specifically B1 properties adjacent to B6 properties along north Washington Street to 10th Street. In essence, the ordinance change would require a parking lot as a stipulation in a conditional use permit.
For 123 businesses within the "critical area" in downtown Brainerd—or, businesses situated near the South Sixth Street construction project—it looks to be a bumpy road ahead during the summer months.
BAXTER—When it comes to the 2018 referendum, members of the Baxter community may be looking at one of the more significant proposals—both in terms of developments, as well as expenditures. Plans for a new Baxter Elementary School are in the works, a focal point of a presentation officials of the Brainerd School District hosted Thursday evening in the current Baxter Elementary School.
Residents of Kingwood Street got a rude awakening Tuesday morning after the city of Brainerd initiated a snow emergency. In a miscommunication, a Brainerd Police Department community service officer accidentally ticketed eight vehicles lawfully parked on the street and had them towed at their owners' expense. Theresa Cullet, who lives along Kingwood Street, said she checked notices sent out by Brainerd City Hall on social media and the city's website prior to the snow emergency.
STAPLES—M-A-D-E-L-E-I-N-E. R-E-N-D-E-Z-V-O-U-S. E-I-N-K-O-R-N. Those three words—featuring nuanced pronunciations and difficult, non-English roots—Royalton eighth-grader Chloe Holoman had to spell correctly to pass the final rounds and win the Lakes Spelling Bee at the National Joint Powers Alliance center in Staples.
Huddled in the back, hidden from view—it isn't exactly the first description of a state-class weightlifter that comes to mind, but then a lot has changed since freshman year for Ellen Hickman.