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What disappears the moment its name is spoken? Silence. And silence might derail any motivations the Brainerd City Council may have to allow miniature pigs in its borders.
At face value, the resolution seemed run-of-the-mill—a unanimous vote Monday, July 16, by the Brainerd City Council to contact contractors to determine cost estimates for work that addresses the immediate repairs, security and maintenance of the historic water tower.
"It's going to be a big decision, no matter which way it goes." One might expect this when there's discussions regarding the future of an iconic structure, Brainerd Council President Dave Pritschet told the Dispatch during a phone interview Friday, July 13. The building in question? None other than the historic water tower, again placed in the heart of the city's discussions with reports early in the week that more of the aging structure's stucco exterior is flaking and falling to the ground below.
Health care may seem like a natural stomping ground for a former registered nurse turned state legislator, but sometimes the genesis of one's political career is much more intimate in scope.
After a six-year hiatus, Brainerd lakes residents can again take part in an aerial event bringing a hallmark of aviation history and placing it within reach in a tangible, exhilarating way. The American Barnstormers tour stop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, Sunday through Tuesday, July 15-17, at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. The vintage aviation extravaganza will feature 15-minute open cockpit biplane rides and parked plane displays, as well as aerobatic demonstrations at 1 p.m. (circumstances permitting) each of those days.
NISSWA—In late June, governor candidates gathered in Nisswa for the annual Economic Development Association of Minnesota conference to discuss the commercial drivers of the state. Every member of the crowded DFL field was there. As for the Republicans? Jeff Johnson, the Hennepin County commissioner, served as the only GOP face on the panel. The party-endorsed candidate answered questions alongside his DFL counterparts, in the notable absence of his primary opponent Tim Pawlenty.
The Brainerd City Council is going back to the drawing board with a hard look at revising statutes—namely, whether to allow mortuaries, funeral homes and crematoriums with conditional use permits.
Contending with shifts back and forth between stifling, humid conditions and bouts of heavy rainfall, construction crews doggedly press on with projects as the calendar continues to mark the summer road construction season. As for the South Sixth reconstruction project in downtown Brainerd, City Engineer Paul Sandy said the project is making good progress—now in the second phase of the project, between Quince and Vine Street.
Whether it's rain-soaked tree limbs or lightning strikes, crews for Crow Wing Power have been contending with sporadic outages across the Brainerd lakes area—particularly in Baxter and Breezy Point.
When it was all said and done—with the exception of the Lions Club's vintage truck, which stalled and coughed its way down East River Road—Brainerd's Fourth of July largely went off without a hitch. "No snafus," said Holly Holm, the executive director of Brainerd Community Action and the chief organizer of events. She was basking in the afterglow of the parade as around her groups of spectators packed their lawn chairs and headed out; maybe a little hot and burnt out, but smiling. "Now it's time to get the band going and enjoy some music."