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DEERWOOD—Fifty jobs may not seem like much to an outside observer, but when that fills a hole the size of Parker Hannifin—or roughly equal to a tenth of Deerwood's population—then maybe the arrival of Aeropipe and what it means to this tiny town makes a little more sense.
Powerful thunderstorms rolled through north-central Minnesota the evening of Friday, Aug. 31—sparing Brainerd to the south, it ripped through much of northern Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties before heading off into Duluth and northwestern Wisconsin.
BAXTER—For the city of Baxter, it's time to get into the nuts and bolts of it all—with budget talks, budget talks and more budget talks on the docket as the city hashes out its financials.
It's officially a green light. Brainerd School Board members voted to approve the 1-to-1 2019-23 technology plan—a concerted effort to get personal hand-held devices, like iPads or other tablets for example, into the hands of each students to improve their learning experience and retention, said Sarah Porisch, director of technology.
Nude dudes on water scooters—that's the gist of it. That, more or less, was the dispatch report to Tim Collette, a conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who launched his patrol boat from Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, to arrest a pair of naked troublemakers operating vintage stand-up personal watercraft. And not just two men in their birthday suits, Collette said, but allegedly drunk, belligerent men in their early 30s, wearing nothing more than life jackets and what their mamas gave them.
BAXTER—Fine weather, fun festivities, good turnout—that's the recipe for a successful 2018 Baxter Night to Unite. Gathering in Oscar Kristofferson Park Tuesday, Aug. 21, droves of people took part in the annual citywide bonding event—primarily young families with children, though a few seniors joined in and enjoyed themselves as well.
NISSWA—Compared to the typically one-on-one contests of general elections, primaries have a king-of-the-hill vibe—a whole slew of candidates, some serious contenders, some not, all scrapping tooth and nail for their party's nomination. For the Minnesota Republicans, this year did shake out like that. That's because the winners of the primary were crowned long before Tuesday's election, Chair Jennifer Carnahan told the Brainerd Dispatch during a sit-down Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
NISSWA—With their interparty rivals eliminated in the primary, Minnesota's remaining gubernatorial candidates can turn their attention to the opposing side. And so the DFL's Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson are embarking on a series of governor's debates before the looming Nov. 6 election. Their first stop was Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, giving an up-close look at the two men vying for the state's top executive seat.
Down in the Brainerd International Raceway staging area, there was a sight of such contrast—Russ Elzy, soft-spoken and easygoing as he mingled with racers, offering quiet prayers among machines that produce eardrum-popping roars of barely-contained power. "What I do is I come up to people, start talking with them, and just ask them 'Do you want me to pray for your safety?'" Elzy said Thursday, Aug. 16, interspersing his comments between the barking roar of engines down the track. He said drivers never ask him to pray for victory, merely for a clean and safe race.
The ballots have been cast, the votes tallied, the winners crowned. Primaries rarely carry as much intrigue as this year, but 2018 delivered a host of crucial races—with local, state and national implications. In total, 13,262 registered voters took part in Tuesday's primary in Crow Wing County—10,933 at the polls and 2,329 absentee and mail ballots. That was a turnout of 27.5 percent of the eligible voters in the county. The county reported 40,157 registered voters pre-election and election judges registered 566 new voters.