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Brainerd's multiuse trails and their maintenance—which has been an ongoing issue for the city—emerged again as a point of discussion at Tuesday's city council meeting. City Engineer Paul Sandy's recommendation was to place the multiuse trails in the care of the city's maintenance crews as long as it was stipulated the trails would be placed at a low priority during snow removal.
"They don't make 'em like they used to." It's a tired old adage—typically spoken in a sigh, accompanied by a rueful shake of the head—used by people who always came from a better time when the men were men and the women were also, when you had to walk to school, uphill both ways, through snowstorms in July. Kids, this was a golden age when 12-year-olds pulled themselves up by their bootstraps (physically impossible as that may be), before the dark times when lifetime warranties largely became an alien concept and everything needed to be "updated" constantly.
Leaders of the Brainerd Jaycees, officers of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and members of the media hopped into a convoy of trucks Thursday and rolled onto Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-Day Bay to measure the ice's depth.
The Brainerd City Council approved a motion to amend its school off-street parking ordinance. The ordinance in question required institutions of education—such as elementary schools, high schools and colleges—to build a minimum amount of parking spaces based on the student enrollment and faculty needs. Proponents have argued removing the minimum requirement will enable local districts to remain intimately situated in their neighborhoods where there is limited space for expansion, while taking advantage of underused street parking in adjoining neighborhoods.
A half-decade is a long time by any measure, but when a city deals in centuries five years is little more than a blink. During Tuesday's Brainerd City Council meeting, City Engineer Paul Sandy presented the first draft of the five-year capital improvement plan. It represents a citywide initiative to repair or replace aging infrastructure—both surface pavement, as well as the sewer network beneath—in an incremental manner that prioritizes and addresses the most pressing concerns. The plan also accelerates the cyclical maintenance process as a whole.
School districts celebrated Martin Luther King Day in different ways in the Brainerd lakes area. Most—beyond setting aside class time and curriculum items in social studies and history courses—scheduled Monday to be a teacher in-service day or closed their doors entirely. However, two districts made a point of celebrating the day commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as engaging their students in a discussion on what the civil rights movement meant and how it still resonates in the national consciousness.
CROSBY—"It's been 50 years, it's time to move on!" said Rep. Dale Lueck last year, when arguing for state funding for the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bicycling Trails. That's roughly five decades since Crosby, an iron ore mining town, lost its mining business in the '60s and fell into a mire of stagnation as deep as the craters dotting the neighboring hill country.
Brainerd School Board members voted unanimously to establish standing committees for the 2018 year, but also opted to re-evaluate the matter in the future. During the meeting, members questioned the necessity of the committees, with one going so far as to say the current arrangement "handcuffs" the board.
The Brainerd School District referendum is getting the official green light. The ballot questions will be posed to voters, who will decide the future of the district's facilities between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 10. Early voting begins Feb. 23. Brainerd School Board members voted unanimously Monday to approve two resolutions—first, to call the election and approve the questions to be presented to the public; and second, to approve the funding strategies entailed in the levy.
On any runway, there are tiny moments of turbulence: up and down, touch and go with the pavement, or before enough thrust is generated for an aircraft to take off. For Steve Wright, the director of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, 2017 may represent a year of turbulence, but turbulence defined by highs instead of lows, that looks to lift the airport into a promising 2018. Establishing a presence