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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.
PIERZ—American Legion Park, one block behind the Pierz City Hall, served as a popular gathering place for children for the better part of three decades before vandals damaged its playground and put its future in jeopardy.
Imagine cruising the internet, opting to visit your favorite site when the data stream slows to a crawl, the spinning wheel of death rears its ugly head and you're left twiddling your thumbs for an excruciating amount of time before ... the ... web ... page ... finally ... loads.
The National Weather Service, based out of Duluth, sent out a warning Wednesday, Nov. 29, of increased risk of fire in the region. According to the news release, counties and townships across Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin are subject to gusty and dry weather conditions, with winds gusts between 20-30 mph and an afternoon relative humidity lowering between 25-30 percent. Residents are advised to avoid burning and to use caution when discarding burned material.
As December shapes up to be a hive of activity for school officials, members of the Brainerd School Board are hunkering down to fine-tune the election process for the referendum on April 10, 2018. Although a great deal of attention is being spent crafting the current proposal, Brainerd Schools Superintendent Laine Larson said efforts are underway to ensure the voting process is efficient and comprehensive for members of the community.
It's back to the chalk board for Pillager Public Schools. With the failed Nov. 7 referendum in the rear-view mirror, Superintendent Mike Malmberg is gearing up for efforts in the spring to connect with community members and find other means to mitigate structural issues in the district. Officials intended the referendum—which residents voted down 61-39 percent—to encapsulate the use of $13.2 million in tax funds to contend with looming maintenance and space issues hampering the school.
The minute we feel the fancy, anything can be accessed instantly—whether it's a library of books to our Kindles, a bevy of TV shows and films streamed to our monitors, seemingly infinite music options on Pandora and Spotify or thousands of game-apps uploaded on our smartphones. Entertainment is, literally, always at arm's reach.
BAXTER—Armed to the teeth with hot chocolate and sweets, the Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army marched into Cub Foods at noon Friday to kick off the annual Red Kettle Campaign. The campaign is slated to run Nov. 17-Dec. 23. They're building off last year's victories—in 2016, 202 people volunteered for more than 1,300 hours to raise $162,000 at the kettles. With other donations included, the total rose to $220,000, much of which went to the aid and support of 20,000 people in the area.
Despite an uptick in gasoline prices across the nation, holiday travelers are coming out in force—on the ground in public transit or personal vehicles, through the skies on airliners—in what is anticipated to be the largest Thanksgiving surge since 2005. While average gas prices are hovering around the $2.50 mark, both in Minnesota and at the national level, there are a number of factors that contribute to this upswing in traffic, said Gail Weinholzer, public affairs director for the AAA, during a phone interview.