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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.
For a bevy of races this primary, the state of Minnesota asked Crow Wing County to give its verdict and the voters spoke. Midterm elections and especially primaries don't carry the clout of a presidential year, but residents of the 8th Congressional District and the state of Minnesota as a whole were dealt an intriguing set of races to determine:
Sporting a pair of stained white Converses and a slick navy blazer, he entered Rumbly Hall in downtown Brainerd with a roar. "Are you ready or what!" shouted Joe Radinovich—typically, an understated and reserved man, but now the DFL nominee for the 8th Congressional District election. A crescendo of whoops and chants of "Joe!" greeted him in turn. Perhaps he returned more to form when he saw his commanding lead in the primary and stated he was "cautiously optimistic" he'd win.
More candidates are throwing their hats in the Baxter City Council ring. These candidates—Connie Lyscio, Lori Rubin and Zach Tabatt—bring the grand total of challengers to five running for two council seats. Here is a quick rundown on each of them. Connie Lyscio Lyscio said she's running because she doesn't want to stop contributing and caring about her community—whether that's the health and wellness of Baxter, its fiscal health, economic health, infrastructure health or environmental health.
With plans underway to build the new Baxter Elementary in spitting distance of Forestview Middle School—neighbors across Knollwood Drive—traffic looks to take on whole new dimensions for that stretch of roadway. As such, Brainerd School District staff and civil engineers have a number of options to consider, said Tim Houle, a vice president of architectural-engineering firm Widseth Smith Nolting and an administrator of the study.
Blood meridian—an orange hole-punched disk hanging in the sky, it invokes something like a Japanese flag, though its origins are distinctly Canadian. That's how the sun has appeared at dusk, with smoke billowing across the sky the last few days—to say little of the oily cloud formations, dark, without a hint of rain.
The end is nigh—for construction season in Brainerd-Baxter anyway. Eventually. Probably. Hopefully. At any rate, some projects are wrapping up, namely the College Road repavement project and the Excelsior Road and Edgewood Drive improvement project, while others are still in the thick of it—the South Sixth Street reconstruction and Cypress Drive corridor project most prominent. Here's a quick update as of Friday, Aug. 10, on the major construction projects throughout the conjoined cities. South Sixth Street reconstruction project
Populism is popular—evidenced by a slew of political hopefuls at every level of government, both sides of the aisle, headlined by the likes of one-time presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump.