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Aviators will be coming out in spades this Saturday for the third annual "Grass is a Gas" Aviator Poke Run—a kind of aerial checkpoint game for pilots from across Minnesota, who will come together at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport for the event. Pilots are expected to gather at about 7:30 a.m., Airport Director Steve Wright said, followed by a pre-flight briefing at 8:15 a.m., with lift-off at about 9 a.m.
Every Brainerd city office up for election this year is uncontested—except for the alderman at-large seat occupied by incumbent Sue Hilgart. Challenger Christopher Mathison met with the Dispatch Wednesday, June 6, to discuss his candidacy for the at-large seat —a choice, he noted, that allows him to address issues in what he deems a broader, more comprehensive role.
Outdoor aficionados across the Brainerd lakes area can test their mettle at the Cuyuna Off-Road Triathlon this weekend. The event—a trifecta of physical feats, which includes a 3-mile paddle, an 8-mile mountain bike ride and a 3-mile trail run—is slated to begin 8 a.m., Sunday, June 10, at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, near Crosby. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:45 a.m. Participants must be over 16 years old to take part. Equipment must be brought by participants or rented from local outfitters.
It looks to be a quiet election season for the city of Brainerd—just one contested seat; otherwise it's the same faces in the same places. Political hopefuls could file for elected offices for the city of Brainerd between May 22 and Tuesday, June 5. While the city has seen hotly contested elections involving numbers of candidates in the past, this year features only one contested race, barring write-in candidates—alderman at-large, between incumbent Sue Hilgart and challenger Christopher Mathison.
BARROWS—Brainerd firefighters responded at 4:51 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, to a report of a fire at a home on the 5900 block of Brandon Way near Barrows. According to the police scanner, the home was described as fully engulfed when firefighters arrived with heavy smoke coming from the single-story home's eaves. Before 5:30 p.m., fire erupted through the home's roof and the structure collapsed inward in what renters described as the bathroom and kitchen portions.
The Brainerd City Council voted Monday, June 4, to convene a workshop the following Monday to hash out the particulars for its on-sale liquor licenses, its liquor zones and the statutory framework surrounding these issues. The council will meet 7:30 p.m., June 11, at city hall on Laurel Street. The public can attend and Last Turn Saloon owner Ed Mattson expressed an interest in taking part in the discussions.
A couple weeks ago, the Dispatch ran a story, courtesy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, that bore the headline "Minn. Capitol rally highlights need for insulin."
This is it. The end of the road—garlanded with school colors, billowing robes and shimmering tassels, diplomas in hand and futures on their minds. The 399 students of the Brainerd High School class of 2018 have graduated. So ends one chapter, so begins another.
A look ahead to the 2018-19 school year budget includes a roughly $622,000 deficit—though, district officials noted, it's unlikely to remain that way for long. During the Brainerd School Board meeting Wednesday, May 30, both Marci Lord, the business services director, and Superintendent Laine Larson said conservative spending practices by the district during the last decade have led to budget surpluses when it's all said and done—even if, initially, totals come out in the red.
Jamie, Jerry and Gary. These names resonate with Tim Bray—the Crow Wing County engineer, though his day-job took a backseat to his lesser-known past as a veteran and 25-year-long career in the Navy and Navy Reserve. For Bray, Memorial Day brings to the fore and elevates what is already a cherished place in his mind—three names, three friends, three souls lost to war.