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After a six-year hiatus, Brainerd lakes residents can again take part in an aerial event bringing a hallmark of aviation history and placing it within reach in a tangible, exhilarating way. The American Barnstormers tour stop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, Sunday through Tuesday, July 15-17, at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. The vintage aviation extravaganza will feature 15-minute open cockpit biplane rides and parked plane displays, as well as aerobatic demonstrations at 1 p.m. (circumstances permitting) each of those days.
NISSWA—In late June, governor candidates gathered in Nisswa for the annual Economic Development Association of Minnesota conference to discuss the commercial drivers of the state. Every member of the crowded DFL field was there. As for the Republicans? Jeff Johnson, the Hennepin County commissioner, served as the only GOP face on the panel. The party-endorsed candidate answered questions alongside his DFL counterparts, in the notable absence of his primary opponent Tim Pawlenty.
The Brainerd City Council is going back to the drawing board with a hard look at revising statutes—namely, whether to allow mortuaries, funeral homes and crematoriums with conditional use permits.
Contending with shifts back and forth between stifling, humid conditions and bouts of heavy rainfall, construction crews doggedly press on with projects as the calendar continues to mark the summer road construction season. As for the South Sixth reconstruction project in downtown Brainerd, City Engineer Paul Sandy said the project is making good progress—now in the second phase of the project, between Quince and Vine Street.
Whether it's rain-soaked tree limbs or lightning strikes, crews for Crow Wing Power have been contending with sporadic outages across the Brainerd lakes area—particularly in Baxter and Breezy Point.
When it was all said and done—with the exception of the Lions Club's vintage truck, which stalled and coughed its way down East River Road—Brainerd's Fourth of July largely went off without a hitch. "No snafus," said Holly Holm, the executive director of Brainerd Community Action and the chief organizer of events. She was basking in the afterglow of the parade as around her groups of spectators packed their lawn chairs and headed out; maybe a little hot and burnt out, but smiling. "Now it's time to get the band going and enjoy some music."
Two words—experience and protection—have a way of popping up and dominating a conversation with Mike Rothman. He has the former in abundance, Rothman said, and what he needs is an office that empowers him to accomplish the latter, which is why he's running as a DFL candidate for Minnesota attorney general.
When it comes to Fourth of July celebrations this year, it's boom or bust for the Brainerd lakes area. Throughout Wednesday, July 4, scores of revelers in Crosby, Brainerd and Pequot Lakes will take part in Independence Day festivities—from pancake breakfasts at sunup, parades and park extravaganzas in the afternoon, until fireworks light up the dusk sky.
Housing developments in Brainerd got a boost Monday, July 2, with the announcement the city garnered a nearly $640,000 grant for such purposes. The 2018 Small Cities Development Program, or SCDP, grant—valued at $638,338—is slated to target owner-occupied and rental housing rehab in northeast Brainerd, as well as the Koop Building property in downtown. Through the Community Development Block Grant program, Congress appropriates money to states, which is then divided into SCDP grants allocated through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The DFL has been in a state of flux this election season—a game of "musical chairs," so to speak, with longtime politicos abandoning their seats for other roles in state government.