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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.
"This one here, people have been driving here since lunchtime," Tony Whipple said as he pointed out a fresh stretch of trampled grass and ruts in the dirt that indicated, yet again, another motorist had hopped up the curb and cruised through his lawn. "You'll see, if you're here for a little while, cars will come down here, either do a uey (u-turn), go through our yard or head through the median into that fringe road."
The filing period for elected offices in Crow Wing County began Tuesday, May 22, while hopefuls will be able to declare their candidacies through June 5. Here's a rundown of those who have filed for elected offices in the city of Brainerd and Crow Wing County: For city of Brainerd offices (file with Brainerd city clerk) • For alderman Ward 2, incumbent Kelly Bevans filed May 22. • For alderman Ward 4, incumbent Gabe Johnson filed May 22. • For alderman at-large, incumbent Sue Hilgart filed May 23. For all county offices (file with county auditor)
CAMP RIPLEY—Oil paint, Belgian linen canvas and the black volcanic sands of Mount Suribachi.
Wednesday, May 23, brought with it a pair of ruinous fires to the Brainerd lakes area—an afternoon blaze reducing much of the Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River to cinders; another within the gates of Breezy Point Resort engulfing a private condo building late in the night. Both fires may have been caused by sources external to the buildings, Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said. Nelson and his firefighters answered calls for both fires. Faith Assembly of God Church fire
Much like peeling off an old scab, spring melts away the snow to reveal the wounds of winter—for the intersection of Pine and Walnut streets, these wounds took the form of a sinkhole. The sinkhole formed when a storm sewer culvert near the intersection, constructed of corrugated metal, gradually corroded beyond repair until its breaking point this spring, City Engineer Paul Sandy said. As a result, a hole formed in the top of the pipe and the street caved inward.
The Brainerd City Council granted Sage on Laurel a conditional use permit and a modification for the on-sale liquor license with regard to its non-enclosed patio Monday, May 21. The vote came after much discussion between council members regarding the particulars of the conditional use permit and requests made by owner Sarah Hayden Shaw. In addition to granting the conditional use permit, the council opted to terminate a prior lease with Shaw that stipulated access to parking on her private property in conjunction with public parking adjacent to it.
PINE RIVER—Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River was gutted by fire Wednesday, May 23. About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday a fire was reported at Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River. Radio traffic on the police scanner indicated the building was "fully engulfed" in flames. Firefighters tried to contain the flames, as well as retrieve whatever documents, books, and valuables could be saved from the church offices.