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When should Brainerd Public Schools turn to its voters to seek referendum approval of its facilities plan geared to meet the district's future needs of its students, staff and community? That is the question the Brainerd School Board faced Wednesday during a special all-day school board meeting at Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. After spending a good portion of the meeting going over a proposed facilities plan still subject to change on all the school's buildings, the board discussed when it should have a referendum.
The Brainerd School Board Wednesday set the district's 2018 preliminary levy at the maximum amount allowed by state statute. The preliminary tax levy is proposed to be $19,504,672, an increase of $538,321, or 2.8 percent, over the 2017 tax levy.
The State Fire Marshal's office Monday investigated a house fire on Pine Street in Brainerd. The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 3:37 p.m. Sunday to the structure fire on the 1600 block of Pine Street.
BAXTER—Gator, Baxter Sgt. Matt Maier's K-9 partner in crime, worked his last shift Monday night and now has the freedom to chase sticks, sleep or do whatever dogs like to do. Gator, a Belgian malinois, and Maier have worked diligently side by side in the trenches, from tracking suspects in the woods to finding missing people to locating narcotics, since 2008.
It was a victory day for Little Falls resident Robin Hensel after a four-year battle fighting for her rights for free speech. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to toss out a disorderly conduct law aimed at citizens who disrupt public meetings. Hensel took her free speech rights case all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court after she was convicted of disorderly conduct for disturbing a Little Falls City Council meeting in June 2013. "I finally feel vindicated," Hensel said of the supreme court ruling. "I knew in my heart that I didn't do anything wrong."
Former Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc accepted a new law enforcement position and is leaving the West Coast for the Midwest. The move, however, is not back to Brainerd. Or even Minnesota for that matter. Bolduc, who served as Brainerd's police chief from 2001-2010, will lead the Nebraska State Patrol starting Oct. 16. Bolduc left Brainerd in May of 2010 after he was hired as the police chief of the Harbor Police Department for the Port of San Diego, a position he has been in for the past seven years.
AITKIN—Three generations—81 years—selling "everything on earth." Put these things together and you have Bob Janzen Auction and Appraisal in Aitkin, with Bob Janzen and his son Jeremy Janzen leading the helm.
Even if one doesn't do so personally, more than likely they know someone who sells products— Pampered Chef, Plexus Products or Tastefully Simple—out of their homes. The number of products out there are plentiful in the direct selling world. According to the Direct Selling Association, the direct selling industry was at an estimated $35 billion in 2015 and it continues to grow.
A 2014 Brainerd High School graduate who was a three-sport athlete is recovering at his Fargo home after a brutal attack in this North Dakota city. Twenty-one-year-old Isaiah Smith—who was in football, basketball and track at BHS—"was outnumbered and brutally beat up Friday," Smith's sister posted on a YouCaring site that was set up to help Smith in his recovery. "I do not want to share the full details of the attack, in worries that it will hinder the police investigation," his sister stated in the post. "I will share his injuries, so you may have an idea.
BAXTER—Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, a Baxter-based business employing only seven women, may be small but it has made an impact across the globe. Cherrywood owner/colorist Karla Overland has taken the hand-dyeing business from Brainerd to New York City and Houston to overseas to Dubai. Soon, Overland will be adding France and Australia to the list of places that showcase work by Cherrywood.