A blustery Saturday afternoon with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and a wind chill that would make even Jack Frost shiver, didn’t stop determined anglers from vying for the big fish and big prize during the 23rd Annual Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake. It took only minutes for the first fish to be caught and rushed across the ice to the weigh-in tent, with the first angler registering a .2 pound perch. By 12:30 p.m., just a half an hour after the cannon sounded the start, more than 60 people were lined up with their bagged fish in gloved hands.
Providing a safe route to school at Garfield Elementary School continues to move along following the unanimous approval during Monday night’s Brainerd School Board meeting. Brought to the Brainerd City Council during its meeting last Monday, council member Gary Scheeler and Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden presented a map for sidewalks around Garfield Elementary with a grant application for $300,000 and an additional $150,000 — $75,000 from the district and $75,000 from the city — to expand the sidewalks around the school for a total project cost of $450,000.
Brainerd School Board members unanimously approved the first revision to the 2013 budget during its regular Monday night meeting. The board was presented with the preliminary budget during the June 11 meeting, where it passed. The preliminary budget reflected the preliminary fiscal year 2012 budget for the General Fund (Fund 1) to include revenues of $70,107,681 and expenses of $70,520,587, which produced a deficit spending position for Fiscal Year 2013 of $412,908.
It can be known as the dark days of winter. Sunrise and sunset leave the Brainerd lakes area with just 8-9 hours of daylight between December and March and often times can lead to an overall glum feeling. But that glum feeling is not just an emotional sad day – sometimes it can be something much more. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is recognized in climates where sunlight decreases during the winter season.
After getting the OK from Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon with a measurement of 16 inches across most of the ice on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, the 23rd annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is set to go from 12-3 p.m. on Jan. 19.
Cold temperatures early on this winter season were a welcome feel for Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza enthusiasts, helping create 15.5-16 inches around the event’s location at Hole-in-the-Day Bay — making the 2013 Extravaganza an official “go” for the scheduled Jan. 19 date.
As temperatures dip above and below freezing, water main pipes feel the strain and pressure — literally. Water main breaks in downtown Duluth and Minneapolis that flooded streets began to draw attention to pipes in cities across the state. So how are we holding up in Brainerd?
Holiday giving and the spirit that this time of year tends to bring certainly helped out the Brainerd Salvation Army. “We (the Brainerd Salvation Army) were worried we weren’t going to make our goal and were becoming concerned,” said Capt. Scott Strissel of the organization’s struggle to reach its annual kettle goal. “But the community generosity has been great.”
On Dec. 7, Harlan Holmvig brought to the attention of the Brainerd Dispatch and its readers his desire to return photos of a 3-year-old girl named Allison. He had found three photos, along with $100 cash, in a gold picture frame that he suspected his wife Molly had purchased at a garage sale. Maybe it was the holiday magic in the air or the spirit of Christmas; whatever it was, Holmvig’s wish came true, reuniting the owners with their photos and meeting, for the first time, the little girl that tugged at his heart.
Oh what a whirlwind year. In this day in age, technologies are not just evolving on a yearly basis, but almost weekly. And I know there will be a day when it is ever changing daily — yikes. With technology adapting constantly this past year it is hard to choose the top transformations of 2012. Rather than specific technologies, I decided to focus on ideas that came about in technology that I thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s to wrapping up 2012 and bringing on the tech of 2013.