By JESSI PIERCE
A new year and a new council was present at Monday’s Brainerd City Council meeting, where Mary Koep, Gary Scheeler, Dave Pritschett and Chip Borkenhagen were sworn in. City Administrator Theresa Goble opened the meeting and swearing in the new members before a call for nominations for council president and vice president. Scheeler nominated Bonnie Cumberland for president. No other nominations were made and Koep made a unanimous vote for Cumberland.
There won’t be a lockout at the Brainerd Civic Center anytime soon, with Brainerd City Council members approving the contract extension agreement for five years between the city of Brainerd and Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) during Monday night’s council meeting. Rodney Rahn represented BAHA during the meeting, adding that in the contract extension proposal, requests for facility ADA improvements and the approval for BAHA to purchase a new zamboni, both with the intention to meet the state compliance requirements.
Transit-goers can expect to see some changes when hopping on the county transit system; 50 cents worth of changes. Brainerd City Council moved approval of policy changes to both fare rates and packages during Monday night's meeting.
Skateboarding and graffiti; since the sport became popularized in the late 1980s, stretching from California across the U.S., there has been a common link between the two. But enter the Jaycee Skate Park in Brainerd and there is little that’s positive. “We have heard from other skate parks around the state and even out in California that graffiti is part of the skateboarding culture, which is fine,” said Brainerd Parks and Recreation Director Tony Sailer. “But what is written at Jaycees isn’t just dirty, it’s flat out vulgar.
By JESSI PIERCE The Brainerd School Board unanimously approved the first reading and draft revision for the current drug and alcohol testing policy Monday night. Director of Schools Willie Severson noted the current policy was adopted in 2005 and federal requirement for Department of Transportation drivers has changed. Drivers required to be tested will now also include Type III drivers and will place those under reasonable suspicion subject to a drug and or alcohol test.
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Valentine’s Day Can be about the men too! It’s a day where flowers, chocolate and jewelry purchases sky-rocket. Dinners by candlelight and millions of romantic cards are sent out sealed with a kiss. It must mean it’s Valentine’s Day. However, in all of the hubbub of heart-filled festivities the guys tend to get left out.
The glow of red and green Christmas lights are gone and the cheery “ho-ho-ho’s” have long since disappeared as another holiday season concluded. While many spend the following weeks returning gifts and taking down stockings, a group of Brainerd High School seniors are still reflecting on their acts of kindness this holiday season; the gift that keeps on giving. This past holiday season, Brainerd’s 2012 senior class donated presents to six area families in hopes of spreading true Christmas cheer.