What do we have for the kids in Brainerd to do? That was the question Nila Patrick posed to the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board during its meeting Monday afternoon following the announcement of Jaycees Skatepark being officially closed with the equipment being auctioned off. “Please don’t do this, kids in this town need this skatepark,” said Patrick, a local business owner who noted that skateboarding played a large role in her own son’s life. “Can’t we find a place to make this work? I want to do everything I can to help make that happen.
Serving the city of Brainerd; It has been a large part of what Brainerd City Council members Kevin Goedker, Lucy Nesheim and Bob Olson know, combining 48 years and seven months of service on the council between them. But come January all three of them will have closed out their time with the council, attending their last meeting on Dec. 17 before making way for new members.
One more Brainerd City Council meeting on Dec. 17 is all that remains between what some may say is an old and new council. Elected to three of four open seats in November — current Council President Mary Koep retained her at-large seat — Chip Borkenhagen, Dave Pritschet and Gary Scheeler will bring new blood to a council that has seen relatively little turnover in past elections.
A pin-hole sized leak discovered in the Brainerd water tower on Front and 10th Street on Dec. 12 was in the process of being repaired by Brainerd Public Utilities Thursday afternoon. BPU Superintendent Scott Magnuson said the leak was in line to be repaired following the report on Dec. 12 but things fell through with issues getting the electric bucket trucks up to the leak. Magnuson added that while for now it is a simple plug to stop the leak, come the summer months, BPU is going to have to look at some longer term repairs for the tower.
A long negotiation period between the Brainerd School District and the 2011-12 and 2012-13 principal’s contract has come to a final agreement. Superintendent Steve Razidlo said that the principals have accepted an agreement with a 0 percent salary increase for the first year and a salary enhancement for the next year.
Despite efforts by local skateboarders and outside programs that spanned nationwide, Jaycee’s Skatepark will be no more, said Brainerd Parks and Recreation Director Tony Sailer.
Similar to the first proposed tax levy for 2013 that presented to the Brainerd School Board on Sept. 29, an even bigger reduction was presented to the board on Monday night. The board unanimously approved the final total tax levy for 2013 as the presented $16,684,704, a decrease of $70,889 between the proposal and the final and a decrease of $161,175 from 2012 to 2013.
A snow storm beginning Saturday night and continuing through Sunday evening painted the lakes area white but according to the National Weather Service in Duluth, it will be the only snow for awhile. “It’s looking like it will taper off tonight (Sunday) and we won’t have anything major until possibly next weekend (Dec. 22),” said Dean Packingham, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service — Duluth. Packingham said the amount of snow varied across the state, with reports of 6 inches in Leader, 5 inches in Motley and 3.7 inches in Pillager as of Sunday afternoon.
Their faces have been seen at Brainerd School Board and committee meetings since winning the November election. But come January, Bob Nystrom and Sue Kern will no longer be a part of the audience, officially becoming members of the Brainerd School Board after being elected to two of three open seats. Current school board member Reed Campbell ran for re-election and retained his seat on the board. “I am very excited to be newly elected to the school board,” said Sue Kern, who tallied 6,309 votes on Nov. 6. “I am excited to serve our community, our students and our staff.
It had been three years since Harlan Holmvig’s wife of 54 years passed away. In September, he found a beautifully crested gold frame in his rural Crosby home that he knew would be perfect to display a photo from their wedding day. Holmvig said Molly, his wife, had purchased it at a garage sale, for what he guesses was 25 cents, the price tag sticker still intact on the back. After removing the black velvet backing, Holmvig said out onto the floor fell five $20 bills and three photos.