Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24)
High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn.
College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010)
Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse.
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More than 70 people turned out Friday night to induct four into the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame. Held in the BHS cafeteria, “thank you” was the word of the night, with inductees all honored to be chosen for the hall of fame of their high school alma mater. “Looking around, I am truly honored to represent my school with people that have done as much as they have,” said Kevin Doran, class of 1979. “Words cannot express how grateful I am of my family, and the teachers and education that I had in Brainerd that led me to where I am today.” Inductees were:
Public libraries and library books have been a staple in society, and the Brainerd lakes area community, for decades. But stacking up hard and paperback covers to take home for a few weeks of blissful reading is now made simpler with technology’s version of reading — eBooks. Brainerd Public Library, in conjunction with the Kitchigami Regional Library (KRL), welcomed eBooks to the already bountiful book collection in a 3M Cloud Library Sept. 20.
Sewing and creating was once a business and has always been a passion hobby for Ruth Gmeinder. Her home, full of vibrant colors, sparkling masks and plenty of smiles is also filled with four years of work and more than 50 hours of intricate detailing in costumes in preparation for the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund primary fundraising event’s encore of, ‘An Afternoon in Venice.’
Anyone visiting Heartland Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T) in Brainerd can see the amount of kittens, puppies and even bunnies that go unclaimed and unwanted. In an effort to prevent and reduce the number of unplanned litters born without a home, Kindest Cut is making a trip to H.A.R.T Oct. 10. A mobile surgical unit that offers low cost spay and neuter services with a variety of Animal Humane Societies in the state, Kindest Cut gives the option to people in need to spay and neuter at a fraction of the cost, ranging from $40-$100 in comparison to the typical $120-$800 it can cost.
The motto fits the store perfectly: “Hockey is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle.” A lifestyle that Hockey House owner, Dan Anderson knows well. A former player in the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA), Anderson, along with lone employee and Brainerd Bantam ‘A’ hockey coach Derek Argir, operate the store, dominant in Warrior blue and full of hockey merchandise, gear, skate sharpening and a TV broadcasting sports. All on hours conducive to people’s needs — and of course hockey games.
There’s nothing like a good song on the radio to get a person moving. For Connie Lyscio’s fourth grade phy-ed class and the students and staff at Baxter Elementary on Thursday morning, that song was Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe.” Lyscio invited the school of Baxter, as well as all schools in the Brainerd district, to join in on J.A.M., the first national movement to get everyone moving.
Ongoing since spring 2012 — with discussion and disputes dating to years before that — Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether on Wednesday said construction on College Drive is on track and nearing its completion. Hulsether said another transition will be made for motorists beginning Oct. 1, allowing westbound traffic into the west lane and eastbound traffic in the east lane.
With a city decision in limbo since August, Justin Imgrund on Wednesday withdrew his application for a conditional use permit to locate Imgrund Motors at Northwest Second and Washington streets in Brainerd. Granted a 60-day extension to allow more time for review at the Sept. 4 Brainerd City Council meeting, the council on Sept. 17 again tabled the issue of a decision on Imgrund’s application for a conditional use permit for an automotive sales and service business near the Tyrol Hills neighborhood.
PEQUOT LAKES — A panel representing five area school districts joined State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, and a crowd of more than 20 who turned out at Pequot Lakes High School auditorium for an education forum.
Members of the Brainerd School Board Legislative Committee heard from the executive director of Schools for Equity in Education (SEE), Brad Lundell, about ways that SEE can help districts like Brainerds. SEE, a program that advocates for equality in funding and opportunities for students and districts across the state of Minnesota, focuses on two main areas including home value of a district and property tax equity issue.