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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After acting as interim city administrator since former administrator Dan Vogt’s retirement in June, the Brainerd City Council voted Monday to keep Theresa Goble in that position until it again begins the hunt for suitable candidates, tentatively set for spring 2013. As of late, Goble has been working as both interim city administrator and finance director. As a stipulation to taking the council’s offer for her to remain as interim city administrator, she listed some conditions in a memo to council, including:
American flags waved fiercely in the wind on both sides of the road leading up to the main entrance of Camp Ripley. Dominance of the red, white and blue was about the only thing similar to the two parties occupying the area early Friday afternoon and more than just the road between them kept them separate.
Brainerd School Board members met together for a special meeting Thursday afternoon to review the first proposed levy for tax year 2013. Director of Business Services Steve Lund presented a rundown of levy history, showing a wide variety of change, including jumping from $15,786,225 in 2011 to $16,845,880 in 2012. But instead of an increase, Lund said this year’s levy will reflect a reduction.
It’s ironic really that the Minnesota Wild 2011-12 calender is short a few months, ending after September. Hanging as the official calender of my office cubicle, I — like I am sure many fans who use the same calendar to track the days — was expecting to pick up a new 2012-13 calender during one of the three home pre-season games scheduled to start Sept. 25. As of 12 a.m. on Sept. 16, that wasn’t going to happen.
An explosion Friday injured two juvenile males in Deerwood, officials reported Tuesday. According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office, about 6:22 p.m. the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad went to city property on Broadway in Deerwood where two explosive devices, including mortar fireworks and bottle rockets were found. One of the devices had exploded and the other one was intact and removed for storage with the bomb squad. The Crosby and Deerwood police departments assisted at the scene.
After being named a finalist for the position last week — contingent with a background check and contract negotiations — Nathan Burkett withdrew Monday from being considered for Brainerd city administrator. Burkett, current county administrator in Todd County, sent council members a letter stating: “It is with my sincere regret and apologies that I am writing this letter to inform you I am withdrawing from consideration for the position of Brainerd City Administrator. “I wish you the best of luck in your search.”
Two proposals for business expansion were presented Monday during the Brainerd City Council regular meeting. Local area businesses Stern Assembly and L & M Steel made separate requests of council for grant funds to help expand their business. Stern Assembly requested a $50,000 Federal Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) revolving loan from the Missota/Wausau grant for equipment purchase. L & M Steel requested a $75,000 Federal MIF revolving loan from the same grant for real estate acquisition.
Granted a 60-day extension to allow more time for review at the Sept. 4 Brainerd City Council meeting, the council on Monday again tabled the issue of a decision on Justin Imgrund’s application for a conditional use permit for an automotive sales and service business on Washington and Northwest Second streets.
For many, there’s nothing quite like the sound of tranquil dripping waters to put your mind at ease and a calm throughout your body. Often a background sound in yoga studios, Tara Giese, owner and instructor of Lakes Fit Yoga located in downtown Brainerd, has taken that water tranquility to a new level with paddleboard and beach yoga sessions, the latest in exercise trends.
Graduates from 1943, 1956, 1979 and 1989 were represented as Brainerd High School (BHS) gets set to induct four members into its Hall of Fame during the 2012 homecoming festivities. The Hall of Fame banquet and induction will kick off at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 with a social hour in the high school cafeteria. The dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available through the superintendent’s office in the Washington Education Services Building. Selected for this year’s hall of fame class are the late James Peterson, Sr., Phil Mattson, Kevin Doran and Jill Wyant Johnson