A focus group of pregnant and other at-risk girls is being formed to weigh in on a new prevention strategy for prenatal exposure to alcohol. The first-of-its-kind strategy is called “My Baby’s Breath.” It aims to halt prenatal exposure to alcohol by using monitored cellphone breathalyzers to keep tabs on alcohol levels in pregnant teenagers (who have used alcohol during the pregnancy) or other at-risk pregnant women.
A few responsibilities the city will undertake with the possible ownership of the hydro dam were spelled out Tuesday. Bill Forsmark, director of business development and vice president at Barr Engineering, told the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Commission about some key duties at its meeting Tuesday. “It’s my responsibility to teach, inform you folks so you become independent in owning and operating the dam,” he said.
A $1.5-$2 million upgrade is in the works for the Brainerd Area Civic Center. The revamp will provide required Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility with an elevator, as well as updated restrooms, locker rooms, concession stands and viewing areas. The whole building front will shift into a grand entranceway that ties the two rinks together. The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Foundation (BAHF) announced the plans Monday. “This will take (the civic center) to the next level,” said Shawn Sundquist, president of the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA).
About half of the collection at the “illegal flea market” on Pine Street has been cleared, but it’s not good enough. So it’s back to jail for property owner Chad Ross, who has put off clearing his yard since the back-and-forth with the city started in August. “It’s not very good,” Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden said of Ross’ progress. “He’s done some clean-up but it’s not completed.”
The permit process to decommission the Wausau facility site has come to a halt, as the company looking to demolish the site still has a lot of information due to the city. Redford, Mich.-based Renu Recycling turned in an application for an interim use permit late last week in regard to decommissioning part or all of the Wausau facility.
A classic novel will stay in Brainerd High School curriculum, a committee voted Thursday. John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” was brought under the microscope recently after parent Doug Kern told the Brainerd School Board he thought some of the language and terms used were vulgar and inappropriate. Following protocol, when there is any dispute over literature, the district’s Resource Selection Committee met Thursday to both conduct a public hearing and to discuss the book.
Pine Street’s “illegal flea market” is slowly dwindling in size as owner Chad Ross picks away at the items in the few hours each day he’s released from jail. Ross has been in jail for almost a month because he’s refused to pick up the cluttered items in his yard. Not thousands of dollars in fines, not formal charges, not even the threat of time behind bars convinced Ross to pack things up on his property. Recently, however, Ross has been released from jail for six hours a day to get rid of the items in his yard, said Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden.
Key reasons for the lowering of the hydro dam purchase price are now being named by Brainerd Public Utilities officials The biggest factors are needed upgrades, including a $1.5 million spillway apron, as well as total generation equipment improvements at the cost of $600,000, which would most likely be spread over a five-year period. The Brainerd City Council recently agreed on a lowered price of $2.6 million for the hydro dam, which is a drop from the original $4.115 million. Voting against the agreed price was city council member Mary Koep.
The city of Brainerd is not interested in acquiring the Whittier School building. The Brainerd City Council made the decision at its meeting Monday. That leaves very few options for the Brainerd School District, which extended the offer of Whittier to both the city and Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The hospital has already declined the offer. Brainerd city officials made the decision following a tour of the facility. It was on the tour they learned:
Mobile food trailers will now be allowed to operate in Brainerd, as well as food trucks. At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group agreed to amend a previous vote on the trial period allowing food trucks to serve food within city limits. The new vote will allow food trailers as well during the trial period.