Student housing is still a possibility for Central Lakes College’s Brainerd campus. A design firm was recently named to sketch out ideas of what a dorm unit could look like. But there are still some key steps to complete before those drawings can come to life, said Pam Thomsen, executive director of the Central Lakes College Foundation. Most important is getting a land lease for the property, which is owned by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).
A new permit process required before demolition is allowed in industrial districts was approved by the Brainerd City Council. At a special meeting Thursday, the group held the second reading of an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would lay out a more thorough process in obtaining a permit for demolition or decommission in industrial or mixed use districts. No one spoke during the public hearing. The council then voted to adopt the amendment. Absent was council member Chip Borkenhagen. The ordinance will take effect one week after publication.
Online school MTS Minnesota Connections Academy is looking to increase student enrollment by 10 percent in the next year. It’s a goal both in the Brainerd lakes area and statewide, said Melissa Gould, principal of MTS Minnesota Connections Academy. MTS Minnesota Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school providing personalized K-12 education. It began with eight students in February 2005 and now enrolls more than 1,700 students.
The purchase price for the Wausau hydro dam has been lowered to $2.6 million. That’s a drop from the original $4.115 million. At a special Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group voted to accept the lower purchase price. The purchase is contingent on legislative approval, which the city recently found out was required. State law says the city can’t buy the dam until it gets approval from the Legislature or the legislative session ends without the Legislature prohibiting it.
Dolly Matten is the new Brainerd City Council member. Matten was voted into the position Monday during a special council meeting. “I’m a little surprised,” she said after the vote. “They were all good candidates.” Eleven residents applied for open at-large council seat, which became vacant recently after the death of Council President Bonnie Cumberland. At the meeting Monday, each applicant was given up to five minutes to speak to why they should be chosen. City council member Dave Pritschet joined the meeting via Skype from Boston.
Verndale High School juniors Kylee Wright and Barbora Novotna are pretty sure about the job fields they want to join. But on Friday, they got their first real feel for the health science field. The Bridges Career Exploration Day was held at Central Lakes College. It pulled in about 2,100 students from 21 high schools in the Brainerd lakes area. There, the students heard from professionals in about 150 career fields, including agriculture, business, manufacturing and technology, communication, human services and health science.
Freckles the cow was near death when she was brought into a northeast Brainerd garage. Pregnant and suffering from a severe case of pneumonia, the 1-year-old, 600-pound Holstein Angus cross needed shelter from the extreme cold sweeping over the area. The cow’s owners, Lisa Nebel and her husband, usually keep their cattle on Nebel’s mom’s farm a few miles outside of Brainerd. But when Freckles fell ill, unable to walk, Nebel needed a place to give the cow 24-hour care. So she brought Freckles to her house on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast about a week ago.
A treasure has laid hidden in Brainerd for far too long. Winding through the heart of town, the Mississippi River should be showcased, not hidden. At least that’s what some city and state leaders think. Late last year, the Brainerd City Council named building a riverwalk as one of its strategic goals. Since, City Planner Mark Ostgarden has been pushing the project forward.
Just six laps around the gym in, Cara Helgeson’s arms ached as she gripped two gallons of water. Only 21 more laps to go. About 500 Forestview Middle School students walked 27 laps around the gym (or three miles) Thursday in effort to raise awareness for the water carriers of the world. The water carriers, often from third-world countries, are mostly women. They are forced to walk an average of five miles a day, carrying up to 50 pounds of water home for their families. That’s a problem, said Forestview science teacher Sandy Loney.
There’s a cow in a garage somewhere in Brainerd. It might sound like the start of a bad joke, but it’s true. Staff at Brainerd City Hall received a complaint Thursday that a resident was keeping a cow in a garage. Because it’s an open investigation, City Administrator Patrick Wussow wouldn’t say exactly where the garage is or who owns it, but did say it’s in a residential-zoned district. Wussow confirmed: cows are not allowed in residential-zoned districts.