Four new names were added to a list of high-achieving Brainerd alumni. Each were honored at the Brainerd Public Schools Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame banquet Friday at Cragun's Resort. The four join the nearly 50 Brainerd High School (BHS) graduates inducted since it began in 2001. The new distinguished alumni include: Nancy Pedersen, class of 1970; Dennis Borgwarth, class of 1979; Tom Haglin, class of 1981; Joshua (J.P.) LaRue, class of 1992. "The achievements of our inductees is truly impressive," said superintendent Klint Willert. Plaques with each of their names will be place
Property owners will likely see an increase in their school-related 2015 taxes. At a special Brainerd School Board meeting Thursday, the group approved a preliminary 12.1 percent increase for the 2015 levy. That number can be decreased before it's finalized in December, but it cannot be increased. If the increase is finalized, it would mean a resident with a house valued at $100,000 would pay about $51 more next year. For a business owner with a commercial property valued at $200,000, it means an estimated $120 increase. The increase will help the district pay for things officials have co
About two dozen Motley-area residents asked questions about a proposed electric transmission line project during an open house Tuesday. The 14-mile, 115 kilovolt (kV) line is being proposed by Great River Energy, in conjunction with Crow Wing Power (CWP). If the project is approved, construction of the new substation and transmission line project would most likely happen in 2017. The preliminary route would connect the line to the existing Minnesota Power transmission line at Cass County Road 35, almost two miles north of Highway 210.
The decision on whether to permanently chlorinate Brainerd's water will be postponed at least another month. First, city staff are gathering information on prices associated with the possible action. Officials previously estimated the topic would be up for discussion Tuesday, but at the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Commission meeting, the group held off, pending more information. It will be brought forward at the commission's October meeting, and the group will likely discuss it and possibly make a decision then, said BPU Superintendent Scott Magnuson. Until then, Magnuson said he will
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Meet Peanut, a 1-year-old rabbit that holds many titles. Carrot eater. High jumper. And now, therapy animal. Every other week, you'll find Peanut in the hands of Alzheimer or dementia patients, vulnerable adults and the mentally handicapped. The feel of Peanut's soft fur between their fingers brings back memories.
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Visitors to Madden's on Gull Lake can stay on campus and not have to leave for their whole stay. It's like a mini-city, said Abbey Pieper, vice president of the resort. Everything visitors need is there. There's the bakery, restaurants, spa, bars, recreation and laundry. Baked goods are made on site and a garden supplies fresh produce for chefs. It's everything any vacationer could need or want. In fact, it could keep a small city bustling for quite some time, Madden's officials said. "These people uproot from their homes and come to the lake," she said. "This is where we exist.
A tall fence may stay up, the Brainerd City Council said. At a council meeting Monday, the group approved a Brainerd Planning Commission recommendation to allow residents Jerrold and Jill Seaver to keep a 6 ½ foot fence at their home, 801 Lake Street. Voting against the move were city council members Mary Koep and Kelly Bevans. Zoning ordinance only allows for a four foot tall fence, and the current 6 ½ foot fence was erected without a building permit. But the property owners spoke out in favor of keeping the fence, raising issues of safety and privacy. Those issues included a neighbor ma
Talk of changing the name of Columbus Day in Brainerd has been pulled off the table, at least for now. At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group agreed to put off the discussion, perhaps to again address it next year. It was first brought forward by city council member Chip Borkenhagen to change Columbus Day to "Native Peoples' Day." After discussion, the council originally tabled the idea two weeks ago to further investigate the idea of the name change to either "Native Peoples' Day" or to a combination of "Columbus Day/Native Peoples' Day." But in a recent memo sent to fello
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