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Brainerd Dispatch readers will notice some changes with today's paper. Most prominently is a change to our fonts—the text that makes up the headlines and copy of our stories. It is now more bold and more readable. Other changes include some minor style items. The changes are designed not only to improve readability but to streamline our page design process. What won't change is our dedication to news gathering from our excellent team of reporters and photographers.
NISSWA - What do an Air Force pilot, a theoretical physicist, a health care professional and a NASA engineer have in common? They represent the careers of the 2015 inductees into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame, which now boasts 58 men and women who have been selected for the honor. This year's class - Col. Ronald L. Albers, Dr.
Think of it as winter's parting shot. The thermometer bottomed out at 26 degrees below zero about 6 a.m. Thursday morning, besting the previous record cold temperature for March 5 - 25 degrees below zero - set in 2003. By Friday, the National Weather Service in Duluth's forecast predicts an improvement of 60 degrees, with a high temperature of 35 degrees expected in Brainerd.
Brutal cold might be an understatement. The thermometer clocked in at 29 degrees below zero Thursday morning at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, with wind chills approaching 40 degrees below zero. "It's the coldest day of the season, I can tell you that much, and it's encroaching on some of the coldest days we had from last year," said Steve Gohde, observing program leader at the National Weather Service in Duluth. Cold, but not record cold. That distinction belongs to 1929, when the temperature in Brainerd dropped to a frigid 38 degrees below zero. "Feb.
It's a mixed bag of weather this week for those planning to travel for Christmas festivities. The forecast appears tame on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but it's the days preceding the holiday that could dictate road conditions across northern Minnesota. Rainfall on Sunday and Monday wiped out most of the snow on the ground in the Brainerd area, as temperatures rose above 35 degrees.
Letters from Jan Burton and Bob Olson in today's (Oct. 28) Reader Opinion section of the Brainerd Dispatch took exception with the lack of disclosure on an editorial in the Oct. 19 Dispatch regarding statements Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering made during a recent county board Committee of the Whole meeting. Specifically, the Dispatch editorial took Koering to task for saying, "Really, I'd prefer the media not be there, because we can talk more freely," Koering said. "I'm not trying to hide anything, but we can talk more freely.
Chlorine will be added to Brainerd's water system late Saturday afternoon to combat contamination that may have occurred due to a water main break Thursday. Brainerd Public Utilities officials reported Friday that of 12 tests done on Brainerd's water system, one returned back positive for bacteria, prompting a water boil order for a minimum of one week or until further notice and a meeting with Minnesota Department of Health officials on Saturday. Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Superintendent Scott Magnuson said chlorination will start about 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Bacteria was found in one of the 12 tests conducted on Brainerd's drinking water system, Brainerd Public Utility officials reported Friday, resulting in an extension of the order for residents to boil water to be used for drinking and cooking. Because of the positive test, Brainerd Public Utilities and Minnesota Department of Health decided it was best to extend the city's current water boil order for a minimum of one week or until further notice, Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Superintendent Scott Magnuson said. The test was conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday after a
In an effort to rebuild deer numbers across the state, the DNR will be taking a conservative approach in the upcoming hunting season. That means in 95 percent of the state a hunter will only be able to take one deer, and in many areas a lottery has been instituted. "To shoot a doe, hunters may have to apply for a permit in areas where they haven't in the past and, in some places, no antlerless harvest will be allowed," said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the DNR, in a news release.
After waiting out what seemed to be a never-ending winter, open-water walleye and northern pike fishing is back. Unlike last year, the threat of ice on lakes won’t be a problem. Aside from some reports of floating ice, Brainerd area lakes appear to be wide open heading into Saturday’s fishing opener. “It’s looking very good,” said Sherree Wicktor, owner of S & W Bait on Highway 371 North.