Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board last week rescinded civil penalties it had issued in November against the Cass County DFL Committee and the Leech Lake Gaming Division.
Monday morning traffic in Brainerd was snarled after an errant tree hit a power line in south Brainerd causing a 45-minute power outage during rush hour. Brainerd Public Utilities Superintendent Scott Magnuson said Monday the power was out for about 45 minutes — from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday. “The guys did a good job,” he said of his crew that disposed of the tree and helped restore power, during the rainfall.
Brainerd Public Utility (BPU) customers who adhered to a utilities request to continuously run a pencil-thin stream of water this winter to prevent water line freeze-ups may turn the water off on April 30.
Ospreys who were building a nest Thursday on a tall transmission line along Highway 18, east of Brainerd, knocked out power for about 3,400 Crow Wing Power customers at about 4 p.m. Power was restored to virtually all the customers by 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Char Kinzer, Crow Wing Power public relations manager.
BAXTER — Neal Lesmeister’s smile on Tuesday was as bright as the sunshine that hit the roof of his home on Earth Day. The sun’s powerful rays enhanced the view from the Mississippi River ridge where his home is located but also meant money in the bank for the Baxter home builder.
Recycling efforts at the Crow Wing County Landfill remain at a fairly consistent level, according to Solid Waste Manager Doug Morris, who hopes the recycling market stays strong in the future. Morris, who’s been at his job since 1996, said the demand for recycled objects changes from year to year, but currently there is still a market to get rid of the items — rather than have to place them in the landfill. His comments came on Earth Day, the 44th annual call to action to protect the environment.
Minnesota House DFLers placed a spotlight Monday on a bonding project that Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport officials said they need in order to comply with a State Fire Marshal mandate — the extension of Brainerd water and sewer to the airport.
PARK RAPIDS — An enthusiastic group of 8th Congressional District Republicans Saturday unanimously endorsed Stewart Mills III, 42, as its candidate for Congress. Describing himself as an unintentional candidate, Mills told the 219 delegates and alternates who gathered at Park Rapids Area Century School he was 100 percent in the race to win the seat from Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn. “We’re running against someone very liberal and very out of step with our values and priorities,” Mills said. “This is a very winnable election.”
Jersey and Buddy, Kay Rudolph’s two dogs, were escorted from their rural Motley home Thursday when water spilled over the banks of the Crow Wing River onto Rudolph’s driveway. Jersey, a boxer who doesn’t like water much, apparently didn’t think the evacuation was necessary. “The Lab walked,” Rudolph said. “The boxer had to be pulled across.”
Competition in the non-restaurant division of next fall’s Crosslake Chili Cook-off may be a little stiffer this fall as the result of legislative action this week.