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At age 23, John Babinski is running the family business his grandfather founded in the way his grandfather taught him. "I've been part of the business since age 6," he said of Babinski Properties, a family-owned property management and development company with an office in Pequot Lakes and main office in Sioux Falls, S.D. "I've been part of the business forever, working with my grandpa and my dad side by side, helping out after school."
As the Minnesota walleye and northern pike fishing opener kicks off the tourist season this weekend, bringing the first main influx of trucks and SUVs hauling trailers with boats to lakes area roads, drivers should be aware of Highway 371 four-lane expansion work between Nisswa and Jenkins.
Area residents packed the Cole Memorial Building in Pequot Lakes on Friday to hear about the $49.9 million Highway 371 four-lane expansion project that's designed to improve safety and traffic mobility. The project encompasses nine miles from just north of Crow Wing County Road 18 in Nisswa to just north of County Road 16 in Jenkins. It includes a new alignment in Pequot Lakes, where the highway will go east of downtown.
State transportation commissioner Charlie Zelle and others spoke Friday at an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Highway 371 four-lane expansion project from Nisswa to Jenkins. The groundbreaking was held at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes. The $49.9 million highway project is designed to improve safety and traffic flow on those 9 miles of Highway 371. The project has been talked about for many years, and became possible with Corridors of Commerce funding.
The Highway 371 four-lane expansion project from Nisswa to Jenkins is on schedule, the Nisswa City Council learned in an update Wednesday, March 16, with grading slated to start in four main areas around Monday, March 28:
Anglers from around the United States are getting ready to hit the ice of Gull Lake in hopes of catching a prize-winning fish at the 26th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000...
Branden Burnard, Nisswa's "Superman" who defied odds in a six-year battle with cancer, is being remembered for his humor, his willingness to always help others and his dedication to his wife, daughters and community. Branden, 38, died Friday, Dec. 4. He was diagnosed with a rare form of ocular melanoma (eye cancer) in 2009, and was given 12-16 months to live, with treatment. His wife of 18 years, April, said when Branden returned to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a two-year checkup, his oncologist, Dr.
The Pequot Lakes City Council will meet at noon Wednesday, Sept. 23, at city hall to discuss options to fill the city administrator position after a candidate turned down a...
When the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and the humidity is low, Keith Simar goes to work. The retired Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester dons his backpack and hikes a narrow, winding path through the woods, then climbs 135 steep steps to perch 100 feet in the air. His office undoubtedly offers the most scenic view of any in the lakes area. Simar's office is atop the 80-year-old Pequot Lakes fire tower off County Road 11. From about noon to 5 or 6 p.m. on high wildfire danger days, he carefully scans the horizon from above the treetops for smoke.
Teresa Berg, owner of Martin's Sport Shop in downtown Nisswa, told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, March 18, she opposed a proposal to put a railing along the sidewalk in front of her business when Main Street is resurfaced and sidewalks repaired. "I don't like the thought of having a fence up on the sidewalk in front of my business," Berg said, asking what the plan is and noting she was disappointed she hadn't heard firsthand from the city about an issue that would affect her business. Berg was told discussions are ongoing and nothing has been approved yet.