BAXTER—The Baxter City Council is willing to sell 40 acres of land to the Brainerd School District for school purposes. The decision came after the council met Tuesday in a closed session regarding purchase of property. The land in question is just to the east of Forestview Middle School, on the other side of Knollwood Drive.
BAXTER—Dick's Sporting Goods is officially opening its new Baxter store, 13499 Elmwood Drive, with a weekend of events, specials, giveaways and one Minnesota Viking beginning Feb. 23. The store will open at 8 a.m. on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 25. As is customary, a soft opening, or preview days as Dick's Sporting Goods refers to them, is planned from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. The Baxter store is one of four Dick's Sporting Goods opening in February, with others in Indiana, California and Rhode Island.
BAXTER—Plans have changed for the redevelopment of the Gander Mountain site in Baxter, meaning a second building is back in the mix. Tom Ryan, from Oppidan Investment Co. which owns the site, was at a Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last week. Oppidan and the developers for the buildings, Retail Partners Baxter, requested the change. Those plans are expected to go before the Baxter City Council on Tuesday.
Early Tuesday morning the final five cities still in the hunt for a $500,000 boost for small businesses were revealed and Brainerd was not among them. Amanda Brinkman and new co-cost Ty Pennington, part of the upcoming season three of the "Small Business Revolution-Main Street" online series, announced the five cities chosen from the Top 10 during a Facebook Live interview. Brinkman said the Deluxe company took on this project as a way to help small businesses that are struggling in small communities, facing competition from ecommerce and from big box retailers.
BAXTER—At an annual economic development gathering Monday, one word was repeated to describe recent events in Brainerd—momentum.
Thrifty White Drug is looking at moving its pharmacy from downtown Brainerd to a newly constructed facility at Kingwood and North Second streets.
BAXTER—Unfazed by the scent of smoke and flashing lights of firefighting equipment, Baxter City Council members, staff and residents met in a workshop. The Wednesday night session, just before the regular council meeting, was underway as firefighters wrapped up following an investigation of smoke in the building. Council members said a faulty furnace was the cause. A furnace repairman was on-site shortly after the meeting ended, leaving city hall free of fire but with less heating power until a part could be replaced.
The waiting to find out if Downtown Brainerd makes the cut to the top five cities for the Small Business Revolution is nearly over. Now in the final 10, Brainerd is still in the running for at $500,000 prize with expertise to help small business and exposure through an online series with Deluxe's Small Business Revolution-Main Street series.
As metal coverings come down, the full character of the former Iron Rail saloon, a large corner brick building in downtown Brainerd, is revealed. Peeling back the layers covering the brick is bringing back the look of a historic building on Laurel Street. Business owners Ed and Sarah Hayden Shaw bought the building just down the block from their restaurant Sage on Laurel.
CROSSLAKE—Living in Denny Hecker's former 11,438-square-foot mansion may require a map for a new buyer—or at least a healthy set of lungs to yell across the house. But for a mere $8.5 million, the compound on Cross Lake's Echo Bay, with its multiple houses and 800 feet of lakeshore on 5.6 acres, is available for a motivated buyer. Chad Schwendeman, broker/owner Exit Lakes Realty Premier, listed the home last fall.