The Dispatch is hosting a customer appreciation picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 and inviting the public to meet the staff and take part in an offering of hot dogs, chips, pop and water. Former Funny Car driver Doc Halladay will be on hand along with a chance to win tickets to the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. We'll also have voting stations available for people to cast their votes in the Best of the Brainerd Lakes contest.
Remember when instant photos that developed in front of your eyes were the latest technology? Those old enough will recall Polaroid cameras, about the size of a large cantaloupe, and remember the audible whine as the camera spit out a small photo. The photographer would wait a certain amount of time and then peel back the paper to reveal the image. Instant picture. I still have that original camera. But digital changed everything. Developing film and getting those photos back for albums seemed a thing of the past.
The Westgate Mall branch office for MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union on Fairview Road is closing for an extended period to allow construction at the site. The last day the drive-up branch will be open is Aug. 10 with a reopening in November. Plans are to demolish the current building and replace it with a smaller footprint, 41 square feet smaller than the existing credit union building with three drive-thru lanes. The branch currently has six lanes.
BAXTER—Trees have been removed, earth moving is in full flight and the metal skeleton for a structure is already taking shape along Dellwood Drive. The property formerly was home to a Wells Fargo branch site along the service road just off Highway 371 near Culver's restaurant and Menards. The bank building was demolished in late 2016.
They're colorful, connected to history and have an enthusiastic following. Insulators that once stood atop poles allowing people to communicate before the Civil War to those that helped extend electricity across America are part of a growing subculture of collectors. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors and material representing a history of manufacturers.
BAXTER—Wildflowers add bright golden color to the open field just off Edgewood Drive in Baxter, where the vacant land is once again the subject of potential commercial development. Once home to Dan's Sod and the source of speculation for a major retail development during the boom before the Great Recession, potential development plans for the land were before Baxter officials.
BAXTER—Forestview Middle School will have a school resource officer shortly after the Christmas break. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted told the city council Tuesday, July 17, the department was excited about the addition. The council approved starting the hiring process for an entry level patrol officer to fill the opening created by the school officer. The city council accepted the contract with the Brainerd School District for the officer and approved funding for the officer's position to fill the contract.
Todd Vanek was named president of Bang Printing, Brainerd, and Sentinel Printing, St. Cloud, by CJK Group, a national portfolio of print and publishing-related services. Bang Printing describes itself as a leading short- to mid-run book manufacturer with a history spanning more than 115 years.
A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, near Southeast 13th Street in Brainerd, Brainerd police reported. The fatality was reported about 2:30 a.m. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston, in a news release, stated Brainerd police officers were stopped at a railroad crossing for an eastbound train when the train made an abrupt stop. Officers continued east, finding the front of the BNSF train east of the crossing at Southeast 13th Street in Brainerd.
BAXTER—Trail enthusiasts in the city of Baxter will now have a new option to track their route, plan an outing or check for park amenities. Josh Doty, community development director and Todd DeBoer, information technology and GIS director, provided a look at the Baxter parks locator for the city council Tuesday, July 3. The city has eight parks and a five-member parks and trails commission with council member Quinn Nystrom serving as liaison.