Sarah Nelson Katzenberger
EMILY — What was once Char’s and then Andy’s, Mary’s and Duke’s Cafe now goes by the name of Haw’s — as in Jim Haw. Known as “the little diner in the middle of nowhere,” Haw’s Cafe has taken on new ownership in longtime Emily resident, Jim Haw. After more than two decades in bar ownership, Haw said he was ready for a change and found himself taking on restaurant ownership. “I was ready,” Haw said. Being a longtime resident of the area, Haw said he makes a concerted effort to buy locally. “I want to keep it so we can all stay in business,” he said.
The charm of The Barn in Brainerd can be seen from a mile away. Likely because it’s the only fire-engine-red barn on Washington Street in Brainerd. The tiny restaurant has about 10 tables that wrap around a bar countertop seating, where most of the regulars sit. Its interior has the classic small dinner feel with checkered flooring and bright orange booths. The Barn has been family owned by the Kinney family since 1970, but longtime customers confirm the restaurant has been a local favorite since 1947.
CROSSLAKE — Andy’s Bar and Grill is easy to miss when driving through Crosslake. It doesn’t come up on a GPS and when you ask new owner Ed Money about its location, his best answer is, “on the corner of 3 and 66.” Money took ownership of Andy’s in April. The restaurant shares space with a conjoining liquor store by the same name in a building with remnants dating back to 1909. “It’s always been Andy’s,” Money said.
AITKIN — Anyone who tells Sylvia Allen she can’t do something quickly learns you don’t tell Sylvia Allen no. As a young girl, Allen, a native of Edina, spent her summers at her grandparents home in northern Minnesota. Though she now lives in New Jersey she still returns as often as possible — family tradition that dates back nearly 100 years. “There’s just something special about coming back here,” she said. “Lots of memories.”
BAXTER — Driving up Highway 371 this weekend will provide an extra bit of scenery for those passing through Baxter. In the open field between Target and Mills’ Bodyworks on the east side of the highway stands a curiously large tent. Traveling preacher and Brainerd resident, Dean Goossen, said he hopes people won’t just drive by but that their curiosity will lead them to stop by.
If there is one thing Sheila DeChantal is convinced of — it’s that books change lives. “Books aren’t dead yet,” DeChantal said. “I’m a huge reader — I’ve always been a reader.” DeChantal’s love for reading has evolved into community action in support of the Brainerd Public Library. In February, she took on the role of Friends of the Library president, after getting involved with the organization last summer. Through membership fees and twice-yearly book sales, Friends helps fund library projects that aren’t covered in the library budget.
■ Could flying from Brainerd actually save money? By SARAH NELSON KATZENBERGER The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport wants potential flyers to know flying out of the lakes area is a reasonable option when it comes to taking a trip away from Minnesota. Driving to the Twin Cities for departures from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is often less expensive — until travelers factor in the cost of gas and parking for the length of their trip.
The planned city sewer and water extension to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport continues to be the primary topic of discussion for the airport’s commission. Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether attended the commission’s monthly meeting Thursday to answer questions and concerns expressed by the commission. Hulsther said he learned of the concerns after the reading of them in the Brainerd Dispatch .
Hunger is one of the greatest concerns for many Minnesota families during the summer months. With school out for the summer, and just over 40 percent of ISD 181 students receiving lunch assistance, the question of who feeds our children hovers. This summer area churches and organizations have worked together to come up with a solution: Operation Sandwich.
No one wants to think about snow removal in the middle of July but the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport is already making plans for next winter’s potential slew of storms. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., announced in a press release Tuesday the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was awarded a Department of Transportation grant for more than $400,000 to fund the purchase of a new snow removal vehicle.