Sarah Nelson Katzenberger
Dawn Marker and Kim Jensen have a well-kept secret they want everyone to know about. For the past two years, Marker, of the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Cloud and Jensen of Crow Wing County’s Veteran’s Service office have been working to coordinate a multi-agency effort to help Brainerd lakes area veterans with adequate transportation to medical appointments. “This is our way of giving back to the veterans,” Marker said.
Emma Palm is not the kind of person to let a little unexpected life-change get her down. She’s tough. And she can prove it. Palm, 22, just completed her third year at North Dakota State University (NDSU) while carrying a full load of classes as a dietician major with a minor in psychology. She also a captain for the university’s competitive dance team — a commitment that comes with practice six days a week, seven months out of the year. “Yeah, I guess I’m pretty busy,” Palm said. Oh, and Palm also has multiple sclerosis.
CAMP RIPLEY — The idea of unmanned aircraft flying overhead might make some Minnesotans a little uneasy, but Capt. Eric Lewanski said there is nothing to worry about when it comes to Camp Ripley’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Facility. “They don’t leave Camp Ripley,” Lewanski said. “We have a lot of area to fly around.” Camp Ripley opened its newest facility to the public Friday to show off its $3.9 million, 53,000-acre training facility. “We are very eager to share our skills,” Lewanski told military staff, media and public in attendance.
The conversation about a possible bonding bill that would fund a multi-million dollar sewage and water extension to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport continued Thursday at the Airport’s monthly commission meeting. Commissioners Jeff Czeczok, Rachel Reabe Nystrom, Beth Pfingsten and Vice Chair Don Jacobson were present at the meeting. Chair Andy Larson and Commissioner Gary Scheeler were absent.
How can we prevent this from ever happening again? That’s the question plaguing the minds and breaking the hearts of Americans who were at a loss for answers following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The December shooting that took the lives of 20 first-graders, six adults all at the hands of a barely of legal age shooter. The incident sparked a heated debate about mental health concerns, gun control, mandatory rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The conversation has further polarized an already deeply divided nation.
It doesn’t take much. Just one drink at any stage of pregnancy can affect a woman’s unborn child. And unlike other hazardous consumption during pregnancy, the damage caused by alcohol doesn’t go away over time. It’s permanent. That’s the message Brainerd resident Peter Johnson and his longtime friend and colleague Jody Allen Crowe of Eagan want to get across to women before they consume alcohol during a pregnancy — that one decision could change everything.
Less than one-percent of the world’s population will run a marathon in their lifetime. Of those, 10-percent will qualify to run the most prestigous marathon in the world. Boston. Cuyuna Regional Medican Center labor and delivery nurse Melissa Goble has done both. Oh yeah, she’s also a wife and mom to three kids. Goble, 29, insists that while she has always been an athlete, she wasn’t much a runner until she started college. “It was a huge stress relief for me,” Goble said.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport is one step closer to expansion of water and sewer services from the city of Brainerd to the airport. It’s a small step, but an important one. A bill authored by Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, and Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, in the House and Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, in the Senate calls for $7,150,000 to be appropriated from bonds to service the expansion project.
Like other Roman Catholics around the world, Father Tony Wroblewski waited in anticipation for the white smoke to emerge from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel signifying a new pope was chosen. “I was literally doing my work when I got the news,” said Wroblewski, who was visiting an ill parishioner when he got the call about the new pope.
Don’t break out the shorts and flip-flops just yet. It looks like spring will remain at bay for at least a few more days. The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin — including Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties. Snow is likely, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle, mainly before 10 a.m. Thursday. Less than an inch of snow accumulation in most areas. The Brainerd lakes area should expect up to 2 inches of snow by mid-morning Thursday.