Sarah Nelson Katzenberger
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.
All good things must come to an end. For Brainerd resident Linda Marsh, 22 years worth of good things will draw to a close today. With more than two decades under her belt and hundreds of kids having been under her care, Marsh is retiring from her job in the child care center at the Brainerd Family YMCA. “It just doesn’t feel real,” Marsh said Wednesday.
If something seems like it might be too good to be true, it probably is. Central Lakes College student Sarah Mozey learned that valuable lesson after nearly getting caught up in a housing scam found on Craigslist. Mozey, 19, said she responded to a Craigslist ad for a rental home on Ahrens Hills Lane. “I was excited,” Mozey said. “It was a great house.”
While methamphetamine use in Crow Wing County appears to be on the rise, it isn’t only area law enforcement that is seeing an increase in activity. Crow Wing County Children and Family Services Supervisor Lynda Erickson said the number of calls social services receives related to meth use is also on the rise.