Spenser Bickett covers the Brainerd City Council and Brainerd School Board. A native of the Twin Cities, Bickett attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he majored in journalism with a minor in political science. After graduation, he interned for Sun Newspapers in Osseo and later worked for the International Falls Journal as a staff writer.
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The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport commission Thursday talked about ongoing delays in the airport utility extension project. When complete, the project will bring Brainerd Public Utilities water and sewer service to the airport. Tom's Backhoe Service is responsible for installing water and sewer lines from the city of Brainerd to the airport property boundary. Tom's Backhoe Service's part of the project has experienced multiple leaks since being deemed substantially complete last fall.
Community members came to a Brainerd Public Schools listening session Wednesday night at the newest school in the district, Forestview Middle School. The two most common suggested improvements for the school include an improved pickup and dropoff area for students and a more secure entrance.
Community members came to Brainerd High School Tuesday night to learn more about the Brainerd Public Schools comprehensive long-range facilities plan. A comprehensive long-range facilities plan for Brainerd Public Schools includes recommended actions for each building in the district. The recommendation for BHS is to renovate it.
The Brainerd Public Utilities commission Tuesday granted a bill adjustment to a mobile home park following leaks in the park's water system. The commission granted an adjustment of $1,119 to the Westwood Mobile Home Park, located next to the Westgate Mall in northwest Brainerd. The amount follows previous adjustment precedent for other mobile home parks, secretary/finance director Todd Wicklund said.
The fourth annual Brainerd History Week, from June 12-17, will focus on southeast Brainerd. The week runs Monday through Saturday, which is a deviation from past years, when the week wrapped up with Sunday events, said Mary Koep, one of the week's organizers. Sunday events usually aren't well-attended, she said, and June 18 is Father's Day, so organizers decided to forgo Sunday events. Monday, June 12
A comment made by a Brainerd High School student in the 2016-17 yearbook generated sizable controversy on social media in the past day. One page of the yearbook asks students for their feelings about President Donald Trump. One of the four commenters, a sophomore, had harsh words for the president. "I would like to behead him," the student said. "I do not like him."
BAXTER—Community members came to a listening session at Baxter Elementary School Thursday night to learn more about the Brainerd Public Schools comprehensive long-range facilities plan. In welcoming community members to the listening session, Principal Steve Lundberg said the school is coming to a breaking point when it comes to available space.
The city of Brainerd rental dwelling license board of appeals Wednesday night decided to recommend revoking and not renewing the license of a downtown Brainerd property owner. The license belongs to DBM Two Partnership LLC, the owner and license holder for 12 apartment units at 217 S. Seventh St. The license is for the period of June 23, 2016, through May 31, 2017.
Audience members at future Brainerd City Council meetings will hopefully be able to better hear council members when they speak. The council Monday night accepted a quote from Digital Horizons to replace audio equipment in the council chambers to improve audio quality in the chambers.
The Brainerd City Council Monday night took the first step toward extending hours of operation for food trucks in a specific section of the city. The council approved holding the first reading of an ordinance amending city zoning code to allow for longer hours of operation for food trucks in the Northern Pacific Center zone. The ordinance would allow food trucks to operate in the zone from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., an increase from the current hours of operation of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.