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Housing, public transportation, safety, jobs and visual appeal are among the priorities Brainerd residents and community members want to see included in the city's updated comprehensive plan. Public input is an important element in the update process, which is a collaborative effort among Sourcewell, Region Five and the city of Brainerd. Planning leaders conducted interviews, meetings, surveys and focus groups for the last six months to figure out what needs to be added to the plan.
A hole in the wall is the damage Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake has to show for a small fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Pillager Fire Department responded to the Shoreline Suites building, where Fire Chief Greg Ringler said employees caught the fire and suppressed it with fire extinguishers until the crews arrived. No employees were in the building when the fire started though.
The Brainerd School District's annual Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame just took place in October, but instead of waiting a year, the next one will come up in about six months.
Are parking lots the key to keeping children safe? Brainerd School District officials say yes. City council representatives are leary. But exchanges between the two groups remained civil as the district's proposal to add parking lots to Harrison, Garfield and Lowell elementary schools was the focal point of a joint meeting among representatives of both the school district and the city council Tuesday, Nov. 13. City council member Dave Badeaux praised the school district, opining it's the best in the state.
If all goes as planned, Nisswa Elementary School will open its doors for the 2020 school year with its updates complete. Project director Chris Ziemer and Jason Maaninga, both of ICS Consulting, along with Widseth Smith Nolting President Kevin Donnay, shared schematic designs for Nisswa Elementary with the Brainerd School Board Monday, Nov. 12, during the board's regular meeting.
The Brainerd lakes area is covered in snow and already colder than normal, with wintry weather just beginning as November creeps up to the halfway mark. Temperatures hovered around the teens and low 20s late last week, with Saturday, Nov. 10, only seeing an average of 13. These numbers are about 11-19 degrees lower than the averages for this time of year, according to Dean Melde, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Flags waved, trumpets sounded and voices rang as area schools honored military veterans Thursday and Friday in anticipation of Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11. Brainerd High School Retired Brig. Gen. Art Ludwig, a 1949 graduate of Washington High School in Brainerd, and his daughter, retired Col. Laura Ludwig, served as the keynote speakers Friday, Nov. 9, during a program at Brainerd High School.
Several schools in the Brainerd School District hosted Veterans Day programs Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, to honor area military veterans.
Third-graders at Baxter Elementary School sang patriotic tunes as students and staff gathered Thursday, Nov. 8, in the gym for Veterans Day program. Principal Tammy Stellmach explained the importance of Veterans Day to her and acknowledged students with family members who served or are serving in the military.
The Brainerd School District was a hot topic during the open forum portion of the Monday, Nov. 5, Brainerd City Council meeting.