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Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2020, covering Public Safety and the Baxter City Council.

Speier grew up in Livonia, Michigan, around the Detroit area. He graduated from Churchill High School and went on to join the U.S. Marines in 2004. After the Marines, he went to Wyotech and worked as a diesel mechanic around the country. Moving to Minnesota, Speier attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a degree in marketing.

Prior to coming to the Dispatch, he worked as a student journalist for The University Chronicle and also worked as a freelance journalist for the Sauk Rapid Herald, the Albany Enterprise and the West Central Tribune.

— Tim Speier can be reached at or 218-855-5859.

City Attorney Brad Person drafted a memo regarding the council’s legal standing in response to a Baxter resident who brought his concerns to the council.
With the pending adoption of the city’s new zoning code, property maintenance code and rental code, the council had an in-depth discussion on the future of code enforcement.
For locals and seasonal residents alike, not catching ice dam build-ups on a roof can lead to extensive damage if not taken care of quickly.
It’s time to get ready for the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, back on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay Saturday, Jan. 29, for its 31st annual charity tournament.
In 2011, Baxter reported MnDOT completed a project along Highway 371 that left multiple intersections experiencing flooding and unsafe driving conditions during rainstorms.
Scheduled noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 on Gull Lake at the Hole-in-the-Day Bay, this will be the 31st time the tournament occurs in person.
With an increase in the number of people participating in outdoor activities over the past couple of years, Crow Wing County Sheriff, Scott Goddard, talks about ice safety.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension previously stated shell casings and bullet fragments recovered from the scene would be destroyed as part of the agency’s DNA testing procedures.
The Dispatch publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.
Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the home on Pine Street early Thursday morning.