The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages motorists to plan ahead before traveling Memorial Day weekend and use extra care while driving through work zones. MnDOT will suspend work on most projects during the holiday, but motorists may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours. Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic, consider using alternate routes and check www.511mn.org to get information about road construction and traffic impacts. Highway projects that may affect weekend travel May 24-27 include: Twin Cities
It appears the lakes area may get a reprieve from a stretch of damp, gray weather headed into Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service does not expect precipitation either Saturday or Sunday, May 25-26, although Memorial Day itself seems it will add to the above-average rain totals experienced this month.
ST. CLOUD—Brainerd head coach Bruce Thompson couldn't remember if and or when the Warriors ever claimed the Section 8-2A singles and doubles championships in the same year. That answer will be a lot easier going forward as Patrick Moraghan won the section singles title and the duo of Garrett Goeden-Ian Aadland are section doubles champions after play Friday, May 24, at St. Cloud Apollo.
WAITE PARK—Halle Zupan's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning concluded the No. 2 seeded Pierz Pioneers seven run rally Thursday, May 23, in the Section 6-2A loser's bracket game. Trailing 7-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning against Central Minnesota Conference foe Eden Valley-Watkins, Pierz scored six runs to tie the game and send it into extra innings. It was in the ninth that Zupan stepped to the plate and delivered the game-winning hit.
The Minnesota Congressional delegation sent a letter Thursday, May 23, to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie highlighting Minnesota's efforts to address veteran homelessness and urging him to examine if the VA could benefit from implementing similar programs at the federal level. The delegation includes Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Reps. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., Angie Craig, D-Minn., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., Betty McCollum, D-Minn., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Pete Stauber, R-Minn.
CROSSLAKE—Crosslake Christian Assembly of God, 13919 County Highway 36, Crosslake, will have a bluegrass concert 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26. There will be gospel bluegrass music featuring a variety of instruments and styles.
The Center 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd 218-829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com Monday The Center is closed for Memorial Day LSS Dining Site is closed for Memorial Day Tuesday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Exercise Rooms 8 a.m. - Toymakers 8 a.m. - Open Crafts 9 a.m. - Zumba 9:30 a.m. - Pickleball (Gregory Park Courts) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Service dining: Swiss steak, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread/margarine, cake, milk Noon - Model Railroad Group
The following is a listing of Memorial Day events in the Brainerd lakes area. Brainerd Brainerd Memorial Day ceremonies begin 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Laurel Street bridge, where a wreath honoring those veterans lost at sea will be tossed into the Mississippi River. A prayer will be given by Pastor Tom Wooden, Oak Street Chapel, followed by the firing of a rifle salute and taps.
NISSWA—The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation is sponsoring The State of The Lakes Area 9 a.m.-noon June 11 at Grand View Lodge's new North Boutique Hotel in Nisswa. This event is for seasonal residents to hear from several key organizations firsthand about what's happening in the Brainerd lakes area.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and congressional leaders Thursday, May 22, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to allow a vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA. According to a news release, VAWA authorization lapsed more than 100 days ago, and it has now been 48 days since the House passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act with bipartisan support. More than 120 bills passed by the House of Representatives are awaiting action in the Senate.