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The current state of Minnesotan day cares is anything but child's play. And, when child care is one of the top issues facing Minnesota's labor force, the industry's decline in recent years could mean rough sledding for the economy if a solution isn't reached effectively and expediently. As executive director of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, Dan Dorman said he's looking to rehabilitate the child care industry through forming a coalition of towns, nonprofits and lawmakers, whether that's on the road or in the pillared halls of the Capitol in St. Paul.
The Brainerd City Council voted in two distinctly divided camps when it came to the matter of liquor license fees. Liquor-selling entities—which include everything from bars to food trucks to clubs—are up to renew their sale licenses April 1. The new wrinkle this year has been past measures by the council to categorize these establishments into three different groupings—Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3.
BAXTER—The Baxter City Council authorized a number of revisions to its city code—in particular, ordinances regarding city zones and property subdivisions. Community Development Director Josh Doty gave a rundown Tuesday, March 19, of the proposed changes to the council. In turn, council member Mark Cross offered suggestions of his own to fine-tune the revisions. Doty described it much like tidying the house or bureaucratic upkeep.
Another chapter in the ongoing saga surrounding Buffalo Hills Lane is complete—namely, a market study of adjoining properties along Buffalo Hills Lane, which indicates a clearer picture of how property owners will be assessed when construction starts. After years of debate, heated public hearings and experts poring over logistics, city staffers presented a revised assessment methodology for the estimated $900,000 Buffalo Hills Lane reconstruction project to the Brainerd City Council Monday, March 18. Council members unanimously authorized the resultant methodology.
Through seemingly insurmountable odds, the Central Lakes College Raiders found themselves victorious Thursday, March 14, with an unlikely win over the Suffolk County Community College Sharks of New York. It was a back and forth 82-68 victory over the No. 1-seeded team in the tournament, advancing CLC one step closer to the National Junior College Athletic Association basketball championship. The eighth-seeded Raiders trailed 35-31 at halftime, to say little of a 14-3 flurry in the game's final coda to seal the deal.
BAXTER—A penny for your thoughts—or, in the case of Baxter City Council, a Saturday morning spent envisioning a future for Baxter. Prior to the weekend retreat Saturday, March 9, Baxter city council members were encouraged to bring a number of proposals or ideas for the council to consider as they map out the community's future going forward.
For the Centennial Commander, it was something of a homecoming. Well, for Brett Reistad, the official title is National Commander of the American Legion, the highest office in the veterans organization and one—which the moniker alludes to—he took the reins of in the 100th year of the Legion's storied history, a century after the end of World War I.
The year 2018 saw the last of the "Watergate Babies" leave the U.S. House of Representatives, bidding farewell to Capitol Hill after six terms in office—the coda for a singular career in politics and a man who was a liberal lion in a district colored conservative red. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Crosby, announced his retirement Feb. 10, 2018,—at the age of 74, he had spent six years in office between 2012 and 2018, as well as a first foray into Congress between 1975-1981.
IRONTON—Amid descending nightfall and plummeting temperatures, flames engulfed Bud's Small Engine Repair shop late afternoon Friday, Dec. 28, in Ironton. Thick smoke was visible from the highway, and people surrounded the site at 20233 Hematite Ave. and watched Crosby Fire Department crews work to extinguish the flames. Shortly before 5 p.m., the temperature was 5 degrees at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, with a windchill of 12 below zero.
BAXTER—There were plenty of easy pleasantries and dry-humored laughs, but make no mistake, it was a tense public hearing—evidenced by the earnest looks, pensive expressions and the lingering words of a speaker who jokingly described the proceedings as a "lynch mob."