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An investigation into Crow Wing Power by the Minnesota Attorney General's office may not be the only complication co-op officials will be contending with in coming weeks.
So I'm at a local automotive repair shop to replace a broken down tranny and as I'm going through the particulars of an installment plan to pay for it, it hits me: I've only written out a handful of checks in my life, which is something of an odd experience if you need to write a series of checks for the plan to work.
The Minnesota Attorney General's office is making inquiries into Crow Wing Power, per members of the co-op board and those who attended a closed directors meeting Thursday, May 16. Attendees and directors spoke with the Dispatch, either in person on Crow Wing Power grounds, or during phone interviews throughout the day. Accusations of impropriety have been leveled at Crow Wing Power officials regarding past business dealings and management of the co-op.
Scrambling for time amid her jam-packed afternoon, Quinn Nystrom dialed the Dispatch and gave her hometown newspaper a call. Nystrom—a prominent diabetes advocate and daughter of the Brainerd lakes area—had been juggling interviews for days. There were five of them alone Tuesday, May 14, the likes of Dutch publications and medical magazines; outlets with imposing names like Newsweek, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BBC, Al Jazeera; and even a meeting with the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
At what point does an individual commit a crime so serious they forfeit their own rights, and at what point should these rights be restored? Questions of this nature—though hardly a new trend—have reemerged in the national discourse. Here in Minnesota, it's an issue that's displayed sharp divides between DFLers and their Republican counterparts—especially this political session, with a DFL-proposed House bill that would grant felons the right to vote while on probation once they've completed their stint in prison.
Garrison firefighters smothered a small brushfire Monday, May 13, on the 10000 block of Bob Crust Road, just east of Upper South Long Lake. The Garrison Fire Department received notification of a brush fire at roughly 6:50 p.m., Chief Bruce Breun said during a phone call. Brainerd Fire Department was first notified by mistake, he noted. Upon arriving at the scene at roughly 7:10 p.m., firefighters faced a small fire, no larger than 1 to 1.5 acres of wooded land along private property. The cause of the grass fire was unknown late Monday.
BAXTER—The city of Baxter is taking steps to spruce up the welcome mat, metaphorically speaking. "It's at the Paris Road cul-de-sac, basically just north of the Mississippi River entrance. The idea is a beautification project," Community Development Director Josh Doty said. "This is basically the entrance to our city on the Paul Bunyan State Trail."
It looks like winter 2019—which, hopefully, gave the lakes area its last shellacking Wednesday—will continue to resonate and factor as an imposing presence during the fishing opener Saturday, May 11. Across the Brainerd lakes area, bait shop proprietors and fishing guides are pointing to the lingering effects of a frigid and chaotic winter season. Both locals and tourists have to account for a delayed fishing season from the moment they step into the bait shop until they haul their boats out of the water, they said Thursday, May 9.
Budget talks have largely broken down in St. Paul, with both sides pointing fingers at their counterparts and citing a disregard for good faith negotiations. In the split Minnesota Legislature, House DFLers and Senate Republicans—along with Gov. Tim Walz—are grappling over a $49 billion budget. Key sticking points in negotiations include a proposed 70% increase to the gas tax, an ambitious paid-leave policy with up to 24 weeks for employees, a 2% provider's tax on the health care industry and beefed up allocations for education in the hundreds of millions.
BAXTER—Developers of the White Oak Estates housing project are getting a financial boost after the Baxter City Council voted Tuesday, May 7, to grant the property incremental tax relief status.