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The future (and the past, for that matter) of Brainerd's buildings has led to no shortage of hand-wringing and heated debates over the years. And for a city dealing with a host of infrastructure issues—look no further than the Historic Water Tower, the city's parks and recreational facilities in need of repair, its aging sewer and water systems, to say little of its police and fire department buildings—it's the future of city hall, its heart, garnering the most discussion of late.
BARROWS—A fire gutted a garage and left one person injured late afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Barrows. First responders were notified of a fully involved garage fire at 4:26 p.m. at the 10000 block of Depot Street, just off Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd. Large plumes of gray smoke could be seen from about a mile off, blending into the overcast sky. Coming on scene, responders faced an engulfed parking garage, lit like a lamp in flames, with heavy smoke billowing out the front and service doors from pockets of fire within.
BARROWS—A fire gutted a garage and left one person injured late afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Barrows. First responders were notified of a fully involved garage fire at 4:26 p.m. at the 10000 block of Depot Street, just off Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd. Fat plumes of gray smoke could be seen from about a mile off, blending into the overcast sky. Coming on scene, responders faced an engulfed parking garage, lit like a lamp in flames, with heavy smoke billowing out the front and service doors from pockets of fire within.
Much like any budget session, it was a lot of haggling, hemming and hawing over numbers and how they look to stack up over the coming years. But where these particular numbers stack up may give Brainerd city residents a bit to chew on—namely, how many cops does a city of 13,428 people need, especially in light of relatively high crime rates for a municipality of this size?
How often does it come down to a choice weighed "between the lesser of two evils" in American politics? Maybe that's something of a hyperbolic expression in today's polarized political environment, but there's no denying U.S. voters are often voting against someone or some policy as much as they're voting for someone or a specific policy measure—contests, compared to decades past, featuring no shortage of mud-slinging and second-guessing.
Christmas lights have something of a unique charm—in some ways serving as luminous symbols of good cheer during the winter solstice, shining brightly and happily during the darkest times of the year. Americans have a special affinity for these vines of light, garlanded around homes and fashioned into jaw-dropping installations—in fact, it's been reported ad nauseum that the U.S. channels more volts into Christmas bulbs than many developing nations use electricity in a given year.
In the wake of the 2018 midterms, the political landscape has shifted significantly—though, if you asked state Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. "For whatever reason, Minnesota seems to like divided government," he told the Dispatch during a phone interview Monday, Nov. 19. "You know it's been pretty common, every one of my years, that Minnesota government in one form or another has the powers divided between Democrats and Republicans. This isn't out of the ordinary."
BAXTER—Plans are moving forward to transform the Ultra Paws site in east Baxter into a doggy day care facility after the Baxter City Council passed a bevy of resolutions during its Tuesday, Nov. 20, meeting. The ordinance changes and conditional use permits approved would allow for the construction of facilities for dog day care, as well as measures to protect neighboring properties from possible nuisances associated with dogs, on 8301 Industrial Park Road.
This one's for all the speed demons out there. As local motorists might have noticed, stretches of state highways—like, say, Highway 371 between Pequot Lakes and Hackensack—has seen speed limits increased from 55 mph to 60 mph. As it turns out, it represents a statewide initiative to increase speed limits for two-lane highways across Minnesota, said Tom Dumont, a traffic engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Florida ain't got nothing on Manhattan Beach. Make heads or tails of that. Let's set aside talks of close races, recounts and runoffs, and take a look at the mayoral race between incumbent Paul Allen and Kevin Larson for the tiny town—population about 60—just north of Crosslake.