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With the retirement of Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Crosby, Minnesota's 8th District is an open race—a hotly contested swing-district in prior elections that looks to draw national attention going into the 2018 midterms. During a phone interview, Nolan expressed confidence in the Democrats' chances in the district, despite the lack of a clear candidate to succeed him from his own party. He cited strong poll numbers as an indicator of future success.
As the last of the "Watergate Babies" exits the U.S. House of Representatives and bids farewell to Capitol Hill, he can look back at a historically unique career of public service and say it all started with liver and onions.
The Brainerd City Council is considering changes to ordinances regarding fabric-based buildings in the city of Brainerd, making a foray into an issue that's been a sore point for city officials and community members in the past. Currently, ordinances do not allow buildings constructed from fabric materials to be built in its industrial and commercial districts. These buildings—often in the form of "hoop houses"—while practical, cheap to build and maintain, are often seen as an eyesore and have been restricted from main thoroughfares like Washington Street in the past.
Central Lakes College hosted a session Wednesday regarding aging and elder care in central Minnesota—a subject that's been gaining traction as more of the population moves into their twilight years. The session was headlined by state Sens. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and Karin Housley, R-St. Mary's Point.
BAXTER—Crow Wing County is overwhelmingly Jeff Johnson country, if Republican caucusgoers had the final word. Out of 102 votes, the 2014 Republican nominee for governor and current Hennepin County commissioner led with a dominant 71 ballots, while his opponents couldn't muster half his support combined.
The city of Brainerd is taking another stab at rehabilitating its northern area and downtown district after it authorized the necessary steps to apply for a nearly $700,000 grant. During Monday's meeting, the Brainerd City Council unanimously approved three steps required for a 2018 preliminary proposal, which stipulates $692,725 for property rehabilitation purposes. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development accepts proposals for its Small Cities Development Program.
For Alex Hering, the vice-chair of the Cass County DFL, a keyword is "care"—health care, elderly care, home care and daycare, or caring for the environment and caring for one's neighbor. Care, in the sense of being valued and supported by one's community, is starting to diminish in Minnesota communities, Hering said. That's a central reason why he's running to be representative of District 9A (an area covering almost all of Wadena and Todd counties, as well as the southern portion of Cass County) in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
An almost blue-collar attitude—rolled up sleeves and can-do mindset, the whole works—may not be the first image of an Ivy-League educated lawyer that comes to mind. But that's what state Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said he's bringing to the table. He's pointing at a 15-year track record as a state legislator—which includes a six-year stint as leader of the state party, as well as a run for governor in 2010—as evidence of tangible results.
State Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, announced Wednesday he will seek a third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Heintzeman represents House District 10A, which encompasses a little more than one-third of Crow Wing County, including Brainerd and Baxter.
Having made their appeals to authority, the city of Brainerd and Central Lakes College now wait for the state of Minnesota's response. Tuesday's gathering in the atrium of Central Lakes College—a hodgepodge of academics, administrators, state officials and members of the media—first functioned as a tour, then a series of presentations as local figures championed projects that look to change the face of the community college and the community it resides within.