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It's time to put faces and policies to the name on the ballot. With five weeks to go until Election Day, residents of the Brainerd lakes area saw their candidates make their case before a televised audience. Vying for the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 10A candidates talked abortion rights, legalizing cannabis, maintaining environmental health for area water bodies and more during a televised debate, Friday, Oct. 5 on Lakeland PBS.
BAXTER—The Minnesota Republicans are setting up shop in Baxter for the coming election, making camp—so to speak—in a county that's been dependably red for several years. Prominent conservative politicos—including Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, state Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, and 8th District candidate Pete Stauber—converged on the new office at 14039 Edgewood Drive (just a door down from Boomer's Pizza) to kick off the final five weeks of the 2018 midterm elections. Election day is Nov. 6.
Lakes area residents will be able to get an up-close and extended look at their candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday and Friday. In a trio of debates, sitting state representatives and their challengers will spar over a bevy of questions in the lead-up to the Nov. 6 election. The debates—jointly moderated by the Brainerd Dispatch and Lakeland Public Television—are slated to take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4; and 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, on KAWB channels 22 (virtual) and 28 (digital).
BAXTER—The city of Baxter is moving forward on appraisals for a bevy of properties next to Highway 371, or where the Paul Bunyan State Trail could be rerouted. During the Baxter City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, members voted unanimously to award a contract to Nordic Appraisal Services for $17,750—in line with the stance of city staff, but flying in the face of recommendations by the parks and trails commission to deny the contract.
The U.S. Constitution is a rigid, virtually unyielding document by design—amended only 27 times in its run as the oldest codified set of supreme laws still active in the world. As such, it's not surprising that the Constitution—more specifically, the First Amendment and its protections for free speech—sits front and center in ongoing debates regarding the pre-eminence of social media and its potential to shape the public discourse on everything from crocs to Christina Aguilera to Crimea.
BAXTER—With frigid temperatures, glare ice and towering snow drifts only a couple calendar flips away, perhaps it's appropriate to ponder the frozen tundras of Antarctica. Then again, it gets lower than 100 degrees below zero (without wind chill factored in) around the South Pole, so may it's also a chance for central Minnesotans to count their blessings, even if winter can still be a nasty old beast up here.
LITTLE FALLS—Fishing was the subject—though, this time around, it's about reeling in people, not fish, for the sake of the Minnesota's preeminent outdoor sport. Local politicians—including state Sen. Paul Gazelka, state Rep. Josh Heintzeman, Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede and others—gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls to meet with museum backers to discuss potential state funding and support for the institution going forward.
Conspiracy theorist and political provocateur Alex Jones has been deplatformed from multiple social media sites in recent weeks. Is this an attack on free speech? And how does the First Amendment square with the internet? Tech Savvy tackles this and more Sunday, Sept. 30.
BAXTER—Baxter bigwigs hemmed and hawed, haggled and hashed out the issue for the better part of an hour. The subject? The fate of a lonely red fire hydrant on Dellwood Drive. During a Baxter City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18, members voted unanimously to move the fire hydrant (as well as construction associated with the roadway and connected infrastructure) across the road.
BAXTER—The Baxter City Council is taking a hard look at purchasing a bevy of properties along Highway 371 for the sake of the Paul Bunyan State Trail. It was the consensus of the council that appraisals of the properties should be done—both to signal a commitment to pursuing the matter, and also to equip the city with enough information to properly negotiate in the future. While the council deliberated on the matter during its workshop Tuesday, Sept. 18, it's slated a formal resolution during the Oct. 2 council meeting.