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More candidates are throwing their hats in the Baxter City Council ring. These candidates—Connie Lyscio, Lori Rubin and Zach Tabatt—bring the grand total of challengers to five running for two council seats. Here is a quick rundown on each of them. Connie Lyscio Lyscio said she's running because she doesn't want to stop contributing and caring about her community—whether that's the health and wellness of Baxter, its fiscal health, economic health, infrastructure health or environmental health.
With plans underway to build the new Baxter Elementary in spitting distance of Forestview Middle School—neighbors across Knollwood Drive—traffic looks to take on whole new dimensions for that stretch of roadway. As such, Brainerd School District staff and civil engineers have a number of options to consider, said Tim Houle, a vice president of architectural-engineering firm Widseth Smith Nolting and an administrator of the study.
Blood meridian—an orange hole-punched disk hanging in the sky, it invokes something like a Japanese flag, though its origins are distinctly Canadian. That's how the sun has appeared at dusk, with smoke billowing across the sky the last few days—to say little of the oily cloud formations, dark, without a hint of rain.
The end is nigh—for construction season in Brainerd-Baxter anyway. Eventually. Probably. Hopefully. At any rate, some projects are wrapping up, namely the College Road repavement project and the Excelsior Road and Edgewood Drive improvement project, while others are still in the thick of it—the South Sixth Street reconstruction and Cypress Drive corridor project most prominent. Here's a quick update as of Friday, Aug. 10, on the major construction projects throughout the conjoined cities. South Sixth Street reconstruction project
Populism is popular—evidenced by a slew of political hopefuls at every level of government, both sides of the aisle, headlined by the likes of one-time presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump.
In more ways than one, he's something of an elder statesman. Boasting an impressive resume, a wide breadth of experience, as well as an old-school disdain for partisanship and a desire to be a neutral arbiter in the state's legal affairs, Tom Foley is hoping that's enough to propel him past a crowded field of DFLers with their eyes on the empty Minnesota attorney general seat.
BAXTER—It's time to break out the sweat bands and protein drinks. The city of Baxter is in the process of implementing a wellness program, as Baxter Police Department Chief Jim Exsted explained to the council during a workshop Tuesday, Aug. 7. As part of its consent calendar items, the Baxter City Council voted to approve its wellness policy and authorize the wellness committee to implement the program.
Looks like there might be a lot of proverbial lines redrawn in the proverbial sand. During a meeting Monday, Aug. 6, the Brainerd City Council approved the first readings for three separate zoning ordinance amendments—a trifecta of changes proposed by petitioners to reshape what kinds of housing are permitted.
BAXTER—The future of Island Lake and 120 acres of land nearly surrounding it are up in the air as Baxter City Council members contemplate what to do with it. Recently, Camp Ripley staff notified the city of Baxter they had the opportunity to accept a sizable chunk of land around Island Lake, at the southwestern corners of the community, as a donation from property owner Roy Marlow. Marlow is proposing to donate the land to Camp Ripley, which would then deed the land to Baxter for the purpose of green space conservation.
Aug. 6, 2020. That's how much time the Brainerd City Council is giving backers to raise funds for the historic water tower—both residents and nonprofits of Brainerd, as well as supporters abroad. "I hope that everyone heard you have two years—two years—and the clock starts now," council member Dave Badeaux said. "People need to realize that. It's two years and $3 million—so if you needed a fire under your rears, that's the point."