BAXTER—Costs on the Memorywood Drive project came in lower than anticipated. Aric Welch, consulting project engineer from Widseth Smith Nolting, provided a bid opening review for the 2019 street projects and the Memorywood Drive project last week.
BAXTER—The bulk of Baxter's work for city council members at its Tuesday, April 2 meeting, came during the workshop as street projects were detailed around the plans for a new elementary school. The new school is proposed north of Mapleton Road, east of Knollwood Drive and west of the proposed future Jasperwood Drive. Construction on the school is anticipated this year. School officials attended the workshop in Baxter City Hall.
I admit, I was beyond excited to get an Apple Watch the minute it was announced.
Gander Outdoors is primed for a spring opening, officials noted Friday, March 22.
This summer, lakes area residents and visitors will have a new option that promises a chance to rethink ice cream and provide gourmet foods not readily available in the lakes area. Named Victual, the store will feature artisan cheeses, charcuterie (French for cured meats and pâtés), packaged gourmet foods, specialty distilled liqueurs and fine wines, dinnerware, cocktail accessories, gifts and what the owners describe as a super premium ice cream from Rave Creamworks.
Setting a new lakes area record for snowfall in February is drawing ever closer. The National Weather Service in Duluth forecasts about 4-6 inches of fresh snow from Wednesday's snowstorm, Feb. 20, when it's all said and done, in an update from earlier preliminary numbers. Before this most recent snowfall, 15.5 inches had fallen to date in February, making it the ninth snowiest on record in the Brainerd lakes area. To move to the No. 1 spot means beating 25.4 inches set in 2001.
BAXTER—A first in commercial building design could be in Baxter's future. A sketch plan for an addition to Baxter Village was presented to the city's planning and zoning commission last week with a visually interesting design and one that incorporates environmentally friendly concepts. Elements include a green roof topped with plants and a water filtration system, a porous parking lot that allows water to pass through it, rain barrels, high-efficiency lights and roofs with solar panels.
Laureen Borden, longtime Crow Wing County treasurer, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 75. Borden, a Merrifield resident, served 28 years as the county treasurer and auditor/treasurer. She was remembered as a straightforward, honest and hardworking elected official who was always willing to listen and to work to help area residents. Deborah Erickson worked with Borden for years in the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse.
One of the great things about the CES show is the opportunity to gaze into what might be.
BAXTER—Whiskey Creek collects what 400 acres of drainage through heavily developed commercial areas can throw at it, but what may be described as an overlooked stream could become a shining example for water quality.