CROSBY - Monday's regular Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's governing board meeting highlighted areas of growth, beyond its immediate borders. Members of the public again expressed frustration in gaining access for public comments during governing board meetings. Kyle Bauer, CRMC chief financial officer, said the hospital's strategic vision going back to 1990 was to build a regional practice. Not to grow, Bauer said, would mean having costs exceed revenues.
Steve Hillman of Brainerd pushed his cart through the produce aisles doing something apparently many men in Crow Wing County are not. Hillman recently made a determined effort to add more fruits and vegetables to his eating habits. He added apples, bananas and pineapple to his cart during a recent shopping trip to Cub Foods in Brainerd. Hillman said adding more fruits and vegetables actually has been pretty easy and noticeable benefits came quickly.
Ten men from Minnesota have been named finalists for the National Center for Fathering's 2015 Father of the Year, including one from Brainerd. Sydni Ogren, 14, nominated her father secretly. She wrote an essay for school answering the questions "What my father means to me." Steve Ogren didn't see the essay until he found out he was in the top 60 taken from more than 3,000 entries. "My father means so much to me," Sydni wrote in her essay. She said her father teaches with his actions, not just words. "He teaches us by working hard and teaching responsibility.
Crow Wing County won a national award for its collaboration with Crosslake. The land services department won an achievement award from the National Association of Counties for its partnership with the city of Crosslake. In 2013, the county offered planning and zoning services to Crosslake. The county reported it implemented a land use program and customer service improvements. "The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents," the National Association of Counties reported in a news release.