Crews on Friday were working in the rain on the roof of the new Thrifty White Pharmacy by Hardee's in Brainerd and the new Northwoods Crossing development building is also moving quickly from skeletal structure to a complete exterior by Menards in Baxter.
BAXTER—A major redevelopment project for a 25-year-old business appeared in danger of grinding to a halt on gravel before a compromise was proposed. "It's been an emotional rollercoaster," said business owner Steve Mau Friday, Aug. 24. Mau, owner of Brainerd General Rental, was before the Baxter City Council Wednesday with a plan to demolish the existing retail building and redevelop the site along a high-profile sweeping curve off Highway 371. Brainerd General Rental, which is near Applebee's and Menards, was annexed into Baxter in 2001.
BAXTER—The Baxter City Council unanimously supported a temporary moratorium on residential subdivisions for requests of lot sizes of 15 acres or smaller while a residential zoning study is completed. Josh Doty, community development director, told council members Wednesday, Aug. 22, the intent of the moratorium is to allow for an in-depth study regarding residential zoning districts. The temporary halt is being done to allow for revisions by staff related to the city's comprehensive plan, which was updated in 2015.
BAXTER—Customers will be able to order groceries online and pick them up at Walmart in the future. The Baxter City Council approved a conditional use permit for the grocery pickup and a variance to allow a drive-thru lane between Walmart and Isle Drive. The issue was on the city's agenda previously, but pulled from consideration.
The deadline approaches to get the last votes in for the Best Of the Brainerd Lakes contest. Voting continues through Tuesday, Aug. 21, to support a favorite business, reward good service, or let that nonprofit know they are making an impression whether they benefit affordable housing, bring world-class music to the community or provide shelter for abandoned pets. Go to www.brainerddispatch.com/bestofbrainerdlakes#// to look through the categories and cast your vote.
The Dispatch is hosting a customer appreciation picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 and inviting the public to meet the staff and take part in an offering of hot dogs, chips, pop and water. Former Funny Car driver Doc Halladay will be on hand along with a chance to win tickets to the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. We'll also have voting stations available for people to cast their votes in the Best of the Brainerd Lakes contest.
Remember when instant photos that developed in front of your eyes were the latest technology? Those old enough will recall Polaroid cameras, about the size of a large cantaloupe, and remember the audible whine as the camera spit out a small photo. The photographer would wait a certain amount of time and then peel back the paper to reveal the image. Instant picture. I still have that original camera. But digital changed everything. Developing film and getting those photos back for albums seemed a thing of the past.
The Westgate Mall branch office for MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union on Fairview Road is closing for an extended period to allow construction at the site. The last day the drive-up branch will be open is Aug. 10 with a reopening in November. Plans are to demolish the current building and replace it with a smaller footprint, 41 square feet smaller than the existing credit union building with three drive-thru lanes. The branch currently has six lanes.
BAXTER—Trees have been removed, earth moving is in full flight and the metal skeleton for a structure is already taking shape along Dellwood Drive. The property formerly was home to a Wells Fargo branch site along the service road just off Highway 371 near Culver's restaurant and Menards. The bank building was demolished in late 2016.
They're colorful, connected to history and have an enthusiastic following. Insulators that once stood atop poles allowing people to communicate before the Civil War to those that helped extend electricity across America are part of a growing subculture of collectors. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors and material representing a history of manufacturers.