BAXTER—Forestview Middle School will have a school resource officer shortly after the Christmas break. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted told the city council Tuesday, July 17, the department was excited about the addition. The council approved starting the hiring process for an entry level patrol officer to fill the opening created by the school officer. The city council accepted the contract with the Brainerd School District for the officer and approved funding for the officer's position to fill the contract.
Todd Vanek was named president of Bang Printing, Brainerd, and Sentinel Printing, St. Cloud, by CJK Group, a national portfolio of print and publishing-related services. Bang Printing describes itself as a leading short- to mid-run book manufacturer with a history spanning more than 115 years.
A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, near Southeast 13th Street in Brainerd, Brainerd police reported. The fatality was reported about 2:30 a.m. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston, in a news release, stated Brainerd police officers were stopped at a railroad crossing for an eastbound train when the train made an abrupt stop. Officers continued east, finding the front of the BNSF train east of the crossing at Southeast 13th Street in Brainerd.
BAXTER—Trail enthusiasts in the city of Baxter will now have a new option to track their route, plan an outing or check for park amenities. Josh Doty, community development director and Todd DeBoer, information technology and GIS director, provided a look at the Baxter parks locator for the city council Tuesday, July 3. The city has eight parks and a five-member parks and trails commission with council member Quinn Nystrom serving as liaison.
BAXTER—When Gator retired—leaving a legacy of awards and effective police work—it was unknown if the K-9 pup picked as his successor would live up to the past. But Rossi, another Belgian Malinois working for the city, is already making his mark. In June, the now-grown Rossi and his partner Officer Joe Sundgaard participated in their first U.S. Police Canine Association Region 12 Police Dog Trials in Alexandria. There were 102 teams participating in the trials, including dog teams from the Twin Cities.
BAXTER—A consulting firm will assist the city of Baxter with a study for a Highway 371 pedestrian/bicycle crossing and citywide policy for bikes and people on foot. The council has been talking about an elevated crossing over the four-lane highway for some time, considering options of Clearwater Road and Woida Road as potential points to link the city from its trail systems to the Paul Bunyan State Trail.
A late June vote opened the gate for Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health to combine into one entity. Regulatory review is next. The goal is to bring the organizations together by Jan. 1, 2019, Good Samaritan and Sanford reported in a joint news release Thursday, July 5. Good Samaritan Society has facilities in south Brainerd and Pine River, along with a Home Care and Hospice in Nisswa.
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After years of routine checkups, when Brenda Marshik got the call from her doctor's office to come in and talk she knew it wasn't just to say congratulations on a clean bill of health. But it was still hard to hear the words many fear, "You have cancer." "My thing is they caught it early enough that it just started so I still had to have the surgery and radiation, but it hadn't advanced anywhere, it hadn't spread, it hadn't even been given a chance to," Marshik said. "So I guess my thing would be to do that annual exam."
BAXTER—A general contractor questioned the city of Baxter's linking a requirement to establish lawns to granting certificates of occupancy.