BAXTER—A proposed affordable housing project in Baxter seeks to provide apartments for individuals diagnosed with a mental illness.
BAXTER—Two residents attending an assessment hearing for a bevy of Baxter 2018 street projects had strong words for the council as they sought to have the projects reconsidered. The Baxter City Council met in a special session Thursday, June 7, to go over assessment costs to property owners affected by proposed street projects across the city in residential and commercial areas. On the list are Cedar Scenic Road, Circle Pines Road, Emily Road area, Flintwood Drive, the Parkwood Drive area, along with College Road and Baxter Drive.
BAXTER—After receiving a request for a school resource officer for Forestview Middle School, Baxter City Council members weighed wanting to offer the service against an unexpected cost to the budget.
So it begins—a summer-like weekend with the promise of a strong season bringing in travelers, tourists and summer residents for the local economy.
Sometimes the most welcome daily additions come not in the grand tech upgrades, but in the small everyday utility items. Not that an Apple Watch, a new iPhone or a big screen smart TV aren't upgrades that are used daily and provide enjoyment. But a recent purchase of a Logitech wireless keyboard is one of those moments where the tech came with a minimal price tag. About $25 on sale at Best Buy in fact. So why is a small keyboard—admittedly not an ergonomic one, or a silent one or one you can roll up into a tube—so enticing? It's everyday versatility.
Brenda Billman-Arndt, Brainerd's Destination Downtown Business Challenge winner, no longer has to dream to open her own boutique. All she has to do it turn the key on the front door of her Laurel Street business to see how far that vision traveled from plan to product line. The Purple Fern opened last week in downtown Brainerd some seven months, nearly to the day, after Billman-Arndt learned she won the contest to help establish a viable business in the city's downtown.
BAXTER—Five homes the city of Baxter acquired for the Cypress Drive construction project will be preserved for single family houses.
BAXTER—The late spring is pushing street projects back and that includes Baxter's projects by its commercial and residential area along Excelsior Road. "The weather and the frozen ground really set us back," said Chuck Rickart, principal with WSB and Associates at the Baxter City Council meeting Tuesday, May 15. "We thought we were going to be ahead of the game." Rickart said they were moving earth early by Brenny's Funeral Chapel and then came additional snow and cold this spring.
When Bob and Caroline Nibbe started their strawberries and then their pumpkin patch, they thought it would be a way to augment the college funds for their four boys. They named their St. Mathias Road business BoysnBerries. "They'll have very little debt coming out of college because of the pumpkin patch," Bob Nibbe said. Their youngest is a high school senior with the oldest now 39. The strawberries proved to be fickle. They had hail damage one year and frost another. Frost was a worry even into June for the berries.
A summer internship managing paint crews may not seem like the natural path for a psychology major. It was a question Megan Straka asked when the College Works Painting internship came up at her school at Mankato State. But when the offer to learn more about a summer internship was offered at the university, she thought why not. An entrepreneurial nature may be inherited in Straka's case.