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The Brainerd School Board welcomed Charles Black Lance aboard as a new member Monday, Jan. 14. Black Lance, a district parent and the director of TRIO programming at Central Lakes College, earned the third-highest vote total among the seven candidates vying for three spots on the board in November's election. Incumbents Tom Haglin and Ruth Nelson garnered the top two spots, respectively. Black Lance replaced board member Chris Robinson, who did not run for re-election.
A pending lease agreement between the city of Brainerd and Brainerd Industrial Center owner Mike Higgins creates uncertainty for the public uses of ice skating, hockey and baseball/softball facilities at Mill Avenue Park in northeast Brainerd.
Some are in favor of the project, and some are not. But most residents in Brainerd's Buffalo Hills community agreed on opposing the assessments for a proposed project to reconstruct a portion of Buffalo Hills Lane.
Another roundabout is on the docket for Brainerd. The Brainerd City Council on Monday, Jan. 7, approved a proposal for engineering services from Bolton and Menk for a project to reconstruct Northwest Fourth Street from Jackson Street to Washington Street/Highway 210. The reconstruction would add a roundabout at the intersection of Jackson Street and a median at the intersection of James Street.
Gabe Johnson is the new leader of the Brainerd City Council, voted in unanimously as council president Monday, Jan. 7. "I'm very excited and honored that my colleagues would be able to trust me with the gavel for a couple years," Johnson said after Monday's council meeting. "We're going to continue to move in the right direction that Dave (Pritschet) has been leading us in the last two years."
About 2.4 million youths in the United States participate in Boy Scouts of America. But only a small portion of those kids—roughly 4-6 percent, according to scoutingmagazine.org—will attain the organization's highest rank, the Eagle Scout. As of October, Sam Clement is now among those statistics. Just like any Eagle Scout, hard work, dedication and perseverance boosted the 21-year-old from Pequot Lakes to the top, earning him the coveted Eagle Scout title. Unlike other Scouts though, Clement overcame unique obstacles on his way to success.
A record-breaking December snowfall in the Brainerd lakes area meant a lot of overtime for street plowers. The city of Brainerd's street department crew worked Thursday, Jan. 3, to remove the last of the snow windrows in the middle of the streets left over from plowing after last week's storm and a New Year's snowfall.
"Winter happens," was Mike Barthel's response to the collapse of a greenhouse under the weight of snow at his Brainerd business, Erickson's Greenhouse, on New Year's Eve. With more snow falling Monday after several inches just days earlier, Barthel said the greenhouse just couldn't handle it.
After three years of searching for an old friend, Minnesota native Ashley Antar keeps hitting a dead end. Numerous phone calls, texts, Facebook posts, emails and newspaper ads have put Antar somewhat close to locating her longtime companion, but she hasn't had quite enough luck to solve the mystery. Tracking down a person might sound easy enough in today's world with the internet's seemingly unlimited resources, but the friend Antar seeks isn't a person. It's a horse, of course.
Efforts to save Brainerd's historic water tower are in full force. Stucco falling from the tower on the corner of Washington and South Sixth streets earlier this year prompted city officials to explore repair options for the iconic structure. As similar issues have happened in the past, this isn't the first time the tower's future has been in question, but it could be the last, as the structure faces the possibility of demolition if the funds necessary to pay for repairs aren't found in the next two years.