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In Monday's meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved repairs to their football field to improve drainage. Of the roughly $245,000 the board authorized for the coming month for construction bond disbursements, almost $100,000 of that was set aside for the field, the north side of which does not drain properly between the 30 yard lines. "During last year's football season, there was an awful lot of complaints about the drainage of the field," Superintendent Chris Lindholm said.
Thousands of race fans flocked to Brainerd International Raceway last weekend, primarily to enjoy four days of intense racing. However, there is more to the weekend that keeps people coming back year after year. The weekend is a great chance for race-related businesses to build brand recognition within the racing community. Companies like Mac Tools, radio-control manufacturer Traxxas and Simpson Race Products set up shop near the bleachers to appeal to passers-by. "This weekend has been excellent for business," Simpson saleswoman Debbie Bridges said.
Area craft fans braved heavy rains Sunday, Aug. 10, to attend the annual Artisan's Fair at Crosslake's Historic Log Village, viewing and purchasing handmade items from wood carvers, basket weavers, potters, quilters and more. "It is just a fun event," museum manager Jo Bierman said.
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The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Aug. 11, unanimously approved a shared services grant application for shared services amongst Crow Wing County fire departments. Fire chiefs from throughout the county met Wednesday, July 30, to discuss this grant opportunity, with all fire departments but Crosby's expressing interest in sharing services. The grant has the potential for the departments to increase purchasing power, eliminate duplicate resources and staffing concerns and put a stop to departmental fights over territory.
Race fans from around the Midwest flocked to the area outside Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) last week in preparation for the 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA National races, eight days before the event began and five days before the gates opened for Superweek campers. More than a dozen campers parked in the lot of Freedom Valu Center, waiting for BIR's gates to open Monday morning, Aug. 11. "The sad part is we have reserved parking," Kathy Bossen said, laughing. Bossen came up from Cottage Grove with her husband, Gordy, for the 12th consecutive year.
Judy's House of Gifts has been a staple of Crosslake for the past 26 years, thanks to the efforts of store owner Judy Cotten. Cotten, a native of Alpena, Michigan, moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, as a young adult, and moved to Crosslake with her husband, Jim, in 1969. After almost 20 years of raising her daughters, Donna and Nancy, and assisting her husband with his work as a general contractor, Cotten decided it was time for a change. "After my kids were out of high school, I was bored," Cotten said.