Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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- 5 years 11 months
Rep. Anderson fails to support local bonding project As we near the end of the legislative session, key bills are still being discussed that will have a great impact on communities across Minnesota. Perhaps the most important among these is the bonding bill that provides funding to improve schools, repair roads and bridges, and preserve community assets. This bill is unique in that it requires a super majority of votes to pass into law. For the House, that means several Republicans need to support the final bill for it to pass.
Bipartisan work gets job done Throughout the legislative session, local legislators have been working together on a number of local issues, including the water/sewer extension for the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, the extension of the Brainerd-Baxter local option sales tax and Baxter’s tax-increment financing.
As mayors, we want to thank all of the high school students, faculty and administrators who spent an entire Wednesday working in our communities. The second annual Pequot Lakes High School Day of Caring was as successful, helpful and appreciated as last year. The numerous individuals who requested assistance with their yards or homes grew from last year. Word has definitely spread about the wonders of teen-aged help. Our communities benefitted from park raking, flower bed cleaning and general cleanup, just to name a few.
Look out Nisswa, here comes the park The Nisswa tunnel cost $847,500. MnDOT paid $309,445 and Nisswa paid $538,055. Nisswa took out a transportation loan for its portion of the tunnel at 1 percent interest for 20 years, which amounts to a yearly payment of $29,000 out of our general fund. In addition to the $29,000, the city also must pay $56,000 per year to the transportation loan fund for the rest of the construction costs other than the tunnel. That totals $85,000 a year for the next 20 years.
More on equality in society With the recent letter to the editor in this paper we can now begin to see the apparent goal of A. Martin from Merrifield with the letter about equality in society. A. Martin asks if someone is 331 times better than another person. It seems A. Martin believes that everyone is equal in talents and capabilities and, thus, it is not fair that one person earns more than another. Welcome to the real world where life is not always fair.
Nisswa Chamber CEO thanks volunteers On behalf of the Nisswa Chamber and the planning committee for the 67th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, I’d like to thank the 349 volunteers who helped us execute a nearly flawless community picnic Friday, May 9. Whether you provided help with traffic, security, food service, table bussing, etc. — each and every one of you helped us make the community picnic a huge success.
Illegal alien nightmare I’ve always felt when the great numbers of immigrants (our grandparents and great-grandparents) came to the States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, we got the cream of the crop from countries all over the world who gave up all for a better way of life.
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer an eight-hour, first-time 55+ Driver Improvement Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28 and 29 at the Crosslake Community Center. The driver improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By using the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regard to driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology.
I participate in Relay for Life because it is a good cause. Like countless others, I know of many people who have been affected by cancer. It is like a silent enemy. Whatever we can do to help end the fight is worthwhile. I also have some personal reasons to participate. About 25 years ago, my dad and my grandma both died as a result of cancer. My grandma was diagnosed first, with ovarian cancer. Then my dad discovered that he had a tumor in his small intestines. He died shortly after surgery, and his mom — my grandma — died slowly, after chemotherapy.
Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Susan Mezzenga of Pequot Lakes to the Minnesota Board on Aging. Mezzenga’s term is effective May 11 to Jan. 1, 2018.