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Former Crow Wing County Commissioner Dewey Tautges never forgot where he came from, and the farmer approached elected office with a down-to-earth philosophy. The two-term commissioner from District 1 was first elected in 2000. The husband, father of two and Brainerd High School graduate died Monday, Aug. 13, at the age of 74. "Dewey was a real straight-shooter. He cared about property rights and county roads and representing the good folks in the southeast part of the county," County Administrator Tim Houle said.
BAXTER—It was all smiles at the open house in Baxter for Gillette Children's Speciality Healthcare, where distressed children are treated. The ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 7, celebrated the recently remodeled and expanded Baxter Clinic with the public. "What we do is orthotics, prosthetics and custom seating, and what I mean by 'custom seating' is it's not the wheelchair, but the customization to the wheelchair to fit the patient's needs," said Bradley Fisher, manager of the assistive technology department at the clinic.
It's as American as apple pie - if all the pies were made with rhubarb, that is. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River celebrated its 10th annual rhubarb festival Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, by making the most pies ever for this year's fundraiser. "Our goal - we just came up with 500 pies because we thought that it was an even number and it was a higher number than we've ever had," said Yvonne Switajewski, organizer of the pies.
It's as American as apple pie—if all the pies were made with rhubarb, that is. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River will celebrate its 10th annual rhubarb festival Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, by making the most pies ever for this year's fundraiser. "Our goal—we just came up with 500 pies because we thought that it was an even number and it was a higher number than we've ever had," said Yvonne Switajewski, organizer of the pies.
Dave Williams likes living by the lake. He just likes it a little less now. Williams voiced his concerns about vacation rentals by nearby homeowners at the committee of the whole meeting of the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, July 17. "The reason for my being here is the rentals that are nearby me—these are vacation rentals, rentals of homes that are owned by other individuals who use them seasonally as well," he said.
Before I relocated to Minnesota, I never understood viewers' preoccupation with The Weather Channel, the cable and satellite TV channel launched more than three decades ago. I long held the belief if you wanted to know what the weather was like—and was going to be—then do something "radical," like tearing yourself away from the TV and actually step outside. But that was before I moved to Minnesota and discovered every resident's seemingly favorite topic to discuss in this state, especially when there is nothing to talk about: weather.
Commencement of the restoration of the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum and Research Library in Brainerd could begin as early as September and finish by December. The museum and library housed in the former Crow Wing County Jail and sheriff's residence is steeped in history, but the building has seen better days, so it was awarded a $224,557 grant in December from the Minnesota Historical Society for much-needed repairs.
It was almost the last topic at the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners meeting this week, but it was one of the first things that Chairman Paul Thiede wanted to get off his chest. Thiede took umbrage at a state official's comment disparaging counties for arguably not doing more to take care of those with mental illness and said so at the Tuesday, July 10, meeting.
Debra Hilstrom helped craft some of Minnesota's laws as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. She now hopes to be elected the state's chief law enforcement officer. The 50-year-old legislator, representing District 40B, resigned in October from her job as an assistant Anoka County attorney to run for Minnesota attorney general. The wife and mother of two, a Brooklyn Center native, received her law degree while serving in the House. She previously served on the Brooklyn Center City Council from 1995 to 2000.
Last month was the ninth warmest June in the history of the Duluth station of the National Weather Service. The mean high temperature last month was 77.5 degrees compared to the normal of 76.8 degrees. The maximum mean high temperature was 85.6 degrees in 1933. "There was no single reason why June ended up being such a hot month," Joe Moore, a meteorologist at the Duluth station, said on Sunday, July 8.