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Margo Fortune was lucky to have the father she did because the thought of her late dad makes her smile and what he told her stuck with her—even if it didn't make much sense sometimes. "If I said, 'Dad, where are you going?' My dad, Edward (Nokels), would always say, 'I have to go see a man about a dead horse,'" she said. Fortune is a wife and mother of seven who was diagnosed with brain cancer. She and her seven siblings grew up in Long Prairie with their father, who died at the age of 77 in 2002.
Rep. Dale Lueck is more accustomed to seeing the inside of the Capitol building in St. Paul than the third-floor chambers of the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse in Brainerd. But the Aitkin Republican answered questions from the county board of commissioners at its meeting Tuesday, June 12.
A Minnesota case involving electioneering at polling places on Election Day came before the U.S. Supreme Court, but state and local officials still have questions despite the recent ruling. The court struck down the state's ban on "political" apparel Thursday, June 14, stating the ban's intentions may be good, but the law was broad and open to different interpretations.
Crow Wing County officials are taking a new tact in dealing with issues such as suicide, juvenile offenses and dropout rates by partnering with Bridges of Hope for a "self-healing community." The idea is to "engage the public, inspire innovation, support peer helping and ease the daily stress burden of parents to promote change so that together communities can better protect and nurture the next generation."
PILLAGER—Firefighters from the Pillager Fire Department responded to a grass fire between Pillager and Baxter that threatened nearby structures the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6. "We put out what burning fire there was and a couple of small brush piles that were burning. ... No one was home at the time," Pillager Fire Chief Greg Ringler said. The property on the 12000 block of Clark Drive Southwest is south of Legacy Courses at Cragun's and north of Highway 210. The fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. Winds were at 14 mph and temperatures were in the 70s at the time.
Most who filed by the deadline to be a candidate for an elected office in Crow Wing County will have to wait until the November general election to see what the future holds in store for them. The filing period for elected offices began May 22 and ended 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, with no one filing the last day, according to county Administrative Services Director Deborah Erickson.
Baxter City Council Member Steve Barrows and former Brainerd City Council candidate Keith Johnson want to succeed Crow Wing County Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom. Nystrom announced Sunday, June 3, she will not seek a fourth term after all as the District 3 representative after stating last month she intended to run for re-election.
Program specialist Debby Felske knows that looks can be deceiving, especially as an administrator at Oakridge Woodview, which provides residential and support services. The developmentally disabled or special needs clients of Oakridge Woodview in Brainerd may need assistance from time to time, but they also help others more often than some may expect.
Crow Wing County voters will see a familiar name on the ballot among those running to represent District 2 on the county board, but it may not be the one that probably comes to mind. Bill Brekken, a longtime Brainerd lakes area resident and RE/MAX associate, filed his candidacy for office Friday, June 1, in a bid to unseat Commissioner Paul Thiede, chairman of the board.
BAXTER—They came from all walks of life—a business leader, a health care professional, an educator and a student—but they shared one thing in common: mental illness. The Brainerd lakes area community leaders took to the stage Thursday, May 31, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter to share publicly their private struggles in the hopes it may help others.