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Those dealing with depression or who have suicidal thoughts often feel alone, unhappy and hopeless, but Mary Marana wants them to know help is just a phone call away. Marana is the executive director of the Baxter-based Crisis Line and Referral Service, a 24-hour community lifeline allowing the depressed or suicidal to call for help anonymously.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners appointed a board representative to the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District board at its meeting Tuesday, March 27. District representatives expressed a desire last week for a fresh start to a few of the commissioners in the hopes of a closer relationship and more funding from the county.
In lieu of a magic crystal ball, Brainerd lakes area businesses hoped to get a glimpse into the future by asking area legislators to be prognosticators at an event at Madden's on Gull Lake. Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce's "Eggs & Issues Minnesota Legislative Forum" is an annual breakfast and interactive panel discussion and featured Brainerd lakes area legislators the morning of Friday, March 23, at the lakeside resort.
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District wants to put the contentious relationship a few of its supervisors sometimes had with the county board in the past and wishes to start anew. District representatives expressed that desire to a few of the commissioners at Tuesday's committee of the whole in the hopes of a closer relationship and more funding from the county.
Crow Wing County Environmental Services Division Manager Paul Herkenhoff had some big shoes to fill when longtime county employee Chris Pence quit in November to take a new job. Herkenhoff was formally introduced to the Crow Wing County Board as Pence's successor at its Nov. 14 meeting, but his resignation was taken up at Monday's personnel committee meeting.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners withheld its support for a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to acquire land because of tax revenue concerns. Backus Area Forest Supervisor Joel Lemberg requested last month the board approve the purchase of 80 acres from Potlatch Minnesota Timberlands near Crosslake for state forest purposes through The Nature Conservancy, which would in turn donate it to the DNR.
BAXTER—Arlene Boesch loves helping others, but after more than two decades of assisting other seniors as a volunteer, she now receives care as part of the very same volunteer program. The Lutheran Social Service Senior Companion Program partners with Crow Wing County Community Services and Essentia Health to identify seniors in need of extra help, who are then matched with volunteers—volunteers like Boesch and Patricia Durose, Boesch's companion.
Eliminating eyesores and getting tax-forfeited property back on the county tax rolls was a topic du jour at Tuesday's meeting of the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners. Jennifer Bergman, Brainerd and Crow Wing County Housing and Residential Authority executive director, stood before the board at its meeting at the Historic Courthouse on Laurel Street in Brainerd to propose a policy.
EMILY—The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a possible snowmobile crash Wednesday afternoon in the area of Emily and found a 52-year-old Crosslake man dead. The possible snowmobile crash was on a snowmobile trail near Ruth Lake, north of the city of Emily, at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Scott Goddard. "Two snowmobilers were traveling together when the first one noticed that his companion was no longer behind him, so he went back down the trail and found him," Goddard said.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners went along with a proposal that prioritized and recommended downtown and south Brainerd among "opportunity zones" for improvement. Representatives from the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. and the Crow Wing County Housing and Redevelopment Authority said those areas in the county are the "most distressed" and may qualify for tax incentives to attract investment in low-income areas.