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To better serve residents efficiently would require Crow Wing County to spend more initially to purchase new software to replace its recording system, but would save money in the long run. Land Services Director Gary Griffin approached county commissioners at the committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, May 15, looking for approval to buy software from Tyler Technologies.
Mom was right. Then again, Mother was always right even—she'd be the first to say—when her kids often believe she was wrong or just didn't understand. Well, the joke's on them because more often than not, many of those former children now find themselves saying and doing things dear ol' Mom used to, much to their amazement or chagrin.
Sam Anderson's baby celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday, May 10, with a fundraising banquet at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. He had the idea to open a local campus of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, a faith-based addiction-treatment provider, in the former Assembly of God Church on South Sixth Street. "Breaking free from addiction is horrifically difficult," said Anderson, who founded Central Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Crow Wing County. "Meth has seen a huge resurgence in the last few years in Minnesota."
Dying just became a little more expensive. The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners approved at its Tuesday, May 8, meeting the consent agenda, which included a resolution to approve a flat $100 fee for county cremations. The fee will be applied to approved county burial applications by those in financial need. "The fee is charged from the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health, to the coroners, medical examiners," Community Services Division Manager Sheila Skogen said.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and reducing the number of those with mental illnesses in the Crow Wing County Jail was recently on the minds of the board of commissioners. County Adult Services Supervisor Tami Lueck requested the board support Region V+ Adult Mental Health Initiative's development of a regional comprehensive re-entry program by connecting mentally ill inmates to community-based treatment and services.
In a time of political discord and acrimony, people gathered at Good Samaritan-Bethany in Brainerd on Thursday, May 3, for a local observance of the annual National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Truman, every president since has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's recent proposal to triple the rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies may affect those closer to home. Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to expand work requirements for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare. "Secretary Carson just spoke to us actually last Monday," said Jennifer Bergman, executive director of the Brainerd and the Crow Wing County Housing and Redevelopment authorities.
The grass fire and wildfire season is off to a great—or given the number of fires, bad—start, depending upon the perspective. The spring fire season began last week when the late snowfall the Brainerd lakes area and other parts of the state received finally began melting away. Two local grass fires were reported Sunday, April 29.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners adopted an amendment that makes it possible for boaters to travel to and from Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake. The board amended the water surface use ordinance to prohibit boat navigation in 2004 after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources put boulders in the area as boating obstacles to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species from Ossawinnamakee Lake in Ideal Township.
The chairman of the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners surprised his fellow commissioners by asking them to take a stand against what he felt was "risky sexual behavior." Commissioner Paul Thiede requested they support his draft opposing a Minnesota Department of Health grant application by WeARE, a Brainerd nonprofit advocating reproductive education. "I asked to have the grant application put on the agenda," Thiede said at the board meeting on Tuesday, April 24. "As you know, we are sometimes allowed the opportunity to comment on grant applications."