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It's conventional wisdom that Minnesotans are often uncomfortable talking about themselves. Chalk Justice Margaret Chutich up as "Exhibit A" in that regard. Chutich stopped by the Dispatch Thursday, Sept. 6, to expound upon her candidacy (despite her own reluctance to toot her own horn)—a candidacy, she said, that's built on a unique foundation in both criminal and civil law, a rare breed among litigators in the state's highest judiciary echelons.
It happens—you're overworked, short on time and spread too thin to cobble together a proper meal, or maybe you've got the kind of hunger only a 20-pack of McNuggets will satisfy. To each their own. Many reasons bring us to the Golden Arches. Maybe while you've been waiting in the drive-thru window line or jockeying for a parking spot of your own, you've chanced upon another aspect of McDonald's that wasn't present until more recently—a pair of slick square signs, standing watch over two parking spots reserved for mobile orders, curbside pick-up.
The Mississippi is a behemoth, one of the largest rivers in the world with a muscular current to boot, but—at least in the Rice Lake portion of river—the behemoth's liquid surface was as still, tranquil and glossy smooth as polished glass.
It might seem a little obvious to say, but things at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport are on the up and up. The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport has a wide array of uses—from servicing small sports aircraft all the way up to jet planes such as a Boeing 757, providing package and mail transportation, medical helicopter services, charter flights, avionics, training, private aircraft housing, as well as commercial travel, and more.
DEERWOOD—Fifty jobs may not seem like much to an outside observer, but when that fills a hole the size of Parker Hannifin—or roughly equal to a tenth of Deerwood's population—then maybe the arrival of Aeropipe and what it means to this tiny town makes a little more sense.
Powerful thunderstorms rolled through north-central Minnesota the evening of Friday, Aug. 31—sparing Brainerd to the south, it ripped through much of northern Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties before heading off into Duluth and northwestern Wisconsin.
It's officially a green light. Brainerd School Board members voted to approve the 1-to-1 2019-23 technology plan—a concerted effort to get personal hand-held devices, like iPads or other tablets for example, into the hands of each students to improve their learning experience and retention, said Sarah Porisch, director of technology.
NISSWA—Compared to the typically one-on-one contests of general elections, primaries have a king-of-the-hill vibe—a whole slew of candidates, some serious contenders, some not, all scrapping tooth and nail for their party's nomination. For the Minnesota Republicans, this year did shake out like that. That's because the winners of the primary were crowned long before Tuesday's election, Chair Jennifer Carnahan told the Brainerd Dispatch during a sit-down Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
NISSWA—With their interparty rivals eliminated in the primary, Minnesota's remaining gubernatorial candidates can turn their attention to the opposing side. And so the DFL's Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson are embarking on a series of governor's debates before the looming Nov. 6 election. Their first stop was Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, giving an up-close look at the two men vying for the state's top executive seat.
Down in the Brainerd International Raceway staging area, there was a sight of such contrast—Russ Elzy, soft-spoken and easygoing as he mingled with racers, offering quiet prayers among machines that produce eardrum-popping roars of barely-contained power. "What I do is I come up to people, start talking with them, and just ask them 'Do you want me to pray for your safety?'" Elzy said Thursday, Aug. 16, interspersing his comments between the barking roar of engines down the track. He said drivers never ask him to pray for victory, merely for a clean and safe race.