BAXTER—Dick's Sporting Goods is officially opening its new Baxter store, 13499 Elmwood Drive, with a weekend of events, specials, giveaways and one Minnesota Viking beginning Feb. 23. The store will open at 8 a.m. on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 25. As is customary, a soft opening, or preview days as Dick's Sporting Goods refers to them, is planned from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. The Baxter store is one of four Dick's Sporting Goods opening in February, with others in Indiana, California and Rhode Island.
BAXTER—Plans have changed for the redevelopment of the Gander Mountain site in Baxter, meaning a second building is back in the mix. Tom Ryan, from Oppidan Investment Co. which owns the site, was at a Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last week. Oppidan and the developers for the buildings, Retail Partners Baxter, requested the change. Those plans are expected to go before the Baxter City Council on Tuesday.
The waiting to find out if Downtown Brainerd makes the cut to the top five cities for the Small Business Revolution is nearly over. Now in the final 10, Brainerd is still in the running for at $500,000 prize with expertise to help small business and exposure through an online series with Deluxe's Small Business Revolution-Main Street series.
CROSSLAKE—Living in Denny Hecker's former 11,438-square-foot mansion may require a map for a new buyer—or at least a healthy set of lungs to yell across the house. But for a mere $8.5 million, the compound on Cross Lake's Echo Bay, with its multiple houses and 800 feet of lakeshore on 5.6 acres, is available for a motivated buyer. Chad Schwendeman, broker/owner Exit Lakes Realty Premier, listed the home last fall.
A storm, with the potential of producing heavy snow and gusty winds, could be barreling out of Colorado heading for the Great Lakes.
Imagine a sensor in clothing telling the thermostat to adjust the room temperature, or playing air guitar and really creating music, or watching a football game from the quarterback's viewpoint. All those items and many more were part of the CES show, which ended last week in Las Vegas. The annual gathering showcases items that are both market ready and ones that challenge and invigorate the mind with their possibility for the future. A future that is not on a distant horizon, but close at hand.
After a brief respite of balmy daytime highs, expect snow and ice followed by a return of frigid temps.
Whoever asked for snow followed by bitter wind chills on Christmas Day must be on Santa's good list. The wish is about to be granted just in time to potentially complicate travel plans and change the Christmas Day wardrobe.
BAXTER—Relief may be in store for White Sand Lake residents who worry a spring thaw could mean flooded homes. The lake's high water, which longtime residents say they haven't experienced in 40 years, is already affecting an estimated 18 homes with water in basements. Earlier this month, White Sand Lake homeowners sought a leadership role from the city to help find a solution.
Black Friday shoppers were out in force Thursday night and Friday morning in the lakes area. Before 10 p.m., groups of shoppers were heading into Kohl's and parking lots were busy from Big Lots and Dunham's to Target to Walmart as shoppers looked for deals to start the traditional holiday shopping season. Rafferty's Pizza was welcoming shoppers into the Westgate mall promising an alternative to leftover turkey for shoppers and for those wanting to get off the couch after a succession of three NFL games.