BAXTER—With water already in the basements of an estimated 18 homes on White Sand Lake, other homeowners fear those numbers may climb this spring. Water held at bay by white sandbags, retaining walls or dismantled docks may find its way closer to homes once the spring thaw moves the lake ice expansion, or spring rains add to the existing high water. Residents sought assistance from Baxter City Council, appealing to council members during the council's open forum Tuesday.
This could be a long, cold, wet winter. It's already an early starter with 2 inches of snow arriving in the Brainerd lakes area before Halloween. If more than 2 inches falls Friday, Nov. 3, a new single-day snowfall record will be established replacing the one in the books since 1997. Of course, the unforgettable Halloween blizzard of 1991, left 11 inches of snow still on the ground 26 years ago as of Nov. 3 in Brainerd.
PILLAGER—Putting art into people's hands may not have taken the expected path for one lakes area artist, but his work is doing just that—literally. It involved a new way of thinking. And it meshed two of Gary Guderian's long-term passions—art and horses. Inspiration for his work began early in life and the path to re-imagine art and business took an entrepreneurial leap. A love affair with horses and admiration for the beauty and grace of movement they possess started when Guderian was a child and never left him.
When Crystal Patnoe and Nichole Struthers started looking for a place they could launch their joint venture, they knew they found it after walking into a storefront on Laurel Street.
Perception can be like the Indian parable of six blind men and the elephant. In the parable, six blind men go to see an elephant. Each describes the portion of the giant creature they touch and thus observe. Each has a limited scope—only feeling the supple trunk to imagine a serpent, or a tusk and envisioning a spear, or a broadside solid as a wall, a flapping ear like a fan, or a tail like a rope. They each experience a small part, yet it drives their overall impression.
Stronger economic breezes brought in development and construction on a scale, even if not as large as first expected, still not seen in Baxter in recent years. And redevelopment flourished in downtown Brainerd with several businesses, offices and eateries either open or in the process. While some plans sputtered, and business mainstays ended long tenure here, others closed in on opening days with high expectations.
Ed Larsen, former Crow Wing County commissioner and Pequot Lakes mayor and educator, passed away Wednesday in St. Cloud Hospital. He was 76. Larsen was remembered as a man dedicated to education and the environment, who loved the lakes area and worked a consensus builder and problem-solver. Jim Hill, former county commissioner, served with Larsen when he was first elected. They attended many meetings together and enjoyed socializing as couples with wives Ginny Hill and Judy Larsen.
The Pine River Bakery is on a sweet short list. The bakery is one of the top 10 on the leaderboard of the Sweetest Bakery in America Contest and the only bakery in Minnesota to make the list. "It just kind of started off as a little contest," said John Sigafus, who owns and operates the bakery with his wife Julie. Sigafus said they didn't expect to go this far and were pleasantly surprised to get the call they made the top 10 list.
A home-based Brainerd business can trace its roots to the sewing abilities a young girl honed herself. She never thought that interest and ability could lead to having her own business. Not one to leave much idle time, for many years Kathy Deuel juggled a busy home with young children and sometimes working two or three different jobs. She worked as a waitress, sold Avon, and it seemed every free minute was spent sewing as people brought her alterations and other side sewing jobs.
The subject of an ordinance governing stray or abandoned cats may come up at Tuesday's Crow Wing County Board meeting as Heartland Animal Rescue's contracts are on the agenda. When Donna Wambeke, HART executive director, recently spoke to the Baxter City Council about adding cats to the city ordinance, she noted a request to be on the county board agenda for the same topic was met with a denial.