The Dispatch is hosting a customer appreciation picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 and inviting the public to meet the staff and take part in an offering of hot dogs, chips, pop and water. Former Funny Car driver Doc Halladay will be on hand along with a chance to win tickets to the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. We'll also have voting stations available for people to cast their votes in the Best of the Brainerd Lakes contest.
BAXTER—When Gator retired—leaving a legacy of awards and effective police work—it was unknown if the K-9 pup picked as his successor would live up to the past. But Rossi, another Belgian Malinois working for the city, is already making his mark. In June, the now-grown Rossi and his partner Officer Joe Sundgaard participated in their first U.S. Police Canine Association Region 12 Police Dog Trials in Alexandria. There were 102 teams participating in the trials, including dog teams from the Twin Cities.
A late June vote opened the gate for Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health to combine into one entity. Regulatory review is next. The goal is to bring the organizations together by Jan. 1, 2019, Good Samaritan and Sanford reported in a joint news release Thursday, July 5. Good Samaritan Society has facilities in south Brainerd and Pine River, along with a Home Care and Hospice in Nisswa.
BAXTER—A proposed affordable housing project in Baxter seeks to provide apartments for individuals diagnosed with a mental illness.
BAXTER—After receiving a request for a school resource officer for Forestview Middle School, Baxter City Council members weighed wanting to offer the service against an unexpected cost to the budget.
Sometimes the most welcome daily additions come not in the grand tech upgrades, but in the small everyday utility items. Not that an Apple Watch, a new iPhone or a big screen smart TV aren't upgrades that are used daily and provide enjoyment. But a recent purchase of a Logitech wireless keyboard is one of those moments where the tech came with a minimal price tag. About $25 on sale at Best Buy in fact. So why is a small keyboard—admittedly not an ergonomic one, or a silent one or one you can roll up into a tube—so enticing? It's everyday versatility.
Brenda Billman-Arndt, Brainerd's Destination Downtown Business Challenge winner, no longer has to dream to open her own boutique. All she has to do it turn the key on the front door of her Laurel Street business to see how far that vision traveled from plan to product line. The Purple Fern opened last week in downtown Brainerd some seven months, nearly to the day, after Billman-Arndt learned she won the contest to help establish a viable business in the city's downtown.
BAXTER—Five homes the city of Baxter acquired for the Cypress Drive construction project will be preserved for single family houses.
BAXTER—The late spring is pushing street projects back and that includes Baxter's projects by its commercial and residential area along Excelsior Road. "The weather and the frozen ground really set us back," said Chuck Rickart, principal with WSB and Associates at the Baxter City Council meeting Tuesday, May 15. "We thought we were going to be ahead of the game." Rickart said they were moving earth early by Brenny's Funeral Chapel and then came additional snow and cold this spring.
When Bob and Caroline Nibbe started their strawberries and then their pumpkin patch, they thought it would be a way to augment the college funds for their four boys. They named their St. Mathias Road business BoysnBerries. "They'll have very little debt coming out of college because of the pumpkin patch," Bob Nibbe said. Their youngest is a high school senior with the oldest now 39. The strawberries proved to be fickle. They had hail damage one year and frost another. Frost was a worry even into June for the berries.