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.
A summer internship managing paint crews may not seem like the natural path for a psychology major. It was a question Megan Straka asked when the College Works Painting internship came up at her school at Mankato State. But when the offer to learn more about a summer internship was offered at the university, she thought why not. An entrepreneurial nature may be inherited in Straka's case.
As the bowling balls rolled down the lanes at Jack's House, whether the pins scattered on impact was less important than the event itself. Good Samaritan Bowl is the largest fundraiser of the nonprofit Good Samaritan Society, which operates senior care facilities in 32 states. The two-day event at Jack's House in Brainerd on Sunday, May 6, and Monday, and at the Community Bowl in Pine River Monday, was expected to bring in 1,000 bowlers of every skill level. All with the goal of benefiting the Good Samaritan Society.
With warm weather, television personalities and agate vendors, the two-day 16th annual show in Brainerd attracted 3,400 people. The Cuyuna Rock, Gem, and Mineral Society moved the show from Aitkin to Brainerd five years ago. After nearly two decades developing a following around the first weekend in May, Sharon Smith, who has worked as show chair for years, said a scheduling conflict at the fairgrounds is forcing the show to move its date to the following weekend. So next year's show is set May 11-12. That means it will compete with Mother's Day and the fishing opener.
Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort, Nisswa, has a major construction project underway and more in the works for a $30 million expansion that includes a boutique hotel, guest lodging and recreation center. Grand View Lodge reports it is set to "become Minnesota's largest resort with the May 2019 debut of a 60-room boutique hotel, bringing the total number of accommodations to 269 cottages, vacation homes, and hotel rooms, which can accommodate as many as 1,500 guests."
Change continues to be a constant. Just this week, the lakes area learned it is losing its second major department store with Herberger's leaving and J.C. Penney already gone. It represents the last large department store in Brainerd and highlights a real and major shift in the American consumer. Something that wouldn't have been considered not that long ago when passing the Herberger's cosmetics counter or browsing through row after row of merchandise.