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An early morning fire burned a jet ski rental business near Nisswa Thursday, Oct. 18. Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said crews received the call just after 2 a.m. and responded to heavy fire and smoke at Dockside Rental on the southwest side of Round Lake, in Unorganized Territory between Brainerd and Nisswa.
Oct. 21 will be an emotional day for Brittany Egan. Heroin needles, run-ins with law enforcement and jail stays are in her troubled past. Working on sobriety and helping others to do the same is her present and future. On Sunday, Oct. 21, friends, family and supporters will surround Egan as she walks through northeast Brainerd with a sign held high, reading, "I'm in recovery, and I'm not anonymous." Inspirational messages urging addicts to reach out for help and demonstrating the possibility of recovery will be plentiful that day.
Bond issuing and refunding took center stage at the Brainerd School Board's Monday, Oct. 8, meeting. Director of Business Services Marci Lord and Greg Crowe, a municipal adviser with Ehlers Inc., walked board members through the sale process for post-employment benefits, referred to as OPEB, refunding bonds and building refunding bonds.
The Brainerd School Board will send a letter to the Brainerd City Council regarding a street vacation following a request for more information from council members.
Brainerd School Board members heard Monday, Oct. 8, about district efforts to improve math curricula for special education students.
With Election Day looming on the calendar in five weeks, it's time for bright lights and big debates to help Minnesotans determine who will represent them come January. Consider Thursday, Oct. 4, as something of a kick-off for the final stretch of the 2018 election season. On the docket for the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9A candidates talked health care, broadband internet, mental health, gun control and education during a televised debate on Lakeland PBS in a head-to-head showing between the DFL and GOP.
Possible changes to Brainerd's rental housing maintenance code dominated the discussion at the city's safety and public works committee meeting Monday, Oct. 1. Prior to Monday's council meeting, the committee, consisting of council members Kelly Bevins, Dave Badeaux and Jan Lambert, met with City Engineer Paul Sandy, building official Tim Caughey and Police Chief Corky McQuiston to comb through the code after lengthy discussion on the topic at the Sept. 17 meeting.
BAXTER—Unity, gratitude and random acts of kindness can be found in abundance at Baxter Elementary School this year. With the Baxter Kindness Project, school staff members hope to teach their students the importance of being kind to one another. Second-grade teacher Heather Bender helped start the effort. "Last year I did a kindness project just in my own classroom because I just saw some things that our world is going through, and I know the kindness project is something nationwide that a lot of classrooms are doing," Bender explained.
More information was the request of citizens at a public hearing held by the Brainerd School Board Monday, Sept. 24, to discuss land acquisition for the district's ongoing construction projects. Monday's hearing dealt with the acquisition of 27 land parcels with addresses on 10th Avenue Northeast, 11th Avenue Northeast, Third Avenue Northeast, Fourth Avenue Northeast, Norwood Street, Oak Street, 16th Street Southeast, South Fifth Street and South Sixth Street. All properties are near Brainerd High School, Lowell Elementary or Garfield Elementary.
A nearly 20 percent levy increase could be in the cards for the Brainerd School District. School board members, during their Monday, Sept. 24 board meeting, set the 2019 preliminary levy at the maximum amount allowed by state statute, per administrative recommendation. Right now, that number stands at 19.86 percent, or about $3.9 million higher than 2018. Marci Lord, director of business services, explained how that figure could fluctuate until Oct. 1, when final property tax statement numbers will be reported to the counties.