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Santa hats adorned many a head, as festive music played in the background and smells of popcorn filled the air. Holiday cheer was in full force at Central Lakes College Wednesday, Dec. 13. Designed specifically for CLC students with children, a Christmas party featuring games, crafts, face painting, caricatures, snacks and, of course, Santa entertained kids of all ages, while bringing smiles to their parents' faces as well. The event began about 10 years ago when Kimberly Pilgrim, director of the Meta 5 program, saw a need to do something fun for those in the program.
Property acquisition will commence in the Brainerd School District, but not everywhere district officials hoped. The school board agreed Monday, Dec. 10, to move forward with acquiring seven properties near Harrison Elementary School and two near Brainerd High School. The properties are:
There's no shortage of bad news in today's world. That's not a secret, even during the Christmas season. Tragic news, stressful jobs, family hardships and the weight of the world in general can take their toll during this time of the year. For many, Christmas means spending time with family, exchanging gifts, taking part in special traditions and maybe celebrating religious aspects of the holiday. That's what it has always meant to me. But for others, the holidays bring about massive amounts of stress or evoke painful memories of loved ones who are no longer here to celebrate.
Is an economic recession in Brainerd's near future? A potential looming financial downturn has been talked about off and on since the country started rebuilding after the 2018 recession. Worries of another catastrophe are partially to blame for disconnect among Brainerd City Council members as they struggle to agree on a final tax levy for 2019. Brainerd residents will likely see an increase in their property taxes after the city council votes on a final tax levy later this month, but how much is still up in the air.
Compromise is brewing in Brainerd. City council and school board members are beginning to see eye-to-eye on school parking needs. Mild disagreement still remains, but council members are prepared to vote on updated off-street parking proposals for school facilities next week.
Fifty-eight trees are set to be removed in the Garfield Elementary School neighborhood for the Safe Routes to School initiative, aimed at developing safer routes for students to walk and bike to schools. The trees to be removed, Brainerd City Engineer Paul Sandy said, conflict with sidewalk alignment on Northeast Ninth and 10th avenues and Northeast G, H, J, L and N streets.
A generous, hard-working outdoorsman is how those close to Roger Dondelinger will remember the 78-year-old Brainerd man. Dondelinger, who opened the Dondelinger car dealership in Brainerd with his father in 1968, died Friday, Nov. 23, at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany, after what his son, DJ Dondelinger, described as a yearlong battle with health issues. DJ said his dad, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, had a motorcycle crash last year from which he never quite recovered.
A policy for service animals is now in place in the Brainerd School District. Three people in the district—both students and staff members—requested to use service animals this year, but until now, there was no policy in place, Superintendent Laine Larson told the school board in October.
Everyone was family Monday, Nov. 20, at Central Lakes College. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie brought students, staff and faculty together for a campus-wide Thanksgiving dinner in Brainerd.
How responsible should brewery owners be for the odors their business emits? According to Brainerd city ordinance, which is now under staff review: "No odors from the brewery shall be perceptible beyond the property line. If such odors occur, the brewery shall take appropriate measures to reduce or mitigate any odors generated from the operation and be in compliance with any applicable Minnesota Pollution Control standards."