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Another roundabout is on the docket for Brainerd. The Brainerd City Council on Monday, Jan. 7, approved a proposal for engineering services from Bolton and Menk for a project to reconstruct Northwest Fourth Street from Jackson Street to Washington Street/Highway 210. The reconstruction would add a roundabout at the intersection of Jackson Street and a median at the intersection of James Street.
About 2.4 million youths in the United States participate in Boy Scouts of America. But only a small portion of those kids—roughly 4-6 percent, according to scoutingmagazine.org—will attain the organization's highest rank, the Eagle Scout. As of October, Sam Clement is now among those statistics. Just like any Eagle Scout, hard work, dedication and perseverance boosted the 21-year-old from Pequot Lakes to the top, earning him the coveted Eagle Scout title. Unlike other Scouts though, Clement overcame unique obstacles on his way to success.
A record-breaking December snowfall in the Brainerd lakes area meant a lot of overtime for street plowers. The city of Brainerd's street department crew worked Thursday, Jan. 3, to remove the last of the snow windrows in the middle of the streets left over from plowing after last week's storm and a New Year's snowfall.
Ninety-one years. For many, that's more than a lifetime. But for one Brainerd woman, more than nine decades is how long she has been tickling the ivories. Bea Henderson is 96, and she started playing piano at age 5. "I was dinging around all the time, trying to play by ear," Henderson said of her musical beginnings. "(My mom) wouldn't let me do that. If she heard me playing by ear, she would get after me. I had to read those notes, so she made me learn how to read notes."
As Christmas approaches and shoppers rush out to get those last-minute gifts, three lakes area nonprofits have some advice on what not to buy to stick under the tree: pets. Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Brainerd, the Babinski Foundation in Pequot Lakes, and Paws and Claws Rescue and Resort in Hackensack do not recommend surprising family and friends with a dog or cat this holiday season. In fact, HART and Paws and Claws will not adopt an animal out unless the person caring for it is present.
With Christmas and New Year's looming, more than one-third of Americans are expected to take to the roads, sky and water in the next week and a half. AAA estimates a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers to pack up their bags for the year-end holiday travel period, which is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22-Tuesday, Jan. 1.
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.