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The future of former Driftwood Resort land again went before Crow Wing County officials, but this time with a different purpose and perhaps a more positive outlook for the applicant. Dan Leagjeld, whose parents previously owned the Ideal Township resort on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, came before the Crow Wing County Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment Thursday, June 20, with three requests for property he bought from his parents after the resort closed in 2009. Leagjeld sought to:
Arts in the Park, the Fourth of July Parade and the Crow Wing County Fair are all on the Brainerd Water Tower Committee's summer agenda to raise awareness and hopefully funds to save the city's historic structure. The June 30 Arts in the Park event at Gregory Park, sponsored by Brainerd Community Action, will be a test run of sorts for the citizens committee, which aims to raise more than $1 million to restore the iconic downtown water tower.
Quick, what's the capital of Finland? Who was Abraham Lincoln's first vice president? If you knew the answer to either of those questions and were able to come up with Helsinki or Hannibal Hamlin right away, you probably just got a nice little burst of dopamine in your brain. And if you know what dopamine is, you probably just got another.
To both earn extra revenue and help out another school, the Brainerd School Board approved a joint food services agreement between the school district and Discovery Woods Montessori School. Under the agreement, which board members passed Monday, June 10, the school district would be in charge of food and day-to-day food service operations for Discovery Woods, while Discovery Woods would take on licensing, collecting payments and purchasing large equipment.
Multiple grass fires kept area fire departments busy over the weekend, including a wildfire that burned about 40 acres in Mission Township. Mission firefighters battled the 40-acre blaze that burned fields and woods into the early hours of Sunday morning. Mission Fire Chief Erick Makowski-Budrow said a call came in about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, May 11, for a fire in the woods off County Highway 11 and west of County Highway 19 in Mission Township.
Walleye and crappies reigned supreme in the lakes area during a cool, windy 2019 fishing opener, garnering mixed reviews from bait shops. For Sherree Wicktor, owner of S&W Bait near North Long Lake north of Brainerd-Baxter, customers gravitated toward fathead and rainbow minnows, she said, as the best bite seemed to be a jig with a minnow on it. But sufficient amounts of bait have been hard to come by.
It's a yes from the council and a yes from the parks board, but Region Five still gets the final say in where its proposed children's museum will be located. If Brainerd city officials had a say, though, it seems Lum Park—the first of the city's two proposals—would be the spot.
It has been about a month since Samsung released its new Galaxy S10 series, and I'm here, as a devoted Android customer, to say it's worth the price. I got my Galaxy S7 back in 2016, and it was getting a little slow. The camera didn't take very clear pictures at all anymore either, which is problematic for me since I have to take pictures for work from time to time. Since I recently finished paying that phone off after two and a half years, I decided it was time for something new, so naturally I gravitated toward the newest Galaxy model.
Downtown parking solutions and tax increment financing districts became the focal points of a presentation on Brainerd's River to Rail initiative in front of city council members Monday, April 29. River to Rail The River to Rail initiative seeks to revitalize the area between the Mississippi River and the Northern Pacific Center, and from Washington Street to Oak Street.
Lum Park is decidedly the best spot for Region Five's proposed children's museum, according to the Brainerd City Council. That's the primary spot council members agreed Monday, April 29, to pitch in response to a request for proposals from the museum's board of directors. As a secondary location, the city will also submit a proposal for the Brainerd Public Library property. About the project