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With nearly 21,000 passengers boarding flights at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport in 2018, the business broke its record for most boardings, a record left unbroken since 1985. Passengers are counted as anyone who either gets on or off a plane at the airport, Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Director Steve Wright explained in a phone interview Thursday, March 21. In the industry, boarding a plane is referred to as an enplanement.
Physical plans for restoration are the next step in the Brainerd Water Tower Committee's attempt to save the historic downtown structure. "What we need is an actual set of plans on how we're going to fix this thing," committee member Paul Skogen said during the group's meeting Wednesday, March 20.
The Brainerd School Board closed its meeting partway through its Monday, March 18, meeting to discuss acquiring 10 properties to help further renovations and additions at four school facilities. Minnesota statutes 13.44 and 13D.05 allow government bodies to close a meeting involving data classified as not public. In this case, the purpose of the closed meeting was to discuss appraised values of private properties and negotiations to purchase the properties. The properties discussed are near Brainerd High School and Lowell, Harrison and Garfield elementary schools.
Android or Apple? Verizon or AT&T? Netflix or Hulu? Spotify or Apple Music? Anyone who uses a cellphone, watches TV, listens to music or surfs the web has decisions to make—what kind of phone to get, which provider to use, which streaming service to subscribe to. With competition already pretty steep among phone companies and TV providers, more and more added incentives—like bundles and buy one, get one deals on the latest smartphones—are popping up to entice consumers.
If any Brainerd students thought the flooding at three school district facilities would mean a longer spring break, their hopes are about to be dashed. "Everything's cleaned up pretty well. It'll be all ready to go by Monday," Building and Grounds Director Earl Wolleat said Friday afternoon, March 15. So despite flooding at the Washington Educational Services Building, Forestview Middle School and Brainerd High School Thursday, all classes will resume as scheduled Monday.
It's that time of year again for leprechauns, pots of gold and everything green. Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, so Crosslake and Brainerd are gearing up for their annual parades and festivities this Saturday, March 16. Brainerd The St. Patrick's Day medallion hunt is underway in Brainerd, with clues running in the Brainerd Dispatch March 11-15. The first person to find the medallion and return it to Shep's on Sixth by 1 p.m. Saturday will earn a $250 cash prize.
Lobster, honey-seared duck and chocolate mousse cake were on the menu Thursday, March 7, as the Pillager High School ProStart culinary team took third at the Minnesota ProStart Invitational in St. Paul. “It was a pretty exciting day,” team instructor Ann Hutchison said during a phone interview Friday. “I’m pretty proud.” Now in the fifth year of the ProStart program and the third year of competition, Pillager placed higher than its previous best of 10th place.
At first glance, nothing unusual sticks out about Amanda and Paul Noskowiak's household. Five energetic kids roam about, playing with toys, making noise and having fun. Two parents work together to manage the lively bunch. They seem no different than the average family until the eye takes a closer look. Cabinets and closets filled with medications, three inflatable vests in the corner of the living room and small feeding tubes attached to the younger children's stomachs begin to paint a picture of a family dealing with unique challenges.
After approving construction documents for three building projects, the Brainerd School Board authorized project managers Monday, March 4, to solicit bids for the updates to Forestview Middle School and Nisswa and Harrison elementary schools. Forestview Middle School
"Be the best Brainerd." A few simple words chosen by the Brainerd City Council to represent the city's vision. Council members landed on this phrase as the city's official vision statement during a staff and council retreat Saturday, March 2, aimed partially at discussing the city's vision, mission and values.