It's an oft-repeated anecdote: people always seem ready to offer an opinion of the most dangerous curves or intersections. A study examining every mile of county roadways in the state seeks to identify those areas most at risk for crashes causing serious injury or death using science—before they happen.
Property owners in the First Assessment District will soon have a clearer picture of how much more they'll be asked to pay in taxes in 2018. The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday discussed a number of scenarios developed after a series of public meetings with residents. Each of those potential situations has one goal: increasing property tax revenue to support future road construction in the third largest population center in the county.
With about a dozen funding streams available to assist businesses in the lakes area, a proposal seeks to unify those dollars into one pot. Sheila Haverkamp of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation explained Tuesday consolidating the funds could streamline marketing and management practices, in turn attracting more businesses to the area.
A policy guiding Crow Wing County's practices concerning lake improvement districts was approved by commissioners Tuesday. The Crow Wing County Board accepted staff recommendations to update its policies concerning the districts, which permit assessments on affected property owners on and around area lakes. Those dollars are in turn used for projects to manage the lake, including combatting aquatic invasive species or weed control.
After a four-month journey by sea from India, seven new granite slabs destined for display on Laurel Street in Brainerd are now stateside. The arrival of the smooth, black granite brings plans to update the All Veterans Memorial stationed outside the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse one step closer to completion. Former Brainerd Community Action Executive Director Nancy Cross offered a progress report on the project Tuesday to the Crow Wing County Board. Cross said it's proceeding as planned, with one new design element included.
Ten days after her 6-year-old daughter's death, a young mother explained to the Crow Wing County Board how social services failed her in her time of need. Audriana Wallin of Brainerd addressed the board Tuesday during the open forum portion of the meeting. Wallin said she felt she was expected to manage her own case when financial hardship stemming from her daughter's two-year struggle with a rare pediatric cancer led her to seek assistance. 'To advocate for me'
BAXTER—Jennifer Solseth and Sara Raimann do their best work in the face of problems. At the helm of retail and interior design company The Hearth Room for 15 years, the sisters strive to offer a one-stop shop for clients seeking a more functional and beautiful space.
NISSWA—The crow of a rooster might be the first sound one hears when visiting Patchwork Farms near Nisswa, but it's all about the pigs. The small family farm nestled in a stretch of land surrounded by lakes on County Road 127 is home to some of the rarest breeds of heritage porkers in existence—and they have the run of the place. Litters of piglets ranging from just days to several weeks old trot in and out of pens, stopping for a wallow in a mud puddle whenever they please, while larger sows and boars pile together in the shade of an oak canopy.
LONG PRAIRIE—In 2012, a group of Mexican farmers set out to familiarize themselves with the Minnesota climate, renting six plots in the Long Prairie community garden. This summer, that same group is expecting to harvest 50,000 pounds of tomatillos from 15,000 plants—and that's just one of the dozens of crops they're nurturing on about 10 acres of land on the southern edge of town. Those green, husked Mexican staples will be used in the making of Minneapolis-based La Loma Tamales, a large factory producing hand-rolled tamales.
Jim Hunter is out as Crosby's mayor. The Crosby City Council accepted Hunter's resignation Monday via a letter sent by Ed Shaw, Hunter's lawyer, council member Ron Prushek confirmed late Monday night. Hunter was elected in November 2016 for a two-year term and was arrested in March, charged with felony theft by swindle, assault and several other charges. Hunter had denied calls for him to step down prior to Monday's meeting.