- Member for
- 2 years 3 months
The Brainerd School District's field trip policy received some updates during the Monday, Sept. 24, school board meeting. Major updates include employees being able to use personal vehicles to transport students in the event of emergency and a new bullet point list of procedures to be followed on each field trip.
NISSWA—"Grand View does it again. It's as simple as that." With a nearly $50 million expansion project in the works, Nisswa's Grand View Lodge stands out as one of the top tourist destinations in the lakes area, according to John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota tourism. "This certainly is very unique for Minnesota. It's a one-of-a-kind place," Edman said of Grand View. "It really brings forth the concept of a resort, but in a new and a different way, providing all the amenities that consumers are looking for today."
A variety of specialty health care services are now available in one location, just off Highway 210 in Baxter. Community members flocked to the 15,000-square-foot CentraCare Specialty Clinic on Forthun Road Monday, Sept. 17, during an open house to speak with providers and learn about the services offered in six fields: brain and spine care, kidney care, plastic surgery, heart care, urology and wound care.
I am so happy the last few weeks are over. I've just completed the dreaded task that no one (at least that I've met) likes to do; I just moved. Though the process was stressful and a bit of a hassle, I found an unexpected source of help—the internet. OK, so the internet didn't physically help me move all of my belongings from Pequot Lakes to Brainerd, but it did help me find a new apartment and furnish it at an affordable price.
High praise came Monday, Sept. 10, for architects, engineers, project managers and others involved in creating schematic designs for building updates in the Brainerd School District. "We really do feel like our voices have been heard by all of the consulting groups," Baxter Elementary Principal Tammy Stellmach told the Brainerd School Board Monday. "I'm just very thankful and, I would say, proud of the work that my group has done and of the community for their investment in us."
The need for more space at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport will soon be satisfied. A crowd gathered Thursday, Sept. 6, at the airport to witness a groundbreaking ceremony for an upcoming addition that will provide a new front entrance and arrival/departure facility for the general aviation community. Right now, general aviation shares a space with Wings Airport Cafe. "Both groups are growing," Airport Director Steve Wright said Thursday. "It's caused the need to have to divide the two functions."
Brainerd residents with land involved in the upcoming Buffalo Hills Lane reconstruction project will be assessed based on number of lots. After in-depth discussions at both the Safety and Public Works Committee and the Brainerd City Council meetings Tuesday, Sept. 4, council members voted 5-0 to assess based on original platted lots instead of existing parcels of land. Council member Sue Hilgart abstained from voting, as she owns some land in the proposed project area, and council member Janice Lambert did not attend the meeting.
Excitement is in the air in the Brainerd School District, and it's not just because of the new school year. Staff unveiled plans for four of the district's building projects to community members at an open house Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Washington Educational Services Building. "We are very excited," Superintendent Laine Larson said. "We're really pleased with all the work that all of our consultants and architects have completed to make this a reality."
CROSSLAKE—From magazines to smartphone apps, changing technology is also changing the architectural world. Popular websites and apps like Houzz and Pinterest—tools anyone can use—help architectural and design firms get an idea of what their clients want.
NISSWA—"Eighty years is a long time." For 85-year-old Willard Lehman, it's basically a lifetime. And it's the number or years he has been a guest at Upper Cullen Resort near Nisswa. "There wasn't much here then," Lehman said of the resort in 1938, when he began vacationing there as a 5-year-old with his parents and three siblings. The Slater, Iowa, family originally visited Clear Lake in northern Iowa for their getaways, but the fishing, Lehman said, wasn't great.