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A hole in the wall is the damage Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake has to show for a small fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Pillager Fire Department responded to the Shoreline Suites building, where Fire Chief Greg Ringler said employees caught the fire and suppressed it with fire extinguishers until the crews arrived. No employees were in the building when the fire started though.
The Brainerd School District's annual Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame just took place in October, but instead of waiting a year, the next one will come up in about six months.
If all goes as planned, Nisswa Elementary School will open its doors for the 2020 school year with its updates complete. Project director Chris Ziemer and Jason Maaninga, both of ICS Consulting, along with Widseth Smith Nolting President Kevin Donnay, shared schematic designs for Nisswa Elementary with the Brainerd School Board Monday, Nov. 12, during the board's regular meeting.
The Brainerd lakes area is covered in snow and already colder than normal, with wintry weather just beginning as November creeps up to the halfway mark. Temperatures hovered around the teens and low 20s late last week, with Saturday, Nov. 10, only seeing an average of 13. These numbers are about 11-19 degrees lower than the averages for this time of year, according to Dean Melde, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Flags waved, trumpets sounded and voices rang as area schools honored military veterans Thursday and Friday in anticipation of Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11. Brainerd High School Retired Brig. Gen. Art Ludwig, a 1949 graduate of Washington High School in Brainerd, and his daughter, retired Col. Laura Ludwig, served as the keynote speakers Friday, Nov. 9, during a program at Brainerd High School.
Incumbents Tom Haglin and Ruth Nelson will both return to the Brainerd School Board in 2019. First-timer Charles Black Lance, a district parent, will join them.
The Brainerd City Council hired a replacement for City Planner Mark Ostgarden when he retires in January. David Chanski will take over as the city's community development director. When Ostgarden announced his Jan. 3, 2019, retirement back in July, city staff decided to revise the city planner job description and convert the position into a community development director.
Brainerd High School graduate Claire Gunsbury is on her way to Carnegie Hall. Gunsbury, a 2017 Brainerd graduate and current sophomore at University of Colorado Boulder will be the flutist in a flute and guitar duet at 8 p.m. at the renowned New York City concert hall Monday, Nov. 5.
"This is a momentous occasion." These were the words from a brightly dressed Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce president on a chilly Halloween afternoon as community members gathered outside city hall to celebrate the official opening of Brainerd's newly constructed South Sixth Street. Donning a silver sequined suit jacket to celebrate downtown Brainerd's bright, shiny future, Matt Kilian dubbed the South Sixth Street opening as a step in the right direction for the city.
After receiving criticism and hearing various concerns about its property acquisition endeavors, the Brainerd School Board heard from voices on the other side of the spectrum at its Monday, Oct. 29, board meeting. Carole Paschelke, who owns a house near Harrison Elementary School, told board members during Monday's open forum she was originally very emotional when she heard of the district's desire to acquire her property in September.