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CAMP RIPLEY—Oil paint, Belgian linen canvas and the black volcanic sands of Mount Suribachi.
Wednesday, May 23, brought with it a pair of ruinous fires to the Brainerd lakes area—an afternoon blaze reducing much of the Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River to cinders; another within the gates of Breezy Point Resort engulfing a private condo building late in the night. Both fires may have been caused by sources external to the buildings, Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said. Nelson and his firefighters answered calls for both fires. Faith Assembly of God Church fire
Much like peeling off an old scab, spring melts away the snow to reveal the wounds of winter—for the intersection of Pine and Walnut streets, these wounds took the form of a sinkhole. The sinkhole formed when a storm sewer culvert near the intersection, constructed of corrugated metal, gradually corroded beyond repair until its breaking point this spring, City Engineer Paul Sandy said. As a result, a hole formed in the top of the pipe and the street caved inward.
The Brainerd City Council granted Sage on Laurel a conditional use permit and a modification for the on-sale liquor license with regard to its non-enclosed patio Monday, May 21. The vote came after much discussion between council members regarding the particulars of the conditional use permit and requests made by owner Sarah Hayden Shaw. In addition to granting the conditional use permit, the council opted to terminate a prior lease with Shaw that stipulated access to parking on her private property in conjunction with public parking adjacent to it.
PINE RIVER—Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River was gutted by fire Wednesday, May 23. About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday a fire was reported at Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River. Radio traffic on the police scanner indicated the building was "fully engulfed" in flames. Firefighters tried to contain the flames, as well as retrieve whatever documents, books, and valuables could be saved from the church offices.
Brainerd is a city known for its outdoor attractions, not the least of which include a wide array of walking and biking trails in the area—though, from where Ellie Burkett stands in the issue, bikes and foot paths aren't getting the kind of attention they could have.
When the Rev. Tony Wroblewski first came to St. Francis Catholic Church 11 years ago, it took less than a week before parishioners were urging him to address what had been a thorn in the congregation's side for decades—the kitchen. "The other thing I inherited was the project to actually renovate and expand our school," Wroblewski said Thursday, May 17. "So I had to tell them that came first." But now, attention has once again turned toward the needs of St. Francis church.
Back in the days of yore, when Russell Crowe was about to ask "Gladiator" audiences if they were entertained, Amazon was little more than a bookstore, the Tennessee Titans had yet to pull off the Music City Miracle, Limp Bizkit was the No. 1 band in the country and the internet was still in its infancy—in this halcyon time, Mitchell Britton came into the world.
BAXTER—While it isn't "in our backyard" as members of the discussion noted, the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline stands as an issue with significant ramifications—no matter where one stands in the argument. Representatives of Minnesotans for Line 3 stopped in Baxter Tuesday, May 15, to present their side of the debate that's been a central focus of environmental issues in the state since 2013, when the replacement project was first proposed. Billed as an informational presentation, the room was furnished for a group setting. One person attended.
The Brainerd School Board voted Monday, May 14, to sign an agreement between the district and Cosmetic Family Dentistry—a partnership to implement the Minnesota school-based Dental Sealant Program, a statewide initiative to improve the health and well-being of students. Per the affiliated documents, the contract is slated to run from the signing date until the end of the 2018-19 school year. In approving the agreement, the Brainerd School District authorizes the dentistry to provide preventative dental care to students participating in the program.