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Brainerd City Council: Members struggle to define bars vs. r...

Discussion on Brainerd's liquor ordinance continued Monday, Sept. 17, when city staff presented council members with a draft of previously agreed-upon changes.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 15:00:00

This Was Brainerd - Sept. 19

Although you might not guess it by looking at the busy parking lot, enrollment at Central Lake College has dropped by 15.2 percent this fall, the biggest drop in the state. Head count is 2,857 this year compared to 3,368 last year, due in part to a strong job market.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 08:30:00

Brainerd Community Action seeks nominees for Distinguished Service...

Brainerd Community Action, in partnership with the Brainerd Jaycees, is accepting nominations for the following Distinguished Service Awards: Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Citizen of the Year.Typical characteristics of a successful nonprof

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 15:30:00

Genealogy society to meet Thursday in Brainerd

The Crow Wing County Genealogy Society will meet Thursday, Sept. 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd.

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-09-19 20:30:00

Baxter City Council: Implications of Island Lake property donation...

During a workshop Tuesday, Sept. 18, members evaluated the information and continued to mull whether the city should accept a 120-acre donation and the potential costs and benefits it entails.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 18:00:00

Crow Wing County Board: Child protection draining county cof...

Crow Wing County Community Services Division Manager Kara Griffin hands sheets of information about out-of-home placements of endangered children to Administrator Tim Houle at the Tuesday, Sept. 18, committee of the whole meeting with commissioners Rachel Reabe Nystrom (left), Rosemary Franzen (midd

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-09-19 08:00:00

Boys Soccer: Brainerd rallies to top Tech

"We haven't beaten them since I don't know when, not in my nine years," said Brainerd head coach Tom Grausam. "This should be a big conference booster for us, especially coming off a 4-3 loss to St. Michael-Albertville. Hopefully, we can continue our play moving forward."Tech led the CLC with 8.5 po

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 06:30:00

Brainerd Public Schools: Reading is the thing to do

Third-graders at Baxter Elementary School don "Thing 3" shirts at school assembly Monday, Sept. 17, when Principal Tammy Stellmach introduced the school year's "Reading is the thing to do" theme. Theresa Bourke / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 19:00:00

Mahnomen man suspected of using meth at wake, assaulting women while driving back

Robert Louis Vanpelt, 31, is charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, one count of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and two counts of fifth-degree assault.

ST. CLOUD TIMES - 2018-09-19 18:25:00

Brainerd City Council: Council sets prelim. 2019 levy at 6%

The final levy—which the council will set in December—can be lower, but not higher, than the preliminary number, which comes to $5,895,572.Council members Gabe Johnson and Sue Hilgart opposed the 6 percent levy and instead wanted to set the number at 2.8 percent.Estimates presented by City Administr

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-18 16:00:00

Police Blotter - Sept. 17

Morrison sheriffDISTURBANCE—Report Sept. 11 of people in the park behind city hall in Randall making noise. Deputy made contact and four younger males were playing "Magic." They were advised.THEFT—Report Sept. 8 of a theft of an all-terrain vehicle in Pierz.SUSPICIOUS—Report Sept. 8 of a male on Cab


Brainerd breaks record Sunday with 86-degree temp

Even though Sunday's 86 degrees broke a high temperature record, cool temperatures moved in and the skies cleared Monday, Sept. 17, showcasing the beginning of autumn leaf color on the banks of the Mississippi River in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-18 14:00:00

Volkswagen hits guardrail and rolls: Driver injured

PEQUOT LAKES—A Breezy Point woman was injured Tuesday, Sept. 18, after the Volkswagen Passat she was driving struck a guardrail and rolled, 2 miles south of Pequot Lakes.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-19 12:00:00

Ravenous on a Rainbow Route? Where to eat and drink on your fall foliage tour

ST. CLOUD — The crisp fall air, a travel mug of hot coffee and, of course, the colors of the changing seasons: Is there anything better than an autumn drive?


'The Elephant Man' opens Brainerd Community Theatre season

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29, and Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 2-4, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.In the play, we first encounter John Merrick as part of a sideshow run by an unscrupulous character named Ross. When a physician a

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-09-18 13:00:00

Minnesota Man Charged for Neglecting Miniature Horse Herd – The Horse

Investigator Mark Slater, of the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Department, in St. James, Minnesota, said personnel began investigating the care of 70 Miniature Horses at a farm owned by Michael Charles Johnson in rural Odin, Minnesota, in June. Investigators found the horses with curling hooves, indicat

THEHORSE.COM - 2018-09-18 11:00:49

Minnesota businesses join fight against opioid epidemic

“This is an all hands on deck public health crisis in our state and our nation,” said Malcolm. “So, to have employers joining in proactive efforts to try to better educate and connect people to resources is just so very important.”

FOX9.COM - 2018-09-19 00:18:00

Minnesota is home to the nation's best craft vodka distillery

Prairie Organic Vodka, FacebookMinnesota is home to the best craft vodka makers in the United States.That'saccording to USA Today,which ranked Prairie Organic Spirits as the No. 1 craft vodka distillery in the country.The Princeton, Minnesota-based distillery is known for its Prairie Organic Vodka a

BRINGMETHENEWS.COM - 2018-09-18 16:08:57

This Was Brainerd - Sept.17

Harry Davey, 87, a lifelong newspaperman, died here yesterday. Davey most recently was owner and editor of the International Falls Daily Journal before retiring in 1975. After moving to Brainerd he kept his hand in journalism, managing the Dispatch quarterly senior publication, Silver Salute.


Biz Buzz: Survey offers people a say in Brainerd's future

"The city of Brainerd is looking to its residents to help craft a vision for 2035. Anyone with a passion for Brainerd's future is encouraged to participate. The following survey will focus on the community character and the livability of the city," the city reported.Go to for the survey link. The d