Andy Hammre

Rainy River Closes Walleye Season

Anglers in the area usually flock to Rainy River around this time to scratch that itch to get in some open water fishing. Not this year. The Koochiching County Board in northern Minnesota voted Tuesday to close its four county-owned boat ramps on the Rainy River until further notice in an effort to discourage anglers from flocking to the border …

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Salvation Thrift Stores Close

ROSEVILLE, Minn – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Twin Cities Salvation Army is taking additional steps to help mitigate the spread of the virus among its clients, staff and volunteers. Effective Monday, March 23, The Salvation Army Family Stores in outstate Minnesota and in North Dakota will temporarily close. This effort follows other steps taken previously that …

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Take The Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is this weekend in the Brainerd Lakes. It’s presented by Brainerd Lakes Law Enforcement again this year in raising funds for Special Olympics Minnesota. Every year, thousands of people jump into freezing cold water to support Special Olympics Minnesota. By plunging, you are helping to bring opportunity and inclusion to over 8,100 Special Olympics athletes. Here’s the …

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You Can Become Brainerds Mayor

The city of Brainerd has announced that it is now seeking applicants who would like to fill the position of Mayor after current Brainerd Mayor Ed Menk announced his retirement, effective March 31st, (2020). Menk stated that he is retiring because he needs to downsize his responsibilities and he has family members with health issues who need him. Those interested …

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Up North Resorts Hurting

The bad ice conditions on a bunch of lakes in Minnesota is creating a “regional disaster” for resorts in the north central and northern parts of the state. How bad have ice conditions been this winter? So bad it’s hurting businesses that make their money off ice anglers — resorts, bait shops, fish house rentals and others. Some business owners …

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Five Guys In Baxter Announces New Opening Date

It’s as official as official can be. Five Guys is opening in just over a week. It’s officially Facebook official.   We are excited to announce that our Grand Opening will be FEBRUARY 7TH! Come check out our world-famous menu of juicy… Posted by Five Guys Baxter on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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No more McWalMart

Just like that. The McDonald’s restaurant inside the Walmart in Baxter has closed. I ran in quick to grab a couple of things and noticed the gate was down and they had been painting. At first I thought the eatery was just getting a face-lift, but on my way out I noticed this sign. Goodbye golden arches. A 15-year run …

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Crosby Library Roof Collapses

Scary moment over the weekend in the town of Crosby. The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library roof apparently collapsed Saturday night and city crews worked quickly in saving historic memorabilia and the books inside. Saturday, a person was walking their dog past the library when they heard a loud boom, which sounded like the roof collapsing. The passerby called 911 …

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Lymes? Meet Tick Murdering Birds!

It’s no doubt that tick borne illnesses are on the rise, especially here in Minnesota. Well this may be a way to finally combat this problem without having to douse yourself with stinky spray, that can also be harmful. Known by a few names, such as African Pheasant and Guinea Hens, one could also call this African native the “Tick …

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Minnesota Schools Ranked… Pretty Good!

There is a report out this week that ranks Minnesota as the 7th state over all in education. The report was issued by the financial news website 247wallst.com. They used a variety of measures including school funding, academic achievement, and enrollment. Here’s the stats that are quoted: Minnesota > High school graduation rate:82.7% (tied — 17th lowest) > Public school …

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