Brainerd City Administrator Replacement Down to Five Finalists

In our chat with Brainerd’s Mayor Ed Menk, we found there was a special council meeting ahead of the regular meeting (at the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse, 3rd floor while work is being done to City Hall) to choose some finalists for one City position.


A sixth candidate was chosen as an alternate if one of the first five drops out within 48 hours of Monday’s meeting.

The candidates, alphabetically are Jennifer Bergman, David Chanski, Nathan Ehalt, Joe Gaa, and Steve Kil.

Again, interviews will be held November 19th between 3:30 and 8:30pm in the meeting room at the police department. Before interviews, candidates will meet with city department heads and a group of chamber of commerce business leaders. The new city administrator will take over for interim administrator Jim Thoreen.

The Council was given a presentation on a new children’s museum.


It is down to that Brainerd location north of the intersection of Highway 210 and Wonderland Park Road Northeast. The other potential spot for the future Region FIve Children’s Museum is the Potlatch property off Highway 371 in southwest Baxter. 

Repair and Replace is set for the Southeast Interceptor.


With more updates from the Brainerd City Council, Mayor Menk told us of something to look forward to at the end of this month


The Hometown Holidays Santa Stop and Tree Lighting will go from 11am to noon in the Laurel Street parking lot and 5-6 pm in the city hall parking lot.

Mayor Menk discussed one police officer has accepted another job


Police Officer Tim Friis accepted a job as an instructor at the FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama.His resignation is effective November 17th. The new list Mayor Menk discussed is because the city has exhausted its police officer eligibility list.

They scheduled a public hearing for later this month…


The hearing on the Small Cities Development Program Grant for the northeast area the city received in 2018 is scheduled for 7:30pm November 18th during the city council meeting. The $638,338 grant requires a public hearing to allow for public discussion on the implementation and progress of the grant. Written testimony submitted ahead of the hearing will also be considered

Mayor Menk had a proclamation for November 11th.