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Sliding Hills and Local Government: Meet Brainerd Mayor Dave Badeaux

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Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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After installing a new sled rack at the top of the hill, Troy Harris, Brainerd park maintenance foreman, left, and Dave Badeaux, Brainerd mayor, race down Big Sev at Hitch-Wayne Park Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Brainerd.

Today we talked with Mayor Dave Badeaux. We learned about how the city is investing in small things like neighborhood sledding hills to make Brainerd more livable.

Mayor Badeaux is part of a Brainerd city government that has seen an influx of younger voices, wanting to make a difference on the local level.

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.