For several weeks The Brainerd Dispatch's Commentary section has been the venue of an ongoing debate on whether or not God exists. Personally, I've grown tired of the back-and-forth arguments and I suspect I'm not the only reader who is weary of the correspondence.
I'm not saying the topic of the existence of God isn't important, but is this truly how we want to use the valuable editorial real estate the Dispatch offers its readers each day?
Coming up in the weekend paper:
I followed a mom around for a day, and I'm writing a story about the experience for the weekend/Mother's Day paper.
I put a call out to you, the readers, for area moms who are constantly on the go. I heard about some amazing women out there who work hard to keep their families going.
I picked Darla Johnson from Crosslake to follow on Wednesday.
Crosswoods Golf Course and Emily Greens are open.
Cragun’s driving range is open with its courses opening Wednesday.
Here is a list of area courses and when they hope to open. I stress hope as these dates are dependent on the weather. Please call the respective pro shops to verify the courses are indeed open.
Birch Bay, Lake Shore May 10
Black Bear Golf Complex, Pine River May 8
Breezy Point Resort
Whitebirch May 3
Traditional May 3
Deacon’s Lodge May 3
Cragun’s Legacy Courses...
In Sunday's paper you'll find the first of a two-part series on mental illness in the Brainerd lakes area. The second part will run Monday.
Here's a little about what you'll read:
They are your neighbors. Your coworkers. Your best friends.
But there’s something you may not know about them: they have a mental illness.
Nearly half of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yet many of those people will...
When I saw this morning that the Chiefs had released Matt Cassel, my immediate thought was "Please don't let anyone from the Vikings learn of this", we've tasted other teams leftovers for too many years.
Unfortunately, Cassel has just the stats that seem to invigorate the Viking's "We can rehabilitate this guy and he'll be good again" attitude that has rarely proved itself.
What kind of funding should the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) get and should it answer a Crow Wing County funding decision by eliminating funding for materials in Crosslake and Pequot Lakes?
That’s one of the questions back before the Crow Wing County Board March 12 as commissioners are asked to restore $20,000 in funding.
Last year, the board took $20,000 from the requested funding for the library and put it toward a new funding request by The Center, the senior activity center in...
Ever wanted to be able to ask your own question of the president? Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:50 p.m., President Obama is sitting down in the Roosevelt Room in the White House for a fireside hangout.
That's an updated version of the fireside chats President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made so famous. This time the chat's are of a virtual nature and in deference to the digital world we live in — the chat is online.
Today's date presents a dozen opportunities.
Especially for those who like lists or who see the benefit in taking stock of where things are and where we might like to see them in the future.
Getting through the daily grind tends to absorb all the spare energy, add to that the bustle of the holiday season and December becomes a sleepless blur.
But today is worth taking a few minutes for reflection.
Make a list — it could be 12 things you'd like to achieve in the next 12 months, or 12...
BY MIKE O’ROURKE
Republican House District 10B candidate Dale Lueck of rural Aitkin wasn’t able to return a reporter’s phone call until 6:45 p.m. Thursday. His livestock had to be fed.
When the cattle rancher and former Aitkin County commissioner got up to speed on news of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) staffer who had misrepresented himself as a Hill City DFLer in a letter published in both the Aitkin Independent Age and the Brainerd Dispatch he seemed disappointed and a little...
If the Olive Garden in Baxter looks a little different to you, it's not just that it's new to the lakes area.
The much-anticipated restaurant addition to the lakes area isn't the same Olive Garden. The chain changed the look for its new restaurants creating a rustic stone exterior and using a farmhouse look with exposed wooden beams and character of a farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy as a model.
"This is how they’ll all be from now on," said Olive Garden General Manager Miranda Ahlers. "We’re one of...
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What is a "living wage" for a family of four in the Brainerd Lakes Area?