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Let's give religion discussion a rest

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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...

Lueck unhappy with former GOP staffer

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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....

Would my wood work?

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I understand the need to restrict the use of firewood in state parks but sometimes the rules and regulations make you scratch your head.
Last weekend we camped at Itasca State Park and had...

Let it snow

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Snowmobilers and snowshoe enthusiasts have grumbled all winter about the dearth of snow this season. Well, here’s another reason why many of us have missed those blizzard-filled winters of...

Requiem for a printer

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BAXTER — Two Brainerd Dispatch newsroom employees scurried into the back of Lord of Life Lutheran Church Thursday — late for a funeral.
It was, perhaps, an unintentional tribute to Joe Melby...

Political lines to be announced Feb. 21

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They're just lines drawn on a map but the political boundaries that are scheduled to be announced Feb 21 by a Minnesota judicial panel will have a big impact on politics in 2012.
Most...

The police escort that got away

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Newsroom staffers serve two masters these days — readers of the news printed on the big, noisy press in the back room and readers who fire up their computer each morning to see what’s going on....

DFL 8th District candidate Clark cites irregularities

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Judging from her comments, Tarryl Clark, former state senator and DFL 8th District candidate for Congress, is not buying in to the results of Tuesday’s non-binding congressional preference vote at...

Not your grandfather's GOP

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Minnesota Republicans on Tuesday showed they weren’t ready to hand the nomination over to the former Massachusetts governor.
As of the morning of Feb. 8, we’re still awaiting Crow Wing...

Gazelka preparing to run for another term in the Legislature

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By MIKE O'ROURKE
Associate Editor
Last week was a busy week in Republican circles and as developments prompted the rewriting of last weekend's Eggs and Issues stories, I neglected to...