Resolve to make a difference
The new year. It's the time for a fresh start, and I'm ready to try to make 2004 a great one! Most of us begin each new year with good intentions, high hopes and great expectations. But frequently, as the old year fades into memories, so do our New Year's resolutions.
#7 TROOP DEPLOYMENT AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
At about 5:20 a.m. March 20, the wail of sirens could be heard and bright flashes of anti-aircraft fire lighted the sky over Baghdad.
#1 ERIKA DALQUIST and DRU SJODIN
The disappearance of two area women dominated local, state and national news in 2003.
#10 JULY FOURTH PROTEST
Brainerd Community Action's decision to deny a spot in its July 4 parade to a peace group sparked a free speech debate that still wasn't settled nearly six months after the initial decision.
#6 PAUL BUNYAN MOVES
The Brainerd area lost a giant-sized landmark in September when the Paul Bunyan statue that was the major drawing card for Baxter's Paul Bunyan Amusement Center was moved to its new home at This Old Farm, east of Brainerd.
#4 MISSOTA PAPER CO.
A month into 2003, the sale of Potlatch's Brainerd mill to the newly formed Missota Paper Co. was finalized with hope for jobs and a new start.
#2 WAL-MART SUPER CENTER
Despite strong resistance by two opposing citizens' groups in 2003, there will be a Wal-Mart Super Center opening in Baxter in 2004.
#5 PILLAGER TRIPLE HOMICIDE
On May 29, three people were found murdered in and near a rural Pillager mobile home in the Big Water residential area.
Sadness and controversy
Brainerd lakes area residents may hope for a happier and less controversial year as they ring in 2004.
#3 CONCLUSION OF MURDER CASES
Three high profile homicide cases were concluded in Crow Wing County in 2003.
#8 NORTH LONG LAKE'S BLACK HOLE
First it was the talk of the town. Then it became the talk of the world.
#9 ROAD CONSTRUCTION
Several major road projects got under way in the Brainerd area in 2003.
County keeps dog ordinance
Residents who have a problem with a nuisance dog will continue to have someone to call in Crow Wing County.
The Mississippi River fishing pier below the College Drive bridge in Brainerd created a stark winter vision Tuesday.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 31 - 30 years ago (1973) - 1973 saw one of the largest construction seasons in the history of the city of Brainerd, with projects totaling over $800,000.
New year's baby
Who will be the first baby born in Crow Wing County in 2004? Find out if there is a baby born New Year's Day in Friday's Dispatch.
DONATING A LOCK OF LOVE
Stephanie Peterson (left), 5; her mother, LeAnn; and sister, Brooke, 3, looked Tuesday at a 15-inch ponytail of hair Stephanie will donate to Locks of Love. Stephanie had her hair cut at Salon El Rio in Brainerd. Locks of Love produces hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 with medical hair loss.
New year will bring in new county fees
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday adopted the 2004 fee schedule, which included several increases in various fees as well as new fees.
Land plan for 371 corridor adopted
After three years of planning and research, the Crow Wing County Board adopted the Highway 371 Transportation and Land Use Plan Tuesday.
Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, said today she's organizing a town meeting on the topic of sexual predators.
Charles W. Rewoldt
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Charles William Rewoldt, Prescott, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, in Phoenix. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include a daughter, Jenny Barnhart, Brainerd; and two sisters, Fern Draheim, Belvidere, Ill., and Jane Heywood, California.
Jerome L. LaValle
Jerome L. LaValle, 93, Brainerd, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd.
Charles W. Pedley Sr.
LITTLE FALLS -- Charles W. Pedley Sr., age 80, a resident of Little Falls, formerly of Royalton, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
A Memorial Service will be held for Filmore Pfeifle, formerly of Pillager, on January 3, 2004 at the Pillager School at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place April 16, 2004 at the Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager.
CROSBY -- Inga Walters, age 91 of Crosby, died on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on July 18, 1912, in Aitkin Co., Minn., to Andrew and Tarjer (Oien) Bakke. She was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Merrifield.
CROSBY -- Marvin Palmer, age 87 of Crosby, died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at his home.
Richard 'Rick' Duoos
PEQUOT LAKES -- Richard "Rick" Duoos, age 42, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28 in Kenmare, N.D. He was born Jan. 22, 1961, in Minneapolis to Richard and Gloria Duoos.
Doris M. Shaffer
LONGVILLE -- Doris Mae Shaffer, age 76, of Longville, died on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on Nov. 14, 1927, in St. Paul to Walter and Clara (Tillman) Houle. She was a life member of the Coon Rapids VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 9625.
David A. Hojem
PINE RIVER -- David Allen Hojem, age 75 of Pine River, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1928, in Pequot Lakes to Louis and Selma Hojem. David graduated from Pine River High School in 1946 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-1953.
Obituaries are a paid service of The Brainerd Dispatch Advertising Department and also appear online. Obituary notices will be charged at $10 per column inch, exclusive of the first 4 inches, which will be printed at no charge.
News, by its very nature, is that which is out of the ordinary. While good news can make bold headlines (witness the recent capture of Saddam Hussein) we live in a world in which conflict and violence jar our everyday lives.
A couple of weeks ago, Jodie Tweed wrote an article for this paper which expressed my daughter's desire for some "things" for an elementary school located near the base she is stationed at in Bosnia. For that article, Robin and I would like to thank Jodie. For the response the article has generated, Robin and I would like to thank this community.
C-I girls advance to title game
WALKER -- Angel Adams scored 21 points, Whitney Smetana 20 and Kim Rosecrans 10 as the Crosby-Ironton Rangers defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 68-40 in the semifinals of the W-H-A girls' basketball tournament Tuesday.
Brainerd swimmers wind up fifth
A little tweak in preparation was all it took for Andrew Mehr.
Scull scores 1,000th point in C-I win
CROSBY -- With 10 points Tuesday, senior forward Tyler Scull reached 1,000 for his career in an 88-52 Crosby-Ironton victory over the Greenway Raiders in the Ranger Holiday Boys' Basketball Tournament.
Little Falls reaches finals
LITTLE FALLS -- Senior Todd Anderson led Little Falls to a 9-4 boys' hockey win over Jamestown, N.D., in the 10th annual Flyers Holiday Tournament Tuesday.
Staples-Motley wins girls' tourney
One team had won eight games in a row.
Kennedy makes time to help Warriors
His name is plastered all over the Brainerd Warriors' swimming and diving record board.
Local sports shorts
Winter archery leagues are set to begin Sunday at Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club.
Four Wadena boxers triumph
WADENA -- Four Wadena boxers won on the first Golden Gloves home boxing card of the season Saturday at the Wadena Armory.
Warriors skate to tourney title
The power play for the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team wasn't powerful but it was potent enough Tuesday.
BHS boys third at Winona tourney
WINONA -- Zach Eastman and Justin Mueller led the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team to a third-place finish at the Winona Holiday Tournament Tuesday, thanks to a 55-47 victory over Northfield.
Cardinals starting strong
Following a 56-46 loss to Pequot Lakes in the season opener, the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team has reeled off nine consecutive victories.
For week of Dec. 31-Jan. 7; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
What was cool (and not cool) in 2003
Here's more of what was cool -- and what wasn't cool -- in TV, film, music, books and area entertainment in 2003:
Musicians ringing in the new year tonight at area clubs include: Trick Daisy at the Blue Ox, Kenny Jake at the Eagles Club and Silent Partner at the Iron Rail in Brainerd; The Palmers at the Commander Bar in Breezy Point; Tripp 40 at The Blue Goose in Garrison; John Sawtell at Bar Harbor in Lake Shore; and Muddy Water at the Ten Hi in Motley.
Best of the Big Screen
Making a top 10 movies of the year list has become increasingly tricky in recent years, as fewer and fewer quality films are released prior to the last two weeks on the calendar. And even then, they are only released on a handful of the screens with the goal being Oscar qualification, not huge box office profits.
Brainerd illustrator Kevin Edwards' new book, "What Will I Be?," is aimed at preschool students. Read an interview with the artist next week in Tempo.
Wisconsin state forecast
Wind advisory this morning parts of the northeast...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny and cold. Highs mainly 5 to 15.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Flurries ending northeast this Morning. Highs in the the teens north to near 30 far south.
Weather drawing by Deanna Moen of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Clear skies becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 20s north and 30s south.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the upper 20s northwest to near 40 south.
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