Tough times for a classic
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- After chugging along for more than a century, Lionel LLC, the venerable maker of model trains, is struggling to stay on track following a nearly $41 million judgment that pushed it into bankruptcy.
Top state business stories of '04
Target Corp. sells off its Marshall Field's department stores -- which once were Target's corporate parent. May Department Stores Co. bought the stores for $3.24 billion. Dayton's opened Target as an outlet store in 1962, and it grew into the company's biggest moneymaker by 1977.
Say goodbye, Marshall Field's; and hello, Barry and Buzz
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Marshall Field's workers got new bosses this year. Northwest Airlines got a new boss, who, like the old one, wants them to work for less.
This could be a happy year indeed for the area
The new year promises to be a robust one for building projects in the lakes region.
J.C. Penney Co. Inc.'s Styling Salon in the East Brainerd Mall added three staff members, Jennifer Block, Mindy Pierson and Laurie Zeleski.
Moratorium declared on PUDs
BAXTER -- Development has been a key word in Baxter.
Housing expansion appears to be in Brainerd's future
After years of being landlocked with housing additions coming in smaller numbers, Brainerd is on the verge of a large housing expansion.
GULL LAKE AREA
Brainerd's neighbors to the north, East Gull Lake, Lake Shore and Nisswa, provide the lakes area with events, contests and golf courses that draw crowds from across the country.
AITKIN -- Aitkin, the city known for its thriving main street, is strengthening its future by looking at its past.
Looking ahead '05
Area communities reflect on the year that was ... and what may be ahead in 2005.
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls has had quite a year and plans to continue to grow in 2005.
Lawmakers list their priorities
REP. GREG BLAINE -- The Little Falls Republican said he'll have an aggressive agenda that includes a comprehensive methamphetamine bill, a constitutional amendment that would prohibit abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling is overturned, the bonding bill and benefits for National Guard members.
JENKINS -- Dwight Heim grew up in Jenkins and remembers it as a quiet town with a handful of businesses and residential areas.
BAXTER -- As one year rolls into another, the city of Baxter is taking a deep breath and making key decisions about the future.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Pequot Lakes is known as the home of the bobber water tower, and now the growing community not only has a new stately city hall but also its own city library.
TO OUR NORTH
The north-central Cass County lakes area experienced a boom in residential housing land development during 2004. Walker attracted two JOBZ businesses to employ about 130 people.
Significant events in Brainerd in 2004 brought a paper mill back to life and started a major downtown building project.
BREEZY POINT -- Breezy Point, the city becoming known for its popular Ice Fest celebrations that bring tourists and residents together on frozen Pelican Lake for a weekend of wintery fun in January, is experiencing a population boom off the lake as well.
CROSSLAKE -- Crosslake, in the heart of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, boasts more than 121 miles of shoreline.
TO OUR WEST
The desire to live and raise a family in one of Minnesota's smaller towns used to mean making sacrifices in the offerings of big city living, such as shopping, services and health care. This is no longer the case. No where is that more evident than in communities west of Brainerd.
LEGISLATORS' VIEWS: Challenges abound
Communities are as unique as snowflakes with no two exactly alike.
PIERZ -- There must be something in the water in Pierz.
A summer tradition in Pequot Lakes
Hundreds of people gathered last summer for the annual Bean Hole Days Celebration in Pequot Lakes. The festival, which features baked beans cooked overnight buried in the ground, has become a tradition each summer for people who live here and visitors to the lakes area. Brainerd Dispatch/File photo
PINE RIVER -- The city of Pine River, known for the river that bears its name, boasts the only public transportation offered in Cass County.
CROSBY -- Once known as a hub of iron ore mining, the Cuyuna Range and its seven cities has evolved with a new identity of recreation and smaller industry.
East Gull sewer project is halfway finished
The one-time highly debated $6.4 million East Gull Lake sewer project is more than halfway finished.
Brainerd City Council
The obituary on Louise Pregler that ran on Page 4A Friday inadvertently misspelled Chuck Westmoreland, Pregler's grandson, who preceded her in death.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Rusty Grant Mueller, 25, Brainerd, was sentenced for gross misdemeanor DUI to 90 days jail, placed on three years supervised probation and fined $900.
Josh B. Henderson, 29, of Denver, and Rose M. Ebnet, 25, of Pequot Lakes.
The Brainerd Fire Department at 11:35 p.m. Friday responded to a report of carbon monoxide at an apartment on the 3,000 block of Oak Street. Firefighters were unable to detect carbon monoxide.
THEFT -- Ronald Landin, 10,000 block of Thompson Road, Wednesday reported the theft of a pickup, a snowmobile and a trailer.
All it takes is a call
NISSWA -- For weekly security checks at your seasonal home, $80 per month;
Julie Brasil joined the staff at Action Realty of Brainerd as a real estate agent and design specialist.
A look at the youth resiliency program
Who is it for? The LSS Youth Resiliency Program (YRP) is a community based, asset and strengths based, mental health program that seeks to provide an enriching environment to empower youth to be successful in life. The program is an alternative to out-of- home placement for youth clinically diagnosed with a Severe and Emotional Disturbance, Emotional Disturbance, or Severe and Persistent Mental Illness youth, both male and female, ages 10-18, who are experiencing difficulty at home, at school or in the community. Youth attend the program up to 6 days a week. The program runs from 3PM to 8PM on weekdays, 12-5p on Saturdays. Youth continue to reside in their home and community while attending the Youth Resiliency Program. They can apply what they learn to their home life, school life, and community life in an on-going manner. When success is experienced or challenges are faced, the youth and counselors have "real life stuff" to discuss, think about and learn from. This in turn makes the whole process of youth empowerment more productive and successful. The counselors work with youth individually and group settings. They are also available to the families of the youth in the program.
Whooping cough is on the rise in county
Whooping cough, otherwise known as Pertussis, is increasing in the upper Midwest and in Crow Wing County.
One more chance for goodbyes
CAMP RIPLEY -- When families said good-bye to their loved ones who were deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom this past year they tearfully watched their soldiers leave for training to another state.
"Everybody knows the girls like to spend their winters in Thailand and word gets out. It's just overwhelming the love and caring people have in this area for people they don't even know."
Post offices are open for regular business hours New Year's Eve. There will not be mail delivery New Year's Day.
Reward offered for break-in information
LASTRUP -- A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a Sunday burglary at Sunrise Ag Building in Lastrup, the Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported.
Economic impact at Camp Ripley
* 529 full-time employees
Stubby the cat's big adventures
Stubby the cat may have started out with nine lives, but if the feline keeps up her hitchhiking high jinks, her days may be numbered.
"Never has the step into a new year felt heavier. We should have celebrated with fireworks and festivities. Now that feels completely wrong."
One dies in Randall traffic accident
Margaret Evelyn Lykins was driving east on Morrison County Road 14 when she stopped at the intersection with Highway 10. She then pulled out in front of a southbound vehicle on Highway 10 and was struck broadside, the State Patrol reported.
COMING THURSDAY IN ENTERTAINMENT
Brainerd High School senior Jaclyn Wilcox is willing to put in long hours for the Brainonian. She's the Fine Arts Student of the Week.
Ice, ice, baby
Icy roads made travel treacherous Thursday, but motorists responded by slowing down, making a difficult situation more manageable.
COMING THURSDAY IN NEIGHBORS
An area mayor and county commissioner were part of a group of civic leaders the Minnesota National Guard chose to visit
Ripley last served as mobilization site in 1992
CAMP RIPLEY -- It has been 13 years since Camp Ripley served as a mobilization station.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1974) - Brainerd sports headlines: Minnesota Vikings will play Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Grant asks super effort from Vikes in Super Bowl.
McGregor man found guilty of meth charges
AITKIN -- An Aitkin County jury found a 45-year-old McGregor man guilty Wednesday of three counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 2 - 40 years ago (1965) - Mayor Clyde Gorham has commissioned Nancy Paulson to present a key of the city of Brainerd to the mayor of Gisbom, New Zealand. Miss Paulson will spend a year with the family in New Zealand as a foreign exchange student.
Lake Shore woman's daughter is safe in Thailand
Barb Anderson's 24-year-old daughter flew to Thailand on Christmas Day for a holiday -- the day before the deadly tsunami waves struck.
LITTLE FALLS -- Bernice Valentine, 73, Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Leonard Paul Berg
CAMBRIDGE -- Leonard Paul Berg, 57, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at his residence.
Sharon J. Wilson
Sharon J. Wilson, 55, Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2004, at her home in Brainerd.
Dorothy B. Olinger
Dorothy B. Olinger, 69, of Brainerd, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Blanche R. Olson
Blanche R. Olson, 89, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2004, at her home in Brainerd.
ELK RIVER -- Lois Self (nee Drone), age 49, of Elk River, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 28, 2004.
Charles H. Finne
NISSWA -- Charles H. Finne, 79, Nisswa, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at his home in Nisswa.
PINE RIVER -- Marion Joyce Thea Draeger, age 82, died Dec. 20, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.
Lois J. Payonk
CROSSLAKE -- Lois J. Payonk, age 70, died on December 27, 2004, at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. The Rev. Dr. David N. Stevens to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at Tabor Lutheran Cemetery, Stansburg, South Dakota. Arrangements are with Willim-St.Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes. Lois Jean Tilbury was born on February 2, 1934, in Madison County, MN, the daughter of Clarence and Alice (Laabs) Tilbury. She was raised and educated in Canby, MN. She was united in marriage to Gerald J. Payonk on May 15, 1954, in Canby. After their marriage, they lived in Minneapolis until 1960, Sauk Rapids until 1973, when finally moving to Crosslake in 1973 and they continued to live there until they time of their death. Her husband Gerald, died on December 3, 2001. Over the years, Lois had worked for Honeywell, Mpls; Herberger's, Mpls; Xcel Optical, Sauk Rapids; and Viking Coca-Cola, and Potlatch, Brainerd. Lois enjoyed the outdoors and especially all her grandkids. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Pequot Lakes American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her daughter Catherine (Mike) Isaacs; sons Craig and Curt (Dena), all of Crosslake/Ideal Corners area; six grandchildren, Rhonda (Keith) Adkins, Melissa Payonk, John Payonk, Jocelyn Payonk, Michell Isaacs, Janet Isaacs; four great grandchildren: KatrinaAdkins, Amber Adkins, Molly Adkins, and Kearatt Westhoff; sister Shirley Peters, Belview; brothers Lowell (Jan) Tilbury, Fairmont; and Eugene (Phyllis) Tilbury, Cromwell, Ind.; step-father Clarence Marczek and many nieces, nephews. Her husband, parents and brother, Robert, preceded her in death. Arrangements are with Willim-St.Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes
Judy A. Hass
CHAMPLIN -- Judy A. (Imgrund) Hass, age 54, of Champlin, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004.
Bonnie Lou Hansen
LONGVILLE -- Bonnie (Strom) Hansen, 66, of Longville, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Arline F. Falk
AITKIN -- Arline F. Falk, age 95, of Aitkin, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
LITTLE FALLS -- Richard Wisnieski, 73, Little Falls and formerly of Sobieski, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at his residence.
Alex J. Schwartz Sr.
Alex J. Schwartz, age 78, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Alex was born in Mount Carmel, N.D., Feb. 4, 1926, to Alvin and Marie (Dumas) Schwartz. He married Lillian Renz in East Grand Forks, Minn., Dec. 1, 1951.
Irene A. Fenner
ROYALTON -- Irene A. Fenner, age 97, a resident of Royalton, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center.
Vincent Albert Gustafson
CROSSLAKE -- Vincent Albert Gustafson, 86, of Crosslake, died on Dec. 29, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. He was born on Feb. 20, 1918, to Per August and Marie Anna (Olson) Gustafson. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Outing.
Ernest D. Cichon
SWANVILLE -- Ernest D. Cichon, age 73, a resident of Swanville, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
Louise Pregler, 79, of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital.
June A. Gau
PIERZ -- June A. Gau, 89-year-old resident of Pierz, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at her home in Pierz, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Jan. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz, Minn., with Father Gerald Dalseth officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
VERNDALE -- Memorial service to celebrant the life of Jack Kaufman, age 80, of Verndale, will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, at the Bielema Family Funeral Home in Verndale.
The Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Minnesota State Patrol Troopers Association of the Brainerd District for their generous donation to support our project. We support law enforcement efforts to keep our roads safe, and we conduct car seat inspection clinics. The coalition will use the dollars donated by the association to purchase car seats to distribute at our inspection clinics. Thanks to the Minnesota State Patrol Troopers Association of the Brainerd District approximately 10 children will have a safer ride home. Thank you again for your generosity and support!
OTHER OPINION: Budget
The program now consumes one-eighth of the federal budget; in 10 years that share is expected to grow to one-fifth. It will consume more money this year than enters the Treasury through payroll taxes. By 2019, if current spending patterns hold, the trust fund that finances the biggest part of the program will be out of cash.
The holiday letters people want to read
At first, I tried to view this tragic episode as an opportunity for personal growth and not as hard time in the Hicksville state pen or wherever I am. Then I realized that was hopeless. I could bring in basil window treatments, a lilac duvet and copper-colored pillow shams from the Martha collection and this place would still remind me of the black hole of Calcutta.
A hope that we use our lakes more wisely in '05
The past year was pretty interesting on the local fishing scene.
Lake Erie to host '05 GNWC championship
The Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup championship is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 at Lake Erie. The top 120 teams on the GNWC circuit will launch from Vermilion, Ohio. First place prize is two fully rigged Skeeter WX 1880 boats with a combined value of $70,000.
Craig Backer, DNR enforcement regional chief, dies
Capt. Craig A. Backer, a DNR employee noted for his work on Indian treaty issues, died Dec. 20 at his home in Cohasset. Backer was 48.
Anonymous donor starts fund for lynx research
DULUTH -- A generous holiday promise to match up to $1,000 in contributions to Canada lynx research is making the scientists hopeful that their team can expand the project.
Firearm safety classes offered in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES Minnesota firearm safety classes will be offered from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 17, 18, 24, and 25 at the gathering room Pequot Lakes Public Schools. For more information contact John Wallin at (218) 562-4473 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Jaycees to celebrate Extravaganza's 15th year
Jan. 22 marks the 15th anniversary of the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Billed as the "world's biggest ice fishing contest," the event has attracted thousands of anglers, supported area charities and provided the Brainerd area with an economic boom during the winter season.
MPCA seeks public input on mercury reduction plan
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Mercury levels in Minnesota's lakes and streams would be reduced by 93 percent from 1990 levels under a plan announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Beauty and the chill
The winter sun appeared low over the Mississippi River near the College Drive Bridge in Brainerd in the final days of December.
Josh and Shauna Heggem
Shauna Lake and Josh Heggem were married Aug. 21, 2004, at United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Pastor Ruth Hograbe officiating.
Nicolle Nelson and Tony Loosbrock
Nicolle Nelson and Tony Loosbrock announce their engagement. Parents are Chuck and Linda Nelson, Brainerd, and Gary and Vickie Loosbrock, Lismore. An April 23 wedding is planned at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
BAXTER -- Alpha is for anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith. The small groups of six to eight people led by members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church give people a chance to discuss issues raised during the talks.
At year's end, a look at time and eternity
As the old year ends and the new year begins, we are again reminded of the passing of time.
Five unbeaten as Flyers finish third
BECKER -- Five Little Falls wrestlers won all four of their matches as the Flyers finished third in the Becker tournament Thursday.
Leading the charge
The boys' basketball season isn't one-third over and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers already have something to celebrate.
Dickie helps Rangers to title
CROSBY -- Brett Dickie scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' basketball team to the title in the Ranger Holiday tournament Thursday with a 53-37 victory over Greenway.
Flyers cruise into title game
LITTLE FALLS -- Luke Jorgensen had a hat trick and assist to help Little Falls to a 6-4 victory over Hazenbeulah, N.D., in the semifinals of the Flyers' boys' hockey tournament Thursday.
Festler etches name in Flyers' record book
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls' Steven Festler became the all-time leading scorer for the Flyer boys' hockey team as he netted two goals and collected three assists in a 6-3 win over Jamestown, N.D., Friday in the championship game of the Little Falls Holiday tournament.
Just like the old days
Before heated hockey arenas, players braved the cold and skated under the lights on outdoor rinks.
Icy Warrior teams win titles
BIWABIK -- Brainerd Warrior boys' and girls' Alpine skiing teams captured titles in Thursday's Virginia Invitational at Giants Ridge.
Year of the Pioneer
When the final chapter is written about 2004 lakes area sports it will be recorded as the Year of the Pioneer.
One step at a time
Despite playing the game since she could walk, Flecia Foster never tires of basketball.
Brainerd boys win, girls second
DEER RIVER -- Chris Woodard's runner-up finish helped the Brainerd boys' Nordic skiing team to the title in Thursday's Deer River Invitational.
The Brainerd Family YMCA is accepting registration for three youth sports programs.
Pond Hockey League
Offered by: Brainerd Parks and Recreation
Warriors finish seventh
ROSEVILLE -- Pete Larson and Mike Baker each had four-point games as the Brainerd Warriors beat Coon Rapids 7-4 for seventh place in the Schwan Cup Silver Division boys' hockey tournament Thursday at Roseville Skating Center.
COMING MONDAY IN SPORTS
For many years vacation highlights revolved around time spent in the Brainerd lakes area. Find out if
Pierz wins one, loses two
ROCHESTER -- Hank Virnig was the lone Pierz wrestler to go unbeaten in three matches, finishing 3-0 with two pins, as the Pioneers lost to Glenbard North, Ill., 48-13, and Skutt Catholic, Neb., 52-17, while beating Vacaville, Calif., 35-33, Friday at the Clash III wrestling tournament.
Atkinson leads Flyers to runner-up finish
LITTLE FALLS -- Danielle Atkinson set school records in two events and the all-around competition to lead the Little Falls Flyers to second place in their gymnastics invitational Thursday.
Stem cell breakthrough
IRVINE, Calif. -- So far, not a single person has been helped by human embryonic stem cells.
Americans lured more than ever to hot-selling digital cameras
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A novelty item just four or five years ago, the digital camera is shaping up as the most popular electronics gift in 2004, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
E-mail program strong but lacks 'wow' factor
NEW YORK -- The Firefox browser has become an instant sensation, in just a few weeks gaining impressively against Microsoft Corp.'s market-leading but malware-beleaguered Internet Explorer.
'Sonic Mega Collection Plus' plain, clean fun
Whether you're a sucker for anything retro or just learning about the blue dude with a 'tude, this collection of the original "Sonic the Hedgehog" games is plain, clean fun.
Army's new simulation weds video games, Hollywood sound stage
FORT SILL, Okla. -- It's a sweltering 90 degrees and soldiers Kevin Messmer and Kroften Owen are hunched in a rubble-strewn apartment. Peering from a window to avoid sniper fire, they see a bustling Iraqi city.
Baby turtles and perfect beach revealed on the Pacific
I arrived at my hotel in Puerto Vallarta one evening earlier this month, just as the "Mexican Fiesta" was ending. The obligatory guitarists in sombreros and fancy waist jackets were playing their last ballad. Soon, sunburned tourists headed past my chair on the pool deck carrying wads of pink cotton candy. A middle-aged woman shouted, "Let's party!" in a tone of forced gaiety, and I began to worry I'd made a bad choice of destinations.
Favorite Vacation Photo
Roy and Lucille Schellin, Brainerd, saw this river in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May 1985.
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Weather drawing by Gillian Richards of Mrs. Bolt's class at Lowell school.
State forecast for Minnesota
...A variety of winter storm warnings and advisories in effect today
State forecast for Iowa
...Ice storm warnings are in effect today and this evening portions
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter storm warning far north tonight...
State forecast for North Dakota
...Winter storm warnings and advisories statewide today...
Ring in the new year
Weather drawing by Markielly Wolf in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter weather advisory southeast today...
State forecast for N.D.
Winter storm warning northeast tonight...
Wisconsin state forecast
Ice storm warning west central...Central and portions of northeast wisconsin this afternoon and tonight...
Hovering storm drops heavy rain, snow in West
Conditions in the West remained unsettled as a strong upper-level storm system hovered over the region Friday.
State forecast for S.D.
Wind advisory central and northeast until midnight...
Wisconsin state forecast
Tonight...A chance of light rain or snow northwest. Scattered light rain or drizzle east...Diminishing or ending after midnight... Followed by decreasing clouds. Areas of fog mainly north. Windy with isolated thunderstorms south. Lows from the mid 20s northwest to mid 40s southeast.
State forecast for Iowa
Wind advisory until 3 am extreme northwest iowa...
Roast beef dinner will be served Thursday. Beginning Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., cribbage will start and continue through February.
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