Unity Bank opens Brainerd branch
Unity Bank expanded to Brainerd, opening a branch on West Washington Street on the first business day of the new year.
Jennifer Dalgarno, physician's assistant certified in family practice, joined the St. Joseph's Medical Center Crosslake Clinic staff.
CRASHES - No injuries were reported in a property damage crash on the 300 block of South Seventh Street in Brainerd.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER CALENDAR
803 Kingwood St., Brainerd
Watch for pests - even in winter
Dear master gardener,
Baratto Brothers Construction was awarded Builder of the Year for 2008 by the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association at an end-of-the-year meeting at Grand View Lodge.
Being a partner could help your outlook
Another Christmas has gone by way too quickly and we once again have a chance to start over with a new year. You can't beat a special occasion like Christmas.
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Hometown: Pequot Lakes
The Brainerd Newcomer's Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 for a holiday party at Matty's on Highway 210. Members, alumni and new members are welcome for a night of fun including dinner, raffles and door prizes. For more information or to RSVP contact Karen Koupal at 828-0280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1989) - Congratulations, Baby boy born to Bob and Laura Anderson of 231 First Street North, Brainerd. The baby boy was born at St. Joseph's Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and is the winner of our 58th annual baby contest.
COMING MONDAY IN EVERYDAY PEOPLE
The classic New Year's resolution to get in gear and get fit often times is known to fail, as it did for one Deerwood resident. But after several failed attempts, the resolution was a success and the resident feels better than ever. The resident can be an inspiration to those who have failed to try again.
Welcome to the northwoods
City of Brainerd workers Marvin Bush (left) and Gary Thompson braved sub- zero temperatures Friday morning to lay a bypass line near the College View Bridge. A main sewer pipe that runs under the bridge began to leak and needed to be repaired.
911 tape played at sentencing reflects chaos when Baxter man assaults wife and is stabbed by son
A Baxter man was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison for assaulting his wife on Christmas Eve in 2007.
Cass County Board of Commissioners
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Heartland Symphony Orchestra's Winter Concert "Christmas Around the World" has been rescheduled.
Three area people
arrested for burglary
Three area people were arrested Friday after Morrison County Sheriff's office received a report at 10:11 a.m. of suspicious activity regarding a four-wheeler being abandoned on a field approach in Ripley Township.
This is a glorious and blessed day in Iraq's modern history.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1989) - Wally Gavin, retired chairman of the Brainerd Transportation Committee, was honored by the Brainerd City Council for his 18 years of service to the city in setting up and supervising the local transit system. He was presented the Tower Award.
Shovels and snowblowers are getting another weekend workout as Old Man Winter appears to be trying to make up for lost time and previous snow challenged seasons.
Sheriffs urge caution on area roads
The Cass and Crow Wing county sheriffs offices released a joint statement Friday urging extreme caution on area roadways this winter.
Outdoor fund answers a long ways from being answered
The questions were many, the answers few. But that was to be expected with this, the Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment, and more specifically, the Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Legislators caught in budget squeeze
Listening to area state lawmakers as they brace themselves for Tuesday's convening of the Legislature is a little like eavesdropping on a group of waiters in a restaurant. The talk is all about "what's on the table" and "what's off the table."
Caitlynn gives family a new reason to celebrate
Just forty-one minutes into the new year, Caitlynn Renee Ann Vice of Baxter made her debut, becoming the first baby born in Crow Wing County in 2009.
Brainerd City Council
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
PILLAGER - Steve Schluender, age 55, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at his home in rural Pillager. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Lucille 'Lu' Anderson
LITTLE FALLS - Lucille "Lu" Marie Anderson of Little Falls, passed away Monday, December 29, 2008, after a long battle with cancer at the age of 64. Memorial services for Lu will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2009, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, Minn., with Pastor Blaine McNeil officiating. Friends are welcome to gather one hour prior to services.
Harold D. Allen
STAPLES - Harold D. Allen, age 87, of Staples, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at the Lakewood Health System in Staples.
Marion L. Peterson
ST. PAUL - Marion Louise Peterson, age 89, of St. Paul, formerly of Deerwood, died on Jan. 2, 2009, at The Pillars in Oakdale. She was born on Oct. 21, 1919, in Iron Hub to Oscar and Frieda (Knuppel) Butler. She married Clarence Oscar Peterson on July 15, 1942, in Aitkin. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Crosby.
STAPLES - Eileen Koppes, of Staples, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2009, at her home in rural Staples. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples with Father Gregory Mastey officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery at Staples. Wake services will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples. There will be parish prayers beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
James R. Meacham
CROSBY - James Robert Meacham, age 58, of Crosby, died on Dec. 29, 2008, at his home.
John A. Kruse
John A. Kruse was born to John and Grace (Rewerts) Kruse on March 2, 1927, in Lynn Township, McLeod County, Minn. In 1934 the family moved to rural Cedar Mills, Minn. He received his education at St. John's parochial school. On June 12, 1949, he married Evelyn Grussing and they farmed in Acoma Township, McLeod County, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with six children. In 1978, they purchased the Hutch Auction Market. He continued the operation of the Auction Market and conducted other auctions in the area. John was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Hutchinson, where he served as a choir member 30 years and also as choir chairman. He later joined Our Savior's Lutheran in Hutchinson serving as a choir member, Board of Trustees and the school board. In 1997 they moved to a lake home in Pequot Lakes, Minn., where they joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He continued in the auction business and enjoyed doing benefit auctions. John had a great capacity to love and had a keen awareness of his children's and grandchildren's comings and goings. A great pleasure in his last years was seeing his great-grandchildren, always producing warm smiles and obvious tenderness. John also loved and respected his friend, Lois, who he met at Widowed Friends. She showed her love to John with her faithful care and visits. Everyone who knew John knew of his great love of fishing and have many tales they could tell of those times.
Hilary W. 'Woody' Schermann
BAXTER - Hilary W. "Woody" Schermann, age 75, resident of Baxter, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the Silver Bay Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minn. He was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Winsted, Minn., to Paul and Cecelia (Ziebarth) Schermann. He married Darlene Schultz Sept. 30, 1961, at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. Woody served in the U.S. Army 1953-1954 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). He was employed by the State of Minnesota in 1963. He worked as a conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources and served in many positions throughout the state during his 25-year career. Woody was a member of the Minnesota Conservation Officers Association and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. After much research, he wrote a book that documented the history and role of the Minnesota Conservation Officer. Woody also hosted a local radio program where listeners could call in questions concerning conservation issues. He loved to travel and was known for his infectious laugh and sense of humor.
LITTLE FALLS - Gustav Mohr, 93-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Randall and Cushing, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
STAPLES - Eileen Koppes of Staples passed away early Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2009, at her home in rural Staples. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
John J. 'Jack' Sisterman
John J. "Jack" Sisterman, age 86 years, formerly of Brainerd lakes area. Previous Navigator of 4th Degree Nicollet Assembly of Knights of Columbus and 3rd Degree member of Excelsior Assembly. Past vice-commander of Nisswa Billie Brown American Legion Post. WWII veteran of Army/Air Force and served in the South Pacific. Twenty-five year volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital, past president of Minnesota Heart Association, Memorial Chairman of American Cancer Society, R.S.V.P. member and outstanding senior citizen for Crow Wing County 2004. Former employee of NSP.
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CANBY - Leona Rhea, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at her home in Canby.
Marie M. Borash
LITTLE FALLS - Marie M. Borash, 90-year-old resident of rural Little Falls, Minn., near Freedhem, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Nellie 'Nana' Butler
Nellie "Nana" Butler, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, age 83, (nee Burch) passed away peacefully surrounded by family Jan. 1, 2009.
Lawrence L. Stenstad
EMILY - Lawrence Linden Stenstad, 90, of Emily, died Dec. 17, 2008, at his home.
Michael Maurie Cain
ST. LOUIS PARK - Michael Maurie Cain, age 60, of St. Louis Park, Minn., formerly of Brainerd, Minn., passed away unexpectedly December 30, 2008. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Tony Wroblewski officiating. Visitation will be at St. Andrew's Catholic Church one hour before the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Israel can't find peace with bombs
It's a new year in an old and bloody world.
Don't read 'em...and weep
Let me be the first in the new year to declare that the mainstream media are dead.
OTHER OPINION: TOBACCO
Even Barack Obama - he of the compulsive exercise regimen and workout- video-worthy physique - hasn't been able to escape the clutches of nicotine. The president-elect, whose struggle to give up cigarettes is well documented, still sneaks an occasional smoke. That cigarettes can ensnare someone as disciplined as Obama speaks to their potency. It is inconceivable, then, that the most deadly product legally sold in the United States is exempt from federal regulation. (Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration oversees dog food, perfume and, yes, nicotine gum.) The new Congress should pass legislation that would give the FDA authority to regulate Big Tobacco.
The county commissioners should be ashamed of themselves for giving a pay raise to themselves and their buddies in this economic climate but there is only one word to describe their actions - arrogant.
Maybe I'm just plain simple-minded but it seems to me that when gas was approaching $4 a gallon and diesel was sky high that I read that the price of fuel would cause the price of groceries to go up drastically, which they did. In my simple mind it only makes sense that now that the price of fuel has dropped considerably that groceries should come down too. Is that just too simple?
Open Forum: County pay raise was 'absolutely stupid'
In regards to the wage increases, this is not the correct time to be giving wage increases to the people already making big money. It is absolutely ridiculous. All mentioned elected officials should not get an increase at all! Rachel Reabe Nystrom saying backing away from a compensation study making wages more fair, equitable and more affordable for county taxpayers would be a mistake is just an excuse to get a raise! Anyone who agrees to this increase is probably making too much money themselves.
Giving much thanks as yet another year passes
Another year has passed, and as I think back, it sure was packed.
Engagement announced - Tiffany Lee Kullhem and Ryan Edward Hartman
Tiffany Lee Kullhem and Ryan Edward Hartman announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Mary Lee Kullhem, Aitkin, and Jennifer Schmitt, Ridgefield, Wash. An Aug. 7 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.
Mark and Ashley Lykins
Ashley Bean and Mark Lykins were married Sept. 6, 2008, at the home of Ashley's grandparents, Sterling and Sharon Sorenson in White Rock, with Pastor Erik Holleque officiating.
Wedding planned - Britni Smith and Ryan Rivers
Britni Smith and Ryan Rivers announce their engagement. Parents are Brian and Rhonda Smith, Brainerd, and Duane and Barbara Safar, Ogema. A Jan. 10 wedding is planned at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Four generations - Wynia
Four generations recently gathered were Jack Wynia, son; Grace Wynia, daughter; Charina Wynia, mother; Tamara Holland, grandmother; and Jim and Marge Peterson, great-grandparents.
The Brainerd Ministerial Association will meet from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. We will share a meal, collegial fellowship and hear Pastor Ron Hunt speak.
Brainerd lakes area churches
Ruzich competes in biathlon in Alaska
Jenna Ruzich, 15, Baxter, completed the three-race U.S. Team Trials Dec. 26-30 at Anchorage, Alaska.
Ranked teams pace Brainerd Invitational
Fourth-ranked Little Falls and third-ranked Grand Rapids skied to team titles in the Brainerd Invitational Nordic meet Friday at Northland Arboretum.
Rangers' run to finals top area story
They captivated a community at a time when their future was in jeopardy.
Former Warrior wins in homecoming as coach
Mark Tuchscherer almost looked out of place.
Nurnberger leads CLC by seat of his pants
Central Lakes College freshman guard Caleb Nurnberger realized late in the Raiders' game against Milwaukee Area Technical College that something was wrong.
Pearson, Lisson lead Cardinals
STAPLES - Nikki Pearson scored 19 points and Ashley Lisson 16 as Staples-Motley pulled away from Foley in the second half for a 64-52 non-conference victory over the Foley Falcons on Friday.
Brainerd Pond Hockey practices to start
Brainerd youth pond hockey teams will begin practices this week at Mill Avenue Park.
Eagles bounce back to beat Warriors by 3
The Brainerd Warriors had Class 3A's defending state champions on the ropes.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Winter weather advisories statewide today and tonight for
Skiing into the new year
Weather drawing by Grace McGuire in the 3-4 Multiage class of Mrs. Harman at Eagle View Elementary in Pequot Lakes.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy...Becoming partly cloudy far south. A few early morning flurries far east. A chance of light snow or freezing rain northwest. Highs in the teens northeast to the lower 50s southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter weather advisory far northwest tonight
Warming shed for Frosty
Weather drawing by Simone McGuire in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Surma.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch parts of northern wisconsin saturday morning through sunday morning...
State forecast for Iowa
...Winter weather advisory for portions of central and northern iowa
State forecast for Minnesota
...Winter storm warnings northern two thirds today into sunday morning...
State forecast for N.D.
Winter storm warning northwest and north central today and
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter weather advisory northeast through this evening...
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs 15 to 20 north to 35 to 45 south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning northwest saturday afternoon into sunday morning...
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