Initiative Foundation announces grants
The latest round of Initiative Foundation grants will offer youth opportunities to learn about business, explore careers in technology and have educational fun after school.
Mall seeks another anchor
Westgate Mall owners continue to look for another anchor store to replace space Kmart vacated.
BAXTER -- The American National Bank of Minnesota, Baxter office, announced Lynette Dehning returned to the professional staff of the bank as a loan processor.
Jewelry lovers can help tsunami victims
PEQUOT LAKES -- When the devastation left in the tsunamis' wake around the Indian Ocean was apparent, Silver Creek Traders owners knew they had a way to help.
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Troops, families seek area business support
Area business support is being sought for troops in Iraq and families at home.
CLC honor roll listed
Central Lakes College announced its honor roll for fall semester.
Kevin and Gina (Diaz) Kirkeby, Brooklyn, N.Y., a boy, Zachary Allen, 7 pounds, 4 ounces, Dec. 17, 2004. Grandparents are Lucille Kirkeby, Brainerd, and Venus Diaz, New York.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Keep in touch with Minnesota Legislature members
Rep. Paul Gazelka.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
Give Robby a good start to the new year
Kinship Partners was blessed over this holiday season. We were the recipients of many cash and in-kind donations. And best of all, two of the Brainerd children who had been on our waiting list a long time were finally matched with the partners of their dreams!
Pawlenty pitches natural resources plan
Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at the annual DNR Roundtable in Breezy Point.
"This is going to be an ongoing situation. Until then, we ask for people who can give, to give. And to the people who have given, a big thank you."
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1945) - Brainerd experienced its coldest day of the winter today when temperatures dropped to 25 degrees below zero.
Poker game at BHS folds
The Texas Hold 'em poker tournament planned Sunday at Brainerd High School for students and staff has been postponed indefinitely, Brainerd school officials said Friday.
Area donates $15,000 for tsunami relief
The Brainerd lakes community has contributed more than $15,000 for Asian tsunamis relief efforts through the Northern Lakes Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, a feat that has surprised the local Red Cross chapter as donations continue to pour in.
Koering to sponsor bill to name 371 the Purple Heart Memorial Highway
Flanked by four Purple Heart recipients and the Brainerd VFW and American Legion color guards, Sen. Paul Koering on Friday said he'll introduce legislation to designate most of Highway 371 as the Purple Heart Memorial Highway.
Logger's load lost
A logging truck lost its load at the junction of lower County Road 77 and Highway 371 Saturday causing a traffic snarl. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Arthur F. Heroux
LITTLE FALLS -- Arthur F. Heroux, 94-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nicholas Landsberger officiating.
Claudine M. Rauch
PIERZ -- Claudine M. Rauch, age 94, a resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at the Pierz Villa.
Robert C. Wichman
MINNEAPOLIS -- Robert C. Wichman, age 82, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, in the Chapel at the Minnesota Veterans Home. Inurnment will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Willim-St. Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes.
CROSBY -- Arnold Rono, 65, of Crosby, died on Jan. 7, 2005, at his home. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
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Harold C. Gearey
PINE RIVER -- Harold Clayton Gearey, age 81, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Clayton was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Pine River to Victor and Ethel (Sjostrom) Gearey. In 1950, he married Blanche Paul in Pine River. He farmed west of Pine River for many years and was an active member of the National Farmers Organization.
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I'm disappointed that the council would spend time even considering a mobile home park closing ordinance for Brainerd. Closing an unprofitable business is a business decision, not a city council decision. There's already a state statute in place that is more than adequate. Brainerd doesn't need a city ordinance that would simply be an unnecessary duplicate. I urge the council members to get their priorities in order and deal with more important issues.
OUR OPINION: LEGISLATURE
Setting priorities is important in any successful endeavor. It's always wise to figure out the most important tasks to be accomplished and spend and time and energy on those items.
I have a hard time believing that the principal at Brainerd High School was supporting a poker game at the high school. Last I looked, Brainerd was not exactly at the top of the list of academically accredited high schools in Minnesota!
NORTH COUNTRY CALENDAR
Banquet debuts as part of Jaycees ice fishing contest
Area ice fishermen can mingle with legends of the sport at the first annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza VIP banquet.
The Brainerd Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc. will host its second annual banquet March 5 at Cragun's Resort. Guest speaker is Jim Saric, editor of Muskie Hunter magazine. More than $30,000 in prizes will be handed out, including three grand prizes. Social hour is at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 apiece. Phone 821-3669 for more information.
Ten tips that might help you land Jingles and other big walleyes
The legacy of Jingles, reputedly the biggest walleye in Gull Lake, started on a small rock hump in 1990. My brother John had her up to the hole, but one more run was all it took for her to break free. Light line and a fish that wasn't quite ready to see life above the surface is why Jingles keeps us wondering: When will someone land her?
DNR welcomes duck hunter feedback
What's happening to Minnesota's ducks?
Muzzleloaders take 21 deer at Crow Wing State Park
Twenty-one deer were taken by hunters Dec. 10-12 at the 2004 Crow Wing State Park muzzleloader deer hunt.
Saltwater fishing tournament tours ready to launch
For many anglers, nothing compares to the excitement of rod-bending, drag-screaming saltwater fishing.
Restoration of Rush Lake islands begins
Seven years ago members of the Rush Lake Association set out to stop erosion on two islands with steep banks that were slumping into the 891-acre lake at the east end of the Whitefish chain.
A close look at the fox squirrel
Recently while I was having lunch with my friend Kathy she glanced out her dining room window and exclaimed, "There it is! I was hoping that squirrel would come around while you were here. I wanted to ask you about it."
Jennifer Koenig and Michael Vesely announce their engagement. Parents are Kevin and Debra Koenig, Maple Grove, and Thomas and Miriam Vesely, Brainerd. A July 16 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Five generations recently gathered were Taylor Scepaniak, daughter; Melissa Scepaniak, mother; Mary Moeser, grandmother; Della Mimm, great-grandmother; and Dora Smith, great-great-grandmother.
Bud and Eva Newman, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 16 at Excelsior Place Apartments. No gifts please.
Brenda Hansen and Joe Goble were married Oct. 23, 2004, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Jim Almquist officiating.
Marie Alva Lerew, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 15 at the North Star Apartments community room, second floor. Cake and coffee will be served. No gifts please but her family and friends are asking if anyone has a memory they'd like to share, a memory box will be available. She was born Jan. 12, 1915, in South Dakota.
Staci Sedahl and Clinton Headley were married Oct. 16, 2004, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor Jennifer Wilson officiating.
Jill Streifel and Alan Schmidt were married Feb. 21, 2004, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Pastor Daryl Jacobson officiating.
Lucille Smith and Danny Jordan were married July 10, 2004, at the couple's home in Brainerd with Ruth Adams officiating.
WITH THE MILITARY
Air Force Airman Timothy J. Damar, son of Linda Arts, Walker, and Rodney Damar, Brainerd, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Willow Sedore and Steven Loney announce their engagement. Parents are Katherine Sedore, Grand Rapids, John Sedore, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Joseph and LeAnn Loney, Baxter. A July 15 wedding is planned at United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids.
April Kobs and Troy Jordan announce their engagement. Parents are Forrest and Shawn Kobs, Pillager, and Don and Cathy Jordan, Acworth, Ga. A June 25 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Amy Marie Powers and Dirk James Locke were married Sept. 18, 2004, on the banks of the Mississippi River at the bride's parents' home with the Rev. Kathy Blake officiating.
The staff and clients at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center would like to thank everyone for remembering us at holiday time. The following is a note from a group of our clients.
Flyers provide Atkinson a new, refreshing approach
Danielle Atkinson just wanted to have fun again.
Shorthanded Warriors fall
The Brainerd Warriors knew Friday's Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball game against the St. Cloud Tech Tigers would be a challenge.
Anderson helps PR-B to second win
PINE RIVER -- Alan Anderson scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Pine River-Backus Tigers slipped past Laporte 63-60 in non-conference boys' basketball Friday.
Kimman propels Raiders
Where Danny Kimman started the season for the Central Lakes men's basketball team and where he finds himself now are two different worlds.
Sharp-shooting Lakers drop Central Lakes
There's nothing worse than facing a hot 3-point shooting team. Within minutes a team with a hot hand can quickly turn a close game into a rout.
Flyers drop two of three in own quad
LITTLE FALLS -- Chris Roach, Josh Bue and Aaron Olson each won all three of their matches as the Little Falls Flyers wrestling team lost two of three dual meets in its quadrangular Friday.
Seventy-year-old Phil Markert of Lake Shore squatted 300 pounds Wednesday at the Brainerd High School weight room.
Unbeaten Pequot edges Detroit Lakes
DETROIT LAKES -- Flecia Foster scored 18 points and Teresa Parker 16 as the Class 2A second-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots edged Detroit Lakes 44-40 in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Festler becomes Flyers' all-time leading scorer
As a freshman starting his first season of Little Falls Flyers boys' hockey, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer seemed as far away as the moon for Steven Festler.
Moose Lake Area defeats Pequot Lakes
MOOSE LAKE -- Shawn Carraway and Matt Fraiser scored goals for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in Thursday's 4-2 boys' hockey loss to Moose Lake Area.
Garry skis to historic finish; Warrior girls triumph
Mike Garry skied to a historic finish for the Brainerd Warrior boys' Alpine team in Thursday's Cook County Invitational at Lutsen.
Noise fighting headphones that are worth hearing about
In the cockpit, a commercial pilot reduces background noise by using a headset equipped with active noise-reduction technology. That same technology is also available to the passenger in noise-cancellation headphones that, though simpler and far less expensive, produce a quieter and more relaxing trip.
The tell of the tape: should the nanny know?
To tell or not to tell?
Favorite Vacation Photo
Ted and Connie Toensing of Baxter visited the East Coast in the fall of 2000. This photo was taken in Gettysburg, Pa.
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Let it snow
Weather drawing by Tabitha Villnow in the Whittier School first-grade class of Mrs. Staples.
State forecast for N.D.
Rest of today...Cloudy. Snow likely through mid afternoon north
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow or flurries
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered flurries and patchy fog in the
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Highs mainly in the 20s.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow. Highs from
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Group meets 7-9 p.m. second Monday, Kinship Partners Office, 402 1/2 S. 7th St., Brainerd. Resolve sponsored infertility support group, these meetings offer the chance to gather, share, and listen to others experiencing similar conflicts with infertility. Call (218) 851-2942 or e-mail email@example.com.
PEQUOT LAKES -- A Minnesota Firearm Safety class will be offered 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15, 17-18, 22 and 24-25 in the Pequot Lakes High School Gathering Room.
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