Little Falls considers reducingclass periods from seven to six
Little Falls Community High School students may face longer class periods and see more students in class, but they may have one less class to worry about.
Recipes are perfect for small families
Whether your flock has flown the nest, you're setting up housekeeping in your first apartment, you're home late after everyone else has eaten or you live alone, cooking meals for one or two is frequently a problem.
Erik and Melissa (Balaski) Gradin, Little Falls, a girl, Kaydence Elizabeth, 7 pounds, 13 ounces, Jan. 11, 2004. Grandparents are James and Donna Balaski, Little Falls, and Dale and Brenda Gradin, Little Falls.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Karl and Andrea Perlinger, Duluth, a girl, Ripley Mae, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Dec. 29, 2003. Grandparents are Greg and Mary Johnson, Nisswa, and Larry and Mary Perlinger, Brainerd.
Brent and Heather (Netland) Wiczek, Nisswa, a girl, Annika Theresa Wiczek, 6 pounds, 12 ounces, Dec. 28, 2003. Grandparents are Steve and Donna Wiczek, Nisswa, JoLynn Larson, New London, and Arlen Netland, Brooten. Great-grandparents are Jerry Syl Wiczek, Cushing, Roger and Del Larson, Clitherall, and Lois Price, Annandale.
The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 1 p.m. Tuesday to a vehicle crash at Mill Avenue and H Street Northeast in Brainerd.
Final curtain call for Miss Pequot-Crosslake pageant?
PEQUOT LAKES -- When the lights were dimmed and the stage emptied after the 2004 Miss Pequot Lakes-Crosslake Scholarship Pageant Saturday, it may have been the final curtain call for the 22-year Pequot Lakes tradition.
Traditional Ojibwe funerals are beautiful
There are several Ojibwe traditions I was taught concerning funerals and death.
23 women have represented Pequot Lakes, Crosslake area
PEQUOT LAKES -- Twenty-three young women have been crowned Miss Pequot Lakes since the scholarship pageant began in 1982.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club met Jan. 5 and plans were discussed for the annual benefit card party.
Kennedy crowned Miss Pequot Lakes-Crosslake
Caitlin Kennedy, the daughter of David and Christine Kennedy of Pequot Lakes, was crowned the 2004 Miss Pequot Lakes-Crosslake at the Miss Pequot Lakes-Crosslake Scholarship Pageant Saturday in the Pequot Lakes auditorium.
AN ISLAND PARADISE
Even at my age, there are new things to learn all the time. When my wife, daughter and I first landed on Phuket Island, Thailand's largest island, I learned that if you were a disciple of Hooked on Phonics, you needed to learn real fast to forget those principles and pronounce Phuket like the natives do -- "Poo ket."
Cass County Board appointments for 2004 listed
WALKER -- The Cass County Board made these 2004 committee appointments last week:
The Brainerd School District spelling bee for sixth- through eighth-graders will be 8:45 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Franklin Junior High School.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 15 - 60 years ago (1944) - Brainerd's Warriors were ahead only once during the game with Bemidji, but it was enough, as Chuck Warnberg dropped in a bucket with 25 seconds left to play to give the Warriors a thrilling 32-36 victory over the Lumberjacks at Bemidji.
Camp Ripley seeking buffer to protect land
Camp Ripley is working to protect the land bordering its training facility, by encouraging a buffer area, in order to maintain the future viability of its mission.
Mille Lacs chief urges tribe to cling to its traditions and culture
ONAMIA -- Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin Tuesday called upon the Ojibwe tribe to cling tightly to its traditions as a way to combat the violence, substance abuse and neglect that threatens the Indian community.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 14 - 60 years ago (1944) - M.E. Dullum was elected president of the Nisswa Commercial Club for the fourth term of office at a meeting held in the Hoffmann House.
BHS student, 15, confesses threat
A 15-year-old Brainerd High School student confessed Tuesday to making a bomb threat that caused a school evacuation.
School officials meet with area legislators
Stable and adequate funding and the all-day, everyday kindergarten program are two common concerns school officials in the Brainerd lakes area expressed to area legislators Tuesday.
County names JOBZ areas
Several parcels were approved to become Minnesota Job Opportunity Building Zones, in Crow Wing County, said Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. executive director.
Man killed by falling tree
A 52-year-old man died Wednesday after a tree he was cutting hit him, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
Gas leak suspected in blast
Even though his house exploded around him Tuesday, Ben Kuklok of Royalton suffered only minor burns and is reported in fair condition today at St. Cloud Hospital.
Brainerd fourth- and eighth-grade art students, who have been art buddies this year and critiqued one another's artwork, met for the first time this week and made friendship bracelets. Read about this story in Friday's Dispatch.
The Crow Wing County Health Department will have a flu clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday by appointment at its office, 219 Laurel St.
Second student involved in threat
A second high school student came forward and admitted involvement Wednesday in the Brainerd High School bomb threat.
NORTH ON 371
PEQUOT LAKES -- Residents from Nisswa to Pine River got the chance to look at five proposed alternatives for the Highway 371 North improvement project -- three of which include a bypass of either Pequot Lakes or Jenkins.
Skating into the sun
Angela Sausen, Nisswa, skated Tuesday at Bane Park in Brainerd as the sun dipped below the pines.
Mary E. Frank
DEERWOOD -- Mary Elizabeth Frank, age 91, of Deerwood, died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at her home. She was born in Minneapolis on Sept. 7, 1912, to Martin and Rose Haider.
Charles C. Alsop III
NISSWA -- Charles Carroll Allsup III, 88, of Nisswa, Minn., and formerly of Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he and his wife Anne have lived since August 2003. The family will hold a memorial service in the spring on Gull Lake, Nisswa, Minn. Remembrances may be sent to Anne Alsop at 2340 W. Seltice Way, Apt. 307, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83814.
Watson D. Eggerud
TEXAS -- Watson D. Eggerud, 72, Texas, died Nov. 11, 2003, at his home in Texas.
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BRECKENRIDGE -- Pat Bjerken, 49, of Breckenridge, Minn., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at her home surrounded by her loving family, following 13 years of courageously battling cancer.
Anna R. Pelkey
LITTLE FALLS -- Anna R. Pelkey, age 85, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
STAPLES -- Bernadine Vogel, 83, of Staples, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, 2004, at the Staples Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley with Father Peter Kirchner officiating. Burial will follow in the Motley Public Cemetery.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Lloyd Hoban, age 80, of Pequot Lakes, died Jan. 14, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Services will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, with visitation starting at noon. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Anna R. Pelkey
LITTLE FALLS -- Anna Rose Pelkey, 85, a resident of Little Falls, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Home, West Chapel, of Little Falls.
LASTRUP -- Adrian Kowalzek, age 52, of Lastrup, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004.
Kendon H. E. Omberg
AITKIN -- Kendon H. E. Omberg, age 84, of Aitkin, formerly of Minneapolis, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at the Evergreen Terrace Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Edith L. White
VERNDALE -- Edith L. White, age 84, of Verndale, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hope Chapel Alliance Church. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Bielema Family Funeral Home in Verndale.
Dorothy L. Straka
Dorothy L. Straka, 76, resident of Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. She was born on June 6, 1927, in Minneapolis to the late John and Evva (Thompson) Kasprick. They moved to Brainerd in 1930 and lived on North Long Lake.
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Gayle N. Peters
AITKIN -- Gayle Norine Peters, age 56, of Aitkin, formerly of Burnsville, died on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Matt Norton's comments on ATV legislation in the recent Open Forum was a model of good common sense. It is increasingly obvious that everyone cannot do exactly as they please in the name of private property rights.
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Another Minnesota Legislature session is just around the corner so that must mean it's time to talk stadiums again. Ho-hum.
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We have 22 high former employees of the State Department, the CIA, and the military, and we have the former Treasury secretary Telling the facts about the administrations war plans for Iraq. Most Americans must now understand, that those plans received their first real impetus during Cheney's Energy Conference.
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With the military
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harry D. Thompson, son of Harry E. Thompson, Aitkin, has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving
Peeters sparks CLC
Mike Peeters knows his role.
Tabatt soars as Little Falls gymnasts beat Litchfield
LITCHFIELD -- Shae Tabatt took home a first-place finish in the all-around with a score of 34.05 to lift the Little Falls Flyers gymnastics team past the Litchfield Dragons 124.6 to 119.8 Tuesday.
Ice-cold BHS girls fall to Alexandria
The clich in sports when two teams play well is, "It's too bad one had to lose."
Flurry of Norse three-pointers doom Raider women
Since its addition to college basketball in 1980, the 3-point shot has been the great equalizer.
Rosecrans, Rangers round up Patriots
PEQUOT LAKES -- Kim Rosecrans scored 15 points and Whitney Smetana added 14, helping the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 53-37 Mid-State Conference girls' basketball victory over Pequot Lakes Tuesday.
Warrior Alpine teams win
KIMBALL -- Brainerd's Patrick Majka and Kaitlyn Ziebell both finished eighth to lead the Warrior boys' and girls' Alpine ski teams to victory at the Buffalo Invitational Tuesday at Powder Ridge.
In the last three weeks Gregg Day has had quite a few good nights.
Flyers fall to Rocori wrestlers
LITTLE FALLS -- Ted Wilczek and Mike Lodermeier each earned pins for the Little Falls Flyers in a 36-28 loss to Rocori in Central Lakes Conference wrestling Tuesday.
CLC's Jackson makes off-court adjustments
Whenever a kid leaves home for college, there's an adjustment period.
Ostman's 26 saves key win
Tyler Ostman has started two games in net for the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team and he has made the most of both opportunities.
Girls outshot by 25 in loss
For a while it appeared the Brainerd Warriors would never get a shot on net.
Boys rally for OT win
The Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team has been down this road at least twice before this season.
The Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association reminds parents of athletes interested in participating in the 2004 summer soccer program to complete and submit their registrations as soon as possible.
B-H/V wrestlers top Wolverines
WADENA -- Ethan Kern and Tyler Fuller recorded pins for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders in a 33-27 wrestling victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday.
Scull, Brady power C-I
CROSBY -- Tyler Scull's 17 points and Matt Brady's 16 helped the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 67-64 Mid-State Conference boys' basketball victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots Tuesday.
The Ski Gull Alpine team competed in the second race in the Northland Junior Series last weekend.
WD-C wins 13-0
CROSBY -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines had offense, recording 13 goals, and defense, holding the Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Grizzlies scoreless in a 13-0 Mid-State Conference boys' hockey victory Tuesday.
BHS grad Probst wins award for work as Rockies' trainer
Trainers are the unsung heroes at virtually every level of competition.
Monroe Crossing to stage show in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- The bluegrass ensemble Monroe Crossing will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Pequot Lakes Auditorium, sponsored by the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts.
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League of Minnesota Poets sponsors contest for students
The League of Minnesota Poets is sponsoring the 18th annual Manningham Poetry Competition. There is no entry fee, and categories are grades 6-8 (Junior Division) and grades 9-12 (Senior Division).
Eden Prairie artist Jerry Riach will teach "Fundamentals of Drawing" Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and Feb. 14-15 at Ripple River Gallery south of Aitkin. Registration fee is $185 and the deadline to register is Friday.
The singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Coco Moon. Admission is free.
Epic Hero unveils new sound on 'New Life'
It seems like Epic Hero has lived a whole career in the span of two albums.
Jazz trombone player to perform in Staples
STAPLES -- Jazz trombone player John Fedchock will be a featured performer in a Tribute to Woody Herman, with the Sophisticated Swing Band, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
Even in a town where live music is played almost every night, it's rare that music fans -- people who are interested in the songs, not the beer, and maybe not even the coffee -- are catered to. It's also not often that songwriters get a chance to tell the stories behind their songs.
Neal and Leandra to perform at Friends of the Arts dinner
AITKIN -- The Friends of the Arts' midwinter dinner will be Feb. 7 at Westside Calvary Church in Aitkin.
For week of Jan. 15-21; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
'Big Fish' is a delightful tall tale
The conflict between critics and moviegoers has been around for a while now. It goes something like this:
Washington bands, orchestras to perform Jan. 22
The Washington Middle School bands and orchestras will perform at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the school's Tornstrom Auditorium. The concert is free.
Just For Kix dancers perform at Outback Bowl in Florida
Eighteen Brainerd Just For Kix dancers performed New Year's Day at halftime of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
B.B. King to stage shows Feb. 20-21 at Onamia casino
ONAMIA -- B.B. King, the guitar legend known as the blues ambassador and the king of the blues, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Ahlberg expresses himself through writing
Brainerd High School senior Mark Ahlberg has never had a problem putting his thoughts down on paper.
CLC art exhibit examines fragile human condition
Minnesota artist Rea Mingeva describes herself as a "cancer bystander."
Kitchigami Regional Library bookmobile schedule listed
The Kitchigami Regional Library's winter bookmobile schedule is available at the bookmobile or at public libraries.
Celebrate winter at Back to Hack this weekend
HACKENSACK -- The Hackensack Chamber of Commerce will sponsor three days of snow and ice events this weekend to celebrate Back to Hack.
The Pine River rolls by a home in Pine River.
HACKENSACK -- The Hackensack Lions donated charitable gambling funds to help with TCE taxes (free taxes).
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny west and central. Patchy morning fog northwest
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Light snow likely west...A chance of light snow or flurries elsewhere. Highs in the teens north...To lower 20s south.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Light snow likely north. A chance of light snow east. Highs
State forecast for Minnesota
Heavy snow warnings through mid-morning northeast...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs from near 30 far northeast to the mid 50s south central.
State forecast for Iowa
Wind advisory for northeast half of iowa today...
Under the weather
Weather drawing by Makayla Roehl of Ms. Suska's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory is in effect this morning east...
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s northeast
Dressed right for winter
Weather drawing by Miranda Thomsen of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Heavy snow and winter storm warnings far northwest to far northeast today...
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind advisory this morning southeast...
A silent auction sponsored by Pillager Dollars for Scholars will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Pillager High School during the boys' and girls' basketball games and will end a half hour after the last game. Proceeds will go to scholarships for graduating seniors. If you'd like to donate or volunteer, call Elbert Rhett at 746-3945.
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