Where autos and electronics meet
LAS VEGAS - The deep bass sound vibrates your breastbone as you meander through a corner of the massive International Consumer Electronics Show. Someone is simply showing off car audio systems, but it feels like the vehicles themselves are announcing their beefy presence.
Lowell Elementary School fourth-graders Margriet DerWerker (left), Brandy LeDoux, Mollie Nusbaum (hidden), Carina Figlizzi, Abbie Rubado, Susan Potter and Reilly Miller rehearsed a scene from "Beauty and the Beast" Thursday at the school.
Monday No school.
'Nunsense' auditions slated for Monday
Auditions for the On Stage Community Theatre production of "Nunsense" will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Franklin Arts Center Theatre in Brainerd.
Nisswa gallery to host student art contest
NISSWA - The Path Less Traveled gallery in Nisswa is inviting student artists to participate in its Student Art Competition. The submission deadline is Feb. 4.
Completely random slice of pop culture
The December release "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" was a Bad Movie, but that was to be expected. What's disappointing is that it's a Bad Bad Movie rather than a Good Bad Movie.
Valentine's comedy set in Staples
STAPLES - Four Midwest comedians - Tim Harmston, Mary Mack, Todd Andrews and Rox Tarrant - will perform at "My Funny Valentine's" 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at TMaxwell's in Staples.
Tim Baltz on his favorite sitcom
"I like the British version of 'The Office.' The fact that the British version was shorter let them do things dramatically. The Christmas special - you're ready to run a marathon, you're so happy when it ends. In Season 2, my heart goes out for (Tim and Dawn). It's not so much funny as it is heartbreaking."
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
For the week of Jan. 17-23.
2nd to none
As a youngster, Tim Baltz assumed he was destined for a life lived as an oddball.
Rise of 'Fall': Country music star Clay Walker - pushing his latest album, "Fall" - will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia. Tickets are $25-$35.
Vacationland competes in St. Cloud, Burnsville
Brainerd's Vacationland Figure Skating Club was recently represented by nine skaters at the Granite City Classic in St. Cloud. Skaters included Jade Jaekel (back left), Carley Hoffman, Jessica Lundstrom, Natalie Zimmerman, Josie Nistler, Haley Tower, Cassidy Pelkey (front left), Hannah Chisholm and Mackenzie Renford.
Vying for attention on the violin
When Rebecca Walker of Pine River was 4, she wanted to play the violin. Not because her parents made her, but because her two older sisters played and she wanted to be just like them.
Gordon Lightfoot to play Grand Casino Mille Lacs in March
ONAMIA - Canadian music legend Gordon Lightfoot will perform his greatest hits - including "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - at 6 and 8:30 p.m. March 29 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Just For Kix performs in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. - Twenty-three dancers from Baxter's Just For Kix performed Jan. 1 during pre-game and halftime festivities at the Outback Bowl. A total of 281 dancers from 10 states performed before a crowed of 60,000-plus fans at Raymond James Stadium.
Book sale set in Little Falls; donations sought
LITTLE FALLS - The Friends of the Little Falls Library Book Sale will be from Feb. 14-16 at the Little Falls Carnegie Library. All proceeds will go to the library.
The comfort of home cooking - made easy
This week, I would like to share a recipe I depend on a lot during the cold days of winter. This is a great comfort meal I like to prepare when I get home from work as it not only is easy to put together, but it doesn't take long to cook and the flavor is wonderful.
If youve spent any time at area state parks, you just might recognize the images in the 2008 Minnesota statepark annual permit.
Manufacturing a future in wood
Nordecor settles into expanded space in the Brainerd Industrial Park and makes five-year milestone.
Roy Terwilliger, chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, and Bill Lester, executive director of the MSFC, discuss the Metrodomes future.
A new slant on remodeling and '80s architecture
LOS ANGELES - When Ron and Deborah Rader first saw the pink stucco house with the glass-block walls, they were hit by a 1980s flashback. Rounded walls, whitewashed oak cabinets, blue neon illuminating the pueblo-style fireplace - might as well pop a Cyndi Lauper cassette in the Walkman and go for a jog.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1968) - Direct Distance Dialing is being planned for Brainerd and Nisswa this summer. New equipment will permit telephone users to dial many of their own long distance calls directly throughout the entire states and Canada.
In a Page 6A story Tuesday about Annette Belfiori's donation to the Brainerd School District, it should have said her father is the late Jess Belfiori.
Lakes area recession?
Recession is the buzz word for the nation's economic outlook, but what will that mean for the lakes area?
Shots fired, area man arrested
A 33-year-old man was arrested at his rural Brainerd home Wednesday after he apparently fired shots in his home when his girlfriend and his two children were present.
Chill out anglers, it's on!
If one thing can be said about what appears to be a major cold spell, it's that it's good ice-producing weather.
In lakes area, worst yet to come
Could this be the tip of the iceberg?
I'll sleep tonight, guys.
The Brainerd Lakes Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is seeking businesses and individuals who wish to support the ninth annual Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure as event sponsors.
How we compare
Minnesota 2020, headed by Matt Entenza, released new research last week that showed 80 percent of school districts in the state saw a decline in per pupil income between 2003-2008.
Transgender person says he's running for House
Chrissy Nakonsky, a male-to-female transgender person, announced Wednesday he is running for the Republican endorsement for Minnesota House District 12A.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1948) A prediction that there was a good possibility that television programs would be available for local reception in from one to three years was made last night by Stanley T. Vaill, Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., speaking before the Brainerd Lions Club.
I've never put my hand on one woman, physically or in an angry manner."
Student funding decline reported
Eighty percent of Minnesota school districts have seen a decline in per pupil funding between 2003-2008.
A closer look at foreclosure
A Nisswa family shares their story. The family filed for bankruptcy on their home and business and are worried any day that they'll lose their home.
It's a go!
If one thing can be said about the start of what appears to be a major cold spell, it's that it's good ice-producing weather.
Foreclosures in Crow Wing county up
Crow Wing County saw an influx of foreclosures in 2007. County Recorder Kathy Ludenia put together a list of foreclosures as far back as 1990.
Cary Sinn, charged in August road fatality, dies
A 48-year-old man who faced criminal charges in Cass County following the August death of a Baxter woman in a traffic accident died last week at his Lake Shore home.
Tourney brings fans - and cash
Parents of young athletes know hosting a home tournament can mean a lot of things. It means hours of volunteering for parents. It means the possibility of the home field/ice/mat/gym and crowd thing working in your favor, and sleeping in your own bed at night. It also means the opportunity to bring big dollars into your community.
Internal search for new school superintendent appears to point to Steve Razidlo
The Brainerd School District's next superintendent may already be seated in a nearby office of retiring Superintendent Jerry Walseth.
Alerd 'Tex' Luebben
NISSWA - Alerd "Tex" Luebben, 79, of Nisswa, died Wed., Jan. 16, 2008, at the St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. A memorial service for Tex will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. Friends may call one hour prior to services.
GARRISON - Jean Scott, of Garrison, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Windigo Pines in Grand Rapids, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
NISSWA - Alerd Luebben, 79, of Nisswa, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Jean Elizabeth Scott, age 69, of rural Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Wendigo Pines in Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Friends may visit during the hour prior to services. Interment will be at the Garrison Cemetery. Memorials are preferred, to Light of the Cross Lutheran Church.
BUFFALO - A Memorial Service for Hale Hickman will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Julia Carlson will officiate. Dan Wickman will be the soloist.
James A. Niles
MERRIFIELD - James Alton Niles, 75, of Merrifield, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Innovis Health Care in Fargo, N.D., after a long illness. His grandson from Alaska, Aron, was at his side. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. A memorial service will be Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at Merrifield Community Church of the Nazarene.
PEQUOT LAKES - Alvin Reeverts of Pequot Lakes, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.
Marilyn A. Sonntag
EDEN PRAIRIE - Marilyn Ann (Corwin) Sonntag, 84, of Eden Prairie, Minn., (formerly from Brainerd) died peacefully on Jan. 5, 2008.
PINE RIVER - Bernice Robideaux, age 90, of Pine River, passed away at her home on Jan. 15, 2008, after a long fight with cancer.
ONAMIA - Jerome Athman, 76-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., with his family by his side.
Morris Milo Buchite
FIFTY LAKES - Morris Milo Buchite, 72, of Fifty Lakes, died at his home Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008. The family invites friends to gather at the family home (17198 Buchite Road, Crosslake), on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at 2 p.m.
Lavelle K. Myers
PEQUOT LAKES - Lavelle K. Myers, age 81, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Heritage House, Pequot Lakes.
Rosalie Joan Drexler
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS - Rosalie Joan Drexler (nee Bolton), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, age 78, of Inver Grove Heights and Emily, formerly of Rochester, Minn. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 16, 2008. She was preceded in death by parents Rolla and Midge.
Laurence D. Croteau
McGREGOR - Laurence D. Croteau, 82, of McGregor, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.
FIFTY LAKES - Morris Buchite, 72, of Fifty Lakes, died at his home Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
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I read the two letters in the C-I Courier from students involved in post-secondary education who complained of feeling excluded from school activities.
Change or get left behind
The present school systems are big unwieldy dinosaurs and the educational planet is on a collision course with the asteroid of the Internet. The dinosaur school systems will, after a long struggle, become extinct.
I think all the voters that voted for the school referendums, or believe they should have passed, should follow the example of Annette Belfiori and send in "their fair share" and stop whining!
Pawlenty lacks a major Feat
Six years into his governance of the state, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has certainly gained a national reputation for leadership. But there are many Minnesotans who might be hard-pressed to come up with how he has led at the state level.
Discussion and potluck
NISSWA - The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will discuss Liberal Religion and the Working Class at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Nisswa Library. Fellowship hour with potluck lunch to follow.
Christian book skyrockets to best-seller's list
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Donald Miller still loves God and Jesus. Don't misunderstand him.
A wonderful headline
Kenyan police beat back protecters. Five die in blast near bus carrying Turkish troops. Musharraf denies role in Bhutto death. Suicide attack leaves 7 dead in Afghanistan. Israeli assault kills 9 in Gaza. Those were some of the headlines in the world section of a recent Brainerd Dispatch. We live in a very dangerous world.
Flyers tumble against NL-S
LITTLE FALLS - Teri Stein placed second on the floor and third on the balance beam and in the all-around with a score of 32.675 for the Little Falls Flyers as they lost to New London-Spicer 134.40-124.025 in non-conference gymnastics Thursday.
Warrior comeback falls short
It was a rollercoaster of a game for the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team Thursday at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Local sports shorts
Three Brainerd area racers have been invited to compete in the Snowmobile SnoCross competition at Winter X Games 12 at Buttermilk Mountain at Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., from Jan. 24-27.
Gobblers pin Pioneers
AITKIN - The Aitkin Gobblers wrestling team took down the Pierz Pioneers 49-24 Thursday.
Rangers defend home court against Pequot
CROSBY - Megan Zillmer scored 19 points to lead the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to their fourth straight victory as they defeated the Pequot Lakes Patriots 61-50 in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Thursday.
Two Jakes lead PHS
VERNDALE - Jake Martin scored 24 points and Jake Eastman tallied 20 to lead the Pillager Huskies to a 67-52 Park Region Conference boys' basketball victory over the Verndale Pirates Thursday.
Young archer on target again
At the age of 12, Brainerd resident Chris Wiger already holds multiple state archery records and has taken home his fair share of statewide archery trophies.
Christianson, Cardinals top Warriors
ALEXANDRIA - The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team didn't have an answer for Angela Christianson.
Northern Lakes tops DL in high-scoring affair
BREEZY POINT - Brandon Sterling scored two goals and had an assist and Ben Kepner scored two goals for the Northern Lakes Lightning as they defeated the Detroit Lakes Lakers 7-5 in Mid-State Conference boys' hockey Thursday.
Flyers zip past Warriors
LITTLE FALLS - Despite leading scorer Ben Hanowski sidelined with an injury, the Little Falls Flyers didn't skip a beat.
Mueller shows her versatility on skis
It didn't matter what discipline Katherine Mueller was skiing at Alexandria or Fergus Falls.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Wind chill warning northern two thirds red river valley through
State forecast for Iowa
...Blowing snow advisory for much of southwest...Through
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm warning black hills through mid day...
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm warning black hills for for this afternoon and tonight...
State forecast for Minnesota
...Wind chill warnings and advisories much of the state today
State forecast for Minnesota
Snow advisory far southeast today...
Brace for bitter cold
Calling it cold might be an understatement.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning far northeast today into this evening...
Weather drawing by Madison Riley of Mr. Starks third-grade class at Riverside school.
The Nation's Weather
Snow, ice and rain were forecast to move through the Northeast on Friday, with the interior of New England seeing mostly snow. Coastal regions were expected to get snow mixed with rain, turning completely to rain later in the day.
Outside in winter
Weather drawing by Jordan Papenfuss of Miss Des Marais' first-grade class at St. Francis school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Wind chill advisory today northwest...
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory west this afternoon...And west and
State forecast for Iowa
Snow advisory is in effect this morning over much of central
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