As each new year starts it creates an opportunity to evaluate where people are in life and where they want to be. A new Brainerd business is centered on offering an approach to do just that.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Municipal liquor stores selling more but not getting high on the profits
Municipal liquor stores posted record sales in 2002 and most were profitable, but profits decreased, according to a financial report by state auditor Patricia Anderson.
Help with finding new job offered
Losing a job can be a blow. Rural Minnesota CEP offers help with the transition to a new job.
CROSSLAKE -- Dave Busch of Terrain Solutions in Crosslake was recently honored for excellence in landscape design.
Bruce Johnson, gospel minister and evangelist who preached in India for 37 years, will speak 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Pine Grove Church of Christ, next to Heartland Animal Rescue Team. The subject will be "Is there anything God can't do."
School lunch menus
Brainerd - Monday BCereal, apple filled churro, fruit or juice, milk. L Chicken fajita wrap, potato rounds, applesauce, goldfish cookie, milk.
Child in need
Today guys are asked to share in all those everyday household chores and have stepped up to the plate, taking on these responsibilities and, hopefully, for the most part, enjoying it.
Pets of the week
Spice is a spayed 2-year old-female. Light tortoiseshell. An inside only cat who is very friendly and loves to be petted.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 1300. Last Friday: 413. Year Ago Friday: 799. Thursday actual: 404.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 166, a year ago 60.
Reorganization and regular board meeting
Brainerd firefighters responded to a small fire in a wall at the Waterfall Inn on Highway 371 Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly spelled the name of a student who participated in the Brainerd School District Spelling Bee in a Page 1A story Thursday.
RANDALL -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 10, three miles south of Randall.
How to reach state legislators
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- In a Jan. 17 story about a Minnesota man captured in Tijuana, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Edward Lawrence Carlson was wanted on 37 U.S. counts of sexual assault against minors.
Sam and Julie Schmidt, Breezy Point, a boy, Thomas Henry, 9 pounds, 5 ounces, Oct. 17, 2003. Grandparents are Tom and Shirley Taylor, Pequot Lakes, and Paul and Nancy Schmidt, Pine River.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a house fire about 5:25 a.m. Saturday on Ojibwa Park Road. The extent of the damage was unknown Saturday morning. No injuries were reported.
GOP sees Kerry as tougher to beat
WASHINGTON -- For months, Republican strategists have talked with ill-concealed glee about the prospect that former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean quickly might win the Democratic presidential nomination -- a scenario they relished not only because they thought President Bush could defeat Dean in the fall, but also for the bare-knuckled ideological combat such a matchup would afford.
Halliburton pays U.S. $6.3 million to cover possible overcharges, alleged kickbacks
WASHINGTON -- Halliburton Co. said Friday that it has paid the government $6.3 million to cover potential overcharging by a subcontractor for work in Iraq and alleged kickbacks.
Head of Iraq weapons search resigns
WASHINGTON -- The leader of the U.S. search for banned weapons in Iraq resigned Friday and said that he thinks Iraq engaged in no large-scale production of chemical or biological weapons in the 1990s and destroyed what it had left before the American-led invasion last year.
Seeds of adult fitness planted in childhood
INDIANAPOLIS -- Results of a survey published in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, show that the odds of someone being physically fit as an adult are 3 1/2 times higher if he or she played organized sports as a child.
Incomes aren't rising as fast as housing costs
BAXTER -- The cost of homes in central Minnesota has gone up twice as much as incomes, leaving many home hunters with moderate and low incomes without options.
Prepare the house as cold settles in
Winter's big chill can stop your furnace, freeze your pipes and make drafty windows feel like wind tunnels. It can turn the bottled water you keep in the basement into ice and cause the canned corn stored in your garage to burst.
Mark Schmutzer joined the Positive Realty sales staff.
Consider compact lot as affordable housing option
Land use plans and a few extra touches, such as a front porch or trim in home construction, may be key in creating affordable, attractive neighborhoods.
What should you do when a collection moves from cute to cliche?
Start a collection of anything -- chickens, penguins, Scottie dogs, lighthouses -- and somehow it begins to multiply with hardly any help from you, the putative curator.
Book helps with weddings' detail work
If spring and summer are high season for weddings, winter is a whirlwind of wedding planning. A new book, "The Perfect Wedding Details," appears at exactly the right moment for those in the midst of obsessing about bridal bouquets and rehearsal dinners (Harper Resource, 239 pp., $29.95).
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - For the first time ever, the Serpent Lake Fishing Contest took place on a Saturday, but that fact didn't seem to improve the day's catch.
St. Paul man on quest to find clues to Earhart's fate
It's one of the world's most famous aviation mysteries -- the disappearance of renowned aviatrix Amelia Earhart during her ill-fated final flight in 1937.
The financial aid staff at Central Lakes College has scheduled financial aid seminars for high school and college students and their parents at both the Staples and Brainerd campuses on Monday.
Pequot tower shutdown closes school early
Pequot Lakes students were released from school two hours early Thursday after the city's water tower had to be shut down due to a broken valve.
Brainerd firefighter Geoff Williams used an ax to cut away the siding of a house that caught fire about 1 p.m. Friday in Maple Grove township. The house, located on Silver Bay Road on South Long Lake, is owned by Scott and Kristi Schardin. The couple escaped without injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (Dispatch Photo by Nels Norquist)
Overturned semi closes highway
An overturned semi-truck closed nine miles of Highway 210 east of Motley beginning mid-morning Friday.
Captain Kangaroo began our childhood days with a smile
The passing of Captain Kangaroo is another reminder that we have lost too many of those career performers who, in the early age of television and out of the apparent kindness of their hearts (and contracts), came across the airwaves only to teach, entertain and be silly -- without any trace of irony or larger entrepreneurial scheme.
Merrifield man faces arraignment on two attempted murder counts
A 44-year-old old Merrifield man arrested for shooting another man Tuesday was expected to appear in court Friday on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Did you realize more than a dozen outdoors shows are produced for TV right here in the lakes area? Tune in to Sunday's North Country to get the story.
Insurgents target Iraqi Christian women employed by occupiers
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- There was only one window left in the blue Besta minivan parked in Khajik Serkis' front yard Friday: the windshield, riddled with bullet holes at eye level and spattered with blood. Inside were more holes in the upholstered seats, a carpet of glass shards and a woman's patterned shawl, crumpled and stained with red.
HOME IN CROSBY
CROSBY -- It's been no secret that Kim Coughlin was moving back to Crosby after being away for 20 years.
Public gets chance to help shape county look
Guiding decisions about land use, recreation space and the physical look of Crow Wing County are coming.
Brainerd rental property owners and managers will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd police station at 225 E. River Road.
Mille Lacs regional sewage treatment plant gets $4 million in grant, loan
Although Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Sanitary Sewer District officials are still waiting for an appeals board to rule on its permit, they received good news Thursday in the form of a $2 million grant and a $2 million loan for a sewer collection system.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 23 - 80 years ago (1924) - Think of it! Dollar pictures for 10, 15, and 25 at the Lyceum this week. "Old Favorites Week," One day each.
Alderman recognized for his service to Brainerd
James Alderman, who for the past 36 years has served on the Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board, was recognized Wednesday for his work.
Senior aide of bin Laden caught in Iraq
A senior al-Qaida operative and several associated terrorist figures were captured last week in Iraq by local Iraqi and U.S. forces, a senior administration official said Friday.
CROSSLAKE -- Erma Dunbar, of Crosslake, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
Dr. Robert Stoy
LITTLE FALLS -- Dr. Robert Stoy, 79, Little Falls, died Jan. 22, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Edna M. Morss
Edna May Morss, age 83, of Brainerd, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Dorothy L. Frid
Dorothy L. Frid, age 80, resident of Brainerd, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004. She was born in Minneapolis Sept. 23, 1923, to Edward I. and Nona May (Cass) Bauer.
Florence A. Menter
JACOBSON -- Florence A. Menter, age 89, of Jacobson, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at her home.
AITKIN -- Joseph Finnerty, age 86, of Aitkin, died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at the Aicota Healthcare Cent
DEERWOOD -- Elsie Mooers, age 84, of Deerwood, died today, Jan. 23, 2004, at her home. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Dr. Robert A. Stoy
LITTLE FALLS -- Dr. Robert Andrew Stoy, age 79, retired physician and resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, in Little Falls, Minn.
BACKUS -- Peggy Richards, age 60, of Backus, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital
Clarence L. Booth
SOBIESKI -- Clarence L. Booth, age 89, a resident of Sobieski, Minn., passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at the Lutheran Care Center.
Dorothy Frid, age 80, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at her home.
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Merri L. Gage
Merri Lee Gage, 50, born on Jan. 1, 1954, went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 18, 2004, after a two month battle with cancer.
Ronald N. Haynes
LITTLE FALLS -- Ronald N. Haynes, 57 year old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at his home
Donald F. Bargen
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Donald Frederick Bargen, passed away on Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, in Glendale, Ariz. Complete notice Sunday, Feb. 1. Visitation and service will be Saturday, Feb. 7. Arrangements are with Wulff Funeral Home in St. Paul.
Joyce E. Peterson
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Services for Joyce E. Peterson, 78, Watertown, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in the St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Watertown. Mrs. Peterson passed away Jan. 21, 2004, in Watertown. She was the widow of Grover Peterson. Visitation will be Friday 4-7 p.m. in the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown.
Clayton H. Herman
Clayton H. Herman, of Brainerd, formerly of Minneapolis and Crosslake, passed away on Jan. 22, 2004, at the age of 89. Full notice to appear Sunday, Feb. 1. Arrangements are with Washburn-McReavy, Hillside Chapel, Minneapolis.
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The year is 2004. With a steely squint and a practiced presidential walk the lone cowboy swaggers into the sunset.
Meeting set on skate park plans
We are excited! Over the past few months, a core group of youth and adults have been working together, with Community Action, to form an organization called Brainerd Community Skatepark Advocates. The goal of this organization it to support the completion of a state-of-the-art skatepark for Brainerd area youth. Brainerd is fortunate to have the basic foundation located at the Jaycees Park in southeast Brainerd. We have also been working with Home Depot and KaBOOM, submitting a Skatepark Profile in the hopes of being selected their designated area for a Community Built Skatepark. In the event our area is not selected, we have been working with TrueRide, a Skatepark Design and Construction Team based in Duluth.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Obesity - Dispatch Editorial
Here's a news flash for Brainerd Daily Dispatch readers: Too many Americans eat poorly while getting little or no exercise. The result is a nation-wide epidemic of obesity.
Pro teams have a few bad seasons and a new stadium is always the answer. Just one problem. These multimillionaire owners want us, the public, to put up our money. Carl Pohlad is worth almost $1 billion, Red McCombs is rich, rich, and weren't the Vikings up for sale for $650 million? Also the Twins were on the brink of being expelled and broken up for good.
Hollywood of the Northwoods
One has its name in letters on a hill overlooking the city. The other has its name on a water tower overlooking the east side.
A look at the birds and global warming
Two weeks ago the septic backed up into the basement. After the tanks were pumped I covered the underground line and tanks with hay from a massive cylindrical bale. The wind chill was minus 40 degrees.
No need to freeze to catch fish during a Minnesota winter
The thermometer reads 15 degrees below zero and I'm happy to be in the comforts of my home as I write this.
The DNR is seeking applicants for watercraft inspector internships for the coming boating season. Watercraft inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra muss
Where are you, Al, Babe, Gary and Ted?
The woman who approached me at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza had seen the Dispatch logo on my coat and thought I might be a source of information. Disappointment shone in her eyes. I wondered what tragedy had befallen her. Had a big fish broke her line? Had her case of Old Milwaukee froze?
Trout Unlimited chapter to meet
The Paul Bunyan chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29th at the Brainerd Public Library. In addition to updates on chapter news, a DNR Fisheries representative will provide an analysis of last fall's trout stream census results.
You'll still find a very consistent walleye bite during lowlight periods of the day throughout the Cass Lake Chain.
Christina Elbert and Jon Fargo were married Sept. 19, 2003, at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Grand Forks, N.D., with Father James Ermer officiating.
Ann Pickar and Matthew Hunnicutt were married Sept. 27, 2003, at The Log Church in Crosslake with Pastor Fred Cressman officiating.
65th birthday - Calvin Wallin
Calvin Wallin will celebrate his 65th birthday at an open house from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. No gifts please.
Wedding announced - Casey Erickson and Rick Badeaux
Casey Erickson and Rick Badeaux announce their engagement. Parents are Brian and Randy Erickson, Elk River, and George and Lorri Badeaux, Pillager. A Feb. 14 wedding is planned in Bloomington.
Kari Elson and David Gordon were married Nov. 29, 2003, at Sherwood Forest in Lake Shore with Darrell Paske officiating.
25th anniversary - Tom and Linda Kuschel
Tom and Linda Kuschel, Pine River, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with their family and friends. They were married Jan. 20, 1979.
Five generations recently gathered were Thomas Henry Schmidt, son; Julie Schmidt, mother; Shirley Taylor, grandmother; Marilyn Chamberlain, great-grandmother; and Petra Flategraff, great-great-grandmother.
Engagement announced - Angela Covell and Mak Keetley
Angela Covell and Mak Keetley announce their engagement. Parents are Lori Halvorson, Clearbrook, and Lowell Covell, Spearfish, S.D., and LuAnn Keetley, Brainerd, and Don Keetley, Lakeville. A June 12 wedding is planned in Pine River.
Engagement announced - September Knoll and Christopher Dehen
September Knoll and Christopher Dehen announce their engagement. Parents are Roger and Collette Knoll, Brainerd, and James and Shannon Dehen Jr., Brainerd. A June 26 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Coping with the cold
"Cold enough for ya?"
Hoheisel, Huskies hound Tigers
PINE RIVER -- Whitney Hoheisel scored 24 points to lead the Pillager Huskies past the Pine River-Backus Tigers 33-29 Thursday in girls' basketball.
Area boys' basketball
PEQUOT LAKES -- Jesse Nelson poured in 21 points, including five 3-pointers, while Chris Clasen added 11 points and James Baumann 10 for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 57-49 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Uselman, Richards power W-DC grapplers to win over Park Rapids
WADENA -- Dusty Uselman improved to 22-2 with a pin at 189 pounds and Tim Richards improved to 21-4 with a pin at heavyweight to help the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 51-18 triumph over the Park Rapids Panthers in Mid-State Conference wrestling Thursday.
The Brainerd Warriors defeated St. Cloud Tech 101-30 in junior varsity swimming and diving Thursday.
Second period dooms Flyers
ALEXANDRIA -- The Alexandria Cardinals scored three goals within a minute in a five-goal second period on its way to an 8-1 win over the Little Falls Flyers in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey action Thursday.
Balanced Cards oust W-DC
STAPLES -- Josh Anderson and Josh Smith each scored 18 points, Dan Freeman had 13 and Chad Brever added 12 to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a 79-64 Mid-State Conference boys' basketball victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Thursday.
ALEXANDRIA -- Shae Tabatt won every event in the Little Falls Flyers' 128.95 to 124.45 Central Lakes Conference gymnastics loss to Alexandria Thursday.
Swenson serves as team motivator
Cory Swenson hopes his takedown will take him down to the Class 2A state tournament.
Local sports shorts
The first Victory League meeting of the 2004 season is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday in the basement of the Falls Bar, at Northeast First Street and Broadway in downtown Little Falls.
Rangers fall to Patriots at home
CROSBY -- It was payback time for the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team.
BHS blitzed in third quarter
DULUTH -- The Brainerd Warriors couldn't rebound from a 21-6 third quarter and lost to the Duluth East Greyhounds 61-47 in non-conference girls' basketball Thursday.
BHS Alpine girls fifth, boys seventh
WELCH -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' Alpine ski team finished fifth overall and the boys' team was seventh in Friday's Welch Village Invitational.
Warriors tie Sauk Rapids
SAUK RAPIDS -- Conrad Kragness' goal with five seconds left in regulation enabled the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team to tie the Sauk Rapids Storm 4-4 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
LF sophomore lands top honors
Shae Tabatt is great at forgetting.
Area events Friday
Area girls' basketball
STAPLES -- Melissa Roberts scored 16 points to lead Class 2A's eighth-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 84-33 in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Pinning its hopes
When the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team lost to the St. Cloud Tech Tigers by one point Jan. 10 it was pinned three times and gave up a forfeit.
Area events Saturday
Thiel, Jordan abuse the net
MAPLE GROVE -- Adam Thiel and Chris Jordan combined for seven goals, leading the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team to a 9-2 victory over Maple Grove Thursday.
Warrior swimmers win by .34 seconds
Brainerd Warriors 94, St. Cloud Tech Tigers 92.
Perpich, Brainerd gymnasts tumble Tech for conference lead
ST. CLOUD -- Senior co-captain Katie Perpich won three events and the all-around to lead Class 2A's fourth-ranked Brainerd Warriors to a 143.825 to 143.25 gymnastics victory over the ninth-ranked St. Cloud Tech Tigers in a crucial Central Lakes Conference dual meet Thursday.
Wolverines remain perfect
MARSHALL -- Tyler Neu scored two goals and dished out two assists as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines used a four-goal second period to bury the Marshall Tigers 6-2 in non-conference boys' hockey Friday.
Match.com gets up to speed
Match.com, the biggest player in the online dating biz, announced last week that it will soon allow users to get into one of the latest trends for offline dating services: speed dating.
You can send your old PC to a better place than the attic
The afterlife of many cast-off computers seems to be lived out in dusty closets, attics and basements. But that doesn't have to be so; with a little research, you can send your old PC, or at least its constituent components, off to a better place. What kind of place depends largely on the computer's age.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Cloudy with a chance of light snow. Highs from the
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch sunday night into monday for northwest and west central wisconsin...
State forecast for south dakota
Winter storm warning northcentral this afternoon through sunday...
Snow on the hill
Weather drawing by Mikaila Auchten of Mrs. Redshaw's second grade class at Garfield school.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Snow likely northeast third otherwise cloudy. Highs in the
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Occasional snow northwest through central...To the
I love snow
Weather drawing by Abby Winch of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Heavy snow showers in the Great Lakes; mostly dry in the West
More snow fell across the bitterly cold Upper Midwest and Great Lakes early Friday, while a mix of rain and snow moved across the Northwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy northeast with a chance of light snow in the morning. Partly cloudy breezy and mild west and south. Highs in the 20s northeast to the mid 50s southwest.
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy northeast half...Mostly cloudy southwest half.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory until 6 pm cst for parts of southeast and south central wisconsin...
State forecast for minnesota
...Winter storm watches in effect for tonight and sunday for much of
State forecast for north dakota
...Winter storm warning west and central tonight through sunday...
Victims of clergy abuse
Duplicate bridge results for Jan. 20, six table Mitchell Movement. North-South: Ann Richards
The Brainerd Lakes Area League of Women Voters meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Brainerd Public Library. The topic will be revitalizing downtown Brainerd. The meeting is open to the public and visitors are always welcome. John Erickson, attorney, will be the guest speaker at noon.
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
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