McGregor man's death believed to be a suicide
McGREGOR -- The death of a 22-year-old McGregor man is being investigated by the Aitkin County Sheriff's Department as a suicide.
THEFT -- Gary Treanor, Emily, Sunday reported the theft of a snowmobile and trailer.
How to reach your legislators at the state Capitol
Rep. Paul Gazelka.
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Commission will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Region 5 office in Staples.
Four arrested in Bena burglary
BENA -- Four Cass Lake men were arrested Sunday after robbing a bar in Bena.
Area organization seeking national scenic byway status
The U.S. secretary of transportation will designate new national scenic byways in the fall, and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway may be one of them.
Beef cow/calf management program set
STAPLES -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service will sponsor a beef cow/calf management program Feb. 8 in the Assembly Room at Central Lakes College, Staples campus.
12 area seniors to vie for Miss Nisswa title
NISSWA -- Twelve area seniors will participate in the Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
DEERWOOD -- Time of Our Life, a prom dress style show, will run 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Deerwood Auditorium.
Nisswa Jubilee weekend scheduled Feb. 11-13
NISSWA -- The 33rd annual Nisswa Jubilee, hosted by the Nisswa Jaycees, will run Feb. 11-13. The theme is "Little Big Town."
CLC students help American Cancer Society raise funds
Students at Central Lakes College are helping the Brainerd area chapter of the American Cancer Society raise funds in this year's Daffodil Days promotion.
A second-grade teacher at Cuyuna Range Elementary School was chosen by her colleagues as the 2005 Crosby-Ironton teacher of the year.
Breen to serve as CLC Foundation board president
Richard Breen will serve as president of the Central Lakes College Foundation board of directors for 2005-06.
Aitkin Business Professionals of America finishes second in region
AITKIN -- Aitkin Business Professionals of America placed second in the Region 5 competition Jan. 13-14 at Itasca Community College.
CLC Law Enforcement Club nets 33 regional trophies
The Central Lakes College Law Enforcement Club captured a record 33 trophies in regional competition in Chicago.
Seipp counts blessings as Miss Nisswa 2004
As I look back on the year 2004, I have come to realize how extremely blessed one can become in a split second.
Aitkin County forest plan ready for viewing
AITKIN -- The Aitkin County Land Department's draft of its 2005-2007 Tactical Forest Management Plan is available for public review.
Low-interest loan program promotes woody crops
Minnesota landowners can participate in a new low-interest loan program to grow short rotation woody crops, such as poplar trees, for harvest.
Confronting winter -- head-on
CAMP RIPLEY -- Making its return after a one-year absence, the 15-day National Guard Winter Warfare Course at Camp Ripley Jan. 8-22 had all the components of winter.
Elected officials hear about 'the right thing'
LITTLE FALLS -- Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan told a gathering of elected officials Tuesday integrity and preparation are among the keys to success whether one is serving in Congress or on a township board.
Jail project moves forward
The Crow Wing County Board highlighted elements of the new jail's design at its meeting Tuesday with guests in attendance from across the county line.
Wal-Mart Super Center ready for first customers
BAXTER -- The Wal-Mart Super Center on Glory Road opens Wednesday morning.
Fisher named Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club Sertoman of the Year
Scott Fisher, a member since September 1982, received the highest club honor for the year 2004 when he was named Sertoman of the Year.
The name of Jessica Herron was misspelled in a Page 1A story Tuesday on a Brainerd Family Readiness meeting. Also the story should have said Herron asked her husband once if he had fired his gun yet.
"That incentive may have been a big deal 50 years ago, but it doesn't buy much today."
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton teachers will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the teachers' union's settlement headquarters at 1061 First St. S.W. in Crosby behind Graphic Packaging.
County board changes meth ordinance
In an effort to make Crow Wing County's new methamphetamine ordinance clearer, commissioners voted Tuesday to change the language.
Staples man sentenced
A 39-year-old Staples man will serve more than three years in prison for the felony offense of using minors in a sexual performance.
Bonding bill includes area projects
Several central and northern Minnesota bonding projects are in the bill the Minnesota Senate approved 57-7 Monday.
County looks at ATV use
A proposed pilot program, which initially could affect at least 6,000 acres of Crow Wing County land, had opponents and supporters of all-terrain vehicle access at the county board meeting Tuesday.
Robin Park skied on a trail in the Northland Arboretum Monday as the sun dipped below the horizon. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, introduced a bill this week that would appropriate more than $1.2 million for a pedestrian-bicyclist bridge to connect the Paul Bunyan Trail south across Excelsior Road into the Oberstar Tunnel in Baxter.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1965) - The coldest blast of the season to be recorded at the forestry department here struck the Brainerd area today, sending temperatures plummeting to minus 32 degrees.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1975) - Unlike the last two winters, when Brainerd escaped heavy snowfall, the '75 season is turning out to be a real 'doozey'. Last night and this morning the area accumulated another six inches of winter dew.
A Page 5A story Monday should have stated Rep. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, is drafting a sales tax bill for Baxter.
Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2005 winners
1. Sara Kitzman, St. Cloud, 3.71 walleye, 2005 Ford F-150; 2. Martin Chisholm, Baxter, 3.02 walleye, Polaris 500 Sportsman ATV; 3. Jim Krings, Centerville, 2.18 tulibee, New Aquaview Quad 360; 4. Lee Hoeschen, Oak Grove, 1.98 tulibee, $250 cash; 5. Hermene Anderson, Sarasota, Fla., 1.73 tulibee, Strikemaster auger
Brainerd council members ponder Baxter sales tax issues
One question posed at Tuesday's Brainerd City Council retreat couldn't be answered.
School nurse: Sick kids should be kept at home to recuperate
With the winter cold and flu season now in full swing, Brainerd students are experiencing symptoms common this time of year, including head and sinus colds, upper respiratory viruses and stomach flu.
"Cards are nice and mail is like Christmas. Just one letter to encourage them. It's the small things like that, that matter."
Raymond Gfroerer Sr.
ROBBINSDALE -- Raymond Gfroerer Sr., age 87, of Robbinsdale, Minn., died Jan. 23, 2005. Preceded in death by wife, Jeanette; son, Raymond Jr., and infant son; brothers, Francis and Donald; and twin grandsons.
Ivy M. Nelson
COHASSET -- Ivy M. Nelson, age 89, of Cohasset, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.
PIERZ -- Christine Streitz, age 93, of Pierz, Minn., passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at the Pierz Villa.
Harold was born May 16, 1926, in Sauk Rapids to John and Julia (Bartiewski) Mendel. Following high school he enlisted in the Army where he served from 1944-1946. He was united in marriage to Betty Leisdon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids on May 31, 1947.
Ruth M. Striffler
Ruth M. Striffler, 82, Brainerd, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. She was born in International Falls, Minn., on Oct. 7, 1922. She married Emil Striffler on Nov. 26, 1966, in Brainerd. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Omer Schwaller, age 89, of Brainerd, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. at the Woodland Good Samaritan Chapel with Father Bill Skarich officiating. Inurnment will follow at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Woodland Good Samaritan Village or St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
Eugene 'Gene' Swanson
Eugene "Gene" Swanson, 89, 300 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, former postmaster of Brainerd, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. He was born on June 4, 1915, in Brainerd to Oscar and Edith (Lund) Swanson. He graduated from Brainerd in 1933 and was a lifelong area resident.
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Earl G. Reiter
ROYALTON -- Earl G. Reiter, age 82, of Royalton, Minn., passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at St. Benedict's Senior Community in St. Cloud, Minn.
Angeline 'Angie' Amiot
Angeline "Angie" (Boileau) Amiot, age 87, resident of Brainerd, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005.
LITTLE FALLS -- Leonard DiMatteo, 81-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at his home in Little Falls. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Leverne J. Knutson
LITTLE FALLS -- Leverne J. Knutson, 86-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel.
Helen M. Berryhill Neese
AITKIN -- Helen Marie Berryhill Neese, age 100, of Aitkin, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
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LITTLE FALLS -- Helen Ciminski, age 89, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Robert Schultz, age 79, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Today is Martin Luther King Day (at this writing). I had free time before attending the Crow Wing County Human Rights award ceremony, and stopped at a local restaurant.
OUR OPINION: JOHNNY CARSON
For those who grew up in the 1960s or 1970s, being allowed to stay up to watch the "Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson was a rite of passage, a sign you were approaching young adulthood and ready to glimpse at a more sophisticated world.
Maybe there is some hope that politicians can put aside their differences and work together. Last week, all of the members of the Senate Health Committee (Republicans and Democrats) voted to repeal a new $5000 cap on health care for single adults in the Minnesota Care program. This cap has created problems for cancer patients who need on-going treatment to beat their disease.
Captain who served in Iraq shares experiences with soldiers' families
BAXTER -- Family members of soldiers in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 194th Armor got a taste Monday of what their loved ones are dealing with in Iraq.
Awaiting their soldier's return
Annie Kraus sat with her 4-month-old baby, Paige, at the 194th Family Readiness group meeting Monday at the Heritage Assemblies of God Church in Baxter. Kraus' husband, Chris, is now serving in Iraq. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Pierz pins its way past LP-GE
PIERZ -- Matt Mrnak registered the quickest of the six Pierz Pioneers pins when he flattened Levi Pray of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in 19 seconds helping Pierz to a 58-9 non-conference wrestling victory Tuesday.
Warriors rout struggling Willmar
WILLMAR -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team added to the Willmar Cardinals (1-14-1) struggles this season by slapping them with a 10-1 Central Lakes Conference loss Tuesday.
Nisswa NW participated in the USSA Central Division NorAm races Sunday at Mt. Itasca near Coleraine.
Kaufmann receives Fitterer Award
Joseph Kaufmann is the 2005 recipient of the Jason Fitterer Memorial Award.
Brainerd cuts down Lumberjacks
BEMIDJI -- Kayla Huether and Erica Austin led a balanced Brainerd Warriors attack in a 68-53 non-conference girls' basketball victory over Bemidji Tuesday.
Pioneers shoot down Bombers
PIERZ -- Kristin Sczublewski scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter to help the Pierz Pioneers score 42 points in the second half and beat the Braham Bombers 68-46 Monday in non-conference girls' basketball.
Proposed track hires former BIR employees
A motorsports facility in the development stage in Pine County involves local interests.
ST. PAUL -- Sophomore Jake Phillips of Brainerd scored 18 points to help the Carleton Knights hand the University of St. Thomas its first MIAC men's basketball loss of the season, 87-77 in overtime, Saturday.
Rangers rise to the challenge
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' basketball coach Dave Galovich issued his post players a goal Monday.
Pine River-Backus defeats Verndale in non-conference matchup
VERNDALE -- Chelsey Dabill hit two 3-point baskets and finished with 14 points to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers to a 31-26 non-conference girls' basketball victory over the Verndale Pirates Tuesday.
Willmar edges BHS
WILLMAR -- Brainerd Warriors goaltender Amie Meyer turned away 37 shots and Emily Lorenz scored off an assist by Tara Moen in the Warriors 2-1 Central Lakes Conference girls' hockey loss to Willmar Monday.
C-I-A skates to first victory of year
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Rangers picked up their first win in two seasons behind the goaltending of Nic Belz, who recorded 50 saves, on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots in Mid-State Conference boys' hockey Tuesday.
Ruttger, Miller top finishers for Warriors
ALEXANDRIA -- Taryn Ruttger placed second for the Brainerd Warriors girls' Alpine ski team with a time of 49.27 and David Miller finished third with a time of 46.08 at the Alexandria Invitational Monday.
Life is like an editor's mailbag
After many years of pounding on a keyboard I have come to the conclusion the following holds true: Stories a journalist considers the least offensive get readers all riled up while stories a journalist thinks will outrage every reader draw virtually no reaction.
Cardinals do battle with Patriots
Staples-Motley Cardinals sophomore guard Derek Peterson (right) lost control of the ball as he drove against Joshua Dale of the Pequot Lakes Patriots Tuesday in Pequot Lakes. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood
Warriors bounce Apollo on mat
ST. CLOUD -- Eight pins, three major decisions and one decision resulted in the Brainerd Warriors collecting a 62-9 Central Lakes Conference wrestling victory over St. Cloud Apollo Tuesday.
Brainerd falls in 2 OTs
With one of its leading scorers playing about eight minutes because of a sprained ankle and foul trouble becoming a factor, the odds were against the Brainerd Warrior boys' basketball team.
Brainerd falls to Anoka for first time
ANOKA -- Jacob Ray, coming off a five-goal performance last week, notched both of the Brainerd Warriors' goals in a 7-2 loss to Anoka Tuesday in adapted floor hockey.
Patriots outlast Staples-Motley
PEQUOT LAKES -- Jesse Fisher's 18 points catapulted the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 50-46 Mid-State Conference boys' basketball victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals Tuesday.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy west to partly cloudy east. Slight chance of
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy this morning...With scattered flurries northwest through southeast. Becoming partly cloudy east this afternoon. Highs from around 15 northeast...To the mid 40s far southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Blustery and colder. Scattered flurries. Patchy light freezing drizzle early. A chance for snow showers near lakes superior and michigan. Highs from the teens north to the mid to upper 20s south.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy...Becoming mostly cloudy east. Highs from the
A wet day
Weather drawing by Abby Kiehlbauch in the Riverside third grade of Mrs. Meyer.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...A period of mainly light mixed precipitation north and central. Mostly cloudy. Highs from the upper 20s to middle 30s.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Much colder. Flurries this morning. Some freezing drizzle
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Sunny in the morning...Then partly cloudy this afternoon. Highs from the mid 40s northeast...To around 60 southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy. Isolated flurries and patchy light freezing drizzle
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy north with a chance of light snow northeast.
State forecast for Iowa
Dense fog advisory until 9 am this morning portions of central
Weather drawing by Alayna Heise in the Lowell School fourth-grade class of Mr. Meyer.
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