The value of older workers
Consider the total picture when assessing the "true costs" of employing older workers.
Profile of older workers
* There are 16 million Americans age 55 and older who are either working or seeking work.
Program helps seniors polish their job skills
It was fate.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Minnesota Legislature convenes Monday
Area legislators and how to contact them.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club annual card party will benefit three area groups: the Cuyuna Country Heritage Preservation Society, the Cuyuna Range Community Center and the local food shelf.
Making brain waves
CROSBY -- They may be only fifth-graders, but they've already dissected sheep's brains, held a human brain and studied advanced neuroscientific research.
AUSTRALIA: Take a picturesque trip to Rottnest Island
I bought a scripted T-shirt that pretty well sums up the sentiment of travelers from the United States after they endure the lengthy (28 hours) flights to Perth, Australia:
Cass officials list 2004 top priorities
WALKER -- Cass County commissioners and department directors or their assistants each listed the top priority to improve or accomplish in 2004 while attending the county board's annual retreat Friday. Following are their responses:
Cass to participate in clean water initiative
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted last week to participate in the Governor's Clean Water Initiative North Central Minnesota Lakes Pilot Project.
Color coded lockers
Emily Charter School custodian Joe Fischer had help from volunteers putting together 120 new lockers for students.
Commissioners evaluate Cass County's progress
WALKER -- Cass County commissioners evaluated the county's progress through the last year at their annual retreat Friday at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker.
Band hosts meeting for area superintendents
ONAMIA -- About 30 area school superintendents and administrators met recently to explore ways to ensure students from all backgrounds have opportunities to learn and succeed.
Environmental services concerns tackled
WALKER -- Environmental Services Department staff and the Cass County Board exchanged ideas during a retreat Friday on ways that department can manage a development driven increasing workload and still have time to respond to calls and complaints.
Learn to ski
Jordan Dunbar and other students in Laurie Rupp's grades 1-2 class at Emily Charter School received skiing lessons from physical education teacher Tom Shinabargar.
Recorder's office hitting record numbers
WALKER -- The Cass County Recorder's Office recorded in 2003 nearly double the number of documents as eight years ago and collected more than double the recording fees, said Recorder Katie Norby.
Pierz students tour Central Lakes College campuses
Two busloads of freshmen and sophomores from Pierz Healy High School recently spent a day touring the Brainerd and Staples campuses of Central Lakes College.
Area health care professionals say more funding is needed
Brainerd area health care professionals told members of a Minnesota Senate panel Monday that more funds are needed for nurses' training and for outstate hospitals' care for the uninsured.
Are you ready for a 40-below wind chill?
Exit the snowfall, enter the chill.
Monday snowfall raises total to 13 inches
Another 1.5 inches of snow fell in Brainerd Monday afternoon just as people began digging out from the first major snowstorm of 2004.
Prosecutors wanted to set example
Prosecutors, hoping to make an example of two men accused of driving off-road vehicles in a state forest, Tuesday asked for sentences that included jail time.
LF board works on trimming budget
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School Board met Monday to begin to look at how it will reduce its 2004-05 budget.
Better late than never
Three decades after his music career began, blues singer/guitarist Patrick Allen has released his first album. The 1973 Brainerd High School graduate, now living in Mound, recounts the recording process in Thursday's Tempo section.
Crow Wing State Park grows by 96 acres after deal
Crow Wing State Park, south of Brainerd near Highway 371, has grown by 96 acres through a land purchase agreement between Potlatch Corp. and the state.
Commander visits Brainerd
American Legion National Commander John A. Brieden III, Brenham, Texas, spoke to Legionnaires and auxiliary members from the area Monday at the Brainerd Post. Brieden has been a strong supporter of adequate funding for the Veterans Health Administration.
CROW WING COUNTY BOARD
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday adopted a clandestine drug lab and chemical dump site public nuisance ordinance.
AT ANNUAL RETREAT
Just two months after reaffirming its rules of procedure and decorum the Brainerd City Council will look at them again.
The Kixters, Warriors dance team, will compete in the Wayzata Dance Team Invitational at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Commissioners tell lawmakers their needs
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday talked with legislators about its needs and how state mandates affect the county. The meeting came days before Monday's opening of the legislative session.
Adminstrator gets evaluation, pay hike
Crow Wing County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. received an average to above average rating on his performance evaluation for 2003 and received a 1 percent raise in salary.
County approves building plan
Residents in Crow Wing County may see changes to county complexes in downtown Brainerd over the next two decades.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 28 - 40 years ago (1964) - Crosby-Ironton, through its 78-72 victory over Staples and 66-49 and 84-69 routs of Brainerd and St. Cloud Tech, has gained itself a share of the Central Six Conference lead and the reputation as the team to beat in District 24.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 27 - 40 years ago (1964) - Maj. John O'Leary, who has retired as a medical officer from the local National Guard unit has been presented two plaques in honor of his efforts on behalf of the unit.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly described the location of the Brainerd Elks building in a Page 1A story on the Crow Wing County comprehensive plan draft. The building is on the block north of the courthouse.
Sun shines on fresh snow
The winter sun glistened above the fresh 13 inches of snow Tuesday near Whiskey Creek in Brainerd. The weekend snowfall was the largest in four years for central Minnesota.
Students at Cuyuna Range Elementary School recently learned more about the human brain from Twin Cities neuroscientists. Read about this story in Wednesday's Neighbors.
The Crow Wing County Health Department has received a $15,300 grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety to coordinate a Safe Communities project in Crow Wing County.
Teresa R. Walker
Teresa R. Walker, age 62, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Teresa was born on Jan. 24, 1942, in Minneapolis to Hubert and Lorraine (Stevens) McCarthy.
HARDING -- Mary Woitalla, age 99, of Harding, Minn., passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz, Minn.
June V. Mapes
MOUNDS VIEW -- June V. Mapes, age 66 of Mounds View, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died peacefully Jan. 25, 2004, at Hennepin County Medical Center from pancreatic cancer.
Nancy M. Goggleye
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nancy Marie Goggleye, age 56, of Minneapolis, former resident of Brainerd, died Jan. 22, 2004. Prece
Verne Palmer, 77, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Ronald J. Vadnais
Ronald J. Vadnais, 89, resident of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with visitation the hour before services.
BAXTER -- Robin Besmehn-Goetze, 40, resident of Baxter, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Robin was born in Brainerd April 22, 1963, to Richard K. and Lois (Manning) Besmehn. She was a graduate of Brainerd High School and a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
Lorna J. Johnson
PINE RIVER -- Lorna Jean Johnson, 60, Pine River, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, in Wauseon, Ohio.
BUCKMAN -- Mary Gohl, 97, resident of Buckman, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Gabriel's in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Home of Pierz.
Marie A. Bigley
BAXTER -- Marie A. Bigley, 89, of Baxter, died Jan. 22, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Marie was born Aug. 7, 1914, in Keokuck, Iowa, to Elsie (Hutchinson) and George Stauffer. She moved to Ohio
Obituaries are a paid service of The Brainerd Dispatch Advertising Department and also appear online. Obituary notices will be charged at $10 per column inch, exclusive of the first 4 inches, which will be printed at no charge.
LINCOLN -- Marlene Holtorf, 62, Lincoln, died Jan. 27, 2004, at his home.
Bernice 'Bunnie' Campbell
Bernice "Bunnie" Campbell, 84, resident of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
William E. Paschall Jr.
ONAMIA -- William E. Paschall Jr., 74, died Jan. 26, 2004, at the Mille Lacs Health Care Center in Onamia, Minn., after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. Bill was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 29, 1929, to William Sr. and Sue Paschall. His family moved to Red Wing, Minn., where he graduated from high school in 1947.
PINE RIVER -- Lorna Johnson, 60, Pine River, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, in Wauseon, Ohio.
BAXTER -- Carl Hanson, 82, of Baxter, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Kay Asplund, 66, resident of Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at her home. Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
Bernice 'Bunnie' E. Campbell
Bernice "Bunnie" E. Campbell, 84, resident of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, in St. Joseph's Medical Center. She was bor
Carl E. Johnson
CARLTON -- Carl E. Johnson, age 88 of Carlton, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at the Interfaith Care Center in Carlton. He was born on Sept. 9, 1915, in East Lake, Minn., to Axel and Betty (Larson) Johnson. Carl farmed in his younger years, and while farming he worked at the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge from 1946 to 1956.
Ina F. Travis
CROSBY -- Ina F. Travis, age 96, of Crosby, died on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Obituaries are a paid service of The Brainerd Dispatch Advertising Department and also appear online. Obituary notices will be charged at $10 per column inch, exclusive of the first 4 inches, which will be printed at no charge. An additional fee of $10 will be charged for a half-column photograph.
LITTLE FALLS -- Wayne Miller, age 69, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away today, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Eugene 'Bud' D. Ryan
SCHERTZ, Texas -- Eugene "Bud" D. Ryan, 74, Schertz, Texas, formerly of Brainerd, died Jan. 22, 2004. He is survived by Blanche, his wife of 53 years; two sons, Greg and Ron; a daughter, Cheryl Ivey; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters Betty Sohns and Donna Black.
DelRae A. Perkins
FRAZEE -- DelRae Alane Perkins, 42, Frazee, Minn., formerly of Brainerd, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in the Frazee Care Center. Services for DelRae will be held at a later date.
The capture of Saddam Hussein, according to The Sunday London Express (December 14, 2003), was engineered through a deal between U.S. forces and the Kurdish Patriotic Front, who are to receive "political advantage" in the region.
The 'only game in town' mentality
Politics as usual. Does anyone ever wonder why people are so turned off by politics today? Everything that turns people off about politics was evident in the guest editorial on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The distasteful editorial written in Wednesday's paper attacking Bob Olson demands a response. The tone, demeanor, comparisons and attack-dog style used in the criticism by the writer went beyond the pale. How utterly cruel and unusual to single out and denigrate one alderman who has no other reason to be in government than to serve the people and be an advocate for the city of Brainerd, all of its citizens.
The people that are in office in Washington, D.C., who will get high wages when they retire should all have to go on Social Security and then they would find out it's not an easy way to live. Why should they get high retirement? They should live like the rest of us do, as senior citizens. The little raise they give us is a drop in a bucket. Everything goes up and we go in the hole anyway. If they really want to help, they'd give seniors their medication free of charge.
I am getting tired of reading all the degrading remarks about Mr. Bob Olson simply because he disagrees with your point of view or does not play ball with you. It's our right to have ou
What sort of surroundings do you envision for Crow Wing County in the next 20 to 30 years? Will it be made up of small towns surrounded by lakes and forests or will it be a bustling urban center complete with big-city shopping and dining attractions?
Drivers who go west on Highway 210 and past the Westgate Mall cross a boundary that separates Brainerd and Baxter. Most of them never even notice they've crossed a border.
Rob Carper of Baxter is the recipient of the 2004 Special Olympics Minnesota Outstanding Clinician award for his dedication to teaching Special Olympians how to bowl.
AITKIN -- Team.
Pillager girl cagers fall
ONAMIA -- Megan Carlson scored 14 points and Whitney Hoheisel added eight in the Pillager Huskies 46-38 non-conference girls' basketball loss Monday to Onamia.
The Central Lakes Conference has named two Brainerd Warriors and two Little Falls Flyers performers of the week ending Jan. 24.
Five-goal barrage lifts Warriors
Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey coach Ty Eigner shouldn't feel bad if he ever misses another game.
Warrior girls watch breaks go to Sartell
On their own home basketball court, the breaks should go to the Brainerd Warriors.
9 is Warriors' magic number
There must be something about the number nine the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team likes.
W-DC clinches conference
WADENA -- Travis Pettit recorded a hat trick and added an assist to help the Wadena Deer-Creek Wolverines clinch the Mid-State Conference title and remain unbeaten with a 6-2 boys' hockey victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers Tuesday.
Huskies, Bears will meet with title on the line
Once again it's the Pillager Huskies and Bertha-Hewitt Bears playing for a title.
Honek, Milless lead Cards
STAPLES MOTLEY -- Michelle Honek and Liza Milless both scored 16 points to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team past the Pequot Lakes Patriots 57-42 Tuesday in Mid-State Conference play.
Pierz matmen run record to 20-2
ROYALTON -- Hank Virnig, Kyle Bednar, Jon Andres, Craig Luberts and Kyle Girtz won by fall as the Pierz Pioneers pinned Royalton with a 70-12 wrestling loss Tuesday.
ADAPTED FLOOR HOCKEY
Wolverines maul Tigers, 78-29
WADENA -- Matt Cary scored 16 points and Michael Grieme added 10 for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a 78-29 Mid-State Conference boys' basketball victory Tuesday.
Bigger Lumberjacks stomp BHS boys
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Lumberjacks outscored the Brainerd Warriors 44-30 in the second half and cruised to an 80-58 victory in non-conference boys' basketball Tuesday.
Brainerd wrestles past Alex
PILLAGER -- Brainerd wrestling coach Bob Brakke credited his final four matches as key to the Warriors' 43-22 Central Lakes Conference win over the Alexandria Cardinals Tuesday.
Meyer stonewalls Apollo in BHS win
The Brainerd Warriors acted like a different team Tuesday than the one that lost 7-3 to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in girls' hockey Dec. 11.
Candidates share information about themselves
Following is information about each of the 13 Miss Nisswa candidates.
Thirteen to seek Miss Nisswa title Feb. 6
NISSWA -- Jenna Bergin, Miss Nisswa 2003, will crown the new Miss Nisswa on Feb. 6.
The sun dipped below a windmill in Staples.
NISSWA -- Prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded in the 2004 Nisswa Winter Jubilee snow sculpture contest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory through this morning for part of northeast wisconsin...
State forecast for Iowa
.Wind chill advisory for northern and much of western iowa through
State forecast for Minnesota
.Winter weather advisory southwest this morning...
State forecast for Iowa
Wind chill advisory much of north central and all of western iowa
Weather drawing by Sam Dellacecca of Mr. Meyer's fourth grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind chill advisory this morning southeast...
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory today west and central...
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind chill warning all of north dakota this morning...
It's snowing everywhere
Weather drawing by Josh Hammermeister of Mrs. Holbrook's second grade class at Lowell school.
STAPLES TOPS MONDAY LIST
The final results are in.
State forecast for Minnesota
Wind chill warnings northwest and wind chill advisories remainder
Wisconsin state forecast
Wind chill advisory for parts of west and north today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind chill advisory this morning statewide...
YMCA offers American Heart CPR course
The Brainerd Family YMCA will offer an American Heart CPR course. This course includes CPR for infants, children and adults.
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