When Andy Larson speaks to a group, he asks how many planned and researched a vacation during the year. Then he lowers the reality hammer.
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Wausau Paper reports $20.4 million in earnings
Wausau Paper reported a 2004 earnings increase of 29 percent to $20.4 million.
Monica L. Gerberding of Widseth Smith Nolting was elected to the Geographic Information Systems/Land Information Systems Consortium Board.
Airport to offer fourth daily flight to Twin Cities
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport will gain a daily afternoon flight this spring.
Monday B Cereal, yogurt or string cheese, fruit or juice, milk. L Hamburger/bun w/toppings, oven fries, orange wedges, sherbet cup, milk.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Brainerd firefighters respond to alarm
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire call at 5:32 a.m. Thursday at Northern Orthopedics in Brainerd. The cause of the alarm was a faulty smoke detector.
Darcy Richard Wrobleski, 37, Long Prairie, was sentenced for a lesser-included gross misdemeanor theft to 87 days jail served.
Cabin is comfortingly close to home
Space where the family van used to be parked is now a cozy up north cabin.
NISSWA -- Bill Rickmeyer joined the staff at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Nisswa as a sales associate.
Safe chimney leads to a happy house
The fire may be delightful, but remember that it can be dangerous.
Many thanks to our north Brainerd neighborhood snow angel, Gene Teufert, who gives of his time and effort to clear the neighborhood's sidewalks of snow and goes the additional extra mile to help others faced with mountains of snow in their driveways as well as their sidewalks. You make winter so much easier to bear and generate the neighborhood spirit single-handedly. Thanks so much.
Lonely third-grader has long list of interests
What struck me first was the wide, warm smile and her willingness to get acquainted. Rae clutched a handmade "You are cool" valentine and proudly shared it with me.
YMCA hopes Fitness Challenge will help preserve resolutions
Have you been sticking with your New Year's resolutions to get healthy and lose weight?
Son becomes Baxter link to Ohio death row case
BAXTER -- Sean Richey said it's not totally his dad's fault that he has not seen his son for most of his 19 years of life.
Birthday party turned into a fund-raiser
Drew Sannes didn't want any boy in his third-grade class at Riverside Elementary School in Brainerd to feel left out, so he asked his parents, Jay and Brenda Sannes, if he could invite all the boys in his class to his birthday party.
Mediation session planned
CROSBY -- Negotiators for Education Minnesota Crosby-Ironton and the Crosby-Ironton School District will meet with a state mediator Monday in an effort to settle the teachers' contract and avert a strike.
"I know my dad wants to see me. I'd like to see him, too."
Two students from Thailand will reveal facts about their homeland at a Cultural Thursday event at Central Lakes College. Look for a preview of their talk.
Study reflects benefits of property tax reform
The Minnesota Taxpayer Association released a 50-state property tax comparison study this week that said progress continues to be made in reducing the state's business property tax burden compared to the rest of the country without significant increases in homeowners' taxes.
More than 140 teachers have accepted their nominations and completed the required candidate materials to become eligible for the honor of 2005 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 28 - 40 years ago (1965) - One of the coldest temperature readings in a decade was recorded here this morning when the thermometer registered a paralyzing -41 degrees. The town taxi had every available vehicle working this morning and still had trouble keeping up with the flood of calls.
Beach Day limbo
Nisswa Elementary Kindergartner Haiden Rothwell did the limbo before heading back to class at Nisswa Elementary School Friday. Every January the school has "Beach Day" where all students can dress in beach attire to give a little relief from the long cold winter. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
CASS LAKE -- A multiagency emergency rescue exercise will be conducted from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday on the ice and in the waters of Cass Lake sponsored by the Cass County Sheriff's Department and Cass Lake Fire Department.
Kinship Partners board named for 2005
The 2005 Kinship Partners board was chosen at a recent board meeting. Jim Voiss, vice president of finance for Acrometal Management Cos., was elected president. Miranda Anderson, marketing specialist at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, was named vice president.
Student lands a star for class project interview
When Laura Craig decided to interview someone for her class project on radio broadcasting, the eighth-grader from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School aimed high.
"I had stuff I needed and I didn't really need any more toys and games. I just wanted to help people so that other people got what they wanted."
Howes calls for new facility at Aw-Gwah-Ching
WALKER -- State Rep. Larry Howes Friday told Cass County commissioners and a boardroom full of people interested in Ah-Gwah-Ching's future he introduced a bill Thursday calling for a new state forensic nursing home to be located at Ah-Gwah-Ching near Walker.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - The head cold and flu seasons have arrived right on schedule. Schools are experiencing increased absenteeism, drug stores, are having a run on cold and influenza remedies and a few have been hospitalized in the Brainerd area.
Ralph 'Red' Bundy
HACKENSACK -- Ralph "Red" Bundy, age 78, of Hackensack, died on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, N.D. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hackensack.
Charline L. Miller
STAPLES -- Charline Lucille Miller, age 84, of Staples, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005. Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m., in Staples United Methodist Church. Burial will be later in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends Saturday after 10 a.m. at the church.
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Forrest H. Skeesick
Sept. 21, 1925 -- Jan. 20, 2005
Allene Herman, age 74, formerly of Staples, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, her daughter's home in Brainerd. A memorial open house will be Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, from noon to 2 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Home in Staples with a commemorative service at 1 p.m.
AITKIN -- Robert Kyar, age 65, resident of Aitkin, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at his home.
AITKIN -- Beverly Wood, age 58, of Aitkin, died on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, in the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from noon until the time of services on Monday.
Brandon J. Misquadace
McGREGOR Brandon John Misquadace, native name: Be mwe wii dung, age 22, of McGregor, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at McGregor.
Joyce Fargo, 81, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
Timothy L. Houle
LITTLE FALLS Timothy Lee Houle, 30-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, in Hubbard Township, Polk County, Minn.
Robert R. Kyar
AITKIN -- Robert R. Kyar, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at his home in Aitkin, Minn.
Robert 'Bob' J. Schultz
LITTLE FALLS -- Robert "Bob" J. Schultz, 79-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services for Robert "Bob" Schultz will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Little Falls Alliance Church. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the Little Falls Alliance Church.
LITTLE FALLS -- Gilbert Kapsner, 87, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
ROCHESTER -- The memorial service for Harley Knutson will be at noon Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the Rev. Chris Brekke officiating. The body was cremated.
Robert Lien, age 66, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. Robert was born on Oct. 11, 1938, in Gardner, N.D., to Earl and Alice (Cowell) Lien.
Marjorie E. Behrens
BROWERVILLE -- Marjorie Elizabeth Behrens, age 77, of rural Browerville (Sylvan Shores), died Wednesday evening, Jan. 26, 2005, at the Staples Hospital. Services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.
Andrew L. Waltz
Andrew L. Waltz, age 94, resident of Brainerd since 1945, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Andrew was born on May 20, 1910, in Canby, Minn., to Lemual and Mary (Michels) Waltz. He had been a member of St. Francis Parish and St. Andrew's Parish. He retired in 1975 from the maintenance department of the Minnesota State Highway Department. He married Marjorie Kuhlman in Milford, Iowa, on June 14, 1938.
LITTLE FALLS -- Paul Rudnicki, 86, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Ruth L. Zarns
LITTLE FALLS -- Ruth Lillian Zarns, 91-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Swanville, Minn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Joyce M. Olson
LITTLE FALLS -- Joyce Marie Olson, 69-year-old lifelong resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at her home in Little Falls. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, at First Lutheran Church.
OUR OPINION: BAXTERS TAX
Minnesota's "no new taxes" concept can be taken too far.
Everywhere you drive, the cars are filled with the magnetic signs, "support our troops." There, of course, is overwhelming "support" for our sons and daughters who are caught in this war. Unfortunately, the purchase of this sign has rarely supported our soldiers. A few local calls have revealed that the American Legion has sold some of these through local businesses and the proceeds do go locally to the families of troops in Iraq. Calls to two national chains reveal what the cynics might have suspected--proceeds are kept for profit.
OTHER OPINION: TRAIN WRECK
The emergency response to Wednesday's commuter train wreck on the border of Glendale and Los Angeles was everything the region could have hoped for. All those earlier rehearsals, some in preparation for possible terrorist attacks, paid off.
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Open Forum: Meth programs on TV Sunday night
Sunday, 1/30 there will be two consecutive shows on Twin Cities Public TV on the meth issue. At 7 p.m., "Meth -- Shadow Across America" will air, followed by "Life After Meth," a show about treatment and recovery. The shows are produced by Hazelden Foundation and Twin Cities Public Television.
Ski Gull Patrol recognized nationally as one of the best
The Ski Gull Patrol is an integral part of the sixth-grade skiing program. Patrol members help with instruction and provide first aid if needed.
Finally, after much driving around, a sighting of a great gray owl in area
Before I tell you about my local owl viewing, let me share with you the Minnesota Ornithologists Union's web report on the current owl influx.
It's a good thing every weekend isn't this busy
It was the busiest weekend of my life and I wasn't sure if I would weather the storm.
NISSWA -- For many area sixth-graders it's the most anticipated school day of the year, a day when they feel the wind in their hair and they go faster than they can run. They might even see their teacher take a header.
The largest irruption of northern owls ever documented is occurring in Minnesota this winter. The owls are moving south due to a lack of food in Canada and northern Minnesota. Increased sightings have been reported in Carlton, Aitkin, and Pine counties.
Proposal calls for tougher OHV penalties
State lawmakers unveiled legislation Jan. 20 that calls for stiffer penalties for off-highway vehicle riders who damage public and private lands. Supporters say the legislation would protect Minnesota's outdoors by reigning in repeat offenders and deterring future violators.
Carrie VanSickle and Shawn Rakowski announce their engagement. Parents are Terry VanSickle, Pillager, and Judy VanSickle, Brainerd, and Mike and Joyce Rakowski, Brainerd. A July 23 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Howard and Donna Aspholm recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Nov. 14, 1964, in Brainerd.
Gerald "Jerry" and Rosemary "Rosie" (Korsten) Wagner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Brickyard Bar in Pierz. The event will be hosted by their sons. They were married Feb. 7, 1955, in Hillman.
Shannon Eich and Matthew Wentzel announce their engagement. Parents are Ken and Debbie Eich, St. Cloud, and Dave and Jeri Wentzel, Baxter. An April 16 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Molly Schoepf and Rick Adams were married Aug. 20, 2004, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis with Father Robert Gillespie officiating.
Richard and Linda Sypnieski, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 4, 1965, in Brainerd.
Five generations recently gathered were Samantha Humphrey, daughter, Rosemount; Laurie Humphrey, mother, Rosemount; Pat Hinds, grandmother, St. Cloud; Annamay Koering, great-grandmother, Brainerd and Lakeland, Fla.; and Marian Pickar, great-great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Bridgette Marie Horn-Wyffels and Earl Thomas Brown announce their engagement. Parents are William and Bianca Wyffels, Pillager, and Earl and Shauna Brown, Chinook, Mont. A Sept. 3 wedding is planned at the Wyffels' ranch with a reception to follow.
Sarah Bach and Tom Bergs Jr. announce their engagement. Parents are Laurie Bach, Staples, and Curtis Bach, Spicer, and Tom and Roxanne Bergs, Browerville. An Oct. 5 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Sarah Janzen and Joe Emery announce their engagement. Parents are Hugh and Debbie Janzen, Aitkin, and Jerry Emery, Aitkin, and Joni Schauer, Edina. An April 30 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.
Jenna Marie Re and Kristoffer Lind Pederson announce their engagement. Parents are Joe and Melinda Re, Lake Shore, and Scott and Sue Pederson, Pequot Lakes. A March 16 wedding is planned in Zihuatenejo, Mexico.
Elizabeth Meschke and Kirk Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Brenda Meschke, Pequot Lakes, and Dr. Robert and Joyce Larson, Roseau. A Feb. 18 wedding is planned in Scottsdale, Ariz., with a March 12 wedding reception planned in Pequot Lakes.
Tara Freese and Ryan Brinkman announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Marian Freese, Deerwood, and John and Mary Jo Brinkman, Avon. An April 23 wedding is planned in Collegeville.
Deerwood Baptist Church activities
Take time to listen
Last week I ran across this little story that has made the rounds. A mother and her small daughter were discussing the dolls in a department store. As they looked at each doll, the child asked, "What does it do?" The mother would answer, "It talks," or "It wets," or "It cries."
Is the Bible from God or man?
The Bible presents a problem to mankind. Shall we believe this Book, or belittle it? Shall we endorse it, or ignore it? Shall we follow it, or fight it?
Stoll, Huskies hammer Henning
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies improved to 6-3 in the conference and 14-4 overall with a 73-41 triumph over the Henning Hornets in Park Region Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Sneep scores four in win against Lumberjacks
Carl Sneep is on a roll.
WARRIOR GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Kayla Huether and the rest of the Brainerd Warrior girls' basketball team had the green light to fire away and that's what happened.
Pettit boosts W-DC
Dustin Postell and Zach Henry also tallied for the Wolverines, who improved to 13-5-2.
Stach excels in basketball
Raiders forward Courtney Stach leads the Central Lakes College women's basketball team in scoring this season.
Hot racing on the ice
BAXTER -- Last weekend, Jason Tarkington was gripping an ice fishing pole among more than 9,000 anglers participating in the 15th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Hole-in-the Day Bay on Gull Lake.
Warrior skiers win CLC title
Spurred by first- and second-place finishes by Rebecca Mueller and Hanna Stadem, the Brainerd Warrior girls' Nordic ski team captured the Central Lakes Conference championship for the ninth time in the meet's 11-year history Thursday.
Pierz sweeps quad
PIERZ -- Tanner Tetrick and Jon Andres won all three of their matches by fall as the defending Class 1A state champion Pierz Pioneers registered three victories in their dual meet quadrangular Friday.
Brainerd skiers sweep
Since it was the Brainerd Warriors Alpine skiing Invitational at Ski Gull it was fitting that it was an all-Warrior day Thursday.
It's all downhill from here
Every year about 1,000 sixth-grade students from area schools learn how to ski at Ski Gull. For some the lessons have led to a lifetime of enjoyment.
Green is first Lake Region girl to score 1,000 points
When Lindsey Green started playing varsity basketball she didn't realize scoring 1,000 career points would be such a big deal.
Brainerd swamps St. Cloud Apollo
ST. CLOUD -- Tim Lange won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and was also a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team leading the Brainerd Warriors boys swimming and diving team to a 104-77 victory over St. Cloud Apollo Thursday.
Lumberjack Jaunt expects increased attendence this year
With a lack of snow in the 21st century the Lumberjack Classic cross country ski race in Brainerd has suffered.
Patriots down rival Pine River-Backus
PINE RIVER -- Jesse Fisher tossed in 20 points and Chris Johnson added 11 for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 59-36 victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Thursday.
Sixty-two-year-old Gene Baron, (right) said he tried everything possible to get around Jason Wgeishofski Jan. 23 in the Studded Class feature. Wgeishofski finished third. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood
No. 2 Willmar topples BHS
WILLMAR -- Zach Eastman led Brainerd with 10 points as the Warriors fell to the Willmar Cardinals 51-38 in a Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball matchup Friday.
W-DC beats Staples-Motley
WADENA -- Kenny Steffens of Wadena-Deer Creek improved to 23-3 with a win at 119 pounds and Tanner Richards improved to 22-4 at heavyweight for the Wolverines in a 48-30 triumph over the Staples-Motley Cardinals in Mid-State Conference wrestling Thursday.
Superbikes take a hike
It's official. AMA Pro Racing announced Friday the Brainerd International Raceway 2005 Superbike Championship round, tentatively scheduled June 25-26, has been removed from its schedule.
Three third-period goals lift Flyers past Apollo
LITTLE FALLS -- A wild third period saw Little Falls upend St. Cloud Apollo 3-1 Thursday night in Central Lakes Conference action.
Lundgren's free throws lift C-I
PARK RAPIDS -- Chelsea Lundgren made two free throws with five seconds left to give the Crosby-Ironton Rangers a 53-52 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in a Mid-State Conference girls' basketball game Friday.
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Brainerd gymnasts tumble to Tech
Both the Brainerd Warriors and St. Cloud Tech Tigers gymnastics teams were on a collision course this season.
Pequot Lakes improves to 17-0
BEMIDJI -- The second-ranked Class 2A Pequot Lakes Patriots remained unbeaten as Teresa Parker scored 28 points in a 48-32 victory over the Bemidji Lumberjack on Tuesday.
Atkinson leads Flyers past Alex
LITTLE FALLS -- Danielle Atkinson won all four events and the all-around title as the Little Falls Flyers slipped past the Alexandria Cardinals 139.925 to 136.6 in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics Friday.
Puchalla scores four goals in loss
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nathan Puchalla did his best to keep the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team in the game as he scored four goals and had one assist despite falling 7-5 to Minneapolis South on Thursday.
Gobblers know they can count on Wasserzieher on the mat
The way things were going for B.J. Wasserzieher it was going to be a boring week.
BHS ends regular season with win
SARTELL -- Alyssa Lewandowski had a hat trick as the Brainerd Warriors shut out the Sartell Sabres 5-0 in Central Lakes Conference girls' hockey Friday.
Broadcaster says there is no place he'd rather be
Glenn "Chico" Resch has been cross country skiing.
Crunch will entertain during halftime and throughout the second half. He will be available for autographs following the game.
In the Brainerd Lakes area:
Play, not pay, is 'Mercenaries' payback
It's rare when a game comes along with a title that says exactly what it's about -- and in only one word.
Thai students to discuss homeland at CLC cultural day
Two Thai teens attending Central Lakes College in Brainerd will present the Feb. 3 Cultural Thursday program in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
Favorite Vacation Photo
This photo of Eileen Henderson, Brainerd, and her two daughters, Laura Herman and Ruth Gmeinder, was taken outside of Cairo, Egypt. After Cairo, they flew to Answan, Egypt, and cruised the Nile River for five days.
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Old time logging demonstration to be held at Itasca State Park
Discover the good ol' days' of early horse logging at Itasca State Park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 as 'lumberjacks' demonstrate old time logging methods.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of light snow late northwest. Highs in the mid to upper 20s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of light snow late northwest. Highs in the mid to upper 20s.
Winter Storm to Cause Major Travel Problems, Power Outages in the South for Friday-Sunday Period
STATE COLLEGE, PA January 27, 2005 AccuWeather.com Winter Storm Center meteorologists expect a winter storm will bring enough snow and ice to a large area in the South to cause travel difficulties and power outages.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy. Chance of freezing drizzle or light snow in the
State forecast for N.D.
This afternoon...Partly sunny northeast. Cloudy west and south.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Winter weather advisory southeast this morning...
State forecast for Minnesota
...Winter weather advisory in effect this morning parts of west
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Cloudy with areas of light snow east. Mostly cloudy west. Highs from around 30 far east...To the mid 40s southwest.
Weather drawing by Jackie Caughey in the Lowell fourth garde of Mr. Meyer.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Weather drawing by Jade Heidt in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Cloudy. A chance of light snow or flurries. Highs in the
State forecast for S.D.
Saturday...Cloudy with areas of fog. A chance of light snow in the east. Highs in the low and mid 30s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Areas of very light snow and freezing drizzle across northern wisconsin. Highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
State forecast for Iowa
Rest of today...Cloudy. Light snow likely northwest and southeast
Ski Gull reports snow depths of 1 to 3 feet
Ski Gull officials reported snow depths of 1 to 3 feet Friday and all runs open. Less than an inch of snowfall had been reported between Thursday and Friday afternoon.
For those who have had previous diabetes education at St. Joseph's Medical Center's Diabetes Resource Program, there will be a refresher course from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in the Kerst Room.
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