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.
Monica L. Gerberding of Widseth Smith Nolting was elected to the Geographic Information Systems/Land Information Systems Consortium Board.
Wausau Paper reports $20.4 million in earnings
Wausau Paper reported a 2004 earnings increase of 29 percent to $20.4 million.
Airport to offer fourth daily flight to Twin Cities
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport will gain a daily afternoon flight this spring.
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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.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Darcy Richard Wrobleski, 37, Long Prairie, was sentenced for a lesser-included gross misdemeanor theft to 87 days jail served.
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.
"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."
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
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.
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.
YMCA hopes Fitness Challenge will help preserve resolutions
Have you been sticking with your New Year's resolutions to get healthy and lose weight?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LITTLE FALLS -- Paul Rudnicki, 86, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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LITTLE FALLS -- Gilbert Kapsner, 87, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at St. Gabriel's 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.
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.
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 R. Kyar
AITKIN -- Robert R. Kyar, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at his home in Aitkin, Minn.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard and Linda Sypnieski, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 4, 1965, in Brainerd.
Molly Schoepf and Rick Adams were married Aug. 20, 2004, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis with Father Robert Gillespie officiating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Howard and Donna Aspholm recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Nov. 14, 1964, in Brainerd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pettit boosts W-DC
Dustin Postell and Zach Henry also tallied for the Wolverines, who improved to 13-5-2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Broadcaster says there is no place he'd rather be
Glenn "Chico" Resch has been cross country skiing.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Cloudy. A chance of light snow or flurries. Highs in the
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
State forecast for N.D.
This afternoon...Partly sunny northeast. Cloudy west and south.
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.
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 S.D.
Saturday...Cloudy with areas of fog. A chance of light snow in the east. Highs in the low and mid 30s.
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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