Elements of success
PILLAGER - Nalrah Hicks has an infectious laugh, a strong work ethic and a driving desire to help other women reach their goals.
Sandy Smith was brought in as a full partner with the family owned Kurilla Real Estate.
'It's a huge market'
Entrepreneurs can find a huge customer base in China, according to a Brainerd native who knows the Asian business world.
BAXTER - Jim Kron joined Midwest Bank in Baxter as vice president, commercial lending.
Back from the past
A memorial park plan promises to return an important chapter of Cuyuna Range history.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Meets at 7:30 p.m.
Colts win! Or no, its dah Bears
Another NFL season comes to a close. Find out who survives Super Sunday. Will it be the Bears? The Colts? Does Peyton Manning have the monkey permanently off his back?
From art to the outdoors, a Pillager businesswoman sees a future, particularly when it comes to working with other women.
Crow Wing County meetings
NISSWA - Real estate agents with Positive NORTH GMAC Real Estate in Nisswa recently received Medallion Awards for 2006.
This is the most expensive option. Total expense, which typically runs into the thousands, depends on variables such as replacement materials used, bathroom size and how the existing tiles were installed.
Out of the pink
Rhonda Cadogan loves the one-bedroom condo she bought in Silver Spring, Md., in the fall of 2005. But she hates the bathroom.
'A huge accomplishment'
Unlike the title character of their play, Brainerd High School Drama students aren't imagining things: They are going to the Section 8-2A finals of the one-act play competition. It marks the school's first trip to sections in at least 10 years.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
AITKIN - Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative building, east of the intersection of Highways 169-210 in downtown Aitkin. "Apples For Our Area" will be presented by Dave Gilbertson. People interested in growing apples and area gardeners are welcome to attend this special meeting. Hostesses are Arlene Freeman and Kathy Sydnes.
This was Brainerd
100 years ago (1907) - Crow Wing County has some hale and hearty old people. Among them is Ole Erickson Strand, living in Maple Grove, close to Garrison, he will be 72 years old, yet he walked to Brainerd, a distance of 16 miles, Thursday afternoon.
Aitkin, W-DC, W-H-A also advance
Along with Brainerd High School, three other area schools have advanced to their section one-act play competitions.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Brainerd - Monday B Nutri-grain bar, fruit, milk. L Chili in a bread bowl, fresh veggies, string cheese, applesauce.
3 1/2 Table Howell Movement. MaryJane Janacek and Mona Gorham, 27; Don and Pat Chilgren, 27; and Phyllis DeRosier and Mark Anderson, 26.
State Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson announced his appointments to the newly established Dairy Profitability Advisory Committee. The 14-member committee, including Greg Blaine, producer, Little Falls, is charged with recommending ways to maximize dairy profitability efforts and improve the competitiveness of Minnesota's dairy industry.
ST. PAUL - Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, proposed a bill calling for a study on how to implement a statewide health plan purchasing pool and design a "fee-for-service" reimbursement system.
From snow woes to low lows
A paltry snowfall total of 3 inches this year contributed to the continuation of a dismal snow season this winter the DNR office in Brainerd reported.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 4 - 80 years ago (1927) - The B.H.S. five whitewashed the Motley aggregation last night 37-2, the opponents getting their lone cager during the third quarter.
Perfection spells victory for Brainerd 8th-grader
Brainerd eighth-grader Jillian Anderson won herself a trip to Washington, D.C.
"I don't want to be out in the first round. After that, it'll be all good."
Lights, cameras ...
Just like in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, traffic management cameras are being installed at major Brainerd area highway intersections
'I knew what it was'
In the Brainerd Dispatch's coverage of the disaster, longtime miner Mat Kangas was reported to be working about 400 feet from the shaft when the wind blew off his hat and extinguished his miner's light. The breeze or suction stopped, and Kangas relit his lamp and went back to work. Then the wind came again, along with a roaring sound.
Nonresident anglers face fee increase in N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. - A proposal to increase fees for nonresident anglers in North Dakota would be a nightmare to administer, say officials and business people who sell fishing licenses.
Winter's bite is back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With her rosy cheeks and red nose peeking out from under her hat, Lil Hipp smiled as she walked her dog, Meischa, around the neighborhood Friday.
Jumping rope for a cause
Family of Christ Lutheran School kindergartner Tony Senn jumped rope Friday in the school gymnasium. Thirty-six students at the school jumped rope to raise funds for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular disease research. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Merging on highway project
PEQUOT LAKES - A consortium of organizations will join together as one voice to represent businesses impacted by the proposed four-lane expansion of Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes.
A 25-year-old Brainerd woman, who was a passenger in a car that was involved in a rollover Monday on Crow Wing County Road 4, south of Breezy Point, has died.
Jail project serving as blueprint
Skeptics were sure a collaboration between two counties in a single jail project was doomed to dissension.
Its not an encouragement to turn it into the Wild West or to give them an excuse to shoot people.
'Like time forgot ...'
CROSBY - Nearly 83 years ago, a disaster of terrifying speed claimed the lives of 41 miners near Crosby. About 4 p.m. on Feb. 5, 1924, a surface cave-in of six or eight feet at the Milford Mine's easternmost end brought the waters of Foley Lake rushing into the mine. Forty-eight men were working that afternoon shift. Seven made it up the ladders of the mine's single shaft to the surface with muddy water rising behind them almost to the top of the shaft. The disaster took minutes. Recovery of the bodies took months.
Dorothy G. Stokke
BAXTER - Dorothy G. Stokke, 83, of Baxter, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Kristoffer McKusky officiating. Family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. Interment will follow services at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley.
LITTLE FALLS - Ralph Peterson, a 61-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at his residence in Little Falls. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Robert R. Goodrich
BAY LAKE - Robert Richard Goodrich, age 80, of Bay Lake, formerly of Austin, died on Feb. 2, 2007, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born on April 1, 1926, in Minneapolis to John and Eleanore (Swansen) Goodrich.
Carl E. Brezinka
SOBIESKI - Carl E. Brezinka, 76-year-old resident of Sobieski, Minn., passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2006, in Bellevue Township. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
LITTLE FALLS - Alexander "Babe" Deering, 76-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
Irene C. (Berggren) Salo
CAMBRIDGE - Irene C. (Berggren) Salo, age 83, of Cambridge, Minn., formerly of Aitkin, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at the Cambridge Medical Center in Cambridge.
Patricia A. Christensen
Patricia Ann Christensen, age 70, resident of Brainerd, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center after a long struggle with lung disease. Patricia was born in Brainerd Sept. 2, 1936, to Elmer and Mae (Finch) Hopps. She was a lifelong resident of Brainerd and worked at a variety of Brainerd businesses. She called herself a "tough old bird."
BREEZY POINT - Dennis Buell, age 66, of Breezy Point passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007.
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Jerry J. Foran
FORT CALHOUN, Neb. - Jerry J. Foran, age 71, of Fort Calhoun, Neb., passed away Jan. 16, 2007. He was born in Spencer, Iowa, to John and Hilda Foran. In 1954 he joined the Army and was stationed mostly in Germany. He lived many years in Brainerd, Minn., working for the airlines and raising his family.
Thomas A. Madsen
AITKIN - Thomas A. Madsen, age 69, of Aitkin and formerly of Columbia Heights, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the Riverwood Healthcare Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Guest column: Reverse Wright Street decision
Two property owners requested the extension of Wright Street. The Brainerd City Council decided the two property owners would pay the construction cost of approximately $1.2 million.
I think we could dramatically cut down on the number of colds and flu if people would quit coughing and sneezing into their hand. As an employee at the hospital I can tell you that there are signs all over telling you to cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. And, remember to wash your hands frequently.
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Open Forum: Recalls, firings needed in Brainerd
Recently, a friend from a Los Angeles suburb of 10,000 and I were comparing city leadership and the usurping of taxpayer money. In that California city, the voters recently gathered 2,000 signatures on a referendum petition to prohibit destroying the historic center of town with multi-story buildings, exceeding the present two-story limit. Now signatures are being gathered for the recall of those leaders intent on destroying taxpayer trust. The California attorney representing those taxpayers wrote the following to me:
OUR OPINION: ACCESSIBILITY
If you're sitting at a computer keyboard Tuesday afternoon your access to Jerry Walseth, Brainerd School District superintendent, is only few keystrokes away.
OUR OPINION: SCHOOL STARTS
The Minnesota Legislature can't resist tweaking with school starting dates.
Just hunting dogs
In a few weeks my dog Axel, a male Deutsch Drahthaar, will be 7 years old. He's my fourth dog, and his upcoming birthday reminded me about times I've shared with him and his past "brothers."
No crappies in Red Lake trip
A friend an I did our semi-annual pilgrimage to Upper Red Lake last week. We had a good time once again. Reports from numerous folks said the walleye fishing was automatic and that crappies were going, too. How could we pass that up?
Groundhog Day tradition continues
February is mid-winter. Special events this month help save one's sanity, stave off cabin fever and keep us from goin' round the bend. But with recent mild winters I no longer fear winter's duration, bitter breezes and snow.
Kristen Terrio and Jeffrey Michel were married Aug. 26, 2006, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Andrew Smith officiating.
Jessica Fradette and Brett Layman announce their engagement. Parents are Rick and Mary Fradette, Fall Creek, Wis., and Bob and K. Sue Layman, Eau Claire, Wis. A May 12 wedding is planned at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Amy Reckinger and Jerome Borden announce their engagement. Parents are Kim and Deb Reckinger, St. Paul, and Cliff and Deb Borden, Merrifield. A June 23 wedding is planned in St. Paul.
Suzanne Torgerson and Rori Tulenchik were married Jan. 16, 2007, in Las Vegas.
Five generations recently gathered were Trevion Ronta Williams, son; Nichole Albertson-Johnson, mother; Lisa K. Johnson-Albertson, grandmother; Kay M. Johnson, great-grandmother; and Byron H. "Red" Clifford Sr., great-great-grandfather.
Karen Weijanen and Shean Fritts were married Oct. 14, 2006, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester.
Lynn Lundblad and Shawn Welty were married Oct. 7, 2006, in Las Vegas.
Kathy Woitalla and Eric Halbert announce their engagement. Parents are Ed and Gloria Woitalla, Pierz, and Bruce and Nancy Halbert, Thief River Falls. A March 1 wedding is planned in Maui, Hawaii.
Jennifer Straughn and Jeffrey Rikala were married Sept. 9, 2006, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Cedarbrook, Aitkin, with Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte officiating.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ kicks off its 2007 weekly forums with a presentation at 11:15 a.m. Sunday by member Kaylo Brooks on the local Interfaith Hospitality Network that will provide housing, meals and transportation for people in need by several congregations of various denominations.
The persecuted church
Have you ever noticed how small our world is getting?
Homeless in central Minnesota
Homelessness is a growing problem in central Minnesota.
New Pathways opening here to serve homeless families
What was once known as the Morrison County Interfaith Hospitality Network is now moving north, changing its name, but not its focus.
Pettit, Wolden reach milestones
WADENA - Wadena-Deer Creek's Jascha Pettit reached 200 career points with a goal and an assist while Justin Wolden's goal in the third period gave him 100 career points as the Wolverines fell 4-2 to Morris-Benson in non-conference hockey Thursday.
Small shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes at two depths: 15 to 22 feet or 28 to 38 feet on lakes such as Gull, North Long, Whitefish and Round.
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association first-year Ice Mites red and gray teams faced off in a hockey game between periods of the Brainerd High School game Thursday at the Civic Center.
BHS, businesses score with tables
The decision was a no-brainer.
Pohlkamp receives Jason Fitterer Memorial Award
Matt Pohlkamp is the 2007 recipient of the Jason Fitterer Memorial Award.
Festler's hat trick powers Flyers in win
WILLMAR - Jared Festler had a hat trick and two assists in leading the Little Falls Flyers to a 7-0 victory over Willmar in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey Friday.
BHS boys take second
BIWABIK - Zach Skogen led all Brainerd Alpine skiers with a time of 1:17.60 to finish in fourth place as the Warriors boys' team placed second and the girls' team finished in fourth place at the Grand Rapids Invitational Thursday.
Huether scores 30 in Brainerd defeat
MOORHEAD - Kayla Huether scored 30 points as the Brainerd Warriors lost to the Moorhead Spuds 82-72 in Section 8-4A girls' basketball Friday.
Warriors cruise past FF
FERGUS FALLS - Elle Adams opened the scoring off an assist from Jess Bye and the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team went on to defeat the Fergus Falls Otters 5-1 in a Central Lakes Conference contest Thursday.
Flyer Sanoski soars high
There is a sense of Flyer pride in everything Brianna Sanoski accomplishes.
C-I's Tesdahl nets 30 in win north of border
WINNIPEG, Manitoba- Crosby-Ironton's Bryce Tesdahl put on a clinic as he scored a game-high 30 points, including six 3-pointers, to go along with 10 assists as the Rangers downed Sisler 96-75 in the Winnipeg Invitational Thursday.
Chouanard is Aitkin's kingpin
What does a king of pins do?
MSHSL board approves new transfer rule
BROOKLYN CENTER (AP) - The Minnesota State High School Leagues board of directors unanimously decided on Thursday to tighten restrictions on varsity athletes who choose to transfer schools.
Zillmer helps C-I cruise past Park Rapids 59-37
PARK RAPIDS - Megan Zillmer poured in 26 points for Crosby-Ironton in the Rangers' 59-37 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Lumberjacks ax Pats
BEMIDJI - Despite 21 points from Mindy Howard and 12 from Robin Soukup the Pequot Lakes Patriots lost 61-57 to the Bemidji Lumberjacks in a non-conference game Thursday.
Sabres stun Warriors 45-44
SARTELL - Michael Carlson sank two free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift the Sartell Sabres past the Brainerd Warriors 45-44 in Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball Friday.
BHS stonewalls Jacks
Landon Snider rises to the occasion virtually every time.
The facts surrounding the herpes outbreak in wrestling
The announcement of the statewide shutdown of wrestling on Tuesday has resulted in a great deal of publicity and questions involving the sport.
Round Two of the Polaris championships at Brainerd International Raceway will be televised on the Speed channel at 2 p.m. Saturday and rebroadcast at 3 a.m. Feb. 7.
U-10 girls' team wins second tournament
The Brainerd Warrior girls' U-10 hockey team won the championship in the Grand Rapids Star of the North Tournament Jan. 26-28.
Fisher helps Pequot bounce back
PEQUOT LAKES - Jesse Fisher scored 26 points as the Pequot Lakes Patriots bounced back from their loss to Staples-Motley with a 98-49 non-conference victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers on Friday.
Warriors slip past Willmar
WILLMAR - In a back and forth, see-saw swimming and diving meet, the Brainerd Warriors slipped past the Willmar Cardinals 98-87 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Warriors blank Maple Grove
Nathan Puchalla had a hat trick and two assists to lead the Brainerd Warriors past Maple Grove 7-0 in adapted floor hockey Friday at Riverside Elementary School.
Gutsy Thesing lifts Warriors
Threes and ties.
Puchalla leads Brainerd
PLYMOUTH - Nathan Puchalla tallied five goals and Tyler Theien scored a goal just five seconds into the third period to lift the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team to a 7-5 North Conference victory over Robbinsdale Armstrong Thursday.
At center ice with former Warrior Tim Conboy
Former Brainerd Warrior Tim Conboy has experienced ups and downs in his hockey career.
Willmar ices Flyers
LITTLE FALLS - Jaci Laporte and Kaitlyn Gerads each scored two goals for Little Falls as the Flyers stumbled against the Willmar Cardinals 11-5 in Central Lakes Conference play Thursday.
Weather drawing by Payton Edevold of Mrs. Schmidts third-grade class at Eagle View Elementary.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Wind chill advisory for much of the state this morning...
State forecast for Iowa
Wind chill advisory through noon monday for the north half of
Bracing for the cold
Weather drawing by Drue Fletcher of Mr. Meyer's fourth-grade class at Lowell School.
State forecast for S.D.
Wind chill advisory west and south central through noon today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind chill advisory statewide through the morning...Then continuing in the northeast and north central through the day...
State forecast for Minnesota
Dangerous wind chills from 25 to 40 below zero across the state
The Nation's Weather
Light snow was forecast Friday across much of the Northeast as a low-pressure system moves up the eastern seaboard, while an Arctic blast was anticipated in the Northern Plains and Midwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Wind chill warning late tonight through monday morning for parts of north central wisconsin...
Thunderstorms sweep through central Florida, killing at least 2 people, authorities say
TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms tore through central Florida early Friday, damaging homes, causing power outages and killing at least two people, authorities said.
Wisconsin state forecast
Wind chill advisory into saturday for the far northwest...
State forecast for North Dakota
...Wind chill advisory today through saturday night...
State forecast for N.D.
Wind chill warning east through this evening...
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