Conference to look at health issues
LITTLE FALLS - Focused on the hot topics of community health, the Initiative Foundation and eight partners will host a regional leadership conference called Minnesota Oomph! on March 6 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.
Homecrest, the former outdoor patio furniture manufacturer in Wadena, has new life.
Session takes close look at Crosslake job trends
CROSSLAKE- Will area companies be able to capture employee knowledge before baby boomers retire?
Brainerd lakes area business news
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) The home of pioneer fur trader Clement Beaulieu rolled into Crow Wing State Park Thursday, 108 years after it left. The house, believed to be the oldest structure in the region, was built at the site of the village of Crow Wing about 1849.
Morrison County, Baxter meeting agendas
More area agendas
Crosby native Ryan Taggart is furthering his education in law enforcement through an internship with the Nisswa Police Department.
Opportunities for February
Adult Volunteer of the Month
I volunteer because I enjoy people and I am a project person, I want to see my end results and still if possible stay involved with that project. I also volunteer in the Pequot Lakes area because when we moved to Pequot the community was very good to us and I said after that I would repay the community in any way I could.
Child in Need
With all of the new adult partners who have come on board during our mentor recruitment drive, many children who have been on our waiting list have found adult friends.
Youth volunteer of the month
I volunteer because I like to make a difference in my community.
The Good Samaritan Society Bethany Auxiliary meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the community room.
Brainerd School District pulls box of ground beef
The Brainerd School District had one isolated box of ground beef that officials immediately placed a hold on after state officials told Minnesota schools not to serve the meat that came from a California company accused of animal cruelty.
WASHINGTON -Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., said Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture has increased money for forest management for the Superior and Chippewa National forests by $2 million above what was initially projected.
"We really work hard to earn the confidence and trust of the whole Brainerd-Baxter area."
There's still a stigma
In an age when many mistaken attitudes about medicine have gone the way of the doctor's house call, mental illness continues to be a biological impairment that's misunderstood.
After slim defeat, WHA to try again
The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District's operating levy referendum failed Dec. 4 by a mere 18 votes.
Super Tuesday: Where to caucus in Crow Wing County
Good turnout expected for Minnesota caucuses.
Revved up for Super Tuesday
Today may belong to Super Bowl fans but political junkies all across the country are looking ahead to this week's Super Tuesday when more than 20 state primaries and caucuses take place in this presidential election year.
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AITKIN - Myrtle Weston, age 109, of Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, Royalton and Little Falls, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minn.
Scott (Anderson) Dodge
MINNEAPOLIS - Scott (Anderson) Dodge, age 55, resident of Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in Minneapolis. Scott was born on Feb. 13, 1954, in Brainerd to Norman and Marjorie (Carr) Anderson. Scott was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Navy.
William K. Butcher
LITTLE FALLS - William "Bill" Butcher, age 86, of Little Falls, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Paul Wolf, age 68, made his transition Jan. 22, 2008.
Marion F. Hines
Marion F. Hines, age 78, resident of Brainerd, died Jan. 31, 2008, at the Edgewood Vista. Marion was born on April 1, 1929, in Brainerd, Minn., to Elmer and Mary (Carner) Hines.
Irene J. Coddington
LITTLE FALLS - Irene J. Coddington, age 86, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
William Victor LeFebvre
PINE RIVER - William Victor LeFebvre, 81, of Pine River, Minn., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at Good Samaritan Home in Pine River.
Irene M. Petraborg
ARDEN HILLS - Irene M. Petraborg, age 91 years, resident of Arden Hills, Minn., passed away on Jan. 30, 2008.
How can a recent writer to Vox Pop be critical of the Crosby-Ironton teachers' raise of 0 percent the first year, 0 percent the first half of the second year, and 3 percent the second half of year two? I feel bad for teachers who continue to be bashed in this community. They deserve our thanks for a thankless job.
Minnesota fishing report
Where are the fish biting?
The Garrison Wildlife Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its fourth annual ice-fishing tournament Feb. 23 on Garrison Bay on Lake Mille Lacs.
What else is there to look forward to? Plenty
No, I did not get on the prize-winning board at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza this year. Next year, definitely.
Baratto-Sawyer wedding planned
Katie Baratto and Kendall Sawyer announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and DeAnna Baratto, Breezy Point, and Delaine Sawyer, Princeton, and Donn Sawyer, Mora. A May 24 wedding is planned in Crosslake.
Kacie Foster and Russell Arbuckle were married Jan. 19, 2008, at Wisteria Hideaway in Lufkin, Texas, with Calvin Barns officiating.
April Marie Serani and Ryan Phillip Damlo were married Oct. 13, 2007, at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Don Talafous, OSB, officiating.
Newland-Thompson wedding planned
Stephanie Newland and Blaine Thompson announce their engagement. Parents are Peter and Beth Newland, Elk River, and Bruce and Cynthia Thompson, Brainerd. A Feb. 9 wedding is planned in St. Paul.
Pohl retirement open house
Pat Pohl has retired after 30 years with the Crow Wing-Cass County USDA-Farm Service Agency. There will be an open house for her from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter.
Mogensen-Armstrong wedding planned
Sarah Jo Mogensen and Isaac Armstrong announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Kelly Jo Mogensen, Brainerd, and Dan and Susan Armstrong, Pine River. An April 12 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Schreyer-Silgjord engagement announced
Laci Marie Schreyer and Brandon Leonard Silgjord announce their engagement. Parents are Paula and Craig Ronning, Two Harbors, and Steve and Valerie Schreyer, Two Harbors, and Bruce and Lori Silgjord, Motley. An Aug. 30 wedding is planned at Maple Island Park in Little Falls.
Moore 95th birthday
Pitt-Oseland engagement announced
Mackenzie Pitt and Josh Oseland announce their engagement. Parents are Colleen and Dennis Pitt, Brainerd, and Joan and Richard Oseland, Nisswa. A May 3 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church with a reception at Breezy Point Resort.
Peterson-Hardie engagement announced
Melissa Peterson and Kyle Hardie announce their engagement. Parents are Rick and Linda Peterson, Granada, and Dave and Joan Hardie, Breezy Point. A March 8 wedding is planned in East Chain.
AITKIN - Jordan Chouanard, Keith Wasserzieher, Dalton Stevens, Craig Leathers, Matt Christensen and Nathan Cummings all won by fall for the Aitkin Gobblers as they defeated the Little Falls Flyers 42-27 in non-conference wrestling Friday.
Warriors muscle past Alex in boys' basketball
A 35-second shot clock might have been the best thing that could have happened in this game.
McAllister, Mueller lead Warrior girls to third
BEMIDJI - Hannah McAllister placed fourth and Katherine Mueller seventh as the Brainerd Warrior girls' Nordic skiing team finished third at the Bemidji Invitational on Friday.
Chaska outshoots, outscores BHS in girls' hockey
CHASKA - Jess Bye scored the lone Brainerd goal, short-handed at 4:24 in the second period, as the Warriors lost to Chaska 4-1 in non-conference girls' hockey Friday.
Local sports shorts
ONAMIA - Former Minnesota Vikings players will be among the participants in the Arctic Blast celebrity poker tournament at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events and Convention Center.
W-DC's Lepper leaps to the top of the list
Matt Lepper is his own worst critic.
Area girls' basketball
CROSBY - Sam Stanfield and Megan Zillmer tallied 13 points apiece as Crosby-Ironton trounced Park Rapids 60-24 in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Kempenich leads Flyer girls to victory in Nordic skiing
BEMIDJI - Melissa Kempenich led a pack of five Little Falls Flyers skiers that finished in the top 10 to propel the Flyer girls' team to a first-place finish at the Bemidji Invitational on Friday.
Area boys' basketball
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Bryce Tesdahl scored 21 points to become the all-time leader in Crosby-Ironton basketball scoring Friday as the Rangers captured a 97-70 semifinal victory over Milesmac in the Canadian Wit Tournament on Friday.
Zillmer finds creative ways to score points
Megan Zillmer is as fast as a quarter horse and as prominent as a Kentucky Derby entry when she steps onto the basketball court.
State forecast for North Dakota
Rest of today...Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries west and Central. Areas of fog southwest. Partly sunny east. Highs around
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Patchy dense fog southwest in the morning.
Hitting the slopes
Weather drawing by Jake Meyer of Mr. Meyer's fourth-grade class at Lowell Elementary.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today and tonight...Mostly cloudy northeast to partly cloudy southwest. Highs around 20 northeast to near 40 southwest. Lows from 8 to 17.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Periods of light snow or flurries. Highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Tonight...A chance of evening light snow northeast...Otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Lows 5 to 10 northwest to the low 20s southeast.
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