Bob and Arlene Jones and Kevin Happke of The Farm on St. Mathias recently attended the Minnesota Organic Conference January 16-17 and the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference January 22-23 in St. Cloud.
Tritegy Mortgage and Real Estate Network opened an office on Washington Street in Brainerd to offer the tax service with the franchise name of Tax City out of Indianapolis.
Developer hopes free year's rent will help ease tough times
If necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, then the tough economy is providing plenty of reasons to innovate.
Itsy bitsy joins list of small business closures
Itsy Bitsy, Infant and Children's Boutique in Downtown Brainerd is joining the list of small businesses closing this year.
General store moves into the downtown
A new store in downtown Brainerd offers a little bit of everything and is aimed at affordability.
Ms. Rogers' neighborhood
She travels the Brainerd lakes area helping businesses as an economic development specialist with Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp.
Stormwater public meeting
Brainerd City Council will have a stormwater public meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Brainerd City Hall.
PROPERTY DAMAGE - Stephen Johnson Thursday reported damage to his vehicle after it hit a deer on Crow Wing County Road 3.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed the location of a theft of two guitars in Friday's paper. The theft took place at the Bridge of Harmony and not an employee's residence.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1969) - Marvin Peterson of Pine Center speared this 18-8 northern Thursday morning in 10 feet of water in Rush Lake, using a homemade blue sucker decoy, which he lost in the ensuing battle.
A donation of time right here in the lakes area
As I was watching television last night I saw an ad for an organization that was requesting money to help a child overseas. It made me stop and think about how many children in our community who need someone to help them. I am not asking you to give up a cup of coffee each day or send $32 a month. I am asking you to give the most precious thing to a child, time.
The staff of the Women's center would like to send a heart-felt thank you to all the caring and generous persons, businesses, schools, churches and service organizations that made cash and gift donations to fill our Christmas wish lists. The support that we received from you was very much appreciated.
WADENA - The Motley Area Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wadena County Historical Society in Wadena. After the conclusion of the monthly meeting, a tour and presentation of their facility will be provided.
Dairy barn destroyed by blaze
The barn destroyed by fire early Friday morning at Curt and Lori Kleinschmidt's dairy farm on Thompson Road contained more than just livestock. It contained decades of memories for Charles "Bud" and Gail Sedlachek.
TASTE OF HOME SHOW COMING
A smooth custard inside a sweet, caramelized sugar crust to devour, after of course, consuming a lower fat meal consisting of mouthwatering Greek turkey burgers with spiced yogurt sauce.
FDA: Plant knew peanuts laced with salmonella
WASHINGTON (AP) - As far back as 2007, salmonella-laced products were shipped by a Georgia peanut company that knew the peanuts probably were tainted and sometimes after tests confirmed that contamination, inspection records show.
Drinking water samples to be taken in Pine River, Pierz, Randall
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will sample drinking water supplies at sites at three area communities: Pierz, Pine River and Randall. The sampling is being done where it's possible the use of firefighting foams has resulted in perfluorochemicals seeping into to the ground.
LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Personnel Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Ag Service Center, 7118 Clearwater Road in Baxter.
Bob Turcotte kept in touch with a growing Brainerd
Bob Turcotte's "part-time" phase at the Brainerd Dispatch - from 1985 through 2008 - would amount to a full working career for many folks.
Economist: Madoff losses could cost state
ST. PAUL- The alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff will reach into Minnesota's already ailing budget, a top official said Friday.
'I lost everything I had and it has hurt me badly'
Just when a Lake Shore man expected to be able to enjoy life in retirement, his world was rocked by a financial meltdown.
Lawrence M. Skinaway
McGREGOR - Lawrence Melvin Skinaway, Azhoo shi gaabo, 51, of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at his residence.
PINE RIVER - Kathleen Peterson, age 91, of Pine River, passed away peacefully at her home Friday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2009.
Gerald Hanson D.D.S., M.P.H.
LAS VEGAS - Gerald E. Hanson D.D.S., M.P.H., of Las Vegas and Clarks Fork, Idaho, died Jan. 23, 2009, in San Clemente, Calif., after a courageous battle against malignant melanoma.
CROSSLAKE - Sue Dillon, 72, of Crosslake, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.
PINE RIVER - Carol Kline, age 76, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. She was born Dec. 25, 1932, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to William and Iola Johnson.
Mildred Julia (Perry) Howard
Mildred Julia (Perry) Howard, age 89, of Brainerd, passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Good Samaritan Society-Birchwood in Brainerd. She was born March 12, 1919, in Brainerd to Henry and Katherine (Pendergast) Perry.
Jerry K. Pugh
LITTLE FALLS - Jerry K. Pugh, a 65-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at his home in Little Falls.
ISLE - Joseph Sam, 81-year-old resident of Isle, Minn., died on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minn.
Donald J. Thomas
Donald James Thomas, age 82, of Brainerd, died Feb. 5, 2009, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. He was born on June 7, 1926, in Ironton to James and Selma (Seadlund) Thomas. He married Lois L. Johnson on Nov. 6, 1948, in Minneapolis. Donald was a retired G.H. Tennant Co. employee with 34 years of service. He was a WWII Navy veteran; a member of the American Legion Post No. 627, Nisswa, and VFW Post No. 3839, Jenkins.
Daschle withdrawal embarrassing
WASHINGTON - In a striking repetition of the up-and-down pattern of the Democratic primaries a year ago, President Obama filled one Cabinet vacancy on Tuesday but saw another one embarrassingly come open.
Good medical information often unavailable
If they're in the market for a new vacuum because the old one conked out, most shoppers will consider several models, compare features, try them out and maybe even read reviews.
How many of those who made the decision to go with the roundabouts on College Drive have driven on roundabouts? I mean, have driven on them, not once or twice, but numerous times? Be prepared for either of these two: a) More accidents on them or, b) The elderly especially, will have to seek an alternate route. I have driven on roundabouts/ traffic circles in various states, mostly in Florida and Massachusetts. Talk about having to be a "defensive driver."
OUR OPINION: COOPERATION
There's a popularly held belief among many area residents that the cities of Brainerd and Baxter are rivals that are loath to cooperate with each other.
OUR OPINION: DEMOCRACY
The recent Iraqi elections didn't receive much publicity in the American news media, a fact that might be blamed on the nation's current obsession on its economy. The lack of attention the elections received might also be attributed to the fact that, for the most part, they were successful and violence-free.
OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND
A second informal public information and input meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Central Lakes College, Room C223, in Brainerd regarding the Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment, and more specifically, the Outdoor Heritage Fund.
FROM MARLIN TO PERCH WITH MR. WALLEYE IN BETWEEN
It was like fishing for bait. Well, almost.
Four generations recently gathered were Mark Petersen, Brainerd; David Petersen, Brainerd; Jason Petersen, Denver, Colo.; Erika Gmach and her children, Ellen and Ethan, all of St. Paul; Emilie Petersen, Arizona; Amy Anderson and her daughters, Emma and Elise, all of Brainerd; Craig Petersen and daughter, Taylor, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Gary Petersen, grandfather, Brainerd; and Marie Petersen, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Nicole Teague and Chad Swecker
Nicole Teague and Chad Swecker announce their engagement.
Five generations recently gathered were Alessa and Isabelle Shanley, daughters, Waverly; Jenna Shanley, mother, Waverly; Dia Shanley, grandmother, Waverly; Jane Daigle, great-grandmother, Fort Ripley; and Delphia Wynn, great-great-grandmother, St. Louis Park.
Malorie Wyman and Brandon Adair
Malorie Wyman and Brandon Adair announce their engagement.
No surprises this time, but C-I still wins
CROSBY - It didn't create as many turnovers, but the Crosby-Ironton Rangers' defense did it again.
NASCAR: Driving head-on into economic crisis
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Brian France and the NASCAR brain trust had to have felt a twinge of jealousy as they watched another spectacular Super Bowl come to a close.
Glover's leadership works for Raiders
On Friday night, it would have been easy for the Central Lakes Raiders to have looked ahead to Saturday's matchup with Vermilion.
AREA GIRLS' BASKETBALL
PARK RAPIDS - Christina Mapson pulled down 17 rebounds to go with 12 points to lead the Crosby-Ironton Rangers past the Park Rapids Panthers 59-44 in a Mid-State Conference game Friday.
CLC tumbles in two overtimes
Looking at stats before Friday night's Northern Division matchup between 7-1 Central Lakes, and 6-2 Mesabi Range, one would have expected a low-scoring game.
NHRA: Schumacher begins quest for 7th title
Tony Schumacher is unflappable.
Sour economy snags golf courses
INDIANAPOLIS - Saddlebrook Golf Course took a look at the bottom line and decided it was time to cut some deals, offering a two-year membership for nearly 80 percent off the normal daily rate.
Flyers' Sperl spectacular in net
Michael Sperl's spectacular season has not been a one-man show.
AREA BOYS' BASKETBALL
PEQUOT LAKES - Michael Ward had 18 points and Jonas Dale 12 as the Pequot Lakes Patriots drubbed Park Rapids 78-30 in a Mid-State Conference game Friday.
PIERZ - Craig Leathers scored a 53-second pin for the Aitkin Gobblers in a 48-29 win over the Pierz Pioneers in non-conference action Friday.
Warriors lose to Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA - David Barsness stopped 24 shots in his varsity debut as the Brainerd Warriors lost to the Alexandria Cardinals 3-0 in Central Lakes Conference play Friday.
Padgett competing in World Games
MINNEAPOLIS - After months of practice and preparation, Mike Padgett of Brainerd is competing in the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho.
State bowling tourney at Jack's House
The American Legion state bowling tournament is scheduled Feb. 28 at Jack's House in Brainerd.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Crosby-Ironton senior and Brainerd Warrior girls' soccer player Britta Nelson signed a National Letter of Intent to play next year with the St. Cloud State University Huskies.
JV boys' hockey loses to Alex
Alexandria defeated the Brainerd Warriors 5-1 in junior varsity boys' hockey Friday.
Warriors split with Apollo, Tech
BAXTER - Brandon Mutz and Jessen Franzen each won two matches as the Brainerd Warriors split with St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech in Central Lakes Conference action Friday at Forestview Middle School.
Sophomore boys win
The Brainerd sophomore boys' basketball team beat Willmar 47-42 Thursday night.
Lakers, Twisters compete
The Brainerd Lakers and Twisters competed in Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association meets Jan. 31 at Menomonie, Wis., and Jan. 25 at Park of Cottage Grove.
Binger saving best for last
Molly Binger is excited it's February.
Gophers to retire Skoog's jersey
Former Brainerd High School standout Meyer "Whitey" Skoog will have his uniform No. 41 retired Feb. 22 at halftime of the Minnesota Gophers men's basketball game against Northwestern at Williams Arena.
The Nation's Weather
Heavy rain and possibly thunderstorms were expected in Southern California and Arizona on Saturday as a storm moves across the Southwest. Nevada and Utah were to get snow, with a couple of inches possible in the mountains. The precipitation was to arrive in Colorado and New Mexico late in the day, in the form of snow for Colorado and rain and snow for New Mexico.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy except sunny southeast early. A few light snow showers northwest this morning. Becoming breezy and not as warm. Highs in the 20s northeast to the upper 40s south.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 40 far north to 65 far south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch in effect for douglas county from monday afternoon through tuesday morning...
A broken heart
Weather drawing by Spencer Lofgren in the Lowell second grade of Mrs. Larson.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Winter storm watch in effect monday afternoon into tuesday
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
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