Mercedes' nerdy, good offering
If ever you needed a reason to shoot out the light in your garage, may I present the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350, a vivacious and elegant little ute disguised as a vandalized Subaru Forester. What's the deal here?
A driver's car on an everyman's budget
CORNWALL, N.Y. - Getting it right in the car business is no easy thing. Cars are emotional. Emotions vary with externalities. And externalities - fuel pricing and availability, driving climate, credit conditions and government regulations - are wildly variable.
David Pundt (left), Patrick Spradlin and Bob Spear of the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre production recently rehearsed the play "Born Yesterday," which will open Friday at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.
Pine River artist Karen Kersten's work will be on display at the Brainerd Public Library until March 31.
FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
"Bringing people together and giving something back."
Russ Carlyle donates arrangements to CLC
Big Band-era orchestra leader-singer Russ Carlyle donated $20,000 of arrangements to the Central Lakes College instrumental music department in Brainerd.
UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR
V-Day, fondue, chocolate cake ...
Valentine's Day is a day to open your heart and express your love and innermost feelings, not only to your sweetheart but to all those who matter in your life and are special to you. It's a perfect day to let your imagination run wild with romantic notions.
CRASHES - No injuries were reported in a one-vehicle rollover at 8:42 a.m. Tuesday at Nokay Lake Road and Crow Wing County Road 102.
Food program workshop planned for child care providers
Tammy Yttrie, area coordinator for Providers Choice, will be conducting a free food program workshop for child care providers and parents in Baxter.
CRASHES - No injuries were reported after a vehicle went off the road and into trees at 8:51 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mathias and Lone Oak roads.
Crow Wing court
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
WALKER - Sidney Donald Rice, 25, Remer, was sentenced recently in Cass County District Court for felony reckless discharge of a firearm to three days jail, was ordered to pay $85 fees and $8,339.38 restitution and placed on five years supervised probation.
Murphie Helmer and David Wagner, a girl, Jocalyn Renee, 4 pounds, 7.5 ounces, Jan. 24, 2009. Grandparents are Brian and Gail Helmer and David and Carmen Wagner. Great-grandparents are Mildred Dailey, Richard and Glenda Wilcox, Don Dechon, DuWayne and Judy Helmer and Delphine and David Wagner. Great-great-grandfather is George Stengel.
Meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
'What Freedom Means To Me'
The Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 Americanism essay contest "What Freedom Means To Me" was recently held in area fifth through eighth grades.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
Brainerd boys win in Pequot
The Brainerd fifth-grade boys' traveling basketball team won the Pequot Lakes basketball tournament Saturday, defeating Crosby-Ironton, Wadena and Staples-Motley. Team members: Arron Martin (front, left), Jake Meyer, Chris Pederson, Devon Fiedler, Kobe Ahonen, Allen Jevning (back, left), Brady Kline, Luke West and Jack Geraets. The team is coached by Keith Ahonen and Craig West.
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ALL IN THE FAMILY
Verva Kristenson, Motley, submitted this photograph of her son, Kevin Kristenson, East Chain, enjoying a T-bone steak dinner in July during a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trip.
"I love you dearly. ... Could be what this fawn is showing the doe and she is whispering it back to him. This photo was taken out my window south of Brainerd on Jan. 30." Submitted by Rose Zak, Brainerd.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park will host a special snowshoeing program Saturday.
PETS OF THE WEEK
Bear is a 10-week-old male black Lab mix. He weighs 21 pounds and has a lot of energy. Brainerd Dispatch/Heidi Lake
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 12 - 60 years ago (1949) - The Brainerd Booster Day caravan, over 300 strong, left today for the field house at the University of Minnesota. They will watch the Gophers take to the hardwoods against Iowa, but more importantly, to see their Brainerd hero, Whitey Skoog, in action.
Celebrating on a budget
If money is tight right now, the last thing you're probably thinking about is how to celebrate Valentine's Day on Saturday.
We can't afford to posture and bicker and resort to the same failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place.
County board supports effort to assist homeless
Crow Wing County Commissioners Tuesday expressed their support of an effort to alleviate homelessness in central Minnesota.
Families recall salmonella victims on Capitol Hill
Congressional representatives Wednesday saw slide show images of Army veteran Clifford Tousignant in life surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Wal-Mart cutting 700-800 jobs at headquarters
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will cut 700 to 800 jobs at its northwestern Arkansas headquarters as it builds fewer new stores this year and makes other operational changes, the world's largest retailer announced Tuesday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1989) - 80 years ago (1929) - Jacob Preston and Harold Flaata jumped 114 feet and 68 feet respectively in the senior and junior divisions of the Northwest Ski Meet in Minneapolis. Halvor Bjorngaard of Red Wing won with a leap of 124 feet. Twenty thousand people cheered the event.
In a Page 7A story Tuesday about Brainerd teacher retirements, Riverside music teacher Lauren Nickisch's name was incorrectly spelled.
Two killed in farm accident
WADENA - Two men were killed Wednesday in Orton Township in northeast Wadena County after round bales they were attempting to load onto a semi-truck rolled on top of them, the Wadena County Sheriff's Department reported.
Short stretch of 210 flooded in Crosby
CROSBY - Rain and melted snow combined early Tuesday to create the unusual sight of February flooding on a short stretch of Highway 210 near Serpent Park in Crosby.
An Ironton plant played a role in the Miracle on the Hudson
IRONTON - When a US Airways plane with 155 people on board made an emergency landing Jan. 15 on the Hudson River in New York, the pilot and his crew were hailed as heroes as everyone survived.
Jury begins deliberations in Radke murder trial
The fate of Steven Bernard Radke, the 39-year-old Emily man accused of murdering his father-in-law in June of 2007, is now in the hands of a jury of nine women and three men.
Appeals court to hear Dru Sjodin case
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. likely will focus their appeal of his death sentence on jury selection, closing arguments and the location of his trial for the killing of university student Dru Sjodin, the prosecutor says.
Radke says shooting of father-in-law was in self-defense
Steven Radke claimed it was self-defense that led him to shoot and kill his father-in-law, Darrell Buesgens, on June 20, 2007, at Buesgens' rural Emily home.
County board splits 3-2, raises permit to carry fee
A gun permit fee question, which introduced constitutional rights into the discussion, was resolved at the Crow Wing County Board meeting Tuesday - at least for now.
Walker man draws jail term in manslaughter case in Backus
WALKER - LC Wesley Armstrong, 25, Walker, was sentenced Feb. 3 in Cass County District Court to six months jail for felony second-degree manslaughter in connection with the Aug. 1 motor vehicle death of LaToya Burks at Backus.
Brainerd High students hope they can dance to state titles
"Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the lord of the dance, said he. And I'll lead you all wherever you may be. And I'll lead you all in the dance said he."
Class celebrates a good deed
Lowell Elementary School students Sophia Urbaniak (left) and Rylie Young raised their fists in triumph Wednesday upon learning that Marianne VanVickle's third-grade class and Sam Marohn's fourth-grade class each raised more than $400 to keep their principal, Todd Sauer, out of "jail," tying for most money raised by a class and nets them a pizza party. The fundraiser raised a total of $1,978.80 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which is having its annual lock-up Thursday at the Northland Arboretum. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
Their behavior is criminal, in my opinion. I want to see jail time.
County Board clarifies certification error
Crow Wing County commissioners corrected a clerical error Tuesday for the levy certification in Unorganized Territory.
Jerry K. Pugh
LITTLE FALLS - Jerry K. Pugh, 65-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
CROSSLAKE - Bill Bradley, 70, of Crosslake, died Feb. 5, 2009. Services for Bill will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6-9 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
LITTLE FALLS - Helen Juetten, age 70, Little Falls, died Feb. 8, 2009, in Little Falls. Services will be Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls with visitation from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service (southeast chapel) in Little Falls.
Bennard 'Ben' J. Lang
BAXTER - Bennard "Ben" J. Lang, 83, of Baxter, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Brainerd, Minn. Services for Ben will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. Friends are welcome to gather one hour prior. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Wendell 'Bill' W. Cassady
AITKIN - Wendell "Bill" W. Cassady, age 84, of Aitkin, formerly of Spring Lake Park, Minn., died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin.
ONAMIA - Robert Nickaboine, 39-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., died on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Onamia, Minn. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation with Lee Staples officiating. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Community Center. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
Ben Lang, 83, of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Edgewood Vista Care Center. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
LITTLE FALLS - Daniel DeRosier, age 61, resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Burl G. Boyer
Burl G. Boyer, 56, Brainerd, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
CROSSLAKE - Roger Nyberg, 76, of Crosslake, died at his home Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, with visitation one hour prior to service. Memorials are preferred.
BUCKMAN TOWNSHIP - Florence Starr, 80-year-old resident of Buckman Township, Morrison County, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Country Manor in Sartell, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Morrill, Minn., with the Rev. Antonio Marfori officiating.
Lucas J. Ewertsen
LONG PRAIRIE - Lucas J. Ewertsen, age 3, of Long Prairie, Minn., passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at his residence. A memorial service for Lucas will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn., with visitation from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday.
James J. Stout
LITTLE FALLS - James J. Stout, 38-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at his home in Little Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel.
Loretta M. Schneider
LITTLE FALLS - Loretta M. Schneider, age 94, of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Sobieski, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
MOTLEY - Alma DeGeest, age 90, of Motley, passed away at the Lakewood Health System Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Grace Elizabeth Becker
Grace Elizabeth Becker, 7-month-old daughter of Joe Becker and Becki Line, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 9, 2009, at the Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
Delores A. Gosiak
LITTLE FALLS - Delores A. Gosiak, age 77, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Harmony House in Little Falls, Minn. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Write to your lawmakers
Sen. Norm Coleman
It's a new world for the GOP
WASHINGTON - It was not all that long ago that political reporters were writing about the Republican lock on the White House. From 1972 to 1988, from Richard Nixon's re-election through George H.W. Bush's victory over Michael Dukakis, 24 states supported the GOP nominee each time.
OUR OPINION: PAY RAISES
Public officials are getting the message. Not all of them, perhaps, and not all at once, but we're encouraged and appreciative the Crow Wing County Board and the Cass County Board recently rolled back earlier decisions to grant themselves raises.
If Mary Koep thinks the elderly will be confused by roundabouts she should give up her driver's license.
We want to thank everyone who took time out of their schedule last week to join us at one of our town meetings. Your questions, suggestions and participation were very helpful to us as we begin our challenging task of balancing the state budget.
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President Obama promised Planned Parenthood (July 9, 2007) that the first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. He hasn't done it yet, but it will happen soon. This would eliminate every restriction on abortions nationwide.
Ginsburg's candor is laudable
Last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg disclosed the sad news that she is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. True to her nature, the 75-year-old justice also announced that she plans to be on the bench Feb. 23 when the court resumes hearing cases after a long winter break. Justice Ginsburg is a remarkable person, one who exhibited boundless energy during her early career three decades ago waging and winning uphill battles for women's equality. We trust that her grit and her indomitable spirit will serve her well during this difficult time.
OUR OPINION: STIMULUS
This is not the way Barack Obama wanted to start his presidency.
Spuds hand Brainerd 4-0 setback
MOORHEAD - Reid Mimmack collected 28 saves for the Brainerd Warriors in a 4-0 loss to the Moorhead Spuds in a Section 8-2A matchup Tuesday.
Road Crew win three times on the road
WADENA - Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus' Cody Schrupp finished 3-0 Tuesday to help the Road Crew sweep the Wadena-Deer Creek quadrangular.
Golden Gloves Boxing returns to the Wadena Armory this Saturday. Twelve bouts are scheduled beginning at 7:30 p.m., with boxers from Willmar, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, and Leech Lake.
Skier returns to Brainerd, qualifies for state
Gina Engel's life has been an intriguing journey.
T'Hawks bolt past Warriors
Even though starting post KB Capers didn't play because of a high ankle sprain, the Brainerd Warriors thought they had a shot to beat the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.
Mustangs gallop past Warriors
ANDOVER - The Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs shut out Brainerd for all but the last 40 seconds in a 9-1 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday.
Flyers roll again
ST. CLOUD -Riley Hirsch reached 100 career points as he tallied two goals and three assists in the Little Falls Flyers 10-2 Central Lakes Conference victory over the St. Cloud Tech Tigers Tuesday.
Raiders maintain their lead
THIEF RIVER FALLS - The Central Lakes College Raiders shot 51.2 percent from the field, 68.8 percent at the foul line, for a 58-50 North Division victory over the Northland Pioneers on Wednesday.
Warrior JV girls third, boys fourth in Frostbite Invite
TAYLORS FALLS - The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity girls' team placed third and the boys' finished fourth Tuesday at the 14th annual Frostbite Invite at Wild Mountain.
Led by Weisz, Flyers quiet Crusaders
LITTLE FALLS - Whitney Weisz tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Little Falls Flyers powered past the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders 61-49 Tuesday.
Warriors head into postseason with winning streak
PILLAGER - Brainerd's Luke Boran improved to 24-10 with his 103-pound pin and Brandon Mutz moved to 29-2 with his 125-pound pin helping the Warriors to a 41-19 Central Lakes Conference route of the Sartell Sabres Tuesday.
Bam Glover of Central Lakes College has been named the North Division men's basketball player of the week ending Feb. 7 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. Glover, a freshman from Chicago, averaged 20.5 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and made 17 of 23 shots in helping the Raiders to a 2-0 week.
Conference-leading Otters outscore Warriors
FERGUS FALLS - Nicole Godbout and Sierra Cavegn provided the fire power for the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors in a 5-2 loss to the Central Lakes Conference champion Fergus Falls Otters Tuesday.
Flyers pull sweep as LeBlanc wins 3 events
LONG PRAIRIE - Rachelle LeBlanc had a career night as she finished first in three events on her way to a 35.50 all-around score in the Little Falls Flyers 136.35-121.75 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Tuesday.
Apollo defeats BHS 81-60
ST. CLOUD - Ben Gervais scored 18 points on six three-point baskets as the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team dropped an 81-60 Central Lakes Conference game to St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday.
Don't overlook this Flyers' team or Brainerd's McAllister
The question has been asked of them all season.
LRCS falls at Target Center
MINNEAPOLIS - Shandra Zacher had 11 points, five rebounds and five steals as the Lake Region Christian Hornets lost to Maplewood Academy 39-35 Tuesday at the Target Center.
Pioneers knock off Raiders
THIEF RIVER FALLS - Whitney Langen scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray 18 and Shawna Rogalla 15 as the Northland Pioneers knocked off the North Division-leading Central Lakes College Raiders 65-51 Wednesday.
Pequot Lakes, Little Falls, Pierz win
DETROIT LAKES - Jonas Dale and Michael Ward each scored 18 points as the Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated Detroit Lakes 79-75 for a Mid-State conference victory Tuesday.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Cloudy. Chance of snow north...Scattered flurries central
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Chance
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy and breezy. Chance of light snow far northeast. Highs from the mid 30s north to lower 40s south.
State forecast for Iowa
Winter storm watch friday afternoon and evening for southwest and
Cold? Think of the tropics
Weather drawilng by Abigail Clemons in the Harrison third grade of Mrs. Meyer.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with scattered light snow or flurries. Patchy freezing drizzle possible north in the morning. Decreasing clouds south half in the afternoon. Highs from the lower 30s northwest to around 40 south.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Light snow east in the morning...Then a chance of snow
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy southwest...Cloudy elsewhere. Patchy light
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. Highs from the upper 20s northeast to the lower 40s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory southeast until noon...
Weather drawing by Jadeah Jordan in the Harrison third grade of Mrs. Meyer.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Variable cloudiness. Scattered flurries statewide this
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