Horsepower is up from last year
Buyers still cant get factory-installed leather seats inside Honda's entry-priced sport utility vehicle. But they can finally get carpeting.
Saley lays down the law in mock trial
Brainerd High School senior Megan Saley plays a lawyer on the mock trial team. But she doesn't plan to become one in real life.
Favorite play: "Cabaret"
NISSWA - Papa John Kolstad and Clint Hoover will perform a Grassroots Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nisswa Community Center.
Nine Brainerd students make state orchestras
Six Brainerd High School students and three mid-level students have been selected to state orchestras.
No sibling rivalry here
Shane and Brianna Keran have been familiar faces in recent years on the sets of Central Lakes College plays, but the Brainerd siblings' acting careers go back a lot further.
He's not the pizza house founder, but musician Papa John Kolstad plans to deliver tasty tunes at the latest Grassroots Concert. Along with harmonica master Clint Hoover, he'll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nisswa Community Center. Tickets are $10-$15.
A man of his mantra
Phillip Mentor has been living in America for a quarter century, but the Trinidad and Tobago native's enthusiasm for his adopted country hasn't waned a bit. The singer is so passionate you'd assume he had just landed at Lady Liberty's feet.
W-DC earns starred rating
ST. PAUL - Wadena-Deer Creek High School was one of five Class A schools to earned a starred performance rating at the State One-Act Play Festival on Feb. 8 at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Favorite play: "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
AITKIN - Ajit K. Das, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, will give a lecture on French novelist Marcel Proust, "How Proust Can Change Your Life," at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Aitkin Public Library.
Brainerd native produces 'Living with Ed'
Joseph Brutsman, a 1978 Brainerd High School graduate, is the producer of HGTV's "Living with Ed," a reality series that shows how actor Ed Begley Jr. and his family lead environmentally friendly lives.
Festival of the Arts planned in Pequot
PEQUOT LAKES - The 25th annual Festival of the Arts will be at 5:30 p.m. March 15 at the Pequot Lakes School gymnasium.
Birthdays, buns and lots of fun
Birthday parties can be a big event for a young child, but they also are a fun occasion no matter how old you are.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
BAXTER - The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a chimney fire at 7:57 a.m. Wednesday at a house at the 10,000 block of Blue Herron Drive, near Red Sand Lake in Baxter. The fire caused minimal damage to the chimney, the fire department reported. The house was not damaged.
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
Brian Bakeberg and Judy Sawyer, Brainerd, a boy, Michael Edward Bakeberg, 8 pounds, 9 ounces, Jan. 26, 2007. Grandparents are Bruce and Kelly Sawyer, Pillager, and Ralph and Patty Bakeberg, Brainerd.
The Brainerd Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at Brainerd City Hall.
PILLAGER - Dave Puetz of Advanced Building Systems in Pillager was designated as Enercept Building Systems' 2006 Builder of The Year.
LAKES AREA SENIOR
Road-rage suspects stopped at gunpoint
A road-rage incident involving the reported brandishing of a handgun sparked significant law enforcement response Thursday near Central Lakes College.
Advice on aiding veterans offered
Be supportive and patient when a veteran returns home, to work or to college and has to transition back to civilian life.
Carbon monoxide an invisible killer
HACKENSACK - Carbon monoxide. You can't see it. You can't smell it. It could kill you.
Flag of honor
From Fallujah to Brainerd.
Mushing at the Special Olympics
Maury Duval drove his sled dog team Thursday at the Region Five Winter Special Olympics at Confidence Learning Center. In the sled were Hannah Keranen and Krystal Gallagher, who were bundled up against the cold weather on Sylvan Lake. About 220 students and staff gathered at the camp for the silver anniversary of the event.
Ila Bogucki is a spitfire grandma and St. Joseph's Medical Center's volunteer extraordinaire.
The Aitkin County Sheriff's Department on Thursday night was investigating reports of a possible plane crash on the east side of Mille Lacs Lake near Isle.
Without major precipitation in the Brainerd area, the extreme drought conditions that plagued the area in 2006 likely will persist this year.
A special day of winter fun
Atreyu Goeschel of Garfield Elementary School finished her snowmobile ride with Paul Norland of the Merrifield Marathons snowmobile club Thursday at the Region Five Winter Special Olympics at Confidence Learning Center.
Woman nearly a carbon monoxide victim
HACKENSACK - Shirl Calder came close to dying of carbon monoxide poisoning earlier this month as she sat in her warm rural Hackensack home while temperatures dipped below zero outside.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 15 - 100 years ago (1907) - January's payroll is said to have been the heaviest in the history of the Brainerd Shop. It amounted to over $65,000. There were 26 working days in January and everyone worked that month.
Waiting and hoping
Isiah Johnson, 9, got comfortable while fishing on Rice Lake Wednesday with a group of fourth-grade students from Garfield and Whittier elementary schools in Brainerd. Dozens of parents and other volunteers from both schools helped with the setup and supervision of the event. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
30 years and holding
My grandfather worked for the same company after World War II for more than 30 years before retiring when he was barely 60. He basically worked his entire career with one employer.
Brainerd Area Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays invite the public to view "Call Me Malcolm" at 7 p.m. Monday at the Northland Arboretum.
COMING SUNDAY IN BUSINESS/MONEY
An Emily business takes a design on paper and manipulates metal to create products serving a range of customers from the
"I think when people hear me they'll know I take this very seriously, I take their family's lives very seriously."
Malynda Addison, 9, was bundled up in heavy clothes Wednesday for an afternoon of ice fishing on Rice Lake in Brainerd. About 80 students from Garfield and Whittier elementary schools in Brainerd took a field trip to the lake for Valentine's Day. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
This was Brainerd
Shiny, shimmering and glowing are words enough to describe a Brainerd Kixter. With hoops of tinsel in hand and a broad smile across the faces of many, the Kixters will perform one of their notable routines Feb. 18 at the National Dance Team Championships in Orlando Florida.
Lorraine H. Hemmila
McGREGOR - Lorraine H. Hemmila, age 78, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at the Sunnyside Care Center in Cloquet, Minn.
ONAMIA - Wesley Dahlgren, 95-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at the Onamia Alliance Church with Pastor Joe Boeringa.
Ida Olson Fischer
Ida Olson Fischer
Jeanette M. Schaefer
PIERZ - Jeanette Marie Schaefer, age 88, of Pierz, Minn., passed away on Feb. 15, 2007, at Pierz Villa in Little Falls.
FERGUS FALLS - Nellie Westerberg, 94, a resident of Fergus Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at the Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls. Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls.
Sexton O. Swenson
LITTLE FALLS - Sexton Olaf Swenson, age 82, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Matie L. Nicol
MOTLEY - Matie Leah Nicol, age 99, of Motley, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, just four days from her 100th birthday. She was a resident of Harmony House at Motley. She was born on Feb. 17, 1907, at Dexter. She was married to Walter David Nicol for nearly 50 years.
Benjamin J. Rush
LITTLE FALLS - Benjamin J. Rush, age 19, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at his home in Little Falls. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Little Falls with Pastor Bobbie Loukinen officiating. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 8-10 a.m. at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, East Chapel, in Little Falls. A prayer service will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
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ST. CLOUD - Patricia Fischer, age 73, of St. Cloud, and formerly of Pine River and Pequot Lakes, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at St. Cloud Hospital. She was born Sept. 16, 1933, in Chisholm, Minn., to Fred and Louella (Jackson) Venning. Pat served in the U.S. Navy as a Fleet Marine Corpsman during the Korean conflict. She was past commander and very active member of the Pequot Lakes Legion.
PINE RIVER - Gloria Norman, age 82, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Minneapolis to Lyle and Violet (Hallin) Stimson. She graduated from Minneapolis South High School. Gloria was very musically talented. She played many instruments and also taught piano lessons. She also enjoyed rug weaving and gardening and loved to enter her exhibits at county fairs. She served for many years on the Bi-County CAP board, was a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau Association and a longtime employee of the Pine River Journal working in advertising sales and newspaper production. She also volunteered as a senior citizen driver.
Eva M. Reddick
LITTLE FALLS - Eva M. Reddick, age 91, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away on Feb. 13, 2007, at Pine Grove Manor in Little Falls, Minn.
Lillian A. Ryden Nelson
BAXTER - Lillian A. Ryden Nelson, age 90, of Baxter, Minn., and past owner of Wilderness Trailer Park and Resort of Crosslake, Minn., passed from life to life eternal on Feb. 8, 2007, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Maja C. Petrie
Maja C. Petrie went to be with God on Feb. 13, 2007.1
Mary Lou K. Munson
Feb. 17, 1928 - Feb. 11, 2007
ST. CLOUD - Patricia Fischer, 73, of St. Cloud, formerly of Pequot Lakes and Pine River, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at St. Cloud Hospital.
It's sad to see the direction our new Congress has taken in the war in Iraq and the war on terror. How soon these people forget the lessons 9/11 taught us, such as appeasing terrorists will eventually come back to us with devastating results.
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Rep. John Ward
Open Forum: Vox Pop is similar to a suggestion box
In the paper today (Wednesday) I noticed a letter stating Vox Pop was a terrible thing to put in a newspaper. One of the comments by the writer from Deerwood was that (reporters) "identify sources whenever feasible." I partly agree with that statement. Except when you have a complaint against a landlord keeping his property up and you list your name you can be sure you will in some way suffer. If you have a complaint against a company or a local political person or party you may speak out more if your name is kept confidential.
Send a message to Washington, D.C.
Sen. Norm Coleman
OTHER OPINION: HIGH SCHOOL
When it comes to high school athletics in Minnesota, the philosophy of Plato has been missing for quite some time.
Did the conservative writer just come out of hibernation of the last six years of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, DeLay, Pawlenty, Sviggum, Blaine, Gazelka, et al.? Where have you been while your conservatives have mislead people?
Last September, President Bush used the leverage of a midterm election to pressure Congress into granting his administration broad powers to detain, interrogate and try "enemy combatants" in the war on terrorism. The hastily considered bill had many flaws, but perhaps the most serious was a provision stripping foreign detainees of the right of habeas corpus, by which they could appeal their detentions, their treatment or the fairness of their trials to U.S. courts. With Congress under their control, Democrats have the chance to correct this serious breach of liberty. They should move quickly.
The Parish Nurse peer group will meet at noon Tuesday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Experience the resurrection victory
As we enter into the weeks leading to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we observe what is known as the Lenten Season or the time of Lent.
The Way of the Cross'
A former Brainerd resident who grew up attending St. Paul's Episcopal Church has donated a collection of artwork to the church.
Rudbeck's hat trick paces BHS' 6-0 win
WAYZATA - Ethan Rudbeck had a hat trick and Nathan Puchalla scored two goals in the Brainerd Warriors' 6-0 adapted floor victory over Wayzata on Thursday.
Bates leads Brainerd to fourth-straight win
COLD SPRING - Megan Bates led all scorers with 23 points and five assists in the Brainerd Warriors' 73-66 Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball victory over the Rocori Spartans on Thursday.
BHS boys ski to milestone
Brainerd finished fifth, one place higher than the 1999 Warrior girls' team, in Thursday's state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Staples-Motley tops Pillager
STAPLES - Brittany Miller had 16 points and the Staples-Motley Cardinals received point production from 11 players in a 79-54 non-conference girls' basketball victory over Pillager on Thursday.
The Brainerd Warriors have been seeded fifth in the Section 8-3A wrestling tournament and will meet No. 4 Sauk Rapids-Rice at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals at Elk River.
Brainerd's Tyner keeps winning titles
Competing on an international stage set the stage for Justin Tyner.
Little Falls girls' team flies back to state
Experience, confidence and familiarity with the course are why Terry Wasland believes his team can crack the top three.
Brainerd Alpine skiing heads to state
Following the most successful boys' Alpine skiing season in program history, the Brainerd Warrior boys' team makes its first state appearance Thursday.
Frazer's late goal tops Tech
ST. CLOUD - Center Joe Frazer scored with 1:10 remaining to lift the Brainerd Warriors past the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 5-4 in their final Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey game of the season Thursday.
M8 pool makes push in Brainerd lakes area
You choose the night. You choose the format. You choose the location.
Playoffs on hold for CLC after loss
THIEF RIVER FALLS - Entering Wednesday's game against the Northland Pioneers the Central Lakes College women's basketball team was clinging to the fourth and final playoff spot. A win would almost ensure the Raiders a trip to the postseason.
Phillips scores 30
NORTHFIELD - Jake Phillips of Brainerd scored 30 points, including a school-record 7-for-7 from three-point range, as Carleton lost to Macalester 81-77 in MIAC men's college basketball Wednesday.
Warriors' Tyner, Stadem ready for their final race
Justin Tyner and Hans Stadem will wear blue and white Brainerd Warriors Nordic skiing attire for the final time Friday.
Raider win-streak snapped
THIEF RIVER FALLS - For the past month the Central Lakes College men's basketball team has been unbeatable, winning nine straight games. And Wednesday the Raiders were looking for a little revenge on the team that last beat them, the Northland Pioneers.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Blizzard warning far southwest late morning and afternoon...
State forecast for Iowa
...Snow and blowing snow advisory for portions of western and
Weather drawing by Claire Gunsbury of Mrs. Larson's second-grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for S.D.
Wind chill advisory far southeast through mid morning thursday...
State forecast for South Dakota
Freezing rain advisory west this morning...
State forecast for Iowa
Wind chill advisory in effect this morning for portions of
State forecast for Minnesota
...Snow and blowing snow advisory for parts of far southwest this
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. A chance for lake effect snow showers near lake superior in the morning. Highs 9 to 17.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of light snow far west and northwest. Highs 15 to 20. Tonight...Cloudy. Light snow likely south. A chance of light snow or flurries elsewhere. Lows 5 to 10 north and teens south.
State forecast for N.D.
Wind chill advisory this morning for the southwest and north for
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Sunny. Highs around 5 northeast to around 12 south.
Weather drawing by Kelsie Imgrund of Mrs. VanVickle's third-grade class at Lowell school.
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