The older the better
BAXTER -- Josh Jay enrolled in the two-year auto body course at St. Cloud Technical College but left after only a year and two months.
Studebaker set the standard for standard
You can't say Studebaker wasn't trying to get the most from their dollar in the 1940s, especially with their M5 half-ton pickups.
C-I first-graders back at school
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton School Board members and the C-I teachers' union negotiating team worked until the early morning hours Thursday to attempt to reach a settlement in the C-I teachers' strike.
BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL B HONOR ROLL
The following students were named to the B honor roll at Brainerd High School
MISSISSIPPI HORIZON HONOR ROLL
Grade 6 Natalie Brown, Grace Bymark, Katy Etterman, Briana Gangelhoff, Greta Gilbertson, Chelsey Hanson, Alexander Hardenberg, Rachael Howard, Grace Larson, Allison Moyer, Nathan Olson, Cody Platta, Tara Saley, Michael Smith, Siri Smith, Courtney Tusler, Lance Zetah.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
BAXTER -- The Dallas Brass will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Forestview Middle School Cafetorium in Baxter.
COMING NEXT WEEK
It's Friday night in the Brainerd lakes area. Do you know where your kids are? They're probably at Movies 10 at Westgate in Baxter catching the latest hyped-up Hollywood offering.
LITTLE FALLS -- Jeremy Sanoski will return to his rock 'n' roll roots with a CD-release concert for his second album, "Somewhere in the Middle," 7 p.m. Sunday at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.
Central Lakes College play is 'shaping' up
Central Lakes College's character drama "The Shape of Things" is a contemporary story of love, sex and art set in a small college town. The production runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Monday-Wednesday in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
Elementary Honors Choir rehearsal
Members of the Brainerd School District Elementary Honors Choir rehearsed Monday in the choir room at Brainerd High School under the direction of Mike Smith, BHS choir director. To recognize Music in Our Schools Month, the 90-member choir will perform along with the Brainerd High School choirs 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Area thespians aim to get the job done this week at Central Lakes College and Pequot Lakes Community Theatre. The modern commentary "The Shape of Things" will be staged 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Monday-Wednesday at CLC's Dryden Theater on the Brainerd campus. Tickets are $5.
Eager to learn
Brainerd High School senior Julie Boone learns something new every day in advanced television production class.
Make your own burritos to freeze
This week I would like to share with you a very tasty recipe for Beef and Bean Burritos. They are so much better than the frozen ones you can buy, and are so quick and easy to make.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to what turned out to be a false alarm Wednesday at Washington Middle School, 804 Oak Street. A smoke detector was set off by a smoke machine being set up in the auditorium.
One person was injured in a two-vehicle collision about 6:45 p.m. Monday on Highway 18, three miles east of Brainerd, the State Patrol reported.
FUN WITH FLEECE
A group of Brainerd teens discovered that making fleece blankets is not only fun, but highly addictive.
Brainerd FFA Chapter celebrates FFA week
The Brainerd FFA Chapter's 75 members are celebrating FFA week.
Backus American Legion donates nearly $25,000 to various causes in 2004
BACKUS -- Donations to education, civic and community organizations, local governments and veterans health care from the Backus American Legion's charitable gaming program totaled $24,910 in 2004.
A benefit chili feed for Scott Etzler, 29-year-old son of Mark and Phyllis Plattner of Leader and grandson of Bud and June Etzler of Motley, will be 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ten Hi in Motley.
Mille Lacs Band celebrates 150th anniversary of its reservation
ONAMIA -- Tuesday, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1855, which created the Mille Lacs Reservation.
Implementation of comprehensive plan reviewed
WALKER -- Some of the citizens who helped develop the Cass County Comprehensive Plan in 2002, department heads and the county board Friday reviewed progress the county has made toward implementing the plan.
Ready, aim, fire!
An M1-A1 Abrams tank from the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 194th Armor, fired a round Monday during the 2005 Norwegian Exchange firepower demonstration at Camp Ripley. Photo/ Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood, 135th MPAD
Changes to land use ordinance outlined
The Cass County Environmental Services Department will receive public comments 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Pine River Community Resource Center and Thursday at the courthouse in Walker on proposed changes to the county Land Use Ordinance.
Department heads talk about changes in their offices
WALKER -- Each Cass County department head told commissioners about changes occurring within their department and future projects.
Photographer captures sites along the scenic byway
Paul Stafford, photographer for Explore Minnesota Tourism, formerly the Minnesota Office of Tourism, spent two days in early February tromping around and exploring the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway with Lynn Scharenbroich, Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association chair.
Comprehensive plan progress wide ranging
WALKER -- Progress made the last two years to carry out Cass County's comprehensive plan has been wide ranging.
Staples Community Foundation advisory board members named
STAPLES -- The Staples Community Foundation, a component fund of the Initiative Foundation, has five new members on its advisory board -- Charles Mayer, Jim Jeziorski, Tim Rice, Jim Vogel and Cory Detloff.
Gift of books
The Emily Charter School library houses books given to the Esther J. Horsager Memorial. These represent new books Sharon Beaman, Horsager's granddaughter, bought for the library with recent monetary gifts.
Becky Bontjes, a mental health therapist from Cornerstone who works with children, will provide insight into helping deployed soldiers' children deal with the separation.
Mediation held for first time since strike; first-graders expected back
While Crosby-Ironton School Board members and its teachers' union negotiating team met for the first time since the teachers' strike Wednesday night, C-I first-graders prepared to return to school Thursday morning.
The Minnesota Army National Guard's 834th Aviation Division Support rifle team fired a 21-gun salute Tuesday during interment services for Sgt. Jacob L. Pfingsten of Baxter at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley. Pfingsten died while on military duty Feb. 12 at the University of Regensburg, Germany, after a short illness. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood
This was Brainerd
100 years ago (1905) - Bane's Meat Specials: Beef steaks 10 per pound, Beef pot roast, 8 per pound, beef boiling or stew 5 per pound.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1965) - Four-hundred-thirty men and officers from the 2nd battalion, 136th infantry, of the 47th Viking Division are undergoing winter training at Camp Ripley this week and next in conjunction with the Polar Strike Expedition which is under way in Alaska.
City supports media collaboration effort
The city of Brainerd will support the LAKES Media Collaborative.
Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc on Tuesday said investigators still are seeking the motorist who struck and seriously injured a pedestrian Jan. 14 at Washington Street and 13th Street Southeast.
Moon must serve at least 17 years for killing brother
James Moon Jr. will serve at least 17 years in prison for the 2002 murder of his brother, Billie Jo Moon.
Walters disappointed with criticism of Koering
Disappointed with recent actions by the Human Rights Commission, Crow Wing County Board Chairman Gary Walters said he would like an explanation for their recent actions.
Little Falls School Board weighs budget options
Even though taxpayers in the Litle Falls School District passed a referendum to increase the district's general education revenue for the next 10 years, the district still faces declining enrollment, state mandates and the cost of inflation.
C-I girls unsure about playing
The Crosby-Ironton girls' basketball team is on the bracket sheet to play Blackduck in the Section 7, Class 2A tournament Thursday in Blackduck.
"For me the chance to find out what exactly happened to my son is over. For so many families of firefighters, our sons and husbands have disappeared into death."
Honor guard, law officers on hand for Pfingsten's rites
LITTLE FALLS -- Three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters flying in formation at tree level, a "sharp" Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard and more than 30 law enforcement officers from several agencies standing in a line.
Jeanette Rydberg, a child development instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, received an honor accorded by the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children.
LF students to get libraries and pool back
Students in Little Falls are getting their libraries and pool back.
The worst intersection
And the winner for worst intersection in Brainerd/Baxter is: Northwest Fourth Street and Washington Street.
"Where have you gone? I had a lot of plans for you."
Shoreland debate part of statewide conference to be held March 2 in Brainerd
In an effort to advance talks about shoreline land-use and regulation, Initiative Foundation and Explore Minnesota Tourism will host a statewide conference titled "Sharing our Shores -- The Future of Commercial Shoreland in Minnesota."
Officials consider restarting classes
Crosby-Ironton school administrators have been calling parents, asking them if they would be willing to send their children to school if the district hired substitute teachers to teach them.
Rhythm of the Rails still wants to acquire 'the hole'
Despite a setback, Rhythm of the Rails still wants "the hole" to call home.
Not as bad as it looked
Confusion reigned at the end of Monday's marathon Brainerd City Council meeting.
Board considers hiring P&Z staff supervisor
In order to foster greater coordination with the planning and zoning department, Crow Wing County commissioners Tuesday proposed a change.
John W. Cusey
PINE RIVER -- John Wesley Cusey, age 84, of Ansel Township, rural Pine River, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born July 7, 1920, to William and Frances (Kirkpatrick) Cusey in a log cabin his dad had built in McKinley Township west of Backus.
Richard 'Dick' Lueken
Richard "Dick" T. Lueken, age 80, resident of Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Dick was born and raised in Stillwater. He served as a Seabee in the Navy during WWII. He married Elizabeth Mae Holmes in Scandia, Minn., Sept. 12, 1948. He was a member of First Lutheran Church and a lifetime American Legion member.
Myrtle C. Rockvam
HIBBING -- A private funeral service for Myrtle Clara Rockvam, 88, Hibbing, formerly of Fish Trap Lake, Cushing, Minn., will be Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. The Rev. Ramon Olson will officiate. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.
PIERZ -- Florence Nagel, 89-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the Pierz Villa Nursing Home in Pierz, Minn. Funeral arrangements for Florence are pending with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, Minn.
John P. Newton
NISSWA -- John Paul Newton, age 91, resident of Nisswa, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at his home. He was born in Gage, Mont., on April 6, 1913, to Ardie and Harley Newton.
Bertha C. Kaler
CAMBRIDGE -- Bertha C. Kaler, age 86, former resident of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at the Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
PINE ISLAND -- Eleanor Magnuson, 85, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island, Minn.
NISSWA -- John Newton, age 91, resident of Nisswa, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at his home.
Jean L. Woods Wang
OLEAN, N.Y. -- Jean Lorene Woods Wang, of 2093 Haskell Rd., passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, in the Olean General Hospital in Olean, N.Y.
Barbara Lind Buettner
PEQUOT LAKES -- Barbara Lind Buettner, age 74, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., went peacefully at the home of her daughters on Feb. 21, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.
EMILY -- Rosetta Ann Kertzman, 77, of Emily, died on Feb. 22, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Arden 'Johnny' Johnson
PEQUOT LAKES -- Arden "Johnny" J. Johnson, 75, went home to his Lord and Savior on Feb. 18, 2005, at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in St. Cloud, Minn. He was born June 9, 1929, in Watertown, Minn., to Theodore and Lilly (Arnold) Johnson. Arden was a SSGT in the United States Air Force and a retired combat veteran, retiring from active duty June 1, 1971.
CAMBRIDGE -- Bertha Kaler, age 86, former resident of the Brainerd lakes area, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at the Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge, Minn.
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CROSSLAKE -- Charles "Chuck" McMahon, age 42, of Crosslake, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, as the result of a work-related accident. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m., at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake with the Rev. Dennis Hoffman officiating.
GUEST COLUMN: School start dates are important
The Brainerd Dispatch's support of allowing individual school districts in Minnesota to start school as they see fit, pre- or post-Labor Day, is an irresponsible position to take on this issue. The purpose of a consistent post-Labor Day school start throughout Minnesota (mandate, if you wish) is simply a family and economic issue, not another infringement on the freedoms of local school districts.
GUEST COLUMN: Rural meth epidemic requires community response
The methamphetamine epidemic in Minnesota's rural communities should not be overlooked or underestimated. In 2003, more than 500 clandestine drug labs were discovered in our state. About 75 percent were located in rural communities, not the Twin Cities.
Trying to squeeze more premium money from employers is not a solution to high health care costs! That kills job growth. Having the government pick up the tab for health care is not a solution to the problem. That only raises everybody's taxes. We're not a socialist nation, and never will be!
First of all, I'd like to say that it's a good thing that Sen. (Paul) Koering wasn't injured in the recent robbery attempt at his liquor store. The idea that crime is a function of growth is ignorant. Brainerd has always had crime and will always have crime. It is not caused by growth.
This is in response to the article by Mike O'Rourke in the Sunday paper regarding the Human Rights Commission.
Brian Wisneski, a 1991 Brainerd High School graduate, is expected to return home Thursday from Iraq, just in time.
Brainerd American Legion Post 255 will serve as host of the 58th annual American Legion State Bowling Tournament, which begins Saturday and runs through April 21 at Jack's House.
A fresh start
For the past three years the Central Lakes College men's basketball team has gone to the Minnesota Community College Conference state tournament and laid an egg in the opening game.
Little Falls boys headed to state tourney
ALEXANDRIA -- On the 25th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice," the Little Falls Flyers performed their own miracle.
Jordan, Mass, Stout win on ice
Troy Jordan, Dave Mass and Darryl Stout posted victories in the Hardwater Ice Racing Association's finale Sunday on Moberg Lake west of Baxter.
Scoring woes do in Brainerd
ELK RIVER -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team dug itself an early first half hole en route to a 53-36 loss in the opening round of the Section 8, Class 4A playoffs Tuesday.
2005 All-State girls hockey team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dragons soar past Flyers in playoffs
LITCHFIELD -- Little Falls' Sarah Kallis scored a game-high 15 points and teammates Elizabeth Schulz and Brittany Dobmeier added 10 points apiece in a 75-53 loss to the Litchfield Dragons in the playin game of the South Subsection 8, Class 3A playoffs Tuesday.
Goalie has no regrets
Johanna Ellison was an athletic fifth-grader, a skilled skater, when the girls' hockey program in Cloquet was first forming.
Pequot Lakes slips past Huskies in OT
PILLAGER -- Jesse Fischer scored 17 points while Tucker Sheley and Chris Johnson each scored 11 to push the Pequot Lakes Patriots past the Pillager Huskies in a 62-57 non-conference overtime game Tuesday.
Warriors snap skid
Adian Kummet and Lucas Brick have persevered through enormous strife and adversity all season.
The toughest feat in sports
Last year the Pierz Pioneers entered the Class 1A state wrestling tournament ranked No. 1.
Looking out for No. 1
Little Falls gymnast Danielle Atkinson has always been about setting high goals for herself. Being No. 1 is always at the top of her list.
Something to prove
As one area wrestling coach maintains, "Rankings don't mean a whole lot this time of year."
Tried and true
It was do or die for Adam Hahnert.
Second period drowns Brainerd
BLOOMINGTON -- Jacob Ray scored a goal and assisted on another and Nathan Puchalla added another goal as the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team fell to Rochester 6-2 Tuesday.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy east with a chance of light snow or flurries.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy in the morning...Then becoming mostly
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s to lower 40s.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Scattered snow showers this morning...Becoming partly
Weather drawing by Desmond Luther of Mrs. Tetreault's third grade class at Whittier school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow or flurries. Highs in the mid 20s north to lower 30s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow north. Highs from the 20s to around 30.
It's cold out there
Weather drawing by James Kilts of Ms. Hemstad's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Periods of snow southeast this morning. A
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly cloudy...Becoming mostly cloudy east. A chance of light snow southwest to central this morning...And in the east and southcentral this afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s northeast to 40 to 45 southwest.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny west. Decreasing clouds east. Highs in the upper 20s northeast to the mid 50s west.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy west and central. Mostly cloudy east. Some
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