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.
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
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.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
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.
Eager to learn
Brainerd High School senior Julie Boone learns something new every day in advanced television production class.
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.
BAXTER -- The Dallas Brass will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Forestview Middle School Cafetorium in Baxter.
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.
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.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
Monday B Cereal, yogurt or string cheese, fruit or juice, milk. L Hamburger/bun, oven fries, orange wedges, sherbet cup, milk.
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.
NUTRITION SERVICES, INC.
THEFT -- Ryan Obeidzinski, 10,000 block of Highway 371, Tuesday reported about $1,850 in items stolen from his ice fishing house.1
Energy efficient houses pay off
Here's one way to determine if buying a house with renewable energy technology is right for you.
A GRAND old lodge
NISSWA -- A grand craftsman style lodge is nestled in the forest amongst nature, highlighted with soft recessed lighting and natural warm hues.
Put a twist on tiresome old chore of shoveling snow
They know snow in Ohio, no? Yes indeed. That's why Union Tools of Columbus came up with the Trail Blazer Snow Auger, a kind of horizontal corkscrew designed to clear four inches of heavy, wet stuff and up to six inches of dry, powdery flakes with less effort than a conventional shovel.
Tower Real Estate named Bob Weiland and Liz Timothy as Co-Agents of the Year. This award was based on teamwork within the company and overall productivity.
Lengthy talks fail to reach accord
After spending a total of 17 hours Wednesday and Thursday in mediation at the local library, Crosby-Ironton School Board members and C-I teachers' union negotiators could not reach an agreement that would settle the 2003-2005 teachers' contract and the teachers' strike.
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.
C-I girls team runs out of time
That's why they play the game.
"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."
First-graders go back to school in Crosby-Ironton
Despite the 2-week-old teachers' strike, Crosby-Ironton School District officials decided to bring back the first-grade students.
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.
Candidate Mark Kennedy talks about area roots during area stop
BAXTER -- The political boundaries of Rep. Mark Kennedy's congressional district have changed drastically during his tenure in Congress but he's never represented his hometown of Pequot Lakes.
The worst intersection
And the winner for worst intersection in Brainerd/Baxter is: Northwest Fourth Street and Washington Street.
Harrowing meth story told in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- Two years ago, David Parnell took an SKS assault rifle, laid it on his stomach, put the barrel to his face, switched off the safety and fired a shot into his chin.
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."
The Brainerd Personnel and Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in conjunction with the Fire Advisory Board at the Brainerd Police Department.
Rhythm of the Rails still wants to acquire 'the hole'
Despite a setback, Rhythm of the Rails still wants "the hole" to call home.
All in good taste
What's for dinner?
Not as bad as it looked
Confusion reigned at the end of Monday's marathon Brainerd City Council meeting.
"This is the kind of fellow who, when he says 'Yes,' he means yes, and when he says 'No,' he means no."
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.
1st-graders go back to school in Deerwood
CROSBY -- First-graders returned to school at Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Deerwood Thursday morning as striking Crosby-Ironton teachers continued to picket outside the school building.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1965) - Crosby-Ironton's Rangers closed out their Mid-State Conference season unbeaten in nine games. The dwindling regular season schedule saw C-I win 68-52 at Park Rapids.
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.
Prayer vigil and service planned Sunday
CROSBY -- In an attempt to heal its divided community in the wake of the Crosby-Ironton teachers' strike, a prayer vigil and ecumenical community service are planned Sunday by area pastors and ministers at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby.
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.
What's with all the racket?
The city of Brainerd found recent noise levels at Crow Wing County's construction project exceeded nighttime regulations, prompting the county to take action.
City supports media collaboration effort
The city of Brainerd will support the LAKES Media Collaborative.
Staples council tables Highway 10 relocation
A possible vote on relocating Highway 10 in Staples will wait until at least March 8.
CROSSLAKE -- The 43-year-old man who died Monday after a tree he was cutting fell on him has been identified as Charles McMahon, the Crosslake Police Department reported.
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.
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.
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.
Jessie M. Troutner
MERRIFIELD -- Jessie M. Troutner, age 82, of Merrifield, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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.
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Eileen I. Olson
CROSBY -- Eileen Isabel Olson, age 61, of Perry Lake Township, died Feb. 23, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. She was born on May 2, 1943, in Flint, Mich., to Adolph and Isabel (Hendrickson) Saumier.
Helen L. Wilson
CROSSLAKE -- Helen L. Wilson, age 95, of Crosslake, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center. Memorial services will be Tuesday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake with the Rev. Judy Clark-Bolling officiating.
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.
Darlyne E. Houle
Darlyne E. Houle, age 70, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the University of Minnesota Hospital.
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.
CROSBY -- Rosetta Ann Kertzman, 77, Emily, died Feb. 22, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby. She was born on April 1, 1927, in Jackson, Ky., to David and Magnola (Collins) Banks. She married Paul Joseph Kertzman Jr. on Oct. 3, 1946, in Crosby. She is a member of St. Emily's Catholic Church.
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.
DEERWOOD -- Ruth Yerke, 87, of Deerwood, died Feb. 23, 2005, at her home. She was born on Aug. 10, 1917, in Luana, Iowa, to Will and Emma (Schroeder) Foels.
PINE ISLAND -- Eleanor Magnuson, 85, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island, Minn.
LITTLE FALLS -- Florence Nagel, age 86, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pierz Villa in Pierz, Minn., with the Rev. Dennis Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Little Falls.
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 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.
This is in response to the article by Mike O'Rourke in the Sunday paper regarding the Human Rights Commission.
What do you think?
Write us a letter or send us an e-mail
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.
OUR OPINION: TSUNAMI AID
Whenever the characters in the old Mickey Rooney movies were faced with a crisis there was always one sure-fire way to raise money or at least pull all of the guys and gals out of the doldrums.
It's deja vu all over again. I could swear that just the other day I read a letter quite similar to the Feb. 15 letter from the Merrifield gentleman who told us that there is "only so much wealth to go around" and that "when some get more, others necessarily get less."
Can you recommend your own religion?
Professional people often are asked to recommend someone for a job or certain position. David wrote: "Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul." (Psalm 66:15)
To provide the opportunity for more people to participate in World Day of Prayer, the meeting time has changed to 12:05 p.m. March 4 at First Congregational Church on Juniper and Fifth streets.
HACKENSACK -- In a town of about 250 people, everyone seems to know each other. While driving down the main street, a true sense of community fills the air.
Be truthful while experiencing Christian unity
"Why are there so many different churches and denominations? Can't you all just get along?"
194th joins in mourning 3 state soldiers
The three Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers who died Monday in Iraq following a bomb blast were remembered in a memorial service conducted by fellow soldiers based near Baghdad.
Brian Wisneski, a 1991 Brainerd High School graduate, is expected to return home Thursday from Iraq, just in time.
Pioneers survive scare
ST. PAUL -- As the final wrestler in a dual meet, Matt Mrnak is occasionally called upon to decide the outcome.
Tried and true
It was do or die for Adam Hahnert.
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.
Robbinsdale Armstrong strong-arms Brainerd
ROBBINSDALE -- Jacob Ray recorded three goals and two assists and teammate Nathan Puchalla added three goals and one assist for the Brainerd Warriors floor hockey team which lost to Robbinsdale-Armstrong 10-6 Thursday.
Wilczek top Flyer pinner
ST. PAUL -- Ted Wilczek pinned his opponents in the first two rounds of the Class 3A individual wrestling tournament Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center to become the top single-season pinner in Little Falls Flyers history.
Detloff runs into his nemesis again
ST. PAUL -- Staples-Motley's Cory Detloff and Virginia's Patrick Nelson know each other well, having wrestled against each other on two previous occasions this season.
Bramer's 21 points lead Verndale
VERNDALE -- Point guard Isaac Johnson scored 15 points and added 10 assists and senior Andy Bramer led all scorers with 21 points to lead Verndale past Nevis 72-60 Thursday in a non-conference boys' basketball game.
Ranger girls a team on and off the court
Almost one year ago, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers girls' basketball team was the talk of the town after advancing to its first state tournament.
Foster becomes Pequot's all-time leading scorer
PEQUOT LAKES -- Flecia Foster's 18 points catapulted her to the top of the all-time scoring list in Pequot Lakes girls' basketball history and helped the Patriots to a 67-27 victory over the Aitkin Gobblers in the West Subsection 7, Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday.
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.
Mrnak on road to redemption
ST. PAUL -- Pierz wrestler Matt Mrnak hasn't always had the best of luck at the state wrestling meet. Sure, he and the Pioneers won the team title last year, but Mrnak hasn't exactly sparkled in those victories.
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.
State wrestling tournament
At the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Scattered snow showers this morning...Becoming partly
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy west and central. Mostly cloudy east. Some
It's cold out there
Weather drawing by James Kilts of Ms. Hemstad's third grade class at Baxter school.
A good hill for sliding
Weather drawing by Sarah Fairbanks of Mrs. Ziegler's fourth grade class at Nisswa school.
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 Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s north to lower
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow or flurries. Highs in the mid 20s north to lower 30s south.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny west. Partly cloudy east. Highs from the lower
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of light snow and flurries in the morning decreasing to scattered snow showers and flurries in the north. Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from the mid 20s north to the mid 30s south.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Periods of snow southeast this morning. A
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly sunny...Becoming partly cloudy east in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s northeast to around 60 southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Areas of dense fog west central this morning. Mostly
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