SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle estimate: 400. Last Monday: 484. Year ago Monday: 382. Friday actual: 289.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 34, a year ago 185.
Meets 8 a.m. Wednesday
Wise Road temporarily closed for gas leak today
A portion of Wise Road north of Brainerd in Unorganized Territory was temporarily closed this morning after a half-ton pickup truck struck a gas stand pipe, puncturing a gas pipe, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department and Brainerd Fire Department.
New prescription drug pilot project starting
The Region 5 Area Agency on Aging, in collaboration with the Dakota Clinic in Walker, Centra Care Clinic in Long Prairie, Family Medical Center in Little Falls and the Wadena Medical Center, announced a pilot program available for patients.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club will meet at 2 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby.
Twenty inducted into CLC honor society
Central Lakes College inducted 20 members into the Upsilon Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society.
Two CLC students receive scholarships
The Central Lakes College Foundation awarded two $150 scholarships to part-time students as a result of a fund-raising bicycle ride by a former trustee of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Cass government officials, business owners tackle community planning
HACKENSACK -- Business owners, township officers and other government officials were among the four dozen people attending an informational session Monday on Progressive Community Planning.
Duluth bans handguns from city buildings
DULUTH (AP) -- The Duluth City Council has approved an ordinance that bans handguns from city-owned buildings, even if a person has a concealed-weapons permit.
Brainerd Sons of Norway marks 100 years
When Sagatun Lodge 1-18, the Brainerd Chapter of the Sons of Norway, was established Feb. 27, 1903, members were allowed only to speak Norwegian.
Program on bird watching scheduled March 18 in Crosby
CROSBY -- Three area residents with a combined 100 years of bird-watching experience will describe this growing pastime at a program March 18 in Crosby.
CLC Environmental Committee leads campus enhancement
The Central Lakes College Environmental Committee completed the first of several forthcoming campus enhancement projects in Brainerd and Staples.
CLC machine trades program receives donations
STAPLES -- The machine trades program at Central Lakes College in Staples received donations totaling $4,300 for student assistance, tools and materials.
10 C-I students qualify for state Brain Bee
CROSBY -- Ten Brain Bee state qualifiers are from Crosby-Ironton High School: seniors Kristi Burgwald, Megan Beseres, Carrie Moritz, Jenny Christenson, Mariya Hachey, Kate Beaman, Ricky Aulie, Watchareeya Kaweevivitchai and Nathan Taggart, and junior Christina Foye.
Pequot man rallies at Capitol for clean water
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Environmentalists gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to try to persuade lawmakers not to cut funding that goes toward clean water.
Norwegians hunt pheasants at game farm near Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- Billie, a 2 1/2-year-old black Labrador retriever, stopped dead in her tracks at the edge of a corn field of the Ridge Shooting Preserve east of Little Falls Saturday with her nose to the dirt.
Truancy concerns county social services
How to handle the number of students who skip school in Crow Wing County is a question facing the social services department.
Transit concerns raised
Changes made because of the resignation of Brainerd City Transit Coordinator Larry Nadeau could endanger the countywide transit system operations, Crow Wing County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. said Tuesday.
Celebrity reader Greg Skoog as "Blackjack the Pirate" read to Riverside School first-graders Tiffinni Dewey (left), Abby Kiehlbauch, Kathleen Thorson and Emma Whiteman on Tuesday in the school's media center. February is "I Love to Read Month" and volunteer celebrity readers have been sharing their favorite books with elementary students. The program was organized by Brainerd School District Volunteer Services.
The Sons of Norway in Brainerd recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Read more about this story in Wednesday's Neighbors section.
Up to his neck in trouble
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Brainerd man riding the rails through Jacksonville awoke Tuesday to find himself buried in a pile of crushed limestone, authorities said.
Sarah Gorvin (left), Alissa St. John, Erica Swedberg and Hailee Palony rehearsed Monday night with the fifth-grade Honors Choir at Brainerd High School. The choir was selected from students from Nisswa, Baxter and Brainerd elementary schools. It will perform with the Brainerd High School choirs at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School in Brainerd.
Beck outlines how state cuts will hit county
The Crow Wing County Social Service Department will need to make up $600,000 in funds this year that it will lose in its developmental disability waiver funds, it was learned Tuesday.
Ex-Federal Dam treasurer facing felony charges
State Auditor Patricia Awada said today the former treasurer of Federal Dam, Barbara Jensen, faces felony charges brought by the Cass County attorney's office for the possible theft of more than $7,800.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 25 - 80 years ago (1923) - 1923 Chevrolets. Two passenger Roadster, $510. Five passenger Touring, $525. Two passenger Coupe, $680. Four passenger Sedanette, $850. Light Delivery Truck, $510. THE SHERLUND CO., 6th St. So.
Witnesses: DeRosier hated pair
It was an emotional ending to the state's case against Joshua DeRosier this morning as witnesses called to the stand in his murder trial testified that DeRosier spoke often of his hatred for his grandparents before their murders and detailed the volatile relationship he had with his stepgrandfather, Ted Bieganek.
Seniors' programs could be reduced
Crow Wing County seniors soon might start feeling the pinch that's resulted from Minnesota's $4.2 billion deficit. Programs that could be affected include the Senior Companion, Foster Grandparent, meals on wheels and senior dining programs.
Names of those needing new jobs
CROSBY-- From teachers who started with the Crosby-Ironton School District this school year to teachers who are tenured to the high school principal, all will have to find new jobs next school year.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 26 - 30 years ago (1973) - Mike Morgan, who hit six of seven field goal tries in the final period, and Rick Borders, combining for exactly 40 points as the Brainerd Warriors defeated Grand Rapids 76-69.
Youths held for vandalizing C-I school
CROSBY -- Two sixth-grade boys, ages 11 and 12, have been taken into custody in connection with the vandalism that occurred at Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby Sunday night.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will offer Welding Level I from March 11 to April 29.
Monday's story on the DeRosier trial should have referred to Ryan Franz as a friend of Josh DeRosier at the time of the murders. But he said after his testimony Monday he now considers himself a former friend.
As the result of incorrect information provided The Dispatch, an obituary for Roy Stelzig on Page 5A Tuesday should have listed his middle name as Fred. His parents were Fred and Clara Stelzig. He was a member of the Twin Cities Town-Trotters Dance Club.
Match made on bullets
Bullets and shell casings found at Ted and Angie Bieganek's home the night they were murdered match those found at the residences of Jack Veit and Greg Schley.
Abbie Damm (left), Merrifield; Samantha Fritz, Fort Ripley; and Taiya Holmberg, Brainerd, all age 4, practiced their skating routine Tuesday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center. The preschoolers will join other Vacationland Figure Skating Club members for their 28th annual skating show at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the civic center.
Cass gives opinion on state mandates
WALKER -- The Association of Minnesota Counties said between 70 and 85 percent of what counties do is driven by state and federal mandates that are under funded.
SCHOOL CUTS RUN DEEP IN CROSBY
CROSBY -- Twenty-six Crosby-Ironton School District employees will lose their jobs next school year.
A Brainerd romance novelist's fifth book will be released Saturday in stores. Read more about this story in Thursday's Tempo.
Area cities could feel pain of cuts
Several lakes area cities will lose all Local Government Aid and market value homestead credit reimbursements this year with more cities added to the list for 2004.
Uncle: DeRosier had been in home before theft
Josh DeRosier had been to the home of his uncle, Greg Schley, three days before Schley reported a .22-caliber rifle -- believed to have been used Dec. 24, 2001, to kill Ted and Angie Bieganek -- had been stolen from his rural Brainerd home.
CLC panel to look at state budget crunch
The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at Central Lakes College will present a public forum on the state's budget crunch March 6 on the Brainerd campus.
County looking at ice ridge policy
With ice soon to be melting on the lakes, the Crow Wing County Board agreed Tuesday to look at its dirt-moving ordinance regarding ice ridges.
Dean L. Allen
PINE CENTER -- Dean Leonard Allen, 82, Pine Center, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at home.
Roy F. Stelzig
CROSSLAKE -- Roy Floyd Stelzig, 91, Crosslake, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Richard 'Dick' Johnson
RANDALL -- Richard "Dick" Johnson, 76, Randall, died today, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Marvin L. Bollig
Marvin Lyle Bollig, 75, Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at home.
Clarence W. Hoheisel
Clarence W. Hoheisel, 85, Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Clarence W. Hoheisel
Clarence W. Hoheisel, 85, Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Lavern M. Gunther
PIERZ -- Lavern M. Gunther, 80, Pierz, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at the Pierz Villa.
Edward A. Switajewski
PINE RIVER -- Edward Anthony Switajewski, 80, Pine River, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Marvin Bollig, 75, Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at home.
Richard 'Dick' Johnson
RANDALL -- Richard "Dick" Nels Johnson, 76, Randall, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Evelyn M. Anderson
WADENA -- Evelyn M. Anderson, 91, Wadena, died today, Feb. 25, 2003, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Lucille Wallin, 89, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
EAST GULL LAKE -- Anne Schoen, 92, East Gull Lake, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at her daughter's home in Lakewood, Colo.
Emil P. Trutwin Sr.
ROYALTON -- Emil P. Trutwin Sr., 73, Royalton, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at home.
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Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Playing with fire
If night club owners, concert promoters and musicians needed a wake-up call on safety issues they've received it in spades in the last nine days.
I really want to thank those people of reason who have been speaking out. I know that there are more people of reason in the wings, and for them, I submit the following.
A diminished Mille Lacs museum
Recent news stories concerning the Minnesota Historical Society's response to the governor's budget cuts need enhancement. It may come as surprise to many readers that the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is completely owned and operated by the Minnesota Historical Society -- 100 percent of our funding comes from MHS.
All this past week on numerous news channels, we have heard about anti-war demonstrations. I am completely for "freedom of speech" which is why I am able to express my opinion as well.
Undercover police officer shot in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An undercover Minneapolis police officer was in serious but stable condition after being shot once by a suspect and again by a fellow officer who responded to his call for help Tuesday.
Whiskey waits for last Vietnam veteran standing in Mankato
MANKATO(AP) -- A group of Vietnam veterans in southern Minnesota plan to have their last surviving member toast them when they're gone.
Union: 1,300 state jobs could be cut under Pawlenty's budget plan, preliminary figures show
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to deal with a $4.2 billion projected budget deficit could result in the elimination of more than 1,300 of the 35,000 state jobs by June, with major reductions coming in the Transportation and Corrections departments.
Gasoline spill forces evacuation in St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- An estimated 1,160 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the ground and into the storm sewer system on the west side of St. Cloud on Monday, prompting the evacuation of several businesses.
Property tax bills to start showing increase
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota homeowners should expect increases of about 15 percent on the property tax bills they receive next month, according to a new analysis of tax levies and property values.
Brainerd Warriors gymnast Kathleen Lorenz has been named to the Minnesota all-state elite team. Lorenz made the elite team by finishing at least six meets in the top five in the all-around competition.
Carr, Umland pace Pirates to victory
LAPORTE -- Verndale's Wyatt Carr poured in 22 points and Cory Umland added 18 in a 68-59 triumph over the Laporte Wildcats in a non-conference boys' basketball game Tuesday.
Cardinal girls get first-round win
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team received 18 points from Michelle Honek in a 64-50 victory over Perham in the first round of the Section 8, Class 2A girls' basketball tournament Tuesday.
LaVallee finishes fourth, 10th
Levi LaVallee of Longville raced a Polaris to fourth place in the Pro Open final and was 10th in the Pro Stock final in the seventh round of the World Snowmobile Association's Snocross Worldwide Championship Series at Canterbury Park in Shakopee last weekend.
Tech alters Warriors' hopes
The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team's future is in the hands of its enemies.
Battle for the ball
Brainerd Warriors senior forward Bithiah McDermott (15) battled Randi Spilde-Cool of the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles for a loose ball in Tuesday's game. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Who will reach podium?
Of the 27 area wrestlers who have qualified for the Class 2A and 1A individual state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul this week, four appear to have an opportunity to stand on the top step of the podium.
Local sports shorts
In the first boxing match of his career last weekend, 8-year-old Levi Rubin of Brainerd beat Wes Dunker of St. Cloud by decision at 75 pounds.
Pickar zeroes in on dream
Andy Pickar is four victories away from attaining his dream.
West Subsection 7, Class 2A
Apollo derails Brainerd
Newton's third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Goodew, Demo power Warriors to victory
BLOOMINGTON -- Eric Goodew scored three goals and added two assists and Ashley Demo registered two goals and two assists in the Brainerd Warriors' 8-4 adapted floor hockey victory over South Suburban Tuesday.
Top scorers leading the way for Pioneers
With most of the attention surrounding its top three scorers, Nicole Meyer and Kari Block hold the fate of the Pierz Pioneers girls' basketball team.
Area state wrestling qualifiers
Class 1A (15)
Wild rolls to 3-0 win
OTTAWA (AP) -- Dwayne Roloson and the Minnesota Wild took a big step toward making their playoff dreams a reality.
Vikings claim that Stringer's use of ephedra contributed to death
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings attorneys claim that Korey Stringer's use of the controversial supplement ephedra can be linked to the heatstroke that killed him during training camp in 2001, according to documents filed last week.
Garnett steals Payton's limelight
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gary Payton wasn't too concerned after losing his first game with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hibbing's Nichols is AP Player of Year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jake Nichols remembers the noise that came from his unfinished basement many years ago.
Hibbing's Nichols named Ms. Hockey
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Andrea Nichols of Hibbing/Chisholm High School received the 2003 Ms. Hockey Award on Sunday.
To Twins, it's same old Torii
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins, like most teams in baseball, do a lot of good-natured teasing in their clubhouse.
Twins' right field race just as tight one year later
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Right field at the Metrodome is about as tough as it gets in this game, with the wicked hops on the carpet, a big blue baggie cascading behind the player's back, the baseball-colored ceiling and bright lights shining in the guy's eyes.
Ms. Besnett's grades 5-6 music class at Emily Charter School performed its "Fantasia Projects," where students wrote stories and put them to music. There was no talking in the play so the actions and music together helped tell the story. Here, Melissa Satchell (left), Trisha Dehn, Courtney Gabrio, Joey Miller, Brandon Plum and Ethan Oftedahl worked on a project.
Crosslake to kick off centennial celebration Monday
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Historical Society will host a brief program at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Historic Log Village in Crosslake to kick off the city's centennial celebration.
New Ulm's landmark 'Hermann the German' statue lowered for repairs
NEW ULM (AP) -- The landmark "Hermann the German" statute that has stood guard over this southern Minnesota city for 106 years was successfully lowered from its perch Tuesday in preparation for an extensive reconditioning.
Family issues topic of parenting seminar set in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- "Targeting Today's Families" is the theme of the Bridges of Hope parenting seminars being offered throughout the lakes area.
Teacher for a day
Emily Charter School students who would like to become a teacher when they grow up had the opportunity to sign up for "Teachers in Training," which is held once a week at the school. Here, preschooler Crystal Eastman and fifth-grader Tyler Philstrom worked together on a project in "Teachers in Training."
Cattails near the Gull River.
CROSSLAKE -- Michelle and Patricia Demcho of Crosslake will receive their Girl Scout Gold Award at a 2 p.m. Sunday ceremony at the Crosslake Community Center.
PR-B graduate receives scholar award for academic achievement
PINE RIVER -- Amy Stenson, a 1993 Pine River-Backus High School graduate and a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, was selected as a recipient of the International P.E.O. Scholar Award for 2002-2003.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs 20 northeast to 35 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny and cold. Highs around 10 above north...Teens elsewhere.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Not as cold. Highs from the mid teens northeast to the upper 20s southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 10 to 20.
Fishing on the river
Weather drawing by Dain Barrett of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the teens north to 20s south. Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows from near zero north to around 10 above south. Thursday...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from near 20 north to the lower 30s south. Thursday night...Mostly cloudy. Lows from zero north to 15 south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny north. Partly sunny south. Highs in the 20s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny south to mostly cloudy far north. Highs in the 20s east to the 30s west.
Weather drawing by Hazel Patel of Mrs. Shaffer's third grade class at Harrison school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 10 above north to the lower 20s southwest. Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows from 15 below northeast to near 10 above south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Becoming cloudy south with scattered flurries in the afternoon. Partly sunny north. Highs in the teens to lower 20s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs mainly in the 20s.
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts its monthly luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 255. Proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary Americanism committee which encourages patriotism through youth and adult programs in the community.
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