For some, no purchase is too small for plastic
WASHINGTON -- For years, Marcia Levi refused to accept either credit or debit cards for purchases under $10 at her downtown gift shop, Chocolate Moose. Customers complained. She lowered the threshold to $5. Customers still complained, so two years ago she gave up on any minimum.
Michael Aulie of Sothers Studios in Brainerd earned a master of photography degree and a photographic craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America.
Workforce centers cited
Workforce centers in the 19-county Rural Minnesota CEP service area received the highest customer satisfaction rating in Minnesota.
A fixture in downtown Brainerd for nearly 39 years, Rodney Meyer is ready to leave his dental practice and focus more attention on those elusive moving shapes in cool, clear water.
Speculation that TDS Metrocom was closing in Pequot Lakes appears to have been fueled by a notice that the company's east office no longer is taking bill payments as of Tuesday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 10:52 a.m. Friday to a gas leak in southeast Brainerd on 28th Street.
9 a.m. Tuesday
NUTRITION SERVICES, INC.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
Monday B Cereal, yogurt or string cheese, fruit or juice, milk. L Hamburger/bun, oven fries, orange wedges, sherbet cup, milk.
2 p.m. Thursday -- Request for proposals due - inmate pay telephone service at Crow Wing Jail and Detention Center, commissioners' room;
THEFT -- Ryan Obeidzinski, 10,000 block of Highway 371, Tuesday reported about $1,850 in items stolen from his ice fishing house.1
Eric Allord and Danielle Rinnels, Little Falls, a boy, Eric DeWayne Allord Jr., 5 pounds, Jan. 27, 2005. Grandparents are Laurie Gammon, St. Francis, Daniel Rinnels, St. Paul, Jackie Bratland, Little Falls, and Scott Young, Little Falls. Great-grandparents are Neal and Norma Paulson, Champlin, and Margaret Aphael, St. Paul.
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.
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.
Energy efficient houses pay off
Here's one way to determine if buying a house with renewable energy technology is right for you.
3rd grade appears to be a key time
Bowler recognized the problem because he and several other staff members from the newspaper he worked for at the time, the Baltimore Sun, had immersed themselves in a project called "Reading by 9." For more than four years beginning in 1997, the paper dedicated itself to helping its readers understand how children learn to decode words on a page and emphasized repeatedly that if they didn't do so by age 9, their futures were in jeopardy.
What's hot in collectibles
For collectors, the cool new thing is always something old. And for some, old is sometimes relative.
Parents aren't preparing kids for adulthood
Mel Levine has been a pediatrician for more than 30 years, and in that time he has watched some of his toddlers take their first, unsteady steps into adulthood.
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.
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.
All in good taste
What's for dinner?
A program will offer to help those
Staples council tables Highway 10 relocation
A possible vote on relocating Highway 10 in Staples will wait until at least March 8.
A 28-year-old Brainerd man walked off into a bitterly cold winter's night and vanished, leaving a trail of unanswered questions and a family in limbo.
Kavanaugh's plots changes
Fans of Kavanaugh's restaurant will have at least one more full summer to enjoy its cuisine before the restaurant closes as part of a Kavanaugh resort expansion.
"This is the kind of fellow who, when he says 'Yes,' he means yes, and when he says 'No,' he means no."
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.
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.
C-I girls team runs out of time
That's why they play the game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Security rhetoric disputed
WASHINGTON -- As the two political parties would have it, Social Security is either careening toward catastrophe or is on as solid financial footing as it has ever been. Both sides have marshaled -- or twisted -- facts and figures to back up those seemingly irreconcilable views.
The Baxter City Council and Long Range Planning Commission will meet in a joint session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers.
Franklin could become a haven for woodworkers
The Northern Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is embarking on a new project in the Brainerd lakes area.
Time is growing short
Anglers fished inside their shelters Friday night on Rice Lake. The deadline for anglers to remove ice shelters from all area lakes is midnight Monday.
COMING MONDAY IN SPORTS
Area wrestlers, a Warrior gymnast and the Central Lakes College men's basketball team participated in state
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.
District looking for some more replacement teachers
CROSBY -- Replacement teachers who cross the Crosby-Ironton teachers' picket lines are receiving $300 a day, compared to the $95-a-day fee that regular substitute teachers would make in the school district if teachers weren't on strike, C-I Superintendent Linda Lawrie said Friday.
Data given by board irks teachers
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton teachers' union negotiators criticized C-I school district officials Friday for releasing information about their recent lengthy mediation sessions, which lasted a total of 17 hours Wednesday and Thursday.
COMING WEDNESDAY IN NEIGHBORS
A rural Pequot Lakes cattle rancher and his family put one of their purebred Angus heifer calves up for auction to raise money to protect U.S. cattle industry interests and the U.S. food supply.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - Brainerd Kixters walked away with a first-place Class AA trophy in Saturday's State Danceline competition. The danceline, formed in 1975, beat out 16 other Class AA teams to take first place at the Minneapolis Auditorium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BROOKLYN PARK Mary Grams-Wawrzyniak, 53, Brooklyn Park, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. Services will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Little Falls, Minn. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday and from 8-11 a.m. Monday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
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Darlyne Elaine Houle
Darlyne Elaine Houle, age 70, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the University of Minnesota Hospital, East Bank.
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.
Jessie M. Troutner
MERRIFIELD -- Jessie Mae Troutner, age 82, of Merrifield, and beloved mom and friend, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
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.
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.
Darlyne E. Houle
Darlyne E. Houle, age 70, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the University of Minnesota Hospital.
Open Forum: It's time to find solutions to C-I strike
In today's newspaper, and all over the news has been the story of the three brave National Guardsman from Minnesota who were murdered as they aided an injured comrade in Iraq. Three small towns in Minnesota are united in their grief. The grieving and support for each other is their priority. The real world has hit their towns.
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."
What do you think?
Write us a letter or send us an e-mail
The sound and pictures of the council meetings need some fixing. Some members don't speak into the mics. Some hold up the meetings by their continued interruptions. If you have to cough, please turn away from the mic. Also I would wish the school cable would have the sports on. It was sure nice to see the football games for those of us that can't go to the games.
OUR OPINION: BASE CLOSURES
Closing military bases the U.S. military neither wants nor needs should be an easy decision, but few issues are easy or simple when pork and politics are aligned.
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.
Hunting rule change agenda
Early antlerless deer seasons, a deer hunting zone realignment and the possible creation of a metro deer hunting zone are among the topics hunters can discuss at the annual DNR public input meetings.
NORTH COUNTRY CALENDAR
28 -- Close of 2004 rabbit and squirrel hunting season
The Brainerd area could get another wild turkey release as early as 2006, said Gary Drotts, DNR area wildlife manager.
When 'slabs' turn to 'slaps' it's time to get in on the action
When's the best time to catch crappies? Like any other fish, when they're biting!
Mountain lions move east, breeding fear
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- "Iowa is the state with the highest mountain lion hysteria."
Federation continues support for transplant program
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation continues its support for the DNR's program to trap wild turkeys in southeast Minnesota and release the birds in other areas of the state with suitable habitat.
When walleye season opens May 14, Mille Lacs anglers can keep four walleyes up to 20 inches, including one over 28 inches, and must release walleyes measuring 20 to 28 inches.
Taking the mystery out of the mysterious workings of the DNR
As shooting editor at Outdoor Life magazine and an acclaimed writer, the late Jack O'Connor was considered to be America's foremost gun and hunting writer. In 1967, O'Connor wrote a letter to an Idaho newspaper in response to a comment from then Gov. Don Samuelson stating that he received more criticism of the state game department than any other department.
JUSTIN AND SAMANTHA PETERSON
Samantha Johnson and Justin Peterson were married Aug. 7, 2004, at the Motley Free Methodist Church with Pastor James Johnson officiating.
Engagement announced - Kimberly Davis and Joel Miller
Kimberly Davis and Joel Miller announce their engagement. Parents are Angie Feierabend, Brainerd, and Denny Davis, Crosby, and Jinny Haugen, Brainerd, and Jeff Miller, Crosslake. A July 30 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Margaret Cimenski, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. March 5 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in the dining room of the 200 building. No gifts please. The event is hosted by her family. She was born March 4, 1915, in Brainerd.
Carl R. Britton will celebrate his 90th birthday with his family and friends Monday at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1915, in Brainerd.
Engagement announced - Raena Kissinger and Scott Rood
Raena Kissinger and Scott Rood announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Judy Kissinger, Richfield, Pa., and Ken and Carol Rood, Aitkin. A June 11 wedding is planned in Freeburg, Pa.
Be truthful while experiencing Christian unity
"Why are there so many different churches and denominations? Can't you all just get along?"
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Dolphin swim team third in state meet
The Brainerd YMCA Dolphins swim team finished third in the state meet Feb. 20 at the University of Minnesota.
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.
State wrestling tournament
At the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
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 wrestles back to third-place match
ST. PAUL -- Cory Detloff of Staples-Motley was the only area Class 2A wrestler who had an opportunity to place following Friday's action in the state individual tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.
Raiders' opening-round curse continues
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Boston Red Sox had the curse of Babe Ruth. The Chicago Cubs have the curse of the goat. The Central Lakes College men's basketball team has its own curse, the curse of the first round.
Stacey Schoon had to battle mononucleosis before she could battle opponents.
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.
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.
Upcoming sporting events
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.
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.
Pioneers survive scare
ST. PAUL -- As the final wrestler in a dual meet, Matt Mrnak is occasionally called upon to decide the outcome.
Cards' balanced attack too much for Pequot Lakes
STAPLES -- Andy Mertens' 12 points and Derek Peterson's 11 points led a balanced scoring attack in the Staples-Motley Cardinals 48-41 Mid-State Conference boys' basketball victory over Pequot Lakes Friday.
ST. PAUL -- Ted Wilczek is a pinning machine.
Pierz has Gall to advance
ST. PAUL -- Warren Gall is conditioned to adversity.
BHS falls to Tech, playoffs up next
ST. CLOUD -- Landon Stanfield led the Brained Warriors with 15 points, including three 3-pointers and Danny Markow scored 12 points, but the St. Cloud Tech Tigers outscored Brainerd 62-47 Friday in a Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball game.
Hoping to fly high
His goal heading into the season was to place higher at the Class 3A state individual tournament than he did last year.
Bednar earns shot at title
ST. PAUL -- Kyle Bednar justified his ranking Saturday and became the only Class 1A area wrestler to compete for a state individual championship Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
New image in dating
After exchanging instant messages and digital photos through an online dating site, Christopher Boykin flew to Houston to meet what he hoped would be a beautiful soul mate. What he found was a flabby misanthrope with an apparent drinking problem.
Google's maps aesthetically appealing, but features need work
NEW YORK -- Leave it to Google Inc. to innovate.
Interactive TV ready to roll, but where to?
NEW YORK -- I want my IPTV?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Like thousands of other merchants, Tammy Harrison thought she had struck gold when hordes visited her Web site by clicking on the small Internet ads she purchased from the world's most popular online search engines.
'MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf' best when played online
The single player story continues from the first game, with you and your ragtag team of honor-seeking warriors in a new struggle with the galaxy's reigning band of evildoers, called the Word of Blake.
CLC's Cultural Thursday program to feature 'The other Cuba'
Gary Payne will present images and personal perspective on "The Other Cuba" at the noon March 3 Cultural Thursday program at Central Lakes College.
Travel deals from around the globe
The week's best bargains around the globe (prices valid as of press time):
Favorite Vacation Photo
This photo of the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area was submitted by Ellie Boeckermann of Deerwood.
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.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch late tonight into monday morning for northeast wisconsin...
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny west. Partly cloudy east. Highs from the lower
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west. Partly to mostly cloudy east with areas of morning fog. Highs from around 30 northeast to near 60 southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Areas of dense fog this morning. Partly to mostly cloudy.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Areas of dense fog west central this morning. Mostly
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s north to lower
Weather drawing by Angela Sausen in the Lowell fourth grade of Mr. Meyer.
A good hill for sliding
Weather drawing by Sarah Fairbanks of Mrs. Ziegler's fourth grade class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
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.
On Saturday evening, Feb. 19th, the Miss Brainerd Lakes Scholarship Pageant Committee held a spaghetti dinner and fundraiser at the American Legion in Brainerd. We first, would like to thank the Legion for allowing us to use their facility for our dinner, and also thank you to Pam and Angie for all of their help in the preparation for the dinner and raffle.
Class of 1944 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Northwind Grille.
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