J.C. Penney store manager's outlook as positive as spring
Spring color nearly glows in bright shades from handbags to sandals and indicates a change not fully realized given the weather outside.
Crow Wing Power reports director vacancy
Crow Wing Power has a director position vacancy in District 2 following the death of Director Harvey Roggenkamp on Feb. 11.
Dr. Linda Marden, neurologist, will begin practice at Brainerd Medical Center on Monday.
First-time restaurant owners have vast kitchen experience
Twenty years ago they were friends with small children at home.
'Passion of the Christ' leaves movie-goers with raw emotions
BAXTER -- The screen went dark and the sold-out theater fell silent. Someone started clapping and the rest of the movie-goers joined in, applauding Mel Gibson's effort to re-create the last 12 hours of Jesus' life.
Ash Wednesday set the stage Feb. 25 for the beginning of the observance of Lent.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Brainerd, will continue its Sunday forums with a presentation by Phil Hunsicker on a program titled "1,000 Friends of Minnesota." The for
Area events Friday
Child in need
Once upon a time there was a little girl who could smile so bright that she amazed everyone around her. She lived in a happy yellow house with her
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 205, a year ago 206.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 400. Last Thursday: 430. Year Ago Thursday: 568. Wednesday actual: 432.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
School lunch menus
MondayBCereal, yogurt, juice, milk. LPopcorn chicken, waffle potatoes, green beans, cinnamon tastery, milk.
Monday -- 7 p.m. Central Minnesota Community Corrections Advisory Board, Morrison County Government Center; 7 p.m. Thirt
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a car fire Friday on Crow Wing County Road 22.
FDA approves drug designed to kill cancer cells
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Avastin, the first drug to battle cancers by starving their blood supply, vindicating a 40-year-old medical theory once ridiculed as absurd.
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Victims of clergy abuse
Warm temperatures create potential uncommon dangers
Warmer temperatures combined with snowfall can create safety problems with natural gas meters.
Tips on hiring a roofer
How's your roof holding up? If it is in need of a repair, or if you are in dire need of a new roof, the National Roofing Contractors Association reminds you to thoroughly evaluate potential roofing contractors. They offer these tips for homeowners:
A rural Brainerd family has three generations living under one roof.
Edina Realty is gearing up for Minnesota's March FoodShare Campaign to stock food shelves around the state.
Because of incomplete information provided The Dispatch, the following students were omitted from the published Washington Middle School honor roll for the first semester: seventh grade A honor roll, Mindy Vandebrake and Megan Thiesse; and sixth grade B honor roll, Tarissa Laughton.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 29 - 60 years ago (1944) - Construction of six new "Milwaukee" type cabooses for the S.P. & S. railroad on the west coast is under way at the Northern Pacific car shops here. The cabooses will be of wooden construction.
Helping kids is best medicine for ailing teacher Patti Uppgaard
I told my friends from high school this week that I was planning to write a column about Patti Uppgaard and I asked for their thoughts and memories of our former fourth-grade teacher, who was one of my favorite teachers at Pequot Lakes Elementary School.
Brainerd High School teacher Beth Bastian was named a semi-finalist for this year's Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Crow Wing Republican precinct caucus locations
Bay Lake -- Deerwood City Hall.
Where have all the big bluegills gone? Sunday's North Country will look into the mystery.
Vote to replace senior food service provider causes split
On a 6-to-5 vote Thursday that resulted in the abrupt resignation of a board member, the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center Board narrowly approved a proposal to replace its current food service provider.
Leap-year babies: How old are they now?
Carol Vogt of Brainerd received a Ken doll and a red Barbie mustang -- gifts a 12-year-old might receive -- Friday for her birthday from her staff at BISYS.
The Lowell School fourth-grader coloring a Patti's Brain Child logo in a Page 1A photograph Friday should have been identified as Joey Winch.
In March, U.S. Bank branches will become community collection sites for cash and food donations for area food drives as part of the Minnesota FoodShare campaign.
Open for business
When the bell rings signaling the end of the class period, it's almost like rush hour in the Warrior Outlet store.
County employee in stable condition after being pinned under truck
A Crow Wing County Highway Department employee was listed in stable condition Saturday after being pinned under a pickup truck Friday, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
DFLers hope for high turnout at caucuses
Brainerd lakes area residents who can't wait for the 2004 campaign to start in earnest will chew the political fat Tuesday night when precinct caucuses convene at 7 p.m.
Missota permanently lays off employees
Missota Paper Co. employees this week received notices of a permanent layoff, although efforts to find a buyer for the plant will continue, Missota executives said Friday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Peggy Rowan of Route 4, Brainerd, hung her wash to dry even though the temperature only climbed to 30 degrees. The South Long Lake area resident said that she dries her clothes outside through most of the winter.
Brainerd man pleads guilty to assault
A Brainerd man arrested for his involvement in a Jan. 12 altercation at the Holiday Station Store has pleaded guilty to an assault charge.
Making a difference
March is Minnesota Food Share Month. In Monday's Dispatch read about a longtime Salvation Army volunteer who strives to make a difference in the lives of those who need the area food shelf.
Ronald G. Fletcher
MESA, Ariz. -- Ronald Gene Fletcher, age 73, of Emily and Mesa, Ariz., died Wednesday
Leonard 'Ole' Howard
Leonard "Ole" Howard, 73, of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Clarence C. Young
Clarence C. Young, age 74, of Backus, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Pine River. He was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Mehurin Township Lac Qui Parle County to Clarence and Lois (Ruby) Young. He married Lois Gulbranson on Oct. 21, 1950.
ST. MATHIAS -- Hazel Harrison, 90-year-old resident of St. Mathias, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Elsye T. (Hyovalti) Groehler
AITKIN -- Elsye T. (Hyovalti) Groehler, age 92, of Aitkin, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
ROYALTON -- Gertrude Holdvogt, age 93, a resident of Royalton, Minn., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at St. Benedict's Senior Care Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
William O. Pigman
GREENVILLE, Mich. --William Ole Pigman, age 77, of Greenville, Mich., died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004,
LITTLE FALLS -- Mabel Larson, 95-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Lisa S. Mooers
DEERWOOD -- Lisa Susan Mooers, age 40, of Deerwood, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at her home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Verna Leikvoll, 78-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Laura M. Amundson
STAPLES -- Laura Myrtle Amundson went to her heavenly home on Feb. 25, 2004, at the Staples Care Cent
Hanley 'Red' L. Lord
Hanley "Red" L. Lord, age 92, of Brainerd, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
CROSBY -- Louise Marxen, 78, Crosby, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born July 2, 1925, in Portland, Maine, to Loren and Ruth Kent. She was a member of the Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Auxiliary No. 557, Deerwood.
Open Forum word limit is 300 words
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Gibson could have been more sensitive
WASHINGTON -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is a powerful example of devotional art -- that is, art as a form of prayer and a vehicle for transmitting religious feeling.
Ole Howard - Dispatch Editorial
Everybody in Brainerd knew Leonard "Ole" Howard, or so it seemed.
It's interesting how some parents wear their child's poor eating habits like a badge. Just because a child is not obese does not mean he or she is healthy. In Thursday's Dispatch there was an article headline stating, "Americans still don't get it when it comes to health." To guide a child to eat "a lot of junk food and pop" only makes the above headline painfully obvious.
Missota must be sold
Missota has three of four necessary ingredients for operating the paper mill.
The Democratic presidential candidate contest will be one of the main items of business for attendees at the DFL precinct caucuses on Tuesday, March 2. We are hoping for a very large turnout so our north country Democrats will have a meaningful say in the determination of a candidate to oppose President Bush and his policies.
I'm writing in response to an article I read in a recent Open Forum by a younger Brainerd woman, "saving our students." I believe it was a good article for parents to read.
Caucuses are being held on March 2 in Minnesota. This is your opportunity to participate in our electoral process. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, in between, or on the extremes, if you don't show up, someone else will be making decisions for you.
Follow the migrants
Warmer temperatures are moving my mindset from mud in the ditches back to the middle of the road. In spite of the snow a sense of spring is in the air. Squirrels are busy chasing each other and many birds are starting to sing spring songs.
The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, designed for women interested in learning or expanding their outdoor skills, is offering 30 classes in 2004. New programs include a survival course, bowhunting education, kayaking classes and a wider range of options for those who want to hunt.
Notes from along the PWT
-- Amateur openings remain. Phone 829-1648 or log onto the In-Fisherman Web site at www.in-fisherman.com
Panfish become the main attraction
Permanent fish houses have to be off the ice by midnight Feb. 29 here in the Brainerd area. But this doesn't mean that ice fishing is history for the year. The panfish bite is only going to get better.
New fishing regulations set
New fishing regulations this year will affect Lake Superior, Leech Lake Reservation, North and South Dakota border waters, Minnesota-Ontario border waters as well as 12 lakes throughout the state. New regulations are listed on page 5 of the fishing regulations booklet.
The panfish bite has really picked up in recent days. Lakes such as North Long, Nisswa, Roy, Cullen, Sylvan, and Crow Wing all are producing fish. Look for crappies to be hitting glow jigs tipped with wax worms or rosy red minnows in 28 to 30 feet of water. The majority of sunfish coming off these lakes are hitting in 4 to 10 feet of water.
MAKING A BIGGER BLUEGILL
Where have all the big bluegills gone?
PWT entrants anxious to test
For the first time in tour history, the Professional Walleye Trail will visit Cass Lake this summer.
I just want to express my thanks to Mary and the staff at the Baxter KFC.
Jennifer Meyer and Jeremy Daum were married Nov. 29, 2003, at Memorial Lutheran Church in St. Paul with the Rev. Jeffrey Kuddes of Austin officiating.
Everall "Ev" Huff will celebrate his 90th birthday from 2-3:30 p.m. March 6 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. The event will be hosted by his children, their spouses and grandchildren.
Sara Bain and Joel Ylinen announce their engagement. Parents are Jack and Sandy Bain, Clarissa, and Don and Cheryl Ylinen, Brainerd. An Aug. 14 wedding is planned at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.
With the military
Airman Recruit Aaron Franzen, son of John E. and Mary B. Franzen, Baxter, recently graduated from boot camp. He is stationed in Norfolk, Va.
Laurie Koponick and Justin Goble were married Oct. 4, 2003, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Holte officiating.
Valeri Hanson and Dennis Diller were married Dec. 27, 2003, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Ken Abramson officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Steven Maurice Schwartz, son, Ogden, Utah; Owen Patrick Schwartz, son, Brainerd; Hannah Northburg-Schwartz, daughter, Brainerd; Christopher Schwartz, fathe
Dick and Stell Waby will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-9 p.m. March 6 at Gary's Sports Bar in Ironton. No gifts please. The event is hosted by their children.
Area racers among sled dog winners
Ashley Magnuson, Jenaya Duval and Clyde Dockter, all of Brainerd, won events in the Lake Land Quest Sled Dog Race on South Long Lake last weekend.
Brainerd 12-U girls advance to region
The Brainerd Valvoline Instant Oil 12-under girls' hockey team placed third in the district tournament last weekend in Detroit Lakes and qualified for the region tournament March 5-7 at Bemidji.
Women's bowling champions crowned
Champions were determined Sunday in the Brainerd women's city bowling tournament at Jack's House.
Staples-Motley wins 20th straight game, Mid-State title
PARK RAPIDS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team secured the Mid-State Conference championship, and increased its winning streak to 20 games, with a 59-40 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers Thursday.
Sophomore boys lose to Alexandria
Alexandria defeated the Brainerd Warriors 69-57 in sophomore boys' basketball Thursday.
Lake Region Christian isn't a school long in basketball history, but Brandon Courts is changing that.
Alex overpowers Eller, Brainerd
It was a good day for Alexandria Cardinals head boys' basketball coach, John Holsten.
Perpich named to all-state squad
ST. PAUL -- There's only one way to describe Katie Perpich's final season as a Brainerd Warriors gymnast.
Dec. 11 Little Falls 143.075-121.8
BHS' big hurdle
In Ty Eigner's five seasons as head coach of the Brainerd boys' hockey team the Warriors have played the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks extremely close in four games but have yet to win.
Spuds mash Warrior girls
The Brainerd Warriors received a sneak preview of who might win the Section 8, Class 4A girls' basketball championship.
MINNEAPOLIS -- On paper, the game should have been over at halftime.
Quick change artist
Chelsea Lundgren excels at adjusting.
Balance beam falls, Deyo's illness lead to seventh-place finish
ST. PAUL -- There should be a petition to change Murphy's Law to Maras' Law.
Scull propels C-I past Aitkin
CROSBY -- Tyler Scull scored 21 points for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers as they defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 63-56 in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
The Brainerd Warriors defeated Moorhead 39-33 in junior varsity girls' basketball Friday. Alison LeBlanc had eight points for Brainerd.
Smith, S-M tame Wolverines
WADENA -- Josh Smith had 21 points and Chad Beaver 16 in the Staples-Motley Cardinals' 64-41 Mid-State Conference boys' basketball victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Thursday.
Flyers, W-DC to play for section title
WILLMAR -- Steven Festler had a hat trick and the game-winning goal for the Little Falls Flyers as they defeated Willmar 4-3 in a Section 4, Class 1A boys' hockey semifinal Friday.
Cards finish regular season with 21 straight victories
STAPLES -- Jacque Peterson and Michelle Honek led the Staples-Motley Cardinals to their 21st straight victory, 71-45, over the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers in non-conference girls' basketball Friday.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Partly cloudy. Mild with highs from the mid 40s to the middle 50s. Cooler near lake michigan.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the 40s north to near 60 south.
State forecast for minnesota
...Wind advisory today northwest...
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Sunny. Highs around 40 north to the mid 50s southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter storm watch southern half for tonight through monday...
State forecast for south dakota
Winter storm watch for southwest saturday through sunday...
Fish are biting
Weather drawing by Jenna Hollingsworth in the Riverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer.
Let's go skiing
Weather drawing by Carlea Franzen of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter storm watch northwest sunday through monday night...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Areas of fog early east half. Mild with highs in the 40s.
State forecast for north dakota
...Wind advisory today east...
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm warning black hills tonight through monday...
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Friends of the Library will hold their spring used book sale March 25-27. Donations for the book sale may be dropped off during regular library hours. All proceeds from the book sale benefit Brainerd Public Library.
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