Getting a realistic view of the office
What is life going to be like on the job after school graduation?
A helping hand for job seekers
Job hunts are stretching even longer for the growing number of unemployed. Try not to be ashamed of losing a position, urges Jamaica Eilbes, a recruiter for staffing company Manpower Inc. "Everybody knows somebody who's been let go," she said.
New flea market to cover A to Z
Getting a deal or being able to sell your own wares - from afghans to zucchinis - may be the grassroots version of an economic stimulus plan.
WSN announces new shareholders Professional engineers Jeff Kuhn, Curt Meyer and Aric Welch were recently named as the three newest shareholders of Widseth Smith Nolting.
Where teens may find jobs this summer
NEW YORK (AP) - Summer may be months away, but for teens hoping to find jobs, the time to start looking is now.
In a factbox about health care career options on Feb. 22, the list of cities with medical centers working with Central Lakes College should have included Staples.
CenterPoint Energy offers tips to customers
Although lower natural gas prices have brought some relief, the number of customers behind on their natural gas bill has increased by almost 25 percent since last month.
803 Kingwood St., Brainerd
Brainerd High School graduate Whitey Skoog, who went on to play basketball at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Lakers, had his Gophers uniform number retired.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
The Soup Queen
Gert Kuschel of Brainerd is known for sharing her soup with friends and neighbors.
INVESTIGATION- A blotter report that was on Page 6A Friday involving a woman who reported that she felt she was being followed out to her car at Central Lakes College by an unknown male was unfounded. The woman stated she turned around, sprayed him in the face with over-the-counter Mace and took off running to her car. After a police investigation, it was found that the woman gave a false report. No charges were filed against the woman.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a call at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence at 12809 Lakewood Lane in Baxter.
An 82-year-old Baxter man was injured when the driver of the vehicle he was riding in lost control, crossed the median and struck a southbound vehicle at 10:15 a.m. Thursday on Highway 371 at Glory Road in Baxter, Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said.
Matthew and Ann (Hobday) Graeve, Little Falls, a girl, Margaret Flanagan, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, Feb. 20, 2009. Grandparents are Roger and Margie Graeve, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Tom and Kathleen Hobday, St. Cloud.
INFORMATION - A woman reported at 7 p.m. Wednesday that she felt she was being followed out to her car at Central Lakes College by an unknown male. She stated she turned around, sprayed him in the face with over-the-counter Mace and took off running to her car. No physical assault occurred. She had no description other than a male wearing a dark coat and a dark baseball-type hat. Officers were unable to locate any suspects.
COLOR IN THE DARK OF WINTER
Colorful flowers may help lift your spirits if this long, cold winter has given you the blues.
CROSSLAKE - Loni Hiles, an Edina real estate agent in Crosslake, recently achieved the Certified Residential Specialist designation awarded by the National Association of Realtors Council of Residential Specialists.
The Brainerd Lakes Early Childhood Coalition along with co-sponsors Early Child and Family Education (ECFE) and Tri-County Community Action Council (TCC) announce an upcoming free training for parents, grandparents, caregivers, child care professionals, early education professionals and other interested community members.
Volunteers of the month
Linda Larson and Micah Gustafson
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1949) - A twin-engine Lockheed Electra winged its way to Brainerd this morning to kick off airline passenger, mail and express service. Freezing rain and poor visibility halted service shortly afterward, though the flight continued on to Hibbing on instruments.
AMERICAN RED CROSS Tom Bickford 821-3598
Motley man pleads guilty to porn charge
MOTLEY - A 55-year-old Motley man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to possessing child pornography.
We will, each and every one of us, have to compromise on certain things we care about.
Chickamaw Beach home lost to fire
PINE RIVER - Pine River firefighters battled a house fire Friday in the Chickamaw Beach area, just east of the city.
Winter weather makes for wild school bus ride
Thirty-four Brainerd students got a startling ride home from school during Thursday's winter storm after a vehicle - driven by a Brainerd High School student - lost control and struck their school bus head-on.
Baxter banker hired as Brainerd biz manager
The Brainerd School District has hired a Baxter banker as its new director of business services.
'Night at Oscars' nets $4,800 for student emergencies
A gala built around the Academy Awards attracted 150 guests and raised just more than $4,800 for an emergency fund to help Central Lakes College students in Brainerd and Staples.
In wake of fire, life goes on for farm family
Where once sat Curt Kleinschmidt's livelihood now sits a plot of charred, broken earth.
Insulin pump eases the fight against diabetes
When Michael Lyscio was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four months ago, his mom, Connie, pulled him out of his fourth-grade class at Baxter Elementary School to tell him the news.
For the birds
Fresh snow Thursday coated a flock of flamingoes, which were placed overnight in the yard of a home on Riverside Drive in Brainerd. The sun-loving plastic birds appeared out of place after a prankster covered the homeowner's yard.
Molnau to speak at Crow Wing County GOP convention
Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau will be the keynote speaker when the Crow Wing County Republicans host their annual convention March 14 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Contemporary and inspirational singer Ginger Millermon will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Journey Church in downtown Nisswa.
Sponsors sought for the Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure
The Brainerd Lakes Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is seeking businesses and individuals who wish to support the 10th annual Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure as event sponsors.
Know the signs of Diabetes
Diabetes often goes undetected because many of its symptoms seem so harmless.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1989)
Earl A. Severin
AITKIN - Funeral arrangements for Earl A. Severin, 88, of Aitkin, are pending at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
Julie A. Smith
PIERZ - Julie A. Smith, 81-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn.
Karl 'Todd' E. Hardy
Karl "Todd" Ellsworth Hardy, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, with his family by his side.
Dale J. Finch
Dale J. Finch, age 83, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at his home. Dale was born May 31, 1925, in Montevideo, Minn., to Lynn and Cora (Berge) Finch. He was a World War II veteran, a member of the American Legion and First Lutheran Church.
Eula J. Williams
Eula Jane Weaver Williams was born on April 17, 1924, in Brainerd, Minn. She moved to her eternal home on Feb. 23, 2009.
Loraine Dalzell Dickinson
ROCHESTER - Loraine Dalzell Dickinson, 90, of Rochester, Minn., joined her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. She had been lovingly cared for at Seasons Hospice during a brief illness.
PILLAGER - Frances Pratt, 93, of Pillager, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.
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I attended the listening session held in Brainerd last Friday morning.
OUR OPINION: TRANSPORTATION
Gov. Tim Pawlenty would like to have it both ways. When he spoke to the Brainerd Lakes Chamber last week he said the nation needed a stimulus bill, but the end result was not one he would have crafted. Later that day his criticism was more pointed.
I found the Dispatch's choice to run the editorial (Thursday's Other Opinion from the Washington Post) critical of easing of gun restrictions in national parks to be interesting, as the Dispatch itself ran stories that clearly illustrates the real threats. August 2007, five adults and one juvenile terrorized campers with gunfire, including shots fired in their direction and death threats. One of the guns involved was an AK-47. One horrified family was told they'd be killed and their daughter would be raped. This all occurred not in some far-flung urban park, but in remote campsites within Minnesota's own BWCA.
State banks that had a brain
I come from a state with many sound, responsible banks. To borrow from our unofficial poet laureate, Garrison Keillor, Minnesota is a place where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the bankers are above average.
President Obama is promising Planned Parenthood FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act) knowing that 13 percent of the female population in the United States are minority women having 36 percent of the abortions. We do not have the right to sacrifice one group to appease another. Prenatal murder is not a religious or philosophical debate. It is a civil rights issue. The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, has spoken openly and often of her family's pro-life stance. She asked the question, How can the dream survive if we murder the children? Her uncle said, Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
OUR OPINION: U-TURNS
Good ideas come from a variety of sources - even the often-criticized Vox Pop.
OUR OPINION: TOWN HALL
Criticism of the Minnesota Legislature's Feb. 20 town hall meeting in Brainerd seemed a little harsh in our estimation. As political meetings go there were several positive attributes to the gathering at Washington Educational Services Building.
Tough times, but hope springs eternal - for spring
It's been a long winter, eh?
JASON AND AMY MJOLSNESS
Amy Meyer and Jason Mjolsness were married Feb. 11, 2009, at Sandals Resort in Montego Bay in Jamaica.
Erica Lundgren and Steven Perpich Jr.
Erica Lundgren and Steven Perpich Jr. announce their engagement. Parents are Dale and Lisa Lundgren, Crosby, and Steven Perpich Sr., Crosby.
Lila Stuckmayer, Brainerd, will celebrate her 95th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. March 8 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Rachael Rousu and Nathan Lee
Rachael Rousu and Nathan Lee announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Debby Rousu, Fort Ripley, Colleen Rousu, Brainerd, and Larry and Chris Lee, Baxter.
Darold and Lois Voss
Darold and Lois Voss, Brainerd, will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary with their family.
Elaine Wold and Bronson Windorski
Elaine Wold and Bronson Windorski announce their engagement. Parents are Ann and Robb Peterson, Staples, and Jan and Donny Windorski, Crosby.
Mallory Yelenich and Adam Huss
Mallory Yelenich and Adam Huss announce their engagement. Parents are Kim Yelenich, Parkville, and Scott Obeidzinski, Hastings, and Steve and Paula Huss, Staples.
Phyllis deRosier, East Gull Lake, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. March 8 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd.
Yeager four generations
Four generations recently gathered were Nicholas Yeager, son; Tim Yeager, father; Leon Yeager, grandfather; and Ralph Yeager, great-grandfather, all of Merrifield.
DEERWOOD - World Day of Prayer will be observed at 1:30 p.m. March 6 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. World Day of Prayer is an interfaith international movement in 179 countries when prayers "follow the sun" around the globe on this day of celebration. The worship program this year is "God's Wisdom Provides New Understanding," written by the women of Guyana. It calls us to be aware of the concerns of young women and youth impacted by globalization, migration, unemployment and underemployment, violence against young women.
Where is God?
Atheist, agnostic, theist. These all represent very different views of God. Atheists would claim that there is no God. An agnostic would say you can't know if there is a God and they don't care to know either way. Theists are those of us who know there is a God.
Lake Region loses state opener
PLYMOUTH - Anne Wallen scored 19 points as the Lake Region Christian Hornets rallied before falling to Karlstad 38-32 in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools tournament Thursday.
AREA BOYS' BASKETBALL
WADENA - Jordan Reed's two clutch free throws with eight seconds left put the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines up for good in a 61-58 Mid-State Conference upset of Class 2A's eighth-ranked Crosby-Ironton Rangers Friday.
Zillmer headlines area semifinalists
BRAHAM - Hayden Zillmer of Crosby-Ironton is one of 19 area wrestlers who advanced to Saturday's semifinals in the Section 7-1A wrestling tournament.
CLC women have high expectations
What a difference a year makes.
Rams edge Raiders at state
WILLMAR - Stephanie Neugebauer netted 22 points but the Central Lakes College basketball team was unable to avenge an early season loss to Anoka-Ramsey, falling 59-56 in the quarterfinals of the MCAC state tournament Friday.
Raiders look to make 'state-ment'
The element of surprise won't work for the Central Lakes College Raiders this year.
Smith, Walker place in top 20
Brainerd Warriors Samantha Smith and Becky Walker cracked the top 20 in the Class 2A state gymnastics meet Friday at the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota.
AREA GIRLS' BASKETBALL
SEBEKA - Senior Mindy Howard scored a career-high 33 points and sophomore Emily Lueck's 11 points helped her reach 1,000 career points in the Pequot Lakes Patriots 84-82 non-conference victory over Sebeka Friday.
Warrior Liftathon set March 4-5
A record 210 lifters are scheduled to participate in the 19th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon March 4-5 at 3:30 p.m. both days in the Brainerd High School strength room.
Brainerd lets one slip away
Losing a game it should have won wasn't the way the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team wanted to end the regular season Friday.
Peeters, Skiba honored by MCAC
Central Lakes College basketball players C.J. Peeters and Becky Skiba have been named to Minnesota College Athletic Conference all-state teams.
Little Falls avoids crash landing to defeat Brainerd
Statistics can be deceiving.
Raiders advance to state semis
MINNEAPOLIS - Bam Glover and Quentin Wilford both dropped 20 points on the Fergus Falls Spartans to lead the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 78-64 victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the MCAC state tournament.
Two Road Crew, three Flyers in finals
CASS LAKE - Two Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers and two Little Falls Flyers advanced to the finals of the Section 8-2A wrestling tournament Saturday night.
Cardinals' Wolhowe inherits hoops gene
Craig Wolhowe isn't ready to relinquish his title as the most prolific scorer in family history just yet.
Kenseth goes for the record
LAS VEGAS - Even in a town where the house usually wins, it's a good bet Matt Kenseth could make NASCAR history this weekend.
Aitkin's Hoge handles pressure and Gobblers
Floor general. Leader. Captain. Point guard.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Wind chill advisory north... Extreme west and southwest this
The Nation's Weather
Moderate to heavy showers were expected for most of the East Coast on Saturday, with severe thunderstorms likely in the Southeast. Heavy downpours, possible tornadoes and hail were likely over southern Georgia, Alabama and northern Florida. Snow was forecast to develop over the Ohio River Valley and into the Northeast.
State forecast for Iowa
...Winter weather advisory in effect until 11 am for a small portion
Weather drawing by Nick Renner of Mrs. Czeck's first-grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy south and east early...Then decreasing clouds. Scattered very light snow or flurries in the morning south and east. Partly sunny elsewhere. Cold with highs from the mid teens north...To the mid 20s far south.
State forecast for N.D.
...Wind chill advisory northwest...Central and east this morning...
Alone in the snow
Weather drawing by Justin Toth in the Lowell first grade of Mrs. Czeck.
State forecast for Iowa
...Winter weather advisory in effect for portions of southwest
State forecast for North Dakota
.Rest of today...Sunny and continued cold. Highs 5 above northeast
State forecast for S.D.
Wind chill advisory east north of interstate 90 this morning...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today..Clear to partly cloudy. Highs from the teens east...To near 40 far southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory for ashland and iron counties until 10 am this morning...
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Afternoon flurries northeast. Highs 5
A Crow Wing County snowplow cleared snow on Riverside Drive Thursday morning after central Minnesota was blanketed with fresh snow.
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