A computer virus, disguised as an official-looking e-mail from a Brainerd/Baxter-based Internet provider, is now circulating throughout the World Wide Web, in an attempt to wreak havoc on computer systems.
Diane Stearns, New London, formerly of Brainerd, adopted a girl, Hannah Rose, born Feb. 1, 2003, in Guatemala. She was adopted Feb. 16, 2004. Grandparents are Harold and Ruthann Stearns, Brainerd.
Mike and Del Ria (Premo) Kerger, Pequot Lakes, a boy, Keean Mickael, 7 pounds, 1.7 ounces, Feb. 12, 2004. Grandparents are Bud and Mary Lee Kerger and Tom and Laura Bliss. Great-grandparents are Jim and DeLores Arrigoni.
Nicholas and Heather (Herbote) Benedett, Brainerd, a girl, Mya May, 5 pounds, Feb. 16, 2004. Grandparents are Ron and Kim Herbote, Brainerd, and Keith and Cindy Benedett, Cushing.
Study to be conducted on uses for Ah-Gwah-Ching
WALKER -- The Cass County Board approved an agreement with the state Tuesday to begin the Ah-Gwah-Ching reuse study, with the Cass County Economic Development Corp. designated as the lead agency to process the project.
Seminars on wastewater treatment solutions set
The University of Minnesota Extension will sponsor seminars to help residents and leaders of small Minnesota communities not currently served by a municipal sewage treatment plant start to find a viable wastewater treatment solution for their community.
County receives no interest in Pine River building space
WALKER -- Cass County didn't receive any response to advertising for proposals to lease or buy space from the county in the Community Resource Center in Pine River.
Emily Charter School promotes reading
EMILY -- Emily Charter School hosted "I Love to Read Night" on Feb. 23.
FISHING A lifetime sport
More than 100 fifth-graders at Baxter Elementary School played hooky last week, though none missed school.
Quilting, stained glass classes offered in Staples
STAPLES -- Staples Motley Community Education will offer a chance to finish something old and learn something new in upcoming classes. Pre-register by calling (218) 894-2497.
Quilting for a cause
For 31 years, the North Star Quilters have gathered once a week to make quilts for those in need of a warm, comforting blanket.
Pasture management workshop set in Leader
LEADER -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service will sponsor a pasture management workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Leader Town Hall, one-half mile north of Leader on Highway 84.
Readers share the love
Tim Fiebiger, a Central Lakes College photographic imaging technology student from Brooten, drew lots of hugs from kindergartners at Staples Elementary School. He played the role of a Dr. Seuss character, Cat in the Hat, and made the rounds to classrooms where other CLC students and staff were reading to children during Read Across America.
Hearings set on changes to Cass subdivision rules
WALKER -- Cass County will hold public hearings March 16 and April 6 at regular board meetings in Walker on proposed changes to the county Subdivision and Platting Ordinance.
Cass considering request to help fund survey of forest trails users
WALKER -- The Cass County Board delayed until the March 16 regular board meeting a decision on whether to share the cost with the DNR of two season employees for a survey of recreational trails users in the Foothills State Forest area.
Free tax assistance and filing is provided at the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College through a partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons and the Internal Revenue Service.
Moondance Jam exempt from midnight noise deadline
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to grant Bill Bieloh a 2004 exemption from the county mass gathering ordinance, which calls for events to cease sound amplification by midnight, for Moondance Jam.
Aitkin and CLC graduate talks to students about engineering
Adam Kuiken of Aitkin, a 2000 Aitkin High School graduate and alumnus of Central Lakes College, recently returned to CLC as a presenter for Engineering Day on the Brainerd campus.
Morrison County Rural School Picnic planned in May
LITTLE FALLS -- The second annual Morrison County Rural School Picnic is being planned for noon May 29 at the Morrison County Fairgrounds.
Cass board approves 2004 maintenance work on roads
WALKER -- Kris Lyytinen, assistant Cass County engineer, obtained county board approval Tuesday for 2004 maintenance work on county and state aid roads.
Cuyuna Range Women's Club raises $1,376 at card party
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club's annual benefit card party raised $1,376 for three area organizations.
Suspect had been in road rage case before
A 43-year-old Brainerd man arrested Tuesday in Baxter following what authorities believe was a road rage incident has been to court for a similar incident.
Quite a group
A Brainerd quilting guild has been providing warm, comforting quilts to disabled veterans and those in need. Read this story in Wednesday's Neighbors section.
A Crosslake man personified John Boley, an Army private on the most famous expedition in American history. Read about his presentation in Thursday's Dispatch.
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is serving as a food drop location for the 2004 Salvation Army Food Shelf drive.
Crow Wing Power customers along County Road 77 on the south and west sides of Gull Lake, Danielson Road, Smith Road, Gull Dam Road and Dewes Acres will experience a power interruption Thursday because of maintenance work.
The show will go on
HACKENSACK -- The proposed four-screen theater project in Hackensack will go on with or without JOBZ designation, developer Dennis Wickham said late Monday after returning from a vacation in Mexico.
Read a review of the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre play "Moon Over Buffalo" in the Tempo section Thursday.
Little Falls teachers could be reduced
LITTLE FALLS -- About 19.3 full-time equivalent teachers in the Little Falls School District may lose their jobs next school year and students may not be able to use the school libraries because they are proposed to be closed.
GOP welcomes race with Kerry
Although the marquee race was in the Democratic Party, Crow Wing County's Republicans, Greens and Independents also conducted caucuses Tuesday night.
City, peace group headed to mediation
In an effort to expedite a settlement with the peace group that was barred from marching in the Fourth of July parade the city of Brainerd has agreed to enter into mediation.
Walking in the fog
Robert and Lesli Brauer walked their dog, Cocoa, in the fog Monday afternoon along Southwest Fourth Street in Brainerd.
Council votes to back Missota
The city of Brainerd is putting its support behind Missota Paper Co.
Program on Arctic comes to Brainerd
Tim Leach, a nature photographer, and Peter Solomon, an Athabaskan native, will present "Images from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Paul Bunyan Nature Center.
Blood drive kickoff
Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc (left) and Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Mahle encouraged people to give blood as part of the kickoff of the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday at the National Guard Armory.
Oberstar to speak at Grand Casino Monday
ONAMIA -- U.S. Congressman James Oberstar and Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin will participate in an event Monday on the Mille Lacs Reservation.
Edwards stresses jobs
Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., said Monday that Minnesota, which conducts its political caucuses Tuesday, is fertile ground for his presidential campaign.
County DFL points to large turnout
Crow Wing County Democrats strongly backed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Tuesday, on the night he won nine of 10 state contests and virtually clinched his party's presidential nomination.
'The hole' could come alive
The city of Brainerd is getting behind Rhythm of the Rails' proposal to create a railroad theme park in "the hole" across Highway 210 from Franklin Junior High School.
Restraining order stays in effect for Czeczok
Until fall 2005, a restraining order will remain in effect against Jeff Czeczok, who is accused of making terroristic threats against council member Gary Scheeler.
BHS incident a mystery
Brainerd School District officials have yet to determine who may have released a noxious substance, what they believe was a self-defense spray, in the high school attendance office last week.
Auditor questions fitness program
It's too late for the Brainerd School District to take a warning from State Auditor Patricia Anderson about contracting with the National School Fitness Foundation.
Brainerd council to work on criteria for appointees
A committee has been formed to outline criteria for appointment to Brainerd committees, commissions and boards.
In perpetual motion
CROSBY -- Kaye Frey was remembered by Crosby acquaintances as a woman in perpetual motion who left a legacy of countless volunteer activities in addition to her role as a news reporter.
Area dance teams place at state tournament in Class A
The Aitkin dance team took first place in the Class A high kick division and second in jazz at the state tournament this past weekend.
BAXTER -- Road rage may be behind a shooting Tuesday morning in Baxter.
Cass board eyes project
WALKER -- The Cass County Board asked Region 5 Director Bob Hutton to obtain in writing a statement from the state regarding who has authority to say approve or deny JOBZ applications.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 3 - 20 years ago (1984) - Todd Erickson, 6'4" junior center who wound up his regular season slate with 26 points here Friday with a 19-69 loss to Co-Champion Willmar, has been named by loop coaches to the Central Lakes All Conference Boys Basketball team.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 2 - 80 years ago (1924) - Advertisement. Suits. If you are in need of a new spring suit at a savings this showing will prove interesting to you. You many choose a tailored tweed suit in tan, brown, grey or green. Only $19.75. J.C. Penney Co.
AITKIN -- Donald Hatcher, 65, of Aitkin, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. He was born Sept. 29, 1938, in Auburn, Ill., to Howard and Ann (Bell) Hatcher. On Sept. 28, 1968, in Plano, Ill. Donald was united in marriage to Juanita Bruce. They owned and operated Ross Lake Resort for more than 30 years.
AITKIN -- Donald Hatcher, 65, of Aitkin, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. Arrangements are pending with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
Leonard 'Ole' Howard
Leonard "Ole" Howard, 73, of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Aitkin County to Minnie and Peter Howard. He was united in marriage to Muriel Howard in Kimberly on June 6, 1953.
ROYALTON -- Eddie Decker, age 65, a resident of Royalton, Minn., passed away Monday, March 1, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Geneva A. Reyer
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Geneva A. Reyer, 92, of Glendale, Ariz., and Motley, Minn., passed away Feb. 28, 2004, in the home of her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter.
BACKUS -- Howard Rydin, age 80, of Backus, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
Norman H. Liebsch
BOWLUS -- Norman H. Liebsch, age 68, of Bowlus, Minn., passed away Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Donald A. Manske
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. -- Donald A. Manske, age 68, of St. Albans, Vt., and winter residence of Dade City, Fla., died on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at East Pasco Medical Center in Zephyrhills, Fla. He was born on July 10, 1935, in Crosby, Minn., to Fred and Mae (Dosch) Manske.
William F. Skarolid
ANDOVER -- William F. Skarolid, age 61, of Andover, formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Feb. 29, 2004. Preceded in death by parents, Harold and Myrtle. Survived by sons Joe (Theresa) and Bob; grandchildren, James, Joey, Justin and Sabrina; brother, James; nephew, Troy; many loving relatives and friends.
William 'Bill' Pomroy
AITKIN -- William "Bill" Pomroy, age 57, of Aitkin, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at the home of his daughter Christine Randall in Brainerd. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
CROSBY -- Kaye Frey, 85, Crosby, died Feb. 29, 2004, at home after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
STAPLES -- Margaret Sather, age 90, of Staples, died Monday afternoon, March 1, 2004, at the Staples Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 5, 2004, at 11:30 a.m. in Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Stephen Sveom officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Relatives will receive friends before the service at the church. Services have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
STAPLES -- Margaret Sather, age 90, of Staples, died Monday afternoon, March 1, 2004, at the Staples Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 5, 2004, at 11:30 a.m. in Fiath Lutheran Church with the Rev. Stephen Sveom officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Relatives will receive friends before the service at the church. Services have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
David J. Stanley
RANDALL -- David J. Stanley, 34 year old resident of Randall, Minn., passed away Feb. 28, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Shelle Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral chapel.
ROYALTON -- Eddie Decker, 65, Royalton, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Arrangements are with Brenny-Karlinski Funeral Home in Royalton, Minn.
PILLAGER -- Darlene Farber, age 65, of Pillager, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Let your legislators know your opinions
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
A recent writer bemoaned the loss of jobs in our city, state and country and somehow came to the conclusion that we have to get our priorities in order for the "average worker." This quaint liberal term reminds me of the late, lamented Paul Wellstone who took time from his busy schedule to have one of his staffers send me a two-page form letter warning of the dangers of "specious thinking."
The letter in Open Forum, Sunday, Feb. 22, is a good example of discrimination. The past unfair treatment of our American Indians, or other races, will never heal all the hurt that is held in the hearts of those who feel discriminated against. We cannot undo the past, but we can move forward to right those past wrongs.
The Brainerd School District could've saved $650,000 over two years if it would've given 1 percent less each year to the teachers' union. Teachers were given 4.85 percent increase over two years. A veteran first-grade teacher with a master's degree can make up to $60,000.
Pillager girls oust Pirates
PILLAGER -- Senior Whitney Hoheisel scored 19 points to help the Pillager Huskies girls' basketball team past the Verndale Pirates 55-30 in the opening round of the East Subsection 6, Class 1A tournament Monday.
It's been 37 years since Brainerd college made regionals
It was 37 years ago, but John Pecarich and Cal Carlson remember the 1966-67 Region 13 basketball tournament like it was yesterday.
Wolverines-Flyers winner will make history
For one team, history will be made, while the other is destined to repeat it.
BHS finishes regular season 5-20
Winning teams get the breaks.
BHS will be underdogs at state
A blink of an eye.
This Raiders team has lived up to the hype
As I sat in the empty Central Lakes College bleachers before a scrimmage between the Raiders and Northland in early November, CLC assistant coach Chris Costello filled my ear about each Raider player and how talented this year's team was.
Pioneers hope they are in good shape for state meet
Pierz Pioneers wrestling coach Mark Jensen shouldn't think twice the next time he has a family commitment.
Rangers win fifth straight
CROSBY -- Tyler Scull's 25 points led the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 55-49 decision over Hermantown in a non-conference boys' basketball game Monday.
Brainerd area racers competed in a World Snowmobile Association event in Brooklyn, Mich., last weekend.
BHS hopes to crown individual champ for fourth straight year
In each of the last three Class 3A wrestling tournaments the Brainerd Warriors have left the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with an individual state championship medal.
Warrior Liftathon slated March 10-11
One hundred and fifty lifters, will participate in the 14th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon March 10 and 11 at 3:30 p.m. both days in the Brainerd High School weight room.
Landon Stanfield scored 31 points to help the Brainerd Warriors past St. Cloud Tech 77-70 in sophomore boys' basketball Monday.
Holznagel named to all-state second team
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Each night, Neil McKenzie had to coax his daughter to come inside for dinner.
FIRST RESPONSE: Two area communities' stories
Hackensack and Longville area residents all live at least an hour from the nearest hospital.
PEQUOT LAKES -- A benefit dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pequot Lakes School for the family of Jackie and Rick Duoos.
A Norway pine was reflected in water along a Nisswa street.
Longville Ambulance Service keeps getting busier
LONGVILLE -- Longville Ambulance Service logged the highest number of calls in its history in 2003, with 260 runs. The number of annual runs has risen 75 percent since 1989.
Hackensack First Response grows into professional organization
HACKENSACK -- Hackensack First Response has grown from a few snowmobile club members former Cass County Sheriff Louis Chalich deputized in the mid-1970s to a highly professional crew of emergency medical volunteers today.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated drizzle or flurries. Highs from the low 30s northwest...To the mid 40s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Mostly cloudy. Highs from the mid 20s northwest to around
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow....Mainly this morning. Snow possibly mixed with light rain southeast. Highs in the 30s.
Safety first on the snowmobile
Weather drawing by Meghan Anderson in the Riverside third grade of Mrs. Schirmer.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Light snow likely northwest. A chance for rain or snow north and central...And a chance for rain far south and southwest. Highs from the mid 30s northwest...To the lower 40s southeast.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Some drizzle or flurries east. Highs in the 30s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Cloudy with periods of snow. Highs from 20 northwest to the
State forecast for Minnesota
Rest of today...Occasional snow north and central. Snow
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Patchy morning fog west. Highs in the 30s.
Weather drawing by Destiny Mankowski in the Riverside thrid grade of Mrs. Meyer.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...A chance of rain south with rain or snow north this
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