New County Market opens in Aitkin
Paulbeck's County Market opened Tuesday along U.S. 169 across from Pamida in Aitkin.
Just like the real thing
That is one objective for Central Lakes College students who are about to embark on a career search after completing most of the assigned work for an accounting degree from CLC.
Julie Vreeland joined Bremer Bank as a nonprofit resource specialist.
Pillager School Board Committee meetings
These recalls were issued this week from February 24 to March 1 by various Federal and State agencies.
Cass County Sheriff's Report
WALKER - The Cass County Sheriff's Department reports the following activity for the week of Feb. 12- 18, 2007.
Brainerd City Council
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Crow Wing County
Tuesday 3:30 p.m. Planning Commission full board on-site, Poland property, Sec. 12, Deerwood T. 4 p.m. Interviews for Board of Adjustment at-large vacancy, Central Services Conference Room.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
LAKES AREA SENIOR
BAXTER - Brent Gunsbury and Paul Bendzick of Bercher Design and Construction of Baxter recently attended the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.
Built to succeed
Two large architectural and construction companies in Baxter recently received Excellence in Construction Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors at the ABC's 2006 Awards of Excellence in Construction banquet in Minneapolis.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
Appreciation of thank you goes out to all sponsors, supporters and community that contributed to Close-Up Magic Shows Feb. 3 at Westgate Mall. It attracted 400-500 people and benefited the Women's Center of Mid-Minnesota and the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center.
She wants to learn new things
Most of the Child In Need columns in recent months have featured the need for male mentors to be partnered with the long list of boys we have on our waiting list. However, for the first time in many months, girls now outnumber boys on our waiting list. This week we turn our attention to little girls made of sugar and spice and everything nice and eagerly waiting for an adult partner.
Adult volunteer of the month - Ron Anderson
Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club to meet
AITKIN - The Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative building, east of the intersection of Highways 169 and 210 in downtown Aitkin. Darlene Seguin will present "Color Coordination In The Garden." Area gardeners are welcome to attend. Hostesses are Felicia Forder and Barbara Brandt.
Youth volunteer of the month - Ross Duval
Our son just finished his 2nd year as a Brainerd Squirt hockey player. He was lucky to have both Matt Reid and Terry Dolan as coaches, and we would like to thank them for all their hard work and all that they taught him. Because of their role-modeling, instruction and expectations, he has learned how to set personal goals and work hard to achieve them as well as be a member of a team. He learned how to win with sportsmanship and handle the disappointment that comes with losing. Most importantly, he learned to be responsible and mindful that when he is playing in another city he represents Brainerd.
Volunteer Opportunities for March 2007
AMERICAN RED CROSS - Tom Bickford 218-821-3598
A respite for caregivers of children with special mental health needs
The Family Links program of Crow Wing County helps families stay together, promotes family stability, and helps improve the lives of children with serious emotional disturbances (SED).
Friday will be a snow day
Students at several area schools, including the Brainerd School District, may have gone to sleep with a smile Thursday night, knowing that they didn't have to go to school Friday.
Self-checkout stations arrive at Brainerd library
The Brainerd Public Library now has two self-checkout stations in which patrons can electronically check out library material - instead of checking out material at the front desk.
Case could mean billions in tax refunds
WASHINGTON - An ad hoc group of accountants and lawyers may be close to winning a federal court battle that could help millions of investors claim billions of dollars in overpaid federal taxes the past 15 years.
Due to the amount of snowfall, the Barstool Races scheduled Saturday night at Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake were rescheduled to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Thursday was a school day, not snow day, for most kids
Mother Nature shook the Brainerd lakes area like a giant snow globe Thursday as heavy snow fell for much of the day.
COMING THURSDAY IN ENTERTAINMENT
Star on the rise
Garfield Elementary School students lined up to board school buses Thursday after school. District 181 schools will be closed Friday. Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls
A horse ran through deep snow Friday in a pasture near Buehler Road.
Basketball and books
Brainerd High School basketball player Mitch Means read to first-grade students Thursday at Harrison Elementary School. BHS basketball players demonstrated their pre-game warmup for the students in the gym and read books and answered questions.
ADVICE ON THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Many students in the Brainerd School District are registering for their classes for next fall. It can be a tough decision to decide what courses to take. Do you take the classes you want to take or do you take the courses that may benefit you in college or your future career?
Snow emergency declared in Brainerd
A snow emergency has been declared in Brainerd effective at 4 a.m. Friday.
COMING FRIDAY IN HOUSING
There is hope
Are you a March Madness bracketologist? Are you involved in a college basketball pool at the office or in your neighborhood? If you're one of millions of people with March Madness fever, contact Dispatch sports writer Troy Gunderson with your story.
This was Brainerd
Jeff DeVaney, who teaches visual arts to the sixth- and seventh-graders, has been selected the 1987 Brainerd Teacher of the Year.
"Considering what we're looking at, I guess we've done a lot worse in weather like this."
There's snow doubt about it
Aitkin received the lion's share of the region's snowfall, with its numbers likely to total nearly 2 feet.
Traffic moved through downtown Brainerd as heavy snow continued Thursday afternoon. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
School closings and other weather-related announcements will be updated throughout the day. Here's what we have so far:
CenterPoint Energy sets March natural gas price
CenterPoint Energy set the March natural gas price for residential customers in Minnesota at $1.07 per therm.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 2 - 40 years ago (1967) - Clem Koering has been named Elk of the year by the Brainerd Lodge. Koering was selected for the honor because of his activities both in the Lodge and the community as a whole. He has been an Elk for more than 30 years.
THE LION ROARS
Heavy snow and high winds slammed the Brainerd area Thursday, closing schools and businesses, canceling flights and creating white-out conditions on roads.
Ann E. Morrill
MOTLEY - Ann E. Morrill, age 90, of Motley, passed away late Friday evening, March 2, 2007, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Roger Pickar, age 68, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at his home.
CROSSLAKE - Robert Garin, 75, of Crosslake, died late Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, in Bullhead City, Ariz. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
Audrey M. Evanson
Audrey M. Evanson, age 78, of Brainerd, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at her home.
Stanley H. Miller
LITTLE FALLS - Stanley H. Miller, age 90 of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, March 2, 2007, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
Karen Carlson Christensen
DULUTH - Karen Carlson Christensen, age 47 of Duluth, and formerly of Aitkin, died on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, in Duluth.
Ruth Hanson, 82, Brainerd, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007, at her home in Brainerd.
CUSHING - Ben Larson, age 84 of Cushing, Minn., passed away Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn.
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Roger Pickar, age 68, resident of Brainerd, passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, March 1, 2007. Roger was born in Brainerd, the son of Clarence (Blackie) and Edna Pickar. He lived most of his life in the Brainerd lakes area. Roger graduated from Washington High School in 1956. Roger was a member of Millwright Union Local No. 05348, F.O.E. Aerie No. 207 and Moose Lodge No. 1246. He worked as construction manager on several projects for Kraft Foods in Melrose and Albany, Minn.
Robert Barsness, 71, of Brainerd, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. In accordance with Robert's wishes, private family services are entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Floyd H. Britton
Floyd H. Britton, 93, Brainerd, passed away Friday, March 2, 2007, at his home in Brainerd.
ROYALTON - Marian Kasella, age 85 of Royalton, Minn., passed away Saturday, March 3, 2007, at St. Otto's Care Center in Royalton, Minn.
Sandra J. Cook
REMER - Sandra Jean Cook, 62, Remer, died Feb. 28, 2007. Sandra was born Feb. 10, 1945, daughter of Clarence and Mary (Modert) Morgan.
Donald G. Barhorst
Donald George Barhorst, age 62, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at his home. Donald was born on Aug. 7, 1944, in Melrose, Minn., to George and Mary (Weber) Barhorst.
Why does a wheel appear to be rotating backwards when seen on TV or in a movie but when seen by the eye in real life, appears to be rotating forward? Some people say that I have too much time on my hands. What do you think?
Army reshuffling is cosmetic
Thursday The Post reported that Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley heard years ago from a veterans advocate and even a member of Congress that outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center was distressingly squalid and disorganized. That commander proceeded to do little, even though he lives across the street from the outpatient facilities in a spacious Georgian house. Also Thursday, the Army announced that Maj. Gen. George Weightman, the head of Walter Reed since August, had been relieved of his command. His temporary replacement? None other than Kiley.
Open Forum: Brainerd-made quilts sent to military hospitals
In 2006 the Brainerd area Quilts of Valor sent 213 quilts to military hospitals. These quilts are given to wounded soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
OUR OPINION: CRIME RECORDS
At times, the Minnesota Legislature moves at a snail-like pace. Other times we wish someone would slam on the brakes - at least long enough for lawmakers to actually read and think about what they're passing.
From coast to coast, more than 45 million readers, both young and old, are gearing up for the nation's largest reading celebration - the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day.
NORTH COUNTRY CALENDAR
March 8 - "Bird facts you never knew" by naturalist/author Stan Tekeila, Northland Arboretum, 7 p.m.
Farm bill to include biofuels
How and where to grow sources of renewable energy, or biofuels, will be part of the next farm bill.
Every eight seconds another unwanted pet dies
Repeat after me: one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four, one thousand five, one thousand six, one thousand seven, one thousand eight.
Where did he catch'em?
After a successful fishing trip we all get asked where we were fishing. And all of us have exaggerated the truth. OK., maybe not everyone, but most fishermen aren't 100 percent truthful.
Catch-and-release is common
for all but panfish
After reeling in a big crappie on Red Lake recently, I thought, "Why don't I release this fish?"
Learn uncommon facts about common birds
Stan Tekiela, naturalist, author and wildlife photographer, will present "Uncommon facts about common Minnesota birds" at 7 p.m. on March 8 at the Northland Arboretum.
Wedding planned - Holly Trom and Peter Alsleben
Holly Trom and Peter Alsleben announce their engagement. Parents are Greg and Tammy Trom, Hayfield, and Jerel and Jane Alsleben, Brainerd. A May 12 wedding is planned at Blooming Prairie.
Joshua and Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson and Joshua Johnson were married June 9, 2006, at Lakewood Church in Baxter with Ken Abramson and Randy Junker officiating.
Engagement announced - Rebecca Reineck and Benjamin Thuringer
Rebecca Reineck and Benjamin Thuringer announce their engagement. Parents are Richard and Vicki Reineck, Baxter, and Brian and Deborah Thuringer, Brainerd. A September wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Wedding planned - Jill Beckman and Andy Keehr
Jill Beckman and Andy Keehr announce their engagement. Parents are Janice and Jerome Koosmann, Brooklyn Park, and Beady and Darv Keehr, Little Falls. A March 10 wedding is planned in Little Falls.
CHRIS AND HANNAH ERICKSON
Hannah Cunningham and Christopher Erickson were married June 3, 2006, in Pittsburgh with the bride's father, the Rev. Ray Cunningham, officiating.
30th anniversary - David and Vicki (Ekdahl) Schliek
David and Vicki (Ekdahl) Schliek, Baxter, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with family and friends. They were married March 5, 1977, in Alexandria.
Wedding planned - Delinda Blanck and Marc Rood
Delinda Blanck and Marc Rood announce their engagement. Parents are Howard "Jiggs" and Kathryn Blanck, Brainerd, and Douglas and Vida Rood, Bloomington. A June 1 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd with a reception at Cragun's.
Wedding planned - Cassandra Stage and Dean Schliek II
Cassandra Stage and Dean Schliek II announce their engagement. Parents are Rodney Stage, Morton, Ill., and Laura Mitchell, Garrison, and David and Vicki Schliek, Baxter. A May 12 wedding is planned at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
RON AND TERI PRUSHEK
Teri Borash and Ron Prushek were married Feb. 14, 2007, at C-I Presbyterian Church in Crosby with the Rev. Norma Spurgin officiating.
30th anniversary - Bob and Kathy Anderson
Bob and Kathy Anderson, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Feb. 28, 1977.
It's all about love
As March begins we can look back to Valentine's Day and ahead to the coming springtime (we hope) and all the hype about love! Whether it's the love we celebrate on Valentine's Day or the springtime feeling that "love is in air,", it is all about love.
What do the social sciences and the Bible say about "forgiveness?" Don Belton will lead a conversation about this during the 9 a.m. adult forum Sunday as well as March 11 and 18 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Jensen pinned in opener
ST. PAUL - Tyler Jensen wrestled about as well as possible but discovered there's a reason why Wayzata's David Zilverberg is ranked second in Class 3A.
Agree, Williams win BHS awards
Scott Agree and Chelsea Williams were named boys' and girls' Most Valuable Skiers during Monday's Brainerd Warriors Alpine ski team end-of-season banquet at Cragun's.
The spring sports parent/coach conferences for middle level athletes are scheduled for 4-7 p.m. March 12 in the main lobby at the Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
Monson is man in the middle
It hasn't taken long for Dustin Monson to make a name for himself.
Martin, Gulla lead pro snocross standings
WHITE BEAR LAKE - With victories in the Pro finals during last weekend's double national event at the AMSOIL Eagle River Derby Track, Ross Martin and TJ Gulla now lead the Pro Open and Pro Stock point standings, respectively, going into this weekend's Air Force Canterbury Snocross at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.
Gobblers plucked in semifinals
ST. PAUL - When Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City knocked off top-ranked and defending champion Canby in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A state wrestling tournament Wednesday, it shocked the rest of the field.
Raiders open against tough Wisconsin school
This time the Central Lakes College men's basketball team didn't wait another 37 years between trips to the region tournament.
ALBANY - Megan Carlson and Rachel Sebasky each scored eight points for the eighth-seeded Pillager Huskies as they were defeated by the top-seeded Albany Huskies 60-32 in a Subsection 19, Section 6-2A quarterfinal girls' basketball game Friday.
Binek breezes through semis
ST. PAUL - Looking down into the tunnel where the wrestlers waited before heading to the mat for their upcoming state matches, one wrestler loomed larger than the rest.
Area games postponed
The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Alexandria has been rescheduled to 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Lone Ranger advances
ST. PAUL - Call him the Lone Ranger.
Warriors' Lingwall wrestles for third
ST. PAUL - What better place than the state tournament to erase an unpleasant memory.
S-M's Binek cradles his way to semis
ST. PAUL - Before a Staples-Motley wrestler laces up his shoes, he learns the Staples Cradle. It's a devastating move that was taught long ago by legendary Cardinals coach Don Dravis as his teams won seven state championships.
It's C-I vs. Pierz for title
ST. PAUL - Two of the youngest and most talented wrestlers in the Brainerd lakes area, Pierz's Clint Poster and Crosby-Ironton's Brad Hofstrand, are poised to win their first, of what could be, a long run of state titles. Too bad only one of them will come away with the championship hardware.
Warriors' Stanfield selected as All-Star
Brainerd Warriors senior Landon Stanfield has recently been selected to participate in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) All-Star Series.
Phillips named to All-MIAC squad
Anderson hopes to swim 3 times Saturday
It's all about the taper.
Pequot pays back S-M with 73-48 win
STAPLES - Jon Parker scored 19 points for Class 2A's sixth-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots as they avenged an earlier loss to the Staples-Motley Cardinals by defeating them 73-48 in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Sheley coming of age
Taylor Sheley is shinning bright at the right time.
Move creates four days of wrestling paradise
ST. PAUL - The state wrestling coaches association should take a bow (or do a takedown) for their decision to expand their state tournament to four days instead of three.
Weather drawing by Brandon Brightbill of Mrs. Schmidt's third-grade class at Eagle View Elementary.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Breezy southeast. Highs in the upper teens
State forecast for Iowa
...Blizzard warning in effect until 6 am cst this morning for
State forecast for N.D.
Blizzard warning today central and east...
State forecast for South Dakota
Blizzard warning central and east until 600 am cst...
State forecast for Minnesota
Blizzard warning in effect for southwest and far western
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Breezy. Areas of blowing snow southwest
State forecast for S.D.
Blizzard warning east through this afternoon...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning until noon for ashland...Bayfield and iron counties...
Wisconsin state forecast
Blizzard warning today for douglas county...
Weather drawing by Ava Figliuzzi of Mrs. Larson's second-grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for Iowa
Blizzard warning in effect until 6 pm for portions of northern
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