SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Monday estimate: 450. Last Monday: 434. Year Ago Monday: 327. Friday actual: 1098.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a shed fire at the home of Arden Berg on Pine Beach Road Monday.
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Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
Cass to hire deputy for Cass Lake area; nine counties talk about regional jail
PINE RIVER -- Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher obtained county board approval Tuesday to hire a Project Safe Neighborhood officer for the Cass Lake area.
Cass official: Make sure sewer system pumper is reputable
PINE RIVER -- Like hail damage to roofs, frozen sewer systems are bringing out some less-than-reputable service providers, Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks reported to the county board Tuesday.
Three C-I students advance to final round of state Brain Bee
CROSBY -- Seven students from Crosby-Ironton High School competed Saturday at the state Brain Bee at the University of Minnesota, with three students advancing to the final round.
Cass gets update on funds
PINE RIVER -- Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported to the county board Tuesday the county had $1,388,219 in undesignated money in the general fund at the end of 2002.
Cass panel to study possible liquor license fee hike, ordinance
PINE RIVER -- The Cass County Board established a temporary committee Tuesday to evaluate a possible county liquor license fee increase and a liquor license ordinance.
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Senior Citizens Club will meet and have its monthly potluck dinner 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Cuyuna Range Community Center, Crosby.
CLC sends 33 to promote reading among Staples elementary students
STAPLES -- Thirty-three students and staff members of Central Lakes College took time last week to read at Staples Elementary School as part of the Read Across America project begun four years ago as a memorial to the late author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Cass County sells $407,567 worth of timber at auction
PINE RIVER -- Cass County sold $407,567.90 worth of timber at a Jan. 30 auction, Land Commissioner Norm Moody reported Tuesday to the county board.
If it's broken, she can fix it
CROSSLAKE -- In an age when most things in society are disposable, Donna Lamke of Crosslake is breathing new life into broken treasures.
Student helps student as part of new program at CLC
"It may take me a little longer than two years," says Paula Webb, a 54-year-old Brainerd grandmother, "but the doors have been unlocked and TRIO has taught me not to count myself out."
Healthy Beginnings helps parents during baby's first year
A cry pierces the wee hours of the morning. I drag myself out of the warm covers and scoop the baby into my arms.
CLC natural resources alumni to reunite
When the natural resources faculty of Central Lakes College host the inaugural alumni reunion of graduates from this program, the banquet hall at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake will be packed with success stories.
Governor admits taste for green eggs and ham
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After repeated and heated denials, Gov. Tim Pawlenty acknowledged Monday that he does, in fact, like green eggs and ham.
Pillager Science Fair winners listed
PILLAGER -- Following are the Pillager Elementary School Science Fair winners:
Ready, aim, fire!
LITTLE FALLS -- Maj. Jeffrey Turner and three other Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers had the best seat in the house in bone-chilling wind chills at Camp Ripley.
Cass committee urges no increase in solid waste tax bills
PINE RIVER -- The Cass County Capital Improvement Committee composed of Commissioners Jim Demgen and Jim Dowson recommended to the board Tuesday there be no increase in the solid waste fee charge on property taxpayers' tax bills this year.
Cass agencies cut from county funding to have their say
PINE RIVER -- The Cass County Board will invite agencies and organizations cut Feb. 18 from county funding to explain March 18 the impact those cuts will have on their operations.
The grade of a Brainerd High School student was incorrect in a story on Page 5A in Tuesday's Dispatch.
Student pinned in auto class
A 10th-grade student at Brainerd High School was injured Tuesday morning after he was pinned by his pickup he was working on during an automotive class.
Brainerd puts a moratorium on pole barns
A six-month moratorium is in place on the construction of pole barns in certain zones within the city of Brainerd.
Baxter Cypress extension runs into $3.5 million snag
BAXTER -- A city of Baxter plan to extend Cypress Drive across Highway 210 ran into a $3.5 million obstacle to move Dondelinger Chevrolet during Tuesday's city council meeting.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 4 - 40 years ago (1963) - A majority of Brainerd's retailers voted to stay open Friday nights. A few business places announced that they will stay open on Monday nights instead of Fridays.
Baxter looking at assessments
BAXTER -- How retirees with 7 lots on a stretch of road could pay $16,000 assessments per lot has the city of Baxter looking at a citywide policy.
Sign of the cross
Two-year-old Mary Schaetbauer was held by her mother, Nadine, as Father Seamus Walsh marked her forehead with a cross from ashes at St. Francis Catholic Church during Ash Wednesday service this morning.
Police to step up Highland Scenic patrols
BAXTER -- Greater Baxter police presence is expected on Highland Scenic Drive in response to incidents where children have been at risk getting off the school bus.
The Cass County Council on Aging will meet 1 p.m. Monday at the Hackensack Senior Center in Hackensack.
HOW COLD WAS IT? -22
It's been a gentle winter in Brainerd this year, even if the overnight temperature was 22 below zero.
City stays put on health insurance
The city of Brainerd will stick with its current health care provider, but is asking its employees to look into better plans, if they choose.
A week at the beach is a warm thought this time of year for Minnesotans. Look for a story about a trip to Mexico in Thursday's Tempo.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 5 - 40 years ago (1963) - The building of four more state patient buildings here at a cost of about $3 1/2 million will be almost first in line to benefit from sale by the state of $29.43 million in building bonds.
Board points to Forestview savings
The Brainerd School District has saved about $178,000 on bids so far for the construction of Forestview Middle School.
Friends of Dr. Seuss
Brainerd High School basketball player Jake Phillips looked back at his teammates at a Lowell School assembly Monday to kick off Read Across America Week. Honoring the children's book author Dr. Seuss, players wore hats and answered questions about their favorite books while noting the author's birthday March 2.
Dean Wiesner, civic leader, dies at 77
Dean R. Wiesner, 77, a driving force behind the League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area, died Sunday afternoon after suffering a double aneurysm a week ago.
Area fire contracts finalized
Fire protection contracts between Brainerd and 12 cities and townships are in place for next year.
Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander Steve O'Connor announced a new program
Paul F. Manke
LAKE SHORE -- Paul F. Manke, 63, Lake Shore, died Monday, March 3, 2003, at home of cancer.
Jerome 'Bud' M. Eibes
PINE RIVER -- Jerome "Bud" M. Eibes, 81, Pine River, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at his son's home in Pine River.
Herbert Theodore Forester
MINNEAPOLIS -- Herbert Theodore Forester, 82, Emily, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Frederick 'Fritz' Bierhaus II
BOULDER, Colo. -- Frederick William "Fritz" Bierhaus II, 83, Boulder, Colo., formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at the HospiceCare Center in Louisville.
Dean R. Wiesner
Dean R. Wiesner, 77, Brainerd, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at St. Cloud Hospital.
SWANVILLE -- Hilma Ganz, 89, Swanville, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
STAPLES -- Calvin Meide, 74, Staples, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Staples Care Center in Staples.
Mary Ann Nelson
WADENA -- Mary Ann Nelson, 76, Wadena, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at home.
Charles M. Zerfas II
Charles M. Zerfas II, 72, Brainerd, died today, March 4, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz.
Leon 'Lee' W. Barnard
SARTELL -- Leon "Lee" W. Barnard, 77, Sartell and formerly of Baxter, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
Albert E. VanLandschoot
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Albert E. VanLandschoot, 87, formerly of the Brainerd lakes area, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, in Crossville, Tenn.
LuVerne O. Hanson
LITTLE FALLS -- LuVerne Orean Hanson, 71, Little Falls, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at his home in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Florian Wotzka, 84, Little Falls, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, in Little Falls.
John C. Fenner
AITKIN -- John C. Fenner, 25, Aitkin, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, in a snowmobile accident in northern Michigan.
PINE RIVER -- Dollie Pollock, 97, Pine River, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Gloria F. Schommer
HILLMAN -- Gloria F. Schommer, 60, Hillman, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at her daughter's home in Long Lake Township.
Elmer E. Thorsett
BLOOMINGTON -- Elmer E. Thorsett, 89, Bloomington, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003.
Janet M. Pedersen
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. -- Janet Mae (McKee) Pedersen, 78, Fountain Hills, Ariz., formerly of Brainerd, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003.
Laura Goedker Franzen
STAPLES -- Laura Goedker Franzen, 77, Staples, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Greater Staples Care Center.
It's amazing, but many otherwise law-abiding citizens think nothing of stealing food from the people of Minnesota. We're talking poaching -- mostly fish, but other wildlife, too.
Life throws a curve
Life can throw you some wicked change-ups and curves and that's exactly what happened last week as I experienced exhilaration, followed by bitter disappointment.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
It is time in the history of human beings to unconditionally accept choosing dialogue, negotiation and mid-course settlement, not war, to settle nations' disputes, however serious those disputes may be. Not to do so at this particular time, the time we human beings now live in, will result in a return to barbarism and an uncivilized worldwide condition.
Dean R. Wiesner
Every organization needs a work horse. Someone with staying power who'll stick with a mission and not lose interest as time passes.
Expert lists extreme groups
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One of the state's top counterterrorism experts is urging Minnesota law enforcers to be aware of several right- and left-wing organizations operating in the state.
Rest stops, road striping, snow removal to take a hit
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state's red ink may soon mean less white paint in greater Minnesota.
Death of coach a second tragedy for girl who lost mother on 9-11
ST. PAUL (AP) -- It was a dream come true for Megan Duger as the 9-year-old New Jersey girl watched the New Jersey Devils play the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota Technology in jeopardy
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Technology Inc., which helps small- and medium-sized businesses outside major metropolitan areas stay in business and develop new products, says it would be eliminated under the Pawlenty administration's proposed budget cuts.
Minneapolis, Duluth receive housing grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Minneapolis and Duluth a total of $34.2 million in grants from a program that the White House proposes eliminating.
Report: Nothing wrong with Wellstone plane
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The airplane involved in Sen. Paul Wellstone's fatal crash had a clean maintenance history and underwent a detailed, scheduled inspection two months before it crashed, according to documents released in the investigation.
Former teacher settles with district over data privacy lawsuit
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A former teacher has settled a data privacy lawsuit for $200,000 and a written apology from the South Washington County school district.
House committee passes abortion bill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The first major abortion bill of the session, to require a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could undergo an abortion, passed a House health committee on Tuesday.
Company's fine lessened after campaign contribution to Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Documents show that a Florida insurance company may have received preferential treatment under new Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration, saving the company millions in fines, the Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.
Minnesota Supreme Court hears arguments over unnamed sources
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether a reporter must reveal his confidential sources for a story that prompted a defamation lawsuit.
Improved border procedures aim to bolster trade, transportation
Government agents and an array of high-tech screening equipment have beefed up security along Minnesota's sparsely populated border with Canada since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and more agents and gear are on the way.
The battle goes on Amid fears of West Nile, bioterrorism, mosquito experts meet
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mosquitoes have a well-deserved reputation as a nuisance, feeding on the blood of innocent passers-by, biting so aggressively they're sometimes caricatured as the state bird.
Steel cutting its taconite mines loose
DULUTH (AP) -- Minnesota's taconite plants could lose their longtime safety nets as the domestic steel industry sells off its mines.
Minnesota soldiers say goodbyes to head back overseas
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Almost 300 members of the Minnesota National Guard said goodbye to their families Tuesday afternoon and headed to support U.S. troops in the Middle East -- the second overseas deployment for some soldiers in less than a year.
Carleton College alum leaves slush fund for snow removal
NORTHFIELD (AP) -- A Carleton College alum with a sense of humor is keeping the streets and sidewalks of his old campus free from snow this winter.
A chance for all
Every boys' basketball coach will tell you the same thing when asked how his team is going to get to state.
Pirates sink first-round opponent
VERNDALE -- David Cannon scored a career-high 24 points as the Verndale Pirates nearly doubled Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig's score by halftime, defeating the Silver Eagles 103-33 in the opening round of the East Subsection 6, Class 1A boys' basketball playoffs Tuesday.
Seasons end for Aitkin, Little Falls boys
GRAND RAPIDS -- The fifth-seeded Chisholm Bluestreaks upset the fourth-seeded Aitkin Gobblers 57-43 in a West Subsection 7, Class 2A opening-round boys' basketball game Tuesday.
Wrestling coming into its own
One of the rewards of covering high school athletics is an opportunity to watch a youngster like Brainerd's Andy Pickar mature into a state champion.
Local sports shorts
Darrin and Brady Prince of Baxter finished first in the Suburban March Madness racquetball tournament last weekend at St. Cloud.
Jane Peterson, two-time national coach of the year, has announced the 2003 summer schedule for Central Lakes College Raider Volleyball Camps and league play.
Apollo clips Brainerd
The clock struck midnight on the enchanting season of the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team.
Brainerd floor hockey team statebound again
Before Tuesday the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team had competed in the state tournament seven straight years.
Unselfish play marked Warriors' season
Tears were streaming down the faces of many Brainerd Warrior boys' basketball players Tuesday.
Pequot Lakes girls fall out of playoffs
DULUTH -- Teresa Parker scored more than half of the Pequot Lakes Patriots points in their Section 7, Class 2A girls' basketball semifinal game at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Tuesday against Hermantown.
Brainerd boxers compete at Wadena
Brainerd Golden Gloves boxers competed on a card Saturday at the Wadena Armory.
Kennedy going for state title
As successful a career as Brainerd Warrior diver Shaun Kennedy has had, one thing is missing from the senior's resume.
swimming and Diving
Twins' holding company changes name
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The holding company of the Minnesota Twins and the baseball club's recently created television network has changed its name to Twins Sports, Inc.
Radke still a key to Twins' rotation
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Once the lone reliable man in a Minnesota rotation that for several years was one of the league's worst, Brad Radke now finds himself surrounded by several other quality starting pitchers.
Wild GM signs extension
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough, a chief architect of the franchise's rise, has signed a contract extension.
Gardenhire likes top of Twins order
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has several options for organizing his batting order, but the top of it is starting to look pretty set to him.
Bosox edge Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Manny Ramirez homered and Adrian Brown hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the top of the eighth inning Monday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Twins rout Baltimore
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Todd Sears and Michael Restovich hit two-run homers off Pat Hentgen, and Jose Morban connected off Omar Daal as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles 11-1 Tuesday.
Judge hears arguments in Stringer lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After hearing more than two hours of arguments Tuesday, a district judge said he will rule soon on whether to dismiss a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by Korey Stringer's widow against the Minnesota Vikings and team physicians.
Holy Angels begins Class 2A title defense
ST. PAUL -- The teams that make up the Class 2A field in this year's boys hockey tournament are certainly familiar foes.
Gophers have two games left to prove their NCAA worth
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Gophers will have a tough time getting over Sunday's loss to Wisconsin.
Newton leads Hoosiers past Gophers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Jeff Newton just wanted to have a good performance in front of his family and friends.
Seattle ends Wolves' 7-game winning streak
SEATTLE (AP) -- The way Ray Allen sees it, his addition to the Seattle SuperSonics has given opponents an unfamiliar wrinkle.
Wild finally tame Devils
ST. PAUL -- Things are going so well for the Minnesota Wild these days, even defenseman Willie Mitchell is scoring big goals.
Pot O' Gold Treasure Hunt begins in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- A Pot O' Gold has been hidden in Crosslake to kick off St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Ice heaves on Gull Lake
Ashley Niemann stood by ice heaves near the Love Lake channel on Gull Lake.
Guitar donation highlights a bit of Bob Dylan history
HIBBING (AP) -- When Larry Fabbro mail ordered a guitar from Sears, Roebuck and Co., the teen-ager never dreamed it would become an artifact of rock 'n' roll history.
11 girls to compete for Miss Pine River title
PINE RIVER -- Eleven candidates will vie for the title of Miss Pine River 2003 Saturday.
PINE RIVER -- The second annual Young Women's Expo will be 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at The Warehouse, 307 Norway Ave. in Pine River, across from the Riverview Tabernacle Church.
You can say that again
Weather drawing by Amanda Randall in the Lowell first grade of Sharon Jendro.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny and cold. Highs zero to 10 above.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy except mostly sunny far northeast. Highs in the teens far east to the 30s west.
Weather drawing by Holly Erickson in the Riverside third grade of Mrs. Schirmer.
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm warning for much of southeastern iowa this afternoon and evening...
Iowa state forecast
Rest of today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Cold with highs from 15 to 25.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Snow ending south central and southeast...Otherwise decreasing clouds southeast...Mostly sunny northeast...And partly to mostly cloudy west. A chance of afternoon snow showers southwest. Highs in the teens to lower 20s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory for southern wisconsin this afternoon and tonight...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of light snow west. Highs from around 30 far southwest to around 5 above northeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny north...Partly cloudy central...And mostly cloudy south. Snow ending this morning southwest...But spreading into the southeast during the day. Highs from zero to 10 above north to the teens south.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Partly cloudy. Highs from 5 above far north central to the lower 20s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny and cold. Morning snow showers near lake michigan in the southeast. Highs in the teens north to 20 to 25 south.
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