A little Italy in Baxter
BAXTER - Italian-made leather is closer to home than many may think.
PEQUOT LAKES - Landis+Gyr, formerly Hunt Technologies Inc., announced recent engineering promotions at its Pequot Lakes facility.
BIZ BUZZ: CTC takes steps to acquire C-I Communications
Consolidated Telecommunications Co., Brainerd, announced an agreement to acquire C-I Communications Inc.
Layoffs continue in lakes area
Layoffs have, unfortunately, become recurring news in the lakes area along with the rest of the nation.
Rental meeting planned Monday in Brainerd
The Brainerd Crime Free Multi-Housing meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Police Department, 225 East River Road. Rental property owners and managers are urged to attend.
BAXTER - The Brainerd Service League will meet for social hour at 5 p.m. with dinner and a meeting to follow Tuesday at Cascade Medspa and Laser Centre in Baxter with Tammy Waters as hostess. Servers will be LeeAnn Northway, Betty Aga and Linda Severson.
Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners
INFORMATION - A Brainerd man reported Thursday night that he felt offended when two people approached him wanting to preach to him about God on South Seventh Street. An officer advised him that he acted appropriately by walking away.
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library to meet
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the large meeting room at the library. Agenda items include the spring used book sale on March 26-28, the April 9 "Second Thursday" at Prairie Bay, Minnesota Authors' Weekend at Grand View Lodge and "Brown Bag" summer author visits. For more information, call the library at 829-5574.
'Shake Your Shamrocks in Crosslake'
CROSSLAKE - The 35th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration is planned March 14 in Crosslake.
Anderson, James D. and Pauline A.
Meredith needs a friend to help her take a step forward in life
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, this week we turn our attention to a little girl made of sugar and spice and everything nice and eagerly waiting for an adult partner.
Childhood fears and anxieties
Do you remember when you were a small child and your mother put you to bed at night? Sure you do. Do you remember how afraid you were if the room was too dark? How you thought that there were ghosts in the room, monsters under the bed, or someone outside your bedroom window? Sure you do.
CHECK IT OUT
Making a few trips a week to the Brainerd Public Library is now part of Terry Swenson's life.
Mother who bit child faces five charges
A 25-year-old northeast Brainerd mother, suspected of biting her child last week while she was drunk, was charged Friday in Crow Wing County District Court in connection with the attack.
I think what it shows is neither the government nor many economists have a grasp yet of how bad the economy really is right now.
Hours for area public libraries
Brainerd Public Library
Cultural differences are often at the root of miscommunication, misunderstanding and hurt feelings between youths and adults of different backgrounds. This six-hour class from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at Brainerd Extension Regional Office guides youth workers, educators and community leaders in exploring differing cultural values, beliefs and identities and examining how these critical elements impact work with youths.
Because of incorrect information provided by the DNR to the Dispatch, stories concerning the four finalists for the DNR Enforcement Division chief position on Page 1A in Monday's and Tuesday's Dispatch incorrectly listed the number of employees. The story said the division has 289 staff, about 200 of whom are conservation officers. The division has 230 staff, about 200 of whom are conservation officers.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 8 - 30 years ago (1979) - Two agents from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension met resistance from police administrators here while conducting a probe into alleged police brutality. County attorney Steve Rathke initiated the request for an investigation.
HARDING - Kevin Sobiech, 27-year-old resident of Harding, Minn., died suddenly at his residence on March 4, 2009. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, Minn. Burial will be held at Holy Cross Church Cemetery in Harding, Minn., with the Rev. Skaria Johnus officiating.
Timothy C. Barthman
Timothy C. Barthman Sr., resident of Brainerd, age 53, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born on April 18, 1955, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Merle and Charleyne Barthman. He grew up in New Hope/Crystal, Minn.
Virginia Erickson, 84-year-old resident of Upsala, Minn., died Friday, March 6, 2009, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are pending with the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service serving Upsala, Minn.
Russell C. Johnson
LEWISTOWN, Mont. - Russell C. Johnson, 89, longtime educator, U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, and former resident of Brainerd, died on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Lewistown.
PIERZ - Roland Storkamp, 50-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., died suddenly Friday, March 6, 2009, at his home in Pierz, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, Minn.
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Richard 'Dick' Spartz
AITKIN - Richard "Dick" Spartz, age 64, of Aitkin, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Berry 'Ken' Fields
Berry "Ken" Fields, age 64, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, March 6, 2009, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.
Lawrence L. Hawks
DEERWOOD - Lawrence L. Hawks, 87, Deerwood, died March 5, 2009, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Walter 'Wally' J. Toedter
WADENA - Walter "Wally" John Toedter died of heart failure on Monday, March 2, 2009, peacefully at his home in Wadena, Minn., surrounded by his housemates and staff. He was born Oct. 14, 1974, at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., to Wendel and Lorraine (Kercho) Toedter.
How to fight a depression
In recent months it has become almost a reflex for Republicans to dismiss President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal as a dismal failure of the Democrats - a jihad against private enterprise as Fox News' Brit Hume put it recently.
Minority Leader Limbaugh
The 2008 election sent many messages. At the top: Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness, and they wanted a government - and country - that would put the middle class first.
Let's talk "fairness" and "salaries." January 2009 milk prices dairy farmers received for milk harvested from cows twice a day are about half of what they were a year ago and the same price we got paid in 1980. Life isn't always fair. People need to enjoy what they are doing and forget about keeping up with the "Joneses."
OUR OPINION: ATVS
Another Minnesota spring is gingerly approaching and all-terrain vehicle trail discussion in Crow Wing County is stuck in a rut. The latest wheel-spinning saga took place last month as county commissioners expressed frustration that no officially designated trail system had been designated.
The Garrison Ducks Unlimited Chapter has made the list as one of the organization's highest fundraising chapters.
Trail blazing in Aitkin Co.
For the last year and a half, I've received the updates.
Britni R. Smith and Ryan F. Rivers were married Jan. 10, 2009, at Northland Aboretum in Brainerd with Darrel Paske officiating.
Erica Lundgren and Steven Perpich Jr. announce their engagement. Parents are Dale and Lisa Lundgren, Crosby, and Steven and Connie Perpich Sr., Crosby. An April 18 wedding is planned at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.
Lester Dale and Rita Elyea, Merrifield, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 28, 1959, in Cheltenham, England, while Lester was serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Alice Bender will celebrate her 95th birthday with an open house from 2-3:30 p.m. March 14 at Birchwood, 2509 Greenwood St., Brainerd. No gifts please.
Tom and Jeanine Nephew will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children from 1-4 p.m. March 15 at the American Legion in Ironton. They were married Feb. 15, 1969, in Crosby.
Judson and Cathy Murray, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married March 8, 1969, in Brainerd.
Junior high spring sports registration to begin
Registration is under way for sixth through eighth grade Brainerd spring sports.
Conference crown goes to Cards
PEQUOT LAKES - Jordan Riewer didn't score his first points until 5:48 remaining in the first half.
Warriors make top 16 in 8 events
Brainerd's Jared Anderson inched closer to a second state championship following his performance in the prelims of the Class 2A swim meet Friday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
C-I's Zillmer, S-M's Bendson go for titles
Hayden Zillmer of Crosby-Ironton and Jordan Bendson of Staples-Motley showed their top rankings at their respective weight classes in the Class 1A state tournament are no fluke.
Crocker scores 1,000th point in Warriors' loss to Tech
ST. CLOUD - Kyle Crocker scored his 1,000th point and led the Brainerd Warriors with 15 points in a 77-52 regular-season ending loss to St. Cloud Tech on Friday.
Raiders' return to nationals is derailed
MINNEAPOLIS - Illya Glover finished with 15 points before fouling out as the No. 7 Central Lakes Raiders were eliminated by the nation's No. 1 Minneapolis Mavericks 74-59 during the semifinals of the Region 13 tournament Friday.
PL/PR-B's Harrison wrestles for third place
Nic Harrison of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus was denied in his bid for the 135-pound championship following semifinal action in the Class 2A state tournament Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Lunkers land Bemidji State assistant coach
The Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers announced Friday the hiring of Bemidji State University assistant coach Shane Gunderson as an assistant coach for the 2009 Northwoods League season.
No. 1 ranking hasn't hurt Flyers' Bue
Cody Bue went on the offensive and it made him public enemy No. 1.
AREA BOYS' BASKETBALL
CROSBY - Mark Hoge had 20 points and Brock Tesdahl had 14 for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a season ending 66-45 non-conference victory over the visiting Aitkin Gobblers Friday.
Johnson's double-doubles help Verndale
Sitting at 4-13 wasn't good enough for Alicia Johnson.
State forecast for S.D.
Winter weather advisory southeast tonight through sunday morning...
State forecast for Iowa
Winter weather advisories for portions of west central and
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Sunny. Highs 10 northeast to 35 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch in effect for portions of east central and northeast wisconsin sunday morning through sunday evening...
She must like snow
Weather drawing by Anna Nichols in the Lowell fourth grade of Mr. Meyer.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter weather advisory for parts of southwest tonight into
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