Planning grant designed to help displaced workers
Dean Logering has had a lot more time for household projects as he continues to look for work after losing his job at Potlatch last spring.
A Brainerd area woman recently started her own home massage business.
Best Buy sales up 9 percent in fourth quarter
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Best Buy Co. Inc. said Thursday its fourth-quarter comparable store sales and online sales declined 0.2 percent at a time when the company had expected them to remain flat.
Accounting firm sold to employees
WHITE BEAR LAKE (AP) -- HLB Tautges Redpath Ltd. has been sold to its workers under an employee stock ownership plan in a move the seven business partners hope will keep the firm independent for years to come.
The second annual Women's Expo is being planned to provide information on companies and services that benefit women in the lakes area.
Restating the Potlatch loss in numbers
The announcement that the Potlatch mill was closing came nearly a year ago this month.
Child in need
Even though we have been having some of the coldest temperatures of the winter, we know there is an end in sight and spring should be just around the corner. With spring comes new life and new energy.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 250. Last Friday: 1098. Year Ago Friday: 244. Thursday actual: 277.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 216, a year ago 180.
Meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesday
Golfweek ranks Classic No. 1
The Classic at Madden's on March 1 was named the No. 1 public golf course in Minnesota by Golfweek Magazine in its annual rankings of golf properties across the nation.
Oberstar seeks hike in federal gas tax for highway work
WASHINGTON -- House Transportation Committee leaders are thinking about increasing the federal gas tax to sustain the nation's deteriorating highways, but others in the House say that's unlikely with gas prices at near-record highs.
How to reach your state lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, co-authored a bill in the Minnesota House that would give eligible people, age 65 and older, a freeze on their property tax rates. It would apply to people within certain income limits.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - Bob Miller Day has been planned for Friday, April 15 at the American Legion Club. After 42 years of teaching in Brainerd, a roast and toast is planned to honor Miller's many years of service to the school, city and community.
Campaign to target children before they enter school
Small children who are not developing basic skills before entering school are the target of a campaign putting millions of dollars into early child care and education options.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Registration forms have been sent to families who have children entering kindergarten this fall in the Pequot Lakes School District.
Legislators hear about budget woes at Baxter breakfast forum
BAXTER -- As road projects go, Crow Wing Township's plan to upgrade two "cow trails" into serviceable gravel roads is not a big ticket item.
Pastor Dan Drown
PINE RIVER -- Pastor Dan Drown, 58, Pine River, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at his home.
WADENA -- Rex McDonald, 98, Wadena, died Thursday, March 6, 2003.
Raymond E. Wegener
SPRING HILL, Fla. -- Raymond Edward Wegener, 74, Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of the Brainerd area, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Hernando Pasco Hospice Care in Brooksville, Fla.
PINE RIVER -- Twyla Doty, 77, Pine River, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at her home.
David E. Bergstrom
RIDGELAND, Miss. -- David E. Bergstrom, 57, Ridgeland, Miss., died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at his home.
William J. Quirk
BREEZY POINT -- William J. Quirk, 68, Breezy Point, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at his home.
Richard K. 'Dick' Odland
FIFTY LAKES -- Richard K. 'Dick' Odland, 69, Fifty Lakes, formerly of Prior Lake, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at his home in Fifty Lakes.
A remembrance service for Dean R. Wiesner, 77, Brainerd, who died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at St. Cloud Hospital, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd. No flowers please.
Charles H. Nelson Sr.
WALKER -- Charles H. Nelson Sr., 89, formerly of Pine River, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at the Woodrest Care Center in Walker.
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Boy, is our school district going bananas to even think of changing school bus service?
Stand behind Reichert's
By April, the Brainerd School District's Finance/Insurance Committee will make a recommendation regarding three bus transportation companies seeking our local school contract. The impact of this decision will affect us as a community.
Airport screening - Dispatch Editorial
During World War II U.S. citizens underwent many security precautions which, in hindsight, look nonsensical.
Let the musical melodies of springtime bird songs begin
With each passing day I listen more carefully to the bird sounds that punctuate the quiet bliss of morning. I'm so wishing for spring. While the snowfall has been unprecedentedly minimal, without an Indian Summer last fall I feel the cold has dragged on and on. Enough already. It's time for some new tunes.
North Country calendar
March 15 -- Fish houses must be off ice each night north of Highway 200 and Highway 2
Crappies continue to hit on most area lakes in 10 to 22 feet of water. Rosy red minnows are working better than regular minnows. The best sunfish reports are coming from eight to 15 feet of water on lakes such as Round, Margaret, Green, and Nisswa.
The Paul Bunyan Chapter of Ducks Unlimited with celebrate its 30th anniversary at its annual banquet on April 12 at The Legacy at Cragun's. For membership and banquet tickets, phone Mike Engler at (218) 963-3856 or Eric Davidge at (218) 829-2241.
Input sought on deer season changes
Proposed changes to the Zone 3 deer hunting seasons got a lukewarm reception during four public meetings in January in southeastern Minnesota, the DNR said. The meetings drew nearly 800 people who submitted comments on the proposals. An additional 400 written comments and e-mails were received.
Do not disturb Ice heaves are part of the balance of nature
On Sunday, Feb. 23 the North Country section of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch had an article about ice heaves and the "damage" they create on lakeshores. The article addressed some of the concerns common to lakeshore property owners, but didn't mention the ecological benefits of heaves or the permits needed to remove them should a property owner choose to do so.
Lynx sightings growing in northern Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A rare lynx is making a comeback in Minnesota.
Lake of the Woods trip provides a change of pace
BAUDETTE -- Despite trips to Mille Lacs, Gull and several other good walleye lakes, this was a tough walleye-catching winter for me. Wherever I went I was a day late or a day early, fished the east shore when I should have fished the west, didn't have the right color, used fatheads when I should have used shiners and so on.
Eva Struthers, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday Wednesday. She was born March 12, 1913, in Guthrie Center, Iowa.
Le Hall and Jeremy Frank were married Oct. 12, 2002, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Darrell Pedersen officiating.
Jessica L. Steinke and Brady Androff announce their engagement. Parents are Greg and Judy Steinke, Deerwood, and Bob and Sharon Androff, New Hope. A July wedding is planned in Deerwood.
Lisa Russell and Tom Salfisberg announce their engagement. Parents are Temp Sr. and Bertha Russell, Merrifield, and Jane Salfisberg, Pequot Lakes, and the late Allen Salfisberg. A May 3 wedding is planned.
Carrie Ferguson and Daniel Allord announce their engagement. Parents are Judith Ferguson and Henry Koering, Fort Ripley, and Kenneth and Sharon Allord, Brainerd. A June 14 wedding is planned in St. Mathias.
Vera Flategraff, longtime Pine River resident and teacher, will celebrate her 90th birthday
Lynn Majerus and Brian DeRosier were married Jan. 17, 2003, at Camp Ripley Chapel with Pastor Mick Scott officiating.
Stephanie Connoy and Paul Ouren announce their engagement. Parents are Judith Pearson, Duluth, and Donald Pearson, Duluth, and Richard and Beverly Ouren, Erhard. A March 22 wedding is planned at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd.
Homestyle cooking with taste
BAXTER -- The first step to making Zesty Beef Enchiladas is to put the beef in the oven for 10 minutes at 65 degrees wrote a second-grader at Baxter Elementary School.
Crystal Foster and Pete Backberg announce their engagement. Parents are Bonnie Foster, Willmar, and Cliff Foster, Jackson, and Ceil Backberg, Staples, and the late Mel Backberg. An April 12 wedding is planned at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.
Lillian Estes recently celebrated her 80th birthday. She was born March 6, 1923.
Harper Green and Brian Harker announce their engagement. Parents are Tom and Jodi Green, New Richmond, Wis., and Lynn and Shelly Harker, Crosby. An Aug. 1 wedding is planned in New Richmond.
Judge clears MnDOT official of computer porn allegations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota transportation official who had dozens of pornographic pictures on his state-issued laptop computers has been cleared of allegations that led to his demotion, and ordered reinstated with back-pay.
Rowley mum on letter, war in college address
ST. PAUL -- Fame has allowed her the chance to try to make a difference in the world, Coleen Rowley says, but she insists that it has come at a price.
Polluted bay on St. Louis River in Duluth subject of meeting
DULUTH (AP) -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has called a public meeting for next Thursday on what to do with polluted Stryker Bay of the St. Louis River in Duluth.
Wage freeze plan gets hot, cold responses
ST. PAUL -- The debut hearing for a plan locking all public employees' pay in place through mid-2005 sparked questions Friday about savings it would produce, layoffs that would result without it and the job climate it would create.
Mulch sold at Menard's target of probe
ST. PAUL -- Attorney General Mike Hatch says Menard Inc. has sold arsenic-tainted mulch and is asking a judge to force the home improvement company to turn over the names of people who worked with the mulch.
Nonprofit agencies in St. Cloud plead with lawmakers
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Leaders of nonprofit organizations pleaded Friday to St. Cloud-area lawmakers to spare their programs from severe budget cuts.
Litke was amateur baseball legend
Although I didn't know Leo Litke real well, I will always remember that carmel-tanned skin and those enormous hands.
AREA MALE ATHLETE
Brandon Courts will remember this winter for a few reasons.
Huskies kennel Pioneers
MONTICELLO -- The odds were just too much to overcome.
Local sports shorts
Amateur Athletic Union basketball tryouts for girls, ages 10-17, are scheduled March 16 at the Whitney Recreation Center in St. Cloud.
Lone point becomes an inspiration for Rangers
CROSBY -- One free-throw attempt bouncing off a metal rim silenced a deafening Woock Gymnasium.
They weren't even supposed to make the trip.
AREA FEMALE ATHLETE
Leah Green was rewarded for doing the dirty work.
Paul Bunyan Classic winner
The Brainerd sixth grade blue boys' basketball
Area events Saturday
Swimming and diving
U women advance in WCHA Final Five
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- La Toya Clarke scored one goal and set up another in the third period Friday to lead Minnesota to a 3-1 semifinal win over Wisconsin in the WCHA Final Five women's hockey tournament.
Iowa upsets Minnesota
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Iowa's game plan hasn't changed much in the postseason: Get Kristi Faulkner the ball in crucial situations and have her lead the Hawkeyes to a victory.
Twins pummel Yankees
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Dustan Mohr hit a three-run homer, Justin Morneau added a two-run drive and Shane Andrews hit a solo homer as the Minnesota Twins routed the New York Yankees 9-2 Friday.
UND beats Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Kevin Spiewak had two goals and Quinn Fylling added four assists as No. 11 North Dakota defeated Wisconsin 5-2 Friday night.
Hurricanes too much force for Wild
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes wonder what would have happened had Kevin Weekes not gotten hurt in late November.
Aladdin Street teammates
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- Aladdin Street in Roseville is only one block long. Its seven houses face baseball and soccer fields to the east, while Central Park serves as the border to the south. If kids needed any prodding after walking out their front doors, the setting all but whispers, "Let's get a game going."
Gophers pound Huskies
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Keith Ballard and Gino Guyer each had a goal and an assist as Minnesota defeated St. Cloud State 5-3 Friday night.
Warroad wins again, Anoka upsets Holy Angels
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Anoka did the dirty work for Roseville, and now the two will meet to determine a new Class 2A boys state hockey champion.
Road woes continue to plague Minnesota
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal wasn't in a big hurry to have surgery on his arthritic right big toe during the offseason, and he's been rather slowly working his way back into top form.
Bulldogs fall to Mich. Tech
DULUTH (AP) -- Colin Murphy's hat trick lead Michigan Tech past Minnesota-Duluth 6-3 Friday night.
Minnesota state forecast
Wind chill advisory northwest today and tonight...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisories parts of north and much of central this afternoon...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Snow likely in the morning north..
State forecast for north dakota
Wind chill advisory today and tonight in the east...
State forecast for south dakota
Winter weather advisory east central through mid morning...
Enjoy the snow
Weather drawing by Andrew Doucette in the Lincoln School second-grade class of Mrs. Kobes.
The public is invited to a program to be given by John Landsburg, Landsburg Landscape Nursery for the Brainerd Garden Club on Garden Accents 1 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd Public Library. Joan Simonson and Cindy Sykes will be hostesses. For questions call 829-8362 or 829-2570.
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