FULL TO THE BRIM
When Caribou Coffee opened this winter in northeast Brainerd people questioned whether that was a good location.
Brady Sladek joined the sales staff at Mills Ford.
2 restaurants open Monday in Baxter
Hungry? Two new restaurants -- Prairie Bay and Grizzlys -- open Monday in Baxter.
CLC offers motorcycle safety training program
Central Lakes College is offering motorcycle safety training in a new partnership with the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center and Driver and Vehicle Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Pekka Sippola, a pastor from Liminka, Finland, will be a guest speaker at the 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services March 21 at the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1501 S. 8th St. He will again speak at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 22. All events are open to the public. All services will be translated from Finnish into English.
Plugging the gaps in the 'Passion' movie
Leonardo Defilippis loves a challenge.
Kinship Partners' waiting list just keeps on growing and growing
Hey guys! Do you like to have fun? Do you like the outdoors and sports? Do you like children? If you answered yes to these questions then we are looking for you. Kinship Partners currently h
Meets 7 p.m. Wednesday
Troy and Tamara (Holmvig) Haukos, Deerwood, a girl, Abby Jean, 8 pounds, 3 ounces, Feb. 27, 2004. Grandparents are Jackie Holmvig, Ironton, Jerry Holmvig, Cuyuna, and Sharon Haukos, Crosby. Great-grandparents are Doris and Maynard Tollakson, Crosby, Harlan and Marie Peterson, Cuyuna, and Florence Haukos, Madison.
School lunch menus
A story on Page 1A Thursday should have said Michael Weiss is from McLean, Va.
Meets Monday at 7:30 p.m.
1. Call meeting to order
Victims of clergy abuse
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Habitat for Humanity builds big year
The Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity has a busy year ahead of it.
The Moose Lodge in Brainerd will have a dance with Who Knows Music today after bingo. Corned beef and cabbage will be served beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Peace group extends grievance deadline
The Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace, the group that was barred from Brainerd's Fourth of July parade, has extended its deadline for a resolution of its grievance against the city of Brainerd.
Comp plan work continues
Equating the Crow Wing County comprehensive plan to a track and field event there are just a few hurdles left before the finish line.
One man's fight
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
National Guard officials at Camp Ripley are working on a plan that will stop development from encroaching on training activities. Look for the report in North Country.
Plan to turn Franklin Junior High into artisan community to require more time
Turning Franklin Junior High School into its own artisan community will take more time than anticipated.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed the charges against Summer Lee Johnson and Samuel Joseph Laird on Page 1A of Friday's paper as the result of misinformation supplied to The Dispatch. Both were charged with fifth degree possession of controlled substance.
ST. PAUL -- A bill to help businesses create jobs, authored by Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, was approved by committee Friday. The bill awards grants to enhance employees' wages and benefits if it will have created jobs.
Mother who started late, daughter who started early will be skating together at Vacationland show
Like many women, Cathy Stattelman of Pine River has spent most of her adult life putting the needs of her husband and their five children first, before her own.
Spellers, close those dictionaries!
Ready or not -- seven students from Brainerd will head to Washington Middle School Monday to compete against 32 other students in The Lakes Bee.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 12 - 100 years ago (1904) - The members of the Christian Science Society held an important meeting a night or two ago at which it was virtually decided to erect a new modern church building in this city.
3 arrested in Baxter hotel on meth charges
Three people, including an illegal immigrant, face felony drug charges for their involvement in a drug trafficking ring, which was operated from Utah, after their arrest at a Baxter hotel.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 14 - 60 years ago (1944) - Brainerd Dispatch Headlines: Allies open new drive on front in Italy; Russians advance; bomb Germany. Red Cross Fund Drive is behind schedule here.
Scheeler claims city should pay for legal fees
Brainerd City Council member Gary Scheeler has filed a claim with the city of Brainerd's insurance provider to cover the cost of his attorney's fees from court proceedings concerning a restraining order he filed against Jeff Czeczok.
Jaycees fishing fest sets records
It was a record-setting year for the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
Sister Mary Lenore Weier
LITTLE FALLS -- Sister Mary Lenore Weier, 86-year-old resident of the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls, passed away Friday, March 12, 2004, at the convent. Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel.
James Fitch, age 73, of Brainerd, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
STAPLES -- Sylvia Swanson, age 95, of Staples, died W
Regina (Detloff) Rausch
ROYALTON -- Regina (Detloff) Rausch, age 92, of Royalton, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Linda J. Thoe
FORT RIPLEY -- Linda J. Thoe, 55 year old resident of Fort Ripley, Minn., passed away Thursday, March 11, 2004, at her home comforted by loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Robin Nice officiating. Burial will be in Fort Ripley Cemetery in Fort Ripley, Minn.
James M. Fitch
James M. Fitch, age 73, of Brainerd, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. Private family services will be at a later date.
FORT RIPLEY -- Linda Thoe, age 55, a resident of Fort Ripley, Minn., passed away Thursday, March 11, 2004, at her home in Fort Ripley. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Democrats are out in force calling President Bush names and then bemoaning the state of politics, all the while complaining about President Bush calling them names.
Caution needs to be observed by the citizens on how your city council is spending your tax dollars on projects in surrounding townships. The city has recentl
The U.S. Constitution, quoted with reverence today by politicians, wasn't treated with much respect at the time of its adoption.
Black eye NHL should stop the brawling now
One of the most satisfying aspects of the U.S. hockey team's incredible upset victory in the 1980 Olympics (vividly relived in the new film "Miracle") was the reminder it gave fans of the excitement the sport can provide when it's played properly.
Several years ago, if anyone had asked my opinion on the importance of skateboard parks and the "type" of kids who skate-I would have said they were a bunch of lazy misfits who were just looking for trouble. Opinions change, my son became a skateboarder...I am now ashamed at my own narrow-mindedness.
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Open up city government
I was pleased to see The Dispatch covering the selection process for Brainerd city commissions and committees, including the Planning Commission. The city of Brainerd has 12 commissions and committees working on land use, parks, libraries, transportation and other issues. These commissions and committees are staffed by citizen volunteers.
Myths and legends of clover abound
What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?
Rainy fishing to begin soon
Die-hard walleye fishermen statewide are getting ready for the start of the spring season on the Rainy River, traditionally among the first chances each year to boat a nice walleye.
Mayor lands monster marlin on Mexico trip
In 12 years of vacationing in Mazatlan, Mexico, Brainerd Mayor James E. Wallin had tried deep sea fishing just once.
Late ice is good for more than just panfishing
As the snow melts and ATV travel becomes easy, I like to get out and make the rounds.
Mar. 15 -- Lake trout fishing closes outside BWCAW
Turkey licenses available March 15
Applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2004 Minnesota spring wild turkey lottery have another opportunity to secure a license. Leftover wild turkey hunting licenses, which remained after landowner and regular lottery drawings were held, will be offered to unsuccessful applicants.
The Paul Bunyan Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its 31st annual banquet April 24 at The Legacy at Cragun's. Funds generated through contributions are used to enhance, acquire and restore habitat in Minnesota. Locally, DU is helping to restore 100 wild rice lakes in north-central Minnesota. The goal this year is expand the program to 200 lakes at a cost of $7 million over the next three years.
Watching nature's powerful moments from high atop a pine
On a recent cold winter night, I bid good-bye to a man from California. He had never experienced such severe weather. The cold, he said, was painful. He was ready for a change. I assured him spring would come eventually, and when it did it would seem like heaven. The only way to truly enjoy spring is to go through a long winter.
Base is keeping on Guard to prevent encroachment
At 53,000 acres, Camp Ripley is one of the largest parcels of land under single ownership in Minnesota. But as development of land surrounding Camp Ripley continues the Army National Guard is concerned about encroachment.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students, and parents of children attending Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd for their generous donation of school supplies that I sent today to the United States Defense Attache Office in Niger, Africa.
Thanks very much to Rick Fargo, owner of Progressive Property Management for his generous donation to the Brainerd Police Department's Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.
Kamin Getty and Charles Havens were married June 20, 2003, at St. Thomas of the Pines at Maddens with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Gladys Theien will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. March 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. No gifts please. The event will be hosted by her daughters.
Two sets of five generations recently gathered were Keaton Kearney, son; Chantelle Leonard, mother; and Gabriel Swift, son; Alexander Moberg, son; Tammy Moberg, mother; Cindy Moberg, grandmother; Norma Denniston, great-grandmother; and Eva Struthers, great-great-grandmother.
Iva Davidson, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 90th birthday with friends at Applebee's. She was born March 12, 1914.
Tonya Endres and Ryan Albertson announce their engagement. Parents are Don and Peg Endres, Brainerd, and Greg and Sue Albertson, Brainerd. A June 26 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Clifford and Esther Richards, Deerwood, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2-5 p.m. March 20 at the Ironton Legion in Ironton. The event will be hosted by their children. No gifts please. They were married March 18, 1944, in Pioche, Nev.
Five generations recently gathered were Abigail Gau, daughter, and Nicole Gau, mother, both of Cambridge; Karen Converse, grandmother, Jamestown, N.C.; Gerald Cronquist, great-grandfather, Princeton; and Emil Cronquist, great-great-grandfather, Brainerd.
Kristin Martin, Staples, and Matthew Sharp, Park Rapids, announce their engagement. Parents are Michael and Mary Martin, Staples, and Brad and Debra Sharp, Park Rapids. A June 26 wedding is planned at The White House at Kragnes in Moorhead.
Evelyn Lamb Fyhrlund will celebrate her 80th birthday March 19. A birthday party with family and friends will be June 19 in Bristol, S.D.
BIR announces 2004 racing schedule
Brainerd International Raceway has announced its 2004 racing schedule, which features new events and changes to others.
For the first time in school history the Crosby-Ironton Rangers girls' basketball team is headed to the Class 2A state tournament.
ST. CLOUD -- Stomping a team by 25 points in the regular season can lead to complacency in the rematch.
Despite quick exit, it was worth the trip
This sports writer is not a hockey fan, but he is a Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' hockey team fan.
Warriors' Cinderella season comes to an end
Brainerd forward Erica Nelson couldn't watch as the final minutes ticked off the clock Thursday at St. Cloud Tech. The Warriors' season ended with a 55-44 loss to Elk River in the Section 8, Class 4A championship game.
Warrior Nation in full force
ST. CLOUD -- Even though the words "Tiger Country" were painted on the north wall of the St. Cloud Tech gym, the Warrior Nation was in force.
BHS brought back to Earth
ST. CLOUD -- The clock struck midnight on the Brainerd Warrior girls' basketball team's Cinderella ride to the Section 8, Class 4A championship game.
14-under girls' hockey
The Brainerd 14-under girls' hockey team earned a berth in the state tournament March 19-21 at Coon Rapids.
Players credit teammates, say experience awesome
Three Crosby-Ironton Rangers coaches, 13 players and three team managers can now consider themselves trailblazers.
Albert Lea snuffs out W-DC's season
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines suffered just one loss heading into the Class 1A state boys' hockey tournament.
Class 2A state girls' basketball tournament Wednesday
Smetana ready for state tourney
Whitney Smetana hopes all the hard work will soon pay off.
Thiel leads Warrior floor hockey team
HUDSON, Wis. -- Adam Thiel scored seven goals and added one assist and Jacob Ray also tallied for the Brainerd Warriors in an 8-4 adapted floor hockey triumph over Hudson, Wis., Thursday.
Local sports shorts
Brock Larson of Brainerd is scheduled to compete on a Winter Warriors Extreme Fighting card 7 p.m. March 27 at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.
Six area boys' teams advance
STAPLES -- Chad Brever poured in 22 points and Josh Smith added 17 for the Staples-Motley Cardinals in a 74-54 victory over the Holdingford Huskers in Section 6, Class 2A opening-round boys' basketball action Thursday.
Little did Dale Olshanski know, but grounding his son Bryce was the best thing he could've done for his son's bowling career.
Bednar uses natural talent
After a wrestling team wins a state championship, it's difficult to pick one wrestler for athlete of the week.
12-under girls' hockey
Brainerd's 12-U girls' Valvoline blue team won one of three games in the region tournament last weekend.
Deerwood team wins hockey championship
The Deerwood Devils men's hockey team repeated as champions by winning the 2004 Hallett Hockey Cup with a 4-2 victory over Nisswa March 7.
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It's still winter
Weather drawing by Abby Winch of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
High wind warning through this evening northwest...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west and north...Sunny south
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s southwest to the
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory west and central this afternoon and
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s northeast to the lower
Weather drawing by Destiny Mankowski of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from the mid 20s north...To the low 30s south.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the 20s northeast to mid 40s
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory far north this afternoon and evening...
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter weather advisory late this afternoon through tonight far
State forecast for Iowa
.Wind advisory today west central through central portions...
Encore Arts Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Citizen Center. We will be learning to do Ukrainian eggs with a hands-on workshop led by Fay Christensen and Mary Steffenson.
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