TC airport beats Detroit in Northwest Airlines flights
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- More planes took off and landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last year than at the newly expanded Detroit airport, but Detroit's Wayne County Airport still held the lead in total passengers.
Groups band together to offer development loans
Nearly 60 communities and development groups from all around Greater Minnesota have banded together to form an innovative economic development financing organization of the Minnesota Community Capital Fund.
LIFT FOR MILITARY
PIKE LAKE (AP) -- It takes a lot of straps and rigging to move military hardware halfway around the world, and some of the custom gear that's needed is coming from the whirring sewing machines of a busy little shop in Pike Lake.
Bryan Barrer, Invest representative at Bremer Bank, recently attended the Invest national sales conference in Florida.
Ground Round to round up in lakes area
A Ground Round restaurant appears to be one of the eating choices for the lakes area's future.
The promise fulfilled
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, relates to us of creation. It relates how it happened in its entirety.
Thrifty Prior Lake priest left $4.6 million will
PRIOR LAKE (AP) -- Bill Seefeldt's friends thought he was just scraping by, living in a cluttered cabin, clutching coupons and wearing threadbare clothes.
Central Minnesota parish community gets $10,000 from Oregon Catholic Press
HOLDINGFORD -- For seven years, the Five Parish Faith Community (a Catholic cluster here) has been one big community, with some big needs.
Church collects items for troops in Kuwait
HUTCHINSON (AP) -- Riverside Assembly of God Church is collecting items to send to the U.S. troops in Kuwait.
World Day of Prayer focuses on plight of Lebanese women
At a time when the world's fate is clouded, people, despite their religious beliefs and cultural differences, gathered to acknowledge World Day of Prayer.
A concert featuring BELIEF, a Christian band from Nashville, will be 7 p.m. April 3 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Proposed school standards begin road test in Winona
WINONA -- Teachers and curriculum directors greeted proposed math and language arts standards for Minnesota public schools with plenty of apprehension Thursday night.
Examples of proposed math requirements
A sampling of the math standards developed by a committee impaneled by Cheri Pierson Yecke, Minnesota's education commissioner. A complete list of the math and language arts standards is available on the Internet at http://cfl.state.mn.us
'U' regents embrace more selective admissions policy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota regents gave a warm reception to major changes in enrollment policy designed to lure exceptional students to the increasingly selective university.
Kinship photo board tells the happy story
At the entrance to the Kinship Partners office in Brainerd is a large board with photos of recent Kinship 'matches' pinned to it. There are young men, older men, young and older women, young couples, retired couples, and families who have chosen to include another child into their brood. The photos include Kinship boys and girls ranging in age from 5-14.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle receipts: 450. Last Thursday: 277. Year Ago Thursday: 426. Wednesday actual: 534.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 250. Last Friday: 306. Year Ago Friday: 86. Thursday actual: 394.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 109, a year ago 266.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
School lunch menus
Planning meeting rescheduled to April 24 because of Passover conflict
The Brainerd Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee that was rescheduled from March 20 to April 17 will now meet at 7 p.m. April 24 at Mississippi Horizons School in Brainerd.
Kory and Geri (Olm
Small explosions of gasoline greeted Brainerd firefighters when they arrived at the scene of a double garage fire just off Erin Road south of Brainerd.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Experts on ornamental grasses to speak in Aitkin
AITKIN -- Aitkin County Master Gardeners and the University of Minnesota Extension Service-Aitkin County will host two experts in ornamental and native grasses 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5 at Hazelton Town Hall in Aitkin.
Program on shade gardening set in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- Master Gardener Beth Davies will be the presenter at a program on shade gardening at 6:30 p.m. March 25 in the Community Resource Center Meeting Room in Pine River.
Kuepers cited for Gull Lake log home, Pine River State Bank
A log home on Gull Lake provided Kuepers Construction Inc., Baxter, with an award of excellence, which was one of three awards for the area builder.
Marcia Rosenwald joined Integrity Realty as a full-time real estate agent.
Accident victim identified
REMER -- The victim of a single-vehicle accident Wednesday near Remer has been identified as Cindy Violet Burlison, 46, Grand Rapids.
David Hess finally home after near-fatal accident
It's been a long time coming, but David Hess is finally home.
Four arrested in drug investigation
Four people were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday at a residence in Crow Wing Township, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported Friday.
'Flyin' Ryan' getting taste of ice racing
At 13, Ryan Wroolie of Brainerd, even before he attends driver's education classes in three years, has become somewhat of an expert driving on ice.
Board of education
BAXTER -- Eleven years ago Baxter Elementary School teacher Bonnie Hemstad used simple drawings, construction paper and glue to create a mock game to teach her second-graders math facts.
2 Aitkin County men charged in separate drug busts
AITKIN -- Two Aitkin County men have been charged in district court for separate controlled substance crimes.
Home remedies for frozen pipes may create health hazard
How some people are dealing with frozen drain fields may be creating a public health hazard.
Longtime Pequot School Board member Luce dies
PEQUOT LAKES -- Marjory Luce, a Pequot Lakes woman who devoted her life to children as a schoolteacher and longtime school board member, died Thursday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill that will provide increased safety options for police, fire and ambulance personnel. The bill eliminates the ban on blue lights displayed to the front on emergency vehicles.
Septic snarl boosting business at laundries
About three weeks ago something changed in area coin-operated laundries.
Some township election results listed; others are in the mail
Roosevelt Township was the first to report election results in Crow Wing County after Tuesday's statewide voting.
Wastewater hot debate in East Gull Lake
EAST GULL LAKE -- Wastewater treatment has been a hot topic in East Gull Lake for months and the heat is unlikely to diminish even as residents face the new concerns of deep frost and frozen connections.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 14 - 30 years ago (1973) - An Aitkin girl and a Crosby boy were named first place winners in the Elks' "Most Valuable Student Contest." They are Julie Ann Solien and Mark Polich. Each will receive $125 and are now entered in State and National competition.
The road to the final four is set as the 65-team field has been selected for the NCAA men's basketball championship. Read about it in Sports Monday.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 16 - 60 years ago (1943) - The Brainerd area staggered under the weight of a seven inch snowfall last night and this morning. Highways were closed, news wires were out and telephone communications between Brainerd and Minneapolis were out of service.
MnDOT cancels conference at Cragun's
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is canceling a training conference planned at a Brainerd resort because of the state budget crunch.
He's only 13, but this Brainerd boy already is gaining experience behind the wheel. Look for the story Sunday in People/Plus.
National Federation of Independent Business is offering free enterprise scholars awards for entrepreneurial Minnesota students and has extended the application deadline to March 31.
Janie E. Lundeen
McGREGOR -- Janie E. Lundeen, 83, McGregor, formerly of Milaca and Princeton, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at home.
Lester L. Sherwood
LITTLE FALLS -- Lester L. Sherwood, 80, Little Falls, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Allysun Rasmussen, infant daughter of Thomas and Stephanie Rasmussen, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
Raymond E. Wegener
SPRING HILL, Fla. -- A memorial service for Raymond E. Wegener, 74, Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, who died Thursday, March 6, 2003, will be 10 a.m. March 22 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park.
Marjory L. Luce
PEQUOT LAKES -- Marjory L. Luce, 91, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Janet 'Patricia' Sweet
Janet "Patricia" Sweet, 60, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at her home.
Janet 'Pat' Sweet
Janet "Pat" Sweet, 60, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at home.
Delores A. Schear
Delores A. Schear, 68, Brainerd, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at her home.
Doris E. Fauth
Doris E. Fauth, 73, Brainerd, formerly of Nisswa, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Ella Schilla, 95, Aitkin, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at the Aicota Nursing Home in Aitkin.
Marjory Louise Luce
PEQUOT LAKES -- Marjory Louise Luce, 91, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Time to pause
Employee travel for training and staff development in off-site meetings or retreats often is the first casualty when government agencies and private businesses look for ways to cut expenses. So it's no surprise that a hullabaloo erupted this week when one of the suggestions for cutting Minnesota Department of Transportation expenses called for curtailing meetings at lakes area resorts.
Minnesota, faced with a $4 billion deficit, can choose to save as much as $25 million a year from federal aid-highway construction funds simply by lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent -- a decision the Legislature failed to make last year and is now reconsidering.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
In response to March 13 Vox Pop: Kids come first. It appears that the fat cats at the top are overweight for the size of this school district. We don't need any of these positions except for two principals. The school board can start doing their job by having the two principals report to them.
People have been very concerned about the superstore that Wal-Mart would like to locate in Baxter. Many citizens are working to protect our community, environment, jobs and business climate by keeping the superstore out.
CSI: SOUTH DAKOTA
During a December pheasant hunt in South Dakota last year I made an unusual discovery. On a sunny, warm morning, as I wandered somewhat aimlessly in a marsh in hope of flushing a rooster pheasant, I parted head-high cattails, stepped into an opening and discovered the head and antlers of a big whitetail buck entombed in ice and frozen mud. Just the tips of the antlers and the nose of the skull were visible. I was roughly a mile from the nearest road.
A classic antidote to off-season deer-hunting blues
Anticipated by thousands of deer hunters as an antidote to the long off-season, the 21-year old Minnesota Deer Classic began its three-day run Friday at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum. It wraps up Sunday afternoon.
March 15 -- Fish houses must be off ice each night north of Highway 200 and Highway 2
Refuge system: A gift for posterity
With magnifying glass in hand, I peer at the atlas and mutter to myself, "There's one, there's one."
New limits for crappie, sunfish, lake trout and catfish take effect on the May 10 fishing opener.
RED LAKE: A crappie mecca for anglers
RED LAKE (AP) -- Les Morrison is a happy man.
Northwest Sports Show does its job again
One of the most enjoyable things about the annual Northwest Sport Show, which wrapped up last weekend in Minneapolis, is bumping into people you haven't seen for awhile.
Before buying a new rod and reel, decide which kinds suits your needs best
Whether it's a result of spring fever or corporate marketing campaigns, now is when many anglers shop for a new rod and reel. Unfortunately, many will shop again next year because the outfit they buy this year won't meet their needs. Before you begin the usual flexing and bending that goes with buying a new rod, keep a few things in mind.
DeEtta Liebeg and Greg Olson
DeEtta Liebeg and Greg Olson announce their engagement. Parents are Mrs. Donna Liebeg, Baxter, and Mr. Oswald Olson, Brainerd, and Mrs. Janice Olson, Brainerd. An April 5 wedding is planned at Bethel Lutheran Church.
Linda Teske and Chris Cain
Linda Teske and Chris Cain announce their engagement. Parents are Jeff and Sue Teske, Baxter, and Jerry and Barb Cain, Nisswa. An Aug. 23 wedding is planned at Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Marion Schultz will celebrate her 100th birthday from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, with a short program at 2 p.m., at Guardian Angels, 400 Evans Ave. N.W., Elk River. She was born March 22, 1903, in Brainerd.
Amy Howard and Jeremy Millsop
Amy Howard and Jeremy Millsop announce their engagement. Parents are Dale and Linda Howard, Aitkin, and John and Karen Millsop, Deerwood. A June 14 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.
Heidi Purdy and Mitchel Stevens
Heidi Purdy and Mitchel Stevens announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Linda Tousignant, Brainerd, and Brad Purdy, Pine City, and Deb and Mike Stevens, Rice. A May 17 wedding is planned at St. Cloud Holiday Inn and Suites.
Gary and Gloria Jensen, Deerwood, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by their children. They were married March 16, 1963, in Brainerd.
Sara Christensen and Patrick Sundberg were married Oct. 12, 2002, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Pastor Greg Pugh officiating.
Shae Getty and Glenn Pifer were married June 8, 2002, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Glenn Fruth officiating.
Five generations recently gathered were Gavin Chessor, son; Nina Chessor, mother; Nancy Eschenbacher, grandmother; Bev Krueger, great-grandmother; and Ethel Eliseuson, great-great-grandmother.
Angela Rennert and Joseph Hamm
Angela Rennert and Joseph Hamm announce their engagement. Parents are Mary Beth Hernandez, Abilene, Texas, and Daniel and Gaylene Hamm, Ironton. A May 24 wedding is planned in Amherst, Va.
Pawlenty plan borrows for five-year road construction spurt
ST. PAUL -- Arguing that better roads are needed now, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a new plan to borrow a half billion dollars and take a half-billion more in an advance from the federal government to pay for a five-year road building spurt.
Minnesotans wear their war sentiments on their lawns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Every day for two months, Andrew Stevens awoke to a "Say No to War With Iraq" sign staring at him from his neighbor's yard.
'U' considers wage freezes, higher tuition
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Employees at the University of Minnesota could absorb a wage freeze and some students could see a nearly 15 percent tuition increase to make up for cuts in state funding, university officials said.
Seaman from Sebeka missing off Egypt
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul Siltala spent the night of his 41st birthday working to fix an engine on the cargo ship Atlantic Forest as it sat at anchor off Port Said, Egypt. That's the last anyone has seen of him.
Head of relief agency warns of ill preparedness in Iraq
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The head of an international relief organization based here is joining other humanitarian groups in warning that plans to help refugees of a war with Iraq are inadequate.
Pawlenty issues order to ease sewage pumper rules
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty today issued an emergency executive order directing Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, also commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to ease seasonal load restrictions for sewage pumpers due to the widespread problem of frozen septic tanks as a result of extreme weather conditions.
Judge rules university violated public access law in presidential search
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A district judge ruled that University of Minnesota regents acted improperly last fall by withholding the names of finalists for the post of president.
At first, I thought it was a good idea.
adapted floor hockey
Pierz's Block was 'Miss February'
Call Kari Block "Miss February."
BAHA girls' team places fourth in region tourney
After winning the District 15 postseason tournament, the Brainerd 12-under girls' hockey team finished fourth in the Northern Region Tournament Feb. 28-March 2 at Babbitt.
Stoll dreams about basketball
If there is a basketball pounding a hard court or an asphalt surface, chances are Ben Stoll is nearby.
Warriors bossed around in adapted floor hockey
STILLWATER -- The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team got bossed around.
Huskies sent home
BEMIDJI -- With 2:21 left in the fourth quarter Pillager Huskies senior forward Mitch Steffen flew in front of his Ulen-Hitterdahl opponent to steal an errant pass.
Scoring drought costs Pequot
HIBBING -- You can't win if you can't score.
Local sports shorts
CASS LAKE -- The Leech Lake Boxing gym and the Palace Casino and Hotel will present the Region 7 Golden Gloves boxing tournament March 29-30 at the Palace Casino Paradise room.
Local sports shorts
The All-Section 4, Class 1A boys' hockey team has been announced.
Hibbing has intimate arena
HIBBING -- It's not a bad place to play basketball considering it's a hockey arena.
Brainerd YMCA city championship
Century 21, Brainerd Realty, the Pecarich Marketing Team won its fourth consecutive Brainerd YMCA men's basketball city championship. Team members are: Todd Vanek (left), Scott Schmidt, Mark Vanek, Joel Clough, Matt Pecarich, David Jeremiason.
Gophers win WCHA playoff opener
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Golden Gophers coach Don Lucia admitted concern about the eight Minnesota players who have never skated in a playoff game prior to Friday night.
Saints acquire backup Vikings QB Bouman; Vikes get draft pick
Quarterback Todd Bouman was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday for a sixth-round draft pick.
Girls' State Tourament
Predators can't tame the Wild
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Every time the Minnesota Wild get a break, every time a young player makes a veteran decision and every time his team wins, coach Jacques Lemaire tries not to notice.
Rogers joins Twins after passing physical
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Rogers passed his physical Thursday, and the Minnesota Twins finalized his $2 million, one-year contract.
Jeff George to visit Winter Park
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff George will visit Winter Park this weekend to meet with the Minnesota Vikings.
It's on to the NIT for Gophers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Northwestern plays on for at least one more day in the Big Ten tournament, thanks to a scrappy effort from a team that dressed only nine players for its first-round game.
Former GOP senator to lead Sports Facilities Commission
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Republican state senator who once sponsored bills to build a new Twins stadium was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday.
North to face Duluth East
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The only way Winona figured it had a chance to beat powerful Minneapolis North was to work its deliberate offense to perfection.
Twins edge Devil Rays 3-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Bierbrodt never doubted he would be able to pitch his way back into Tampa Bay's starting rotation.
MINNESOTA (ss) BOSTON (ss)
Timberwolves fall again to Lakers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal got all the help they needed from Robert Horry and Derek Fisher.
Girls' Class 1A, 2A basketball finals set
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An 18-point lead was enough for Rochester Lourdes.
Jones, Guzman fuel win
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Jacque Jones had three hits and Cristian Guzman had two hits and two RBIs Thursday to help a Minnesota Twins' split squad beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2.
Peace to the world
Weather drawing by Samantha Buzzalini of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny west and partly cloudy east. Highs from near 50 northeast to 65 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 40s to the low 50s.
Racing toward spring
Weather drawing by Dominik Cronan of Mrs. Larson's fifth grade class at Harrison school.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s to the low 60s. Cooler near lake michigan.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with patchy fog southwest this morning...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny and warmer. Highs in the lower 50s northeast to the upper 60s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Areas of morning fog...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Highs from near 50 north to near 65 south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Patchy early morning fog east...Otherwise sunny to partly cloudy. Warmer with highs from the lower 50s northeast...To the mid to upper 70s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
oday...Areas of morning fog and low clouds...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Warmer with highs in the 40s central and north...With 50s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy this morning west...Then becoming partly cloudy. Sunny east with patchy fog early northeast...Then becoming partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from near 60 north...To the mid 70s extreme southeast.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny and mild with highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with patchy morning fog. Highs from the lower 40s far northeast to the mid 60s far southwest.
A benefit has been planned for David Hess, a former Brainerd resident, starting at 3 p.m. with food served at 5:30 p.m. March 29 at the American Legion in Brainerd. Music provided by a D.J. Raffles, door prizes and an auction also have been planned for the event. It will be a free will offering.
The Nisswa Women's Club will meet at noon Thursday at Iven's on the Bay. The program will highlight harmony consultant, Jenny Baker, who will discuss "Feng Shui: The Chinese Art of Placement." Lakes Area Food Shelf donations will also be accepted at this meeting. Rosy Smith will chair. Hostesses: Ann Bertrand, Betty Jean Carlson, Mary Smith and Marty Urban.
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