Dream home dreams are fueled by this showroom
The Ferguson showroom gallery in Baxter opened about three months ago.
Consolidated Telecommunications Co. Board member Stan Johnson was awarded his Director Core Curriculum Certificate from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.
Cass County plans seminar to help business owners
HACKENSACK - Four Cass County Chambers of Commerce and Cass County Economic Development Corp. will present a seminar to help area business owners learn how to get a bigger piece of the economic pie.
Monday B - Muffin and cereal, milk and juice. L - Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll.
Robert and Tristen Kircher, Burtrum, a girl, Hanna Joyce, 7 pounds, 8 ounces, Feb. 12, 2008. Grandparents are Robert and Theresa Veldkamp, Burtrum, and Bill and Vickie Schwindle, Sauk Rapids. Great-grandparents are Carl and MaryAnn Butzin, Sebeka, the late Phyllis Rassmassen and the late Bert Veldkamp.
Semi fire reported
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to fire in which a semi-truck hauler's back tires were on fire at 5:40 a.m. Friday at the Brainerd Welcome Center south of Brainerd. The semi was hauling new cars.
Little Falls City Council
Kevin and Ciara Hove, Staples, a boy, Kaden Michael, 6 pounds, 15 ounces, March 11, 2008.
Ayres, Colleen R. and Wendell R.
St. Joseph's Foundation announces grant deadline
St. Joseph's Foundation is inviting nonprofit organizations of the Brainerd lakes area to submit grant applications for health-related projects that serve the area.
James and Angie Gehrke, Crosby, a boy, Emerson Lyle, 8 pounds, 9 ounces, Feb. 27, 2008. Grandparents are Donald and Sharon Gehrke, Cushing, and Darlene Christensen, Cloquet, and the late Lyle Christensen.
CRASHES - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday at West Washington Street and Northwest Fifth Street.
BAXTER - Jason Nelson recently joined Countrywide Home Loans in Baxter as a home loan consultant.
With a new location and a new format, the seventh annual Crow Wing County Master Gardener "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo promises to be better than ever.
Micah is waiting for you
Happy 11th birthday, Micah! What an important time in a young man's life.
The Brainerd High School class of 1998 is planning a 10 year reunion for the weekend of June 14. Help us locate our missing graduates. We need your help finding current classmate addresses. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you can provide.
A very special thank you to everyone who donated gift cards and items for the silent auction and the anonymous cash donations for my benefit on Oct. 21, 2007. Also a special thank you to all the wonderful people that worked so hard to make it all happen. I am very grateful.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Salvation Army Food Shelf
collecting food for March Food Share
The Salvation Army announced it is still collecting food and dollar donations as part of its March Food Share program. The goal was to collect $30,000 in cash and 30,000 pounds of food. The drive has collected 8,845 pounds and/or dollars. Its goal is 60,000 pounds and/or dollars.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - That old adage, "It's never too late," has been proved once again. Every Wednesday morning, a group of elderly ladies gathers upstairs at the Music General. Their purpose is to tap dance. They're all eagerly learning under the patient, capable guidance of Susan Kuhn.
DWI patrols set for St. Patrick's Day weekend
ST. PAUL - Minnesota law enforcement will ramp up DWI patrols in the state's 15 deadliest counties for impaired driving during the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
A sense of community - and economy
Understanding the complex national economy may begin at an unexpected place - the mirror.
A sense of connection helps
The social capital survey results are expected to assist economic development efforts and one of the area's economic drivers - tourism.
COMING SUNDAY IN NORTH COUNTRY
With the recent time change and warm weather, many are looking ahead to spring activities. But for those clinging to winter
On Page 2A Thursday, the name of the girl pictured on the right in the Ukranian Easter Egg photo was incorrect. Her name is Maddi Gohman.
These chairs' have an air about them
PINE RIVER - Walk into Diane Norlin's fifth-grade classroom at Pine River-Backus Elementary School and you'll find 23 students slightly bouncing up and down while sitting on bright blue and yellow stability balls at their desks.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation defines social capital "as human connections that make for healthier people, neighborhoods, communities and society."
Probe ends with Pierz police chief's resignation
Details will not be released concerning the investigation and subsequent resignation of Pierz Police Chief Steve Boser.
Douglas Machine closing its plant in Deerwood
Douglas Machine's Deerwood facility is in the process of closing this year, it was learned Friday.
Results can be useful
Partners in the social capital survey expect the information to do more than gather dust. They expect to put the information gleaned to use.
"This president is beginning to resemble Herbert Hoover."
The lakes area sense of volunteerism and community may have a direct connection to the values of the people who first came to settle Minnesota.
Body found in septic tank
The body of a 71-year-old rural Brainerd man was found Friday in the man's septic tank, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said Saturday.
COMING TUESDAY IN NEW HOMES
Learn in the March magazine easy things that you and your family can do within your everyday lifestyle to feel good about.
Your April Fool's Day jokes sought
Whoopee cushions. Coins glued to a sidewalk. A rubber banded spray nozzle at the kitchen sink.
The latest jobless numbers from the Department of Employment and Economic Development are for January. Minnesota has an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent.
Due to incorrect information provided the Dispatch, the name in a Page 1A Thursday story about a 2-year-old rural Randall boy who died at a Twin Cities hospital Wednesday was listed as Dylan Martin Jr. Junior should not have been listed as part of his name.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - Harrison Elementary School's Mary Pat Dobmeier appears to be living up to the school's motto, "Where Everybody is Somebody." Today she was named Brainerd Teacher of the Year for 1988.
HACKENSACK - Darlene Goerlich, age 78, of Hackensack, and formerly of Pine River, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, Pine River. She was born Dec. 25, 1929, in Bonhome County, S.D., to Charles and Myrtle Rollins. She married her loving husband, Robert, on June 9, 1965, in South Dakota. They moved to the Pine River area in 1973.
HACKENSACK - Darlene Goerlich, age 78, of Hackensack, and formerly of Pine River, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
Clara Trask, Brainerd, 89, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Brainerd.
Arnold D. Voigt
Arnold D. Voigt, 85, Brainerd, went home to be with his Lord Thursday, March 13, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Mildred Hamilton, 91-year-old resident of Brainerd, Minn., formerly of Onamia, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in Brainerd, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Onamia, Minn. Burial will be in Foster Cemetery near Onamia. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at Bethany Lutheran Church in Onamia. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Onamia.
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Jerome J. Stangl
PIERZ - Jerome J. Stangl, 85-year-old resident of Pierz, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome J. Stangl will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Piez.
Ruth Dahlberg, age 99, of Brainerd, died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Sandra K. Nolan
Sandra Kathleen Nolan, age 56, resident of Brainerd, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Sandra was born on Aug. 6, 1951, in Mankato, Minn., to Gilbert and Lucille (Schmidt) Jordan. She retired after 25 years of service from Bell Telephone.
RANDALL - Dylan Martin, age 2, of Randall, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral services for Dylan will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Casino Assembly of God Church of rural Motley. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples and also for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Mary Deick Newman
RANDALL - Mary Deick Newman, 79, Randall/Lake Alexander area, died March 12, 2008, in St. Cloud. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, Randall, with Father Leo Moenkedick presiding. Burial in St. James Catholic Cemetery. Visitation from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Brenny Funeral Home in Randall with parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.
Alecia L. Simmons
LITTLE FALLS - Alecia L. Simmons, 46-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Minneapolis, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2008, at her home in Little Falls. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. A visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel.
Scott R. Winegarner
CROSBY - Scott Robert Winegarner, age 42, of Crosby, died on March 10, 2008, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born on Sept. 3, 1965, in Aitkin to Donald LeRoy and Darlene (Isensee) Winegarner. Scottie loved life. He was full of love, kindness, laughter and humor, touching everyone's heart with his presence. He cherished his nieces and nephews. He will be forever missed and his memory will remain in everyone's heart eternally. He could turn a cloudy day into sunshine. He was a member of the operating engineer union local No. 49, currently working in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Evan Ryan Spencer
Evan Ryan Spencer, infant son of Pete and Bobbie Spencer, of Brainerd, was born and passed away on March 11, 2008, at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Evan is loved very much and will be greatly missed. Services will be held Friday, March 21, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Pillager with Pastor Bob Osell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services with a burial in the Sylvan Cemetery.
Andrew Andy' M. Skaj
AITKIN - Andrew "Andy" M. Skaj, age 67, of Aitkin, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A recent letter writer admonished Open Forum readers to "use data...to produce workable plans, over using hollow words [which] produce bridle, hollow, and destructive thinking." After savoring the irony of how data-free and replete with "hollow and destructive thinking" that letter was, I thought it might be helpful to look at some real population data. This is what I found.
OUR OPINION: SMOKING
It's unclear who should be more upset about productions of plays such as "The Tobacco Monologues" at Barnacles Resort and Campground near Aitkin - health officials or lovers of good theater.
(NICE) VOX POP
I would like to thank the Brainerd Dispatch for extending its coverage on the NASCAR racing scene. I really appreciate that full page thing. And for everybody else, why don't we use Vox Pop, maybe just next week, to just say nice things about people, and not complain for one week.
OUR OPINION: SESQUICENTENNIAL
Generating excitement for Minnesota's sesquicentennial has been a challenge. Maybe it's because no one can pronounce sesquicentennial without tripping over the word. Nevertheless, news from Duluth that three tall ships will sail into Duluth harbor to celebrate the state's 150th birthday was welcome news.
What do you think?
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Open Forum: There are plenty of us who still care
It is as a Brainerd High School alumni, speaking in regards to the proposed BHS sports and activities to be cut next fall, that the only word that comes to my mind is: unbelievable. As a product of ISD 181, and a benefactor of the numerous activities and sports that were offered, I cannot begin to fathom the effects that these cuts will have on the quality of education that students receive. It is tremendously unfortunate that the plurality of the ISD 181 community did not find our area's youth, and their futures worth investing in. What many seem to fail to realize, is that learning occurs outside of the classroom; learning that is not possible within the traditional four walls of the school building. To the students, faculty, and staff (and ultimately the community at large) that will all too soon have to deal first hand with these proposed cuts, I wish you the best of luck, and stand to say that though so many others in our "community" seem not to have cared, there are plenty of us that do.
Guest column: Shed brighter light on government
Minnesotan's everyday lives are affected by the decisions of governing bodies. A school board decides to close a school. A city council sets parameters for business incentives. A county board regulates where feedlots may be located. State legislators debate tax policy.
OUR OPINION: EDUCATION
If there were still any doubters of the financial challenges faced by the Brainerd School District Tuesday's announcement of the specific sports and activities that are tentatively proposed to be cut should have provided a jolt of reality.
In a move to improve convenience and enhance public safety, the DNR has added more counties to its Internet-based burning permit system, including Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties.
Just hang on, work harder, keep praying - and be thankful
I'm here at home, looking out at the snow-covered trees on this Thursday morning, the 13th of March. The snow probably won't last long because it looks like it's going to be a bright, sunny day.
The slushy snow packed tight - and easily - in my hands. A few presses between my palms and digits and I had a solid, albeit slightly lopsided, snowball. It weighed heavy in my palm, comparatively speaking.
Sarah Kraemer and Andrew Schaaf were married Dec. 22, 2007, at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul with the Rev. Peter Belke officiating.
Melissa Brown and Aaron Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Sharon and Ray Welliver, Pine River, and Michael and Kathy Brown, Baxter, and Greg and Lori Larson, Pequot Lakes. A May 16, 2009, wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Jennifer Lynn Emerson and Jacob Daniel Niggeler were married Oct. 20, 2007, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Gabriel Waweru officiating.
Beth and Dan Sellinger, Randall, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married March 20, 1983, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Eagle Scout to be honored
Jared Elting, Seattle, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 398. He is the grandson of Rose Mary Bock, Brainerd, and son of Janice (Bock) Elting and George Elting, Seattle. An Eagle Court of Honor will be held April 18 in Seattle to celebrate his achievement. Only two of 100 boys in scouting are able to achieve this rank, the highest in Scouting.
Jacki M. Wallin, Woodbury, and William J. "Jim" Hall, Woodbury, announce their engagement. Parents are John and Carolee Wallin, Pequot Lakes, and Brian and Shirley Hall, Santa Maria, Calif. An April 28 wedding is planned on Sanibel Island, Fla.
Audree Goodew and Matt Houchin announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Susan Goodew, Brainerd, and Jim and Mary Houchin, Cincinnatti, Ohio. An Aug. 16 wedding is planned at Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd.
Donald and Roseine Leuch, Baxter, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married on March 15, 1968.
Danielle Steinwand and Josh Testin announce their engagement. Parents are Jim Steinwand and Michelle Wess and Mark and Linda Testin. A Sept. 20 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Duane and Suzanne Hanson, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married March 15, 1958, in Brainerd.
Candace Button and Joe Keller announce their engagement. Parents are Doug and Vicki Button, Brainerd, and Joe and Stacy Keller, Clarion, Iowa. A June 21 wedding is planned at Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd.
Four generations recently gathered were newborn Kaylin Marie Ruth, daughter; Tanya Marie Ruth, mother; Robert Bjorge, grandfather; and Marcella Bjorge, great-grandmother.
An important journey for people of God
We know it's true. The people charged with taking care of God's world have used it to take care of themselves. The people who know in their bones that there is such a thing as justice and fairness - that is, the human race, made in God's image - have twisted it so it serves their own ends. Those who know in their heart of hearts that there is such a thing as truth, and that it matters, have spun it the way they want it and haven't cared who gets hurt. And all this is true both in the major tyrannies of our time, tyrannies of East and West, and North and South, and in the smaller but still significant affairs of our national and personal lives. And when, this[coming] week, the church tells the story of how [God] sent his own son, the world looks on with interest; Palm Sunday and Good Friday make a fine tourist attraction, worth taking photographs of; but not worth doing anything about.
BAXTER -All Saints Catholic Church will break ground at 10 a.m. Monday. The new church will be on Carlson Lake Road, two miles west of Highway 371 north of Baxter.
Rangers round up another victory
BEMIDJI - All five Crosby-Ironton starters reached double diget points leading to a 78-49 East Subsection 8-2A semifinal victory over the Bagley Flyers Thursday at Bemidji State University.
Twins camp to make a visit to Brainerd
The Minnesota Twins will host a youth baseball and softball training camp June 9-10 at Mills Field in Brainerd.
Carlos Montiel of the North Lake, Texas, Blazers grabbed a pass as George Washington (right) of the Central Lakes College Raiders and teammate Dustin Monson (45) defended in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division III men's basketball tournament Thursday at State University at Delhi, N.Y.
Warriors fall to defending state champs
Third-seeded Buffalo began its defense of the Class 4A boys' basketball title by defeating the sixth-seeded Brainerd Warriors 59-49 Thursday in the Section 8-4A quarterfinals.
Wolhowe's shooting ignites Cardinals
A warning label should be placed on the back of Derek Wolhowe's cardinal and white basketball jersey.
Dismal shooting dooms CLC women
Experience pays dividends in postseason basketball and unfortunately the Central Lakes Raiders women's basketball team didn't have enough as it dropped its first round game of the NJCAA Division III national tournament to host Mohawk Valley Community College 62-40 Thursday.
Warriors drop opener
A three-goal third period helped the South Suburban Flyers defeat the Brainerd Warriors 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the state adapted floor hockey tournament Friday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Returning sophs carry Raiders' hopes
Following the highest finish in program history the Central Lakes College Raiders' fast-pitch softball team appears poised for another run to the top.
Hitting the Big 3-0
Thirty turnovers and poor shooting led to the Central Lakes College Raiders' downfall, an 89-53 loss to the Montgomery College (Md.) Lady Knights in the consolation semifinals of the NJCAA Division III women's basketball tournament Friday at Utica, N.Y.
Warriors keep state streak alive
With just two starters returning from last season, Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey coach Bruce Thompson wondered if his team's streak of playing in state tournaments was in jeopardy.
14-U girls' A hockey team second at regional
The Brainerd 14-U A hockey team, sponsored by Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, went 2-2 and took second place in its pool at the Olympic Region Tournament Feb. 29-March 2 at East Grand Forks.
Raider men drop close opener
Two free throws by Nathan Pratt with just two seconds left lifted North Lake College (Texas) past the Central Lakes College Raiders 62-60 in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division III men's basketball tournament Thursday at State University at Delhi, N.Y.
Raider men fall
Kody Braddix continued his exceptional play in the NJCAA Division III national men's basketball tournament Friday as the Central Lakes College Raiders lost to Montgomery College-Germantown (Md.) 66-55 in the consolation semifinals.
College road trip
A trip to Florida may be a first for the Central Lakes College baseball team.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
The 19th annual North Central Speedway Car show is scheduled March 28-29 at the Westgate Mall.
BHS sophomore earns black belt
On a Friday night in January while many people in the Brainerd lakes area were relaxing, 16-year-old Jasmine MacKenzie was at DeWitt Martial Arts preparing for the first part of a two-day test for her black belt in traditional tae kwon do.
It's not far away
Weather drawing by Noah Hendrickson in the Lowell fourth grade of Mr. Meyer.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs 33 to 43.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy north with morning snow showers northeast.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy west with a slight chance of rain or snow showers. Mostly cloudy east becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered light rain and light snow showers south in the morning. A chance of light rain showers in the afternoon far south. Highs from the mid 30s northwest...To the mid 40s far south.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Variable cloudiness west with isolated sprinkles or
State forecast for South Dakota
Snow advisory today far southwest...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from around 30 north...To around 40 far southwest. Tonight...Partly cloudy to mostly clear. Lows from around 5 above zero far north...To the mid 20s far southeast.
St. Patrick's Day is coming
Weather drawing by Renae Ford of Mr Meyer's fourth-grade class at Lowell Elementary.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy east. Partly to mostly cloudy west and
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy.
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