Hybrid cars gaining small foothold
CONWAY, Ark. -- As gas prices continue to soar, more and more drivers are turning to fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly hybrid cars that use both gas-powered and electric motors.
The Heartland Healing Rooms will host an informational meeting with Elaine Bonn 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 17 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 3150 Fairview Road N., Baxter, one mile west of Highway 371 on Highway 210.
Wasting soil or bearing fruit?
I read an MSNBC headline this past weekend that contained the transcript of the videotape left by the alleged terrorists in Madrid. "This is a response to the crimes that you caused in the world, and specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there will be more if God wills it "
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 276, a year ago 161.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500. Last Wednesday: 471. Year Ago Wednesday: 507. Tuesday actual: 875.
Use leftover turkey in a baked pasta dish
Roasted turkey tastes good anytime, not just for Thanksgiving dinner.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Michelle Louise Ashland, 19, Bloomington, was fined $500 in Crow Wing District Court for misdemeanor underage consumption.
HILLMAN -- A 30-year-old Hillman man is in serious condition after being injured in a single-vehicle rollover at Morrison County Roads 37 and 39 in Granite Township, near Hillman.
Wayne E. Renn, 42, and Joy R. Martinez, 32, both of Brainerd.
School lunch menus
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Republicans accuse Democrats of being 'soft on crime'
ST. PAUL -- In a game of political volleyball, attacks have been thrust back and forth by Democrats and Republicans. Republicans spiked Wednesday saying Democrats are "soft on crime."
Edina Realty recently held its annual Circle Award Breakfast for members of the Brainerd and Crosslake offices.
Gardeners can have color all seasons
Having a beautiful, colorful flower garden -- filled with red roses, soft lavender perennials, dancing sugar plum irises and bright yellow day lilies -- in full bloom all season long may be a dream for many gardeners.
Playhouse to be raffled to raise money for charities
Brainerd Construction, Merrifield, recently completed construction of a playhouse for the second annual Edina Realty Foundation fund-raiser, which supplies aid to the homeless in the lakes area.
BAXTER -- Trent Gilb recently joined the sales team at First Integrity Bank N.A. Mortgage Center in Baxter.
'Ready, Set, Grow!'
The Central Minnesota Master Gardener's "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo will cover a multitude of gardening topics, from ornamental grasses to pruning to shoreland restoration.
The lakes area's most valuable place? That could be considered the Northland Arboretum, which is to Brainerd what Central Park is to New York. Read about the arb in Sunday's North Country.
Nominations are being sought for the 2004-05 Brainerd Teacher of the Year.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Four free throws by Debbie Hilmerson helped third ranked Little Falls pull out of a 45-43 victory over No. 2 ranked Burnsville for the State AA High School Girls Basketball Tournament Championship.
WALKER -- The Cass County Board met in closed session Tuesday with County Attorney Earl Maus to discuss the KGM Contractors vs. city of Longville and Cass County lawsuit.
County finances win praise from state auditor
Crow Wing County was among 13 counties the state praised this week.
A TIME FOR TEARS AS C-I GIRLS LOSE AT STATE
Crosby-Ironton's Whitney Smetana (center) and teammates walked off the floor Wednesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis after their loss to the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers in the Class 2A state girls' basketball tournament. See story on Page 11A. (Dispatch Photo by Nels Norquist)
The national commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Edward S. Banas Sr., has awarded a Diamond Jubilee Award citation to VFW Post No. 1647 in Brainerd.
Learn how to keep a colorful garden blooming nearly all year long at the upcoming Garden Expo at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Look for the story Friday in the Housing section.
Little Falls may try again for school referendum
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School Board is looking at asking residents to support an increase in the district's general education revenue of up to $855.79 per pupil unit.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 19 - 20 years ago (1984) - Brainerd aldermen gave their go-ahead to the issuance of $9.6 million in industrial development revenue bonds for the financing of the Westgate Mall expansion.
Members of 142nd return
LITTLE FALLS -- About 40 members of Minnesota Army National Guard's Company C 142nd Engineer Battalion, based in Little Falls, are home after deployment in Iraq.
The Brainerd VFW dinner will be Jack and Diane's pork loin dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Reservations are appreciated. Call 829-6393.
MILK AND MEMORIES
When a Hutchinson-bound trailer hauls the last of Dwight and Loren Thiesse's dairy herd down their gravel road Saturday, more than 70 years of family memories will linger behind on the 1,100-acre farm.
A cutline on Page 1N in Wednesday's Dispatch should have identified the Harrison Elementary School Patrol member, who protected students as they crossed the street, as Paige Sparkman.
Baxter woman wins Erma Bombeck writing prize
BAXTER -- Soon after the birth of her eldest daughter, Elizabeth, two years ago, Liesa Thill began sending humorous e-mails about her adventures as a new mother to family and friends.
Number of dairy farms declines drastically in county
Dairy farms have been declining in numbers in Minnesota in recent years, but in Crow Wing County, the trends are more dramatic than state averages.
Kathryn A. Ditty
Kathryn A. Ditty, 90, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Kathryn A. Ditty
Kathryn Alva Ditty, 90, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. She was born on July 1, 1913, in Hallock, Minn., to Alvin and Anna Saxrud. She moved with her parents to Brainerd as a child. She attended Brainerd schools, graduating from the high school in 1932, after which time she went on to graduate from the Abbott School of Nursing in Minneapolis.
PHILBROOK -- Jesse Smith, age 26, of Philbrook, died Thursday morning, March 18, 2004, at his home. Services are Monday morning, March 22, at 11 a.m. in the Brenny Funeral Home Chapel in Staples. Relatives will receive friends on Sunday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel. Services have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Mamie M. Jarosh
LITTLE FALLS -- Mamie M. Jarosh, 95-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls, Minn., with the Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Catholic Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn. Prayer service will be said at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Doris R. Hurrle
PIERZ -- Doris R. Hurrle, 66-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Thursday, March 18, 2004, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz. Friends may call Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 8-10:15 am. at the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz. The St. Joseph Christian Mothers will pray a rosary Sunday at 4:30 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. at the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel.
John G. Maciosek
PILLAGER -- John G. Maciosek, age 68, of Pillager, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Murel D. Jolly
AITKIN -- Murel D. Jolly, 74, of Aitkin, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, in the Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
Mamie H. Jarosh
LITTLE FALLS -- Mamie H. Jarosh, age 95, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Leah Clementson, 68, of Brainerd, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Ebenseser Luther Home in Minneapolis. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Gail L. Wysocki
VIRGINIA -- Gail Lynn Wysocki, age 51, of Virginia, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ruby Zoran, 73, Little Falls, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at the Dassel Nursing Home in Dassel.
Thaddeus 'Pat' W. Noyes
CROSBY -- Thaddeus "Pat" W. Noyes, age 95, of Crosby, former
Gertrude E. Zeigler
BROWERVILLE -- Gertrude Elizabeth Zeigler, age 100, of Browerville, died Wednesday evening at the Staples Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Moran Township. Relatives will receive friends on Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples and again Saturday morning at the funeral home until 10:30 a.m. Prayers will be said Friday evening starting at 7 p.m. Services have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Marie L. (Henrich) Friedrich
CROSSLAKE -- Marie Louise (Henrich) Friedrich, 76, of Crosslake, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at St. Peter Community Health Care Center in St. Peter, Mi
Jeremy M. Lindroth
IONE, Calif. -- Jeremy Michael Lindroth, age 23, of Ione, Calif., died on March 10, 2004, in San Diego, Calif., as a result of a military plane crash. He was born on Nov. 29, 1980, in Fargo, N.D. He was currently a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corp.
This past weekend I attended one of the best artistic and athletic events I have witnessed in Brainerd.
No matter how bad things seem, when you have God on your side (obedience) you will always have his blessings.
OTHER OPINIONS Hunting laws
What could North Dakota be thinking? That they own all the game birds in the Midwest flyway? Or that they are not part of the United States but are an independent nation?
The ranks of the National Guard, I fear, will be much harder to fill now that George Bush has redefined the mission of the Guard. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army and understand its mission. The National Guard is a force that
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adapted floor hockey
BHS has opportunity for payback at state
Three teams are seeded ahead of the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team in this weekend's state tournament at Stillwater High School.
Raiders softball goes winless on Florida swing
The Central Lakes College Raiders softball team opened its season in the sun of Orlando, Fla., playing five games in a spring tournament March 6-14.
Baumann sparks Pequot to drubbing of Hilltoppers
DULUTH -- He doesn't wear pink or have funny ears or walk around banging a drum, but James Baumann is the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team's Energizer bunny.
Rangers can't round up win
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers beat the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers in almost all statistical categories but one -- the final score.
Special Olympians compete in swim meet
Brainerd students competed in the Area 5 Special Olympics swim meet March 17 at Little Falls.
Crosby-Ironton wins ugly against Moose Lake-WR
DULUTH -- Poise is one of the marks of a championship caliber team.
Area events Thursday
Little big man
Standing 4-foot-4, Chris Jordan probably wouldn't have had a future on a varsity athletic team.
Andrew Mehr as named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team at its banquet Tuesday.
Storybook season had several ingredients
MINNEAPOLIS -- Every book must conclude.
Aitkin High School to present 'Once Upon a Mattress'
AITKIN -- This year's musical production at Aitkin High School will be the Broadway show, "Once Upon a Mattress."
Springfield recaptures youthful joy (and anger) on new album
The press materials for Rick Springfield's "shock/denial/anger/ acceptance" take great pains to advertise the fact that Springfield is really "p****d off!" And "scarred!" And "angry!"
Country legends to play Mille Lacs casino
ONAMIA -- Country music legends Mel McDaniel, Janie Fricke, Gene Watson and Tommy Cash will showcase their classics when they take the stage together at 5 and 8:30 p.m. April 24 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center.
Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota concerts to feature Faur's 'Requiem'
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will feature Gabriel Faur's "Requiem," accompanied by a quintet of professional string players, in the upcoming spring concerts titled "From Faur to Folk."
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BHS Concert, Symphonic Bands to perform concert Tuesday
The Brainerd High School Concert Band and Symphonic Band will present their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School.
The Rockin' Hollywoods are the featured entertainment at the fund-raiser, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood.
The louder the better
For two and a half years, Brainerd High School senior Andrea Miller played a light, soft flute.
Music students participate in festival
PEQUOT LAKES -- A total of 179 students participated in the 24th annual Junior Music Festival March 6 at Pequot Lakes School.
Candidates are sought for the 2004 Miss Brainerd Lakes Area Scholarship Pageant sponsored by Community Education and the Brainerd Area Women of Today. The pageant will be June 12 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School.
Aitkin vocal students in contest
AITKIN -- Aitkin High School students participated Monday in the Sub-Section 25 contest for solos and ensembles, hosted by the Aitkin music department.
For the week of March 18-24; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Songs in the key of Springfield
Let us examine the curious case of Rick Springfield.
Mariachi group to perform in Staples
STAPLES -- The Mariachi group Flor y Canto will perform festive Mexican music at 2 p.m. March 28 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
State forecast for minnesota
.Today...Snow ending early east central with additional
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs around 40 north to the mid 50s
Get ready for spring
Weather drawing by Jackie Hallgren of Mrs. Larson's fifth grade class at Harrison school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy and windy. Highs 45 to 55.
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Patchy dense morning fog north.
Are you ready for spring?
Weather drawing by Shakyra Johnson of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs ranging from near 40 far east to the lower 60s southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs from 50 northeast to around 70 far
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Light snow...Mainly in the morning. Highs from the mid 30s north and east...To the lower 40s southwest.
Military family support group to meet
A military family support group will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Training and Community Center, better known as the Brainerd Armory.
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