Sable offers a lot of car for the money
Shoppers can get a lot of car for the money with the 2008 Mercury Sable.
JFK fares well at 2 meets
BAXTER - Just For Kix teams from the Baxter studio competed March 1 at Brainerd High School and March 2 at Eastview High School in Apple Valley.
NISSWA - The Path Less Traveled gallery in Nisswa will feature jewelry, photographs and stories from Nepal from 4-6 p.m. Friday and March 28.
Senior Dain Hanson doesn't mind performing a couple solos for a Brainerd High School Symphonic Band concert.
PINE RIVER - The David Riley Orchestra, a six-piece band from the St. Cloud area, will perform a dance concert at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Pine River-Backus School commons in Pine River.
Winters to speak, sign books March 29
LITTLE FALLS - Kathleen Winters, author of "Anne Morrow Lindbergh: First Lady of the Air," will give a lecture and sign books at 2 p.m. March 29 at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Out of town
Doug is in the details
Doug Hoekstra's sixth full-length album, "Blooming Roses," sounds like what you'd hear over the speakers while browsing through a Barnes & Noble. That's appropriate, because a lot of the songs by this Nashville, Tenn., performer could be enjoyed on the printed page without the music.
More 'Wars,' more 'Potter'
It's a good week to be a geek - we've recently learned that we'll get even more "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" than was originally planned.
There's no beating egg dishes at Easter
Planning an Easter brunch or a special weekend breakfast? This week's recipe for Scrambled Egg Casserole is a tasty breakfast eye-opener, and best of all, you prepare it the night before so all you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning.
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
Monday B - PB & J Uncrustable, diced pears, milk. L - Cheese filled breadstick, dipping sauce, steamed broccoli, cheese sauce, waffle potatoes.
Shawn Adsitt and Sunnie Pavlacky, Vadnais Heights, a girl, Josephine Victoria Adsitt, 8 pounds, 7 ounces, Feb. 22, 2008. Grandparents are Sandy Adsitt, Las Vegas, Mitch and Karen Robinson, Chandler, Ariz., and Sonny and Vicky Pavlacky, Pine River.
The green movement'
The world is turning green and the Brainerd lakes area is right behind it.
Habitat informational meetings scheduled
The Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity will conduct several informational/application meetings around the lakes area.
LAKES AREA SENIOR
Remembering Jon Hassler
"He was a very, very special gentleman. He always had that gleam in his eye and I always got a kick out of that. It was part of his charm."
Ex-colleague Plut touched by Hassler's novels, friendship
Jon Hassler once said "I don't write as a cure-all, I write to tell a story," but he acknowledged that his novels touched many readers.
Jon Hassler, author of 'Staggerford,' 'The Love Hunter,' dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Author Jon Hassler, a popular Minnesota author and former instructor of Brainerd Community College has died.
Swinging into spring
Jacob Buckingham enjoyed a swing Wednesday in Kiwanis Park in Brainerd on the last full day of winter. A much-anticipated spring arrives Thursday. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls » Purchase reprints of this photo.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1978) - The Brainerd Area Vocational Technical Institute was assured of a $700,000 appropriation for new building and remodeling.
"I felt like a stuffed sausage."
Doug and Michelle Durant of Brainerd are 145 pounds lighter than they were five years ago and today they lead a healthier lifestyle.
Public's help is sought in finding missing LF woman
LITTLE FALLS - The Morrison County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding a 20-year-old woman missing since mid-February.
Back on hot seat
Central Minnesota Community Corrections is again dealing with criticism of its executive director.
COMING SUNDAY IN BUSINESS/MONEY
A new Nisswa business aims to please the taste buds with breads, rolls, pastries, cakes and cookies.
COMING SUNDAY IN NORTH COUNTRY
It's one of the more eerie and haunting sounds in the Minnesota wild. And it's what drew many of us to the International Wolf Center in Ely on a recent Saturday.
Easter egg hunt moved
to Gold Medal Arena
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's annual Easter Egg Hunt has been moved to the Gold Medal Arena at the Brainerd Area Civic Center in Brainerd.
Jon Hassler by the book
Jon Hassler's novels included: "Staggerford" (1977), "Four Miles to Pinecone" (1977), "Simon's Night" (1979), "Jemmy" (1980), "The Love Hunter" (1981), "A Green Journey" (1985), "Grand Opening" (1987), "Dear James" (1993), "Rookery Blues" (1995), "North of Hope" (1996), "The Dean's List" (1998), "My Staggerford Journal" (1999), "The Staggerford Flood" (2002), "Nancy Clancy's Nephew" (2004), "The Staggerford Murders" (2004) and "The New Woman" (2005).
ST. PAUL - State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, joined his fellow members of the House K-12 Education Finance Committee in announcing a 1 percent funding increase for 2009 in the House education budget.
COMING SUNDAY IN SPORTS
The Dispatch sports department unveils the All-Area girls' basketball team and the top female player of the year.
He was a great storyteller'
Jon Hassler, a respected author known to many in Brainerd as kind and brilliant, died early Thursday at age 74. He wrote his first and most famous novel, 1977's "Staggerford," while living on North Eighth Street in Brainerd and teaching English at Brainerd Community College, now known as Central Lakes College.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) -=A $500 donation from the Brainerd Area Senior Citizen Center to "Geritol Frolics" was sweet music to Everett Nelson, a Frolics orchestra member who played "Let me Serenade You" on his violin.
LITTLE FALLS - Stanley Wozniak, age 90, of Little Falls, Minn., and formerly of Randall, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Randall. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Randall.
PEQUOT LAKES - George Knutson, age 95, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, at his home. He was born April 15, 1912, in Pequot Lakes to Christian and Anna Knutson. He married Rosellyn Risnes on April 15, 1939.
PEQUOT LAKES - Delphia Elling, age 90, of Pequot Lakes, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 18, 2008, at the Pine River Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Care Center. Funeral services will be on Friday, 11 a.m., at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes with the Rev. Mike Marcum officiating with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Tyyne M. Rardin
Tyyne M. Rardin, 90, Brainerd, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Harold B. Sweet
Harold B. Sweet, 95, Brainerd, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2008, at 5:20 p.m. at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
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WATERLOO, Iowa - Ruth Haurum, 89, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Monday, March 17, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 13, 1918, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to William and Ethel Strein. She owned and operated The Woodlawn Resort at Lake Ossawinnamakee, Minnesota, retiring in 2005.
Verne Weideman, 80, Brainerd, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2008, at his home in Brainerd, Minn. He was born May 7, 1927, in Newton, Iowa, to Ivan W. and Mildred (Smith) Weideman. He grew up around the Redfield, S.D., area. He was a United States Air Force veteran who served our country during World War II. He married Lydia Kluth on Jan. 14, 1961, in Rapid City, S.D., where they raised their family.
Richard J. Young
LITTLE FALLS - Richard J. Young, 80-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at his residence. Funeral service for Richard J. Young will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at First United Church in Little Falls. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at church.
PINE RIVER - Rose Chadwick, age 72, of Pine River, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 20, 2008. She was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Lakefield, Minn., to Michael and Clara Tulenchik. Her smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew her.
Lillie P. Olson
LITTLE FALLS - Lillie P. Olson, 96-year-old resident of Little Falls, formerly of Freedhem, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral services for Lillie Olson will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 24, at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nate Bjorge officiating.
The battle of the brass
The inside story of the battle between Adm. William J. Fallon, former head of U.S. Central Command, and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, may be studied by military historians years hence. The animosity between the two top military men was personal (Petraeus reportedly thought Fallon was trying to micromanage him).
OTHER OPINION: Mortgages
It must pain Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., formerly the chief executive of one of Wall Street's biggest investment banks, to call for more government regulation of lenders and their facilitators. And yet that's what the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and credit crunch have forced him to do.
A Bear Stearns market
Panic is old hat on Wall Street. Rarely before, however, has there been a crisis so comprehensive as this one. It first materialized last summer in the shape of a disturbance in the low-rated, or subprime, mortgage market. "Contained," the regulatory establishment hopefully pronounced. But it has blazed across markets and time zones, with central bankers, politicians and Treasury functionaries in hot and, to date, futile pursuit.
Open Forum: Legislation protects illegal aliens
Did you know that Minneapolis and St. Paul have sanctuary policies that prevent their police officers from asking about immigration status or enforcing our immigration laws? Did you know that these sanctuary policies are allowing illegal aliens to freely enjoy YOUR benefits without fear of deportation? Did you know that such policies cause huge criminal, legal, financial problems that degrade your life as legitimate Minnesotans? The recent school bus crash in Cottonwood should have been a grim wake up call to our legislators to reverse this irresponsible and misguided mind set.
OTHER OPINION: SURVEILLANCE
Here's a 21st century twist on a conspiracy theorist's adage: Just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean you're not being followed electronically. News outlets have brimmed with tales of Web sites, cable TV companies, Internet service providers and even the government quietly monitoring what you do and say.
Prayer shed is just start of a Catholic campus
The first phase of what could be a sprawling Catholic campus north of Baxter started Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony.
"C.C.C." or "W.P.A.?"
Evangelist Norman Stevens
to speak in Deerwood
DEERWOOD - Evangelist Norman Stevens will be speaking at Deerwood Baptist Church at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for Easter Sunday services and also 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Hillcross is not for the faint of heart
Wally Scheer, owner of Wally Scheer & Associates, had a friend who described an event Friday and Saturday at Ski Gull as "the lunatic cousin" of snocross racing.
Eastman will return to coach Raiders
In life adversity often plays a crucial role in defining an individual's character. In sports adversity can produce the difference between a team rallying together against it or falling apart beneath it.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
The Brainerd Nordic Ski Club's annual potluck social dinner will be 5:30 p.m. April 7 at the Northland Arboretum.
The location of Crosby-Ironton's first state boys' basketball quarterfinal game was incorrect in a Page 1B cutline Wednesday.
Brainerd's Etterman wins all-around at Rising Stars invite
Braienrd's Katy Etterman won with the level 8 all-around champion with a 36.9 by winning the balance beam and placing second on both the uneven bars and the floor at last weekend's Rising Stars Gymnastics Invitational in North St. Paul.
Team concept keyed CLC run
The goal of every coach in a team sport is to take a group of individuals athletes and mold them into a team.
Warriors named to All-CLC team
Brainerd Warriors senior forward Megan Bates and junior point guard Emily Thesing were named to the all-Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball team by the conference coaches.
It's been a true March to state for Little Falls
ST. CLOUD - John Dunlap acknowledged he's an emotional person.
Brainerd's Rudbeck honored
Brainerd Warriors Ethan Rudbeck was named to the Wells Fargo Adapted Floor Hockey All-Tournament Team.
C-I's Tesdahl named MVP of Mid-State
Crosby-Ironton senior guard Bryce Tesdahl was named the Mid-State Conference Most Valuable Player and his coach Dave Galovich was named coach of the year by the conference coaches.
Late shot lands Flyers in state tourney
ST. CLOUD - A bloody nose.
Flyers to face St. Thomas, again
The Little Falls Flyers and St. Thomas Academy Cadets are forming an interesting postseason rivalry.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Heavy snow warning and snow advisory far southeast until 4pm
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy. Rain or snow likely southwest and south
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm warning far northeast south dakota through friday evening...
State forecast for Minnesota
...Winter storm warning parts of the central and southeast today...
Looks like spring
Weather drawing by Walker Clanton of Ms. Hemstad's third-grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs 42 north to 63 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning today much of southern wisconsin...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight through friday for portions of southwest and south central wisconsin...
State forecast for S.D.
Winter storm warning far northeast south dakota from thursday evening into friday night...
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter storm watch west central and south tonight and
State forecast for Iowa
...Winter storm warning far northeast until 7 pm cdt...
Clouds and sun
Weather drawing by Austyn Allord of Mrs. Collins' second-grade class at Whittier school.
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