Chevy Colorado: Pickup practicality at a price
A friend's wife suggested recently that they buy a four- wheel-drive pickup truck as their second car. "Fine," he said, "as long as you drive it."
Extras put more spin on celebrities' wheels
LOS ANGELES -- This is a city of big wheels. But that's talking cars instead of stars, unless the star happens to be Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, who recently took possession of a black-on-black Hummer H2 SUV with 24-inch diameter, Oasis spinner wheel rims.
Report criticizes potentially costly Air Force deal to lease tankers from Boeing
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force negotiated a contract to lease refueling aircraft from Boeing Co. that could cost hundreds of millions to several billions of dollars more than it should, and followed a procurement strategy that demonstrated poor stewardship of Defense Department funds, according to a long-awaited report by the department's inspector general.
Area car dealers react to story about salespeople
Marty Johnson of Brainerd has seen many different car-selling techniques in his lifetime.
Springtime is the season when we especially remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior.
Congregations embrace fair-trade goods
WASHINGTON -- Sipping the right kind of coffee is now a matter of conscience for the Quakers who meet in Northwest Washington, the congregants of Fairfax, Va., Presbyterian Church and the members of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel, Md.
Religion is a tonic for teens
WASHINGTON -- Here's a crazy idea: After all our ambitious child-rearing with Discovery toys, Suzuki piano lessons, conflict-avoidance classes, 4 a.m. swim practices, SAT prep classes, driver education and summer flights to study folk music in the Republic of Georgia, we might have done as well (and saved a lot of money) by just sending our kids to church, temple or mosque.
Members of the sixth- through eighth-grade confirmation classes at Zion Lutheran Church will perform a passion play 6:15 p.m. April 9 at Zion. The one-hour show will follow the Gospel's account of Jesus' crucifixion. Zion also will have a short rendition of Jesus' resurrection, according to the Gospel of Matthew, at the 6 a.m. Easter Sunday church service.
Pastor finds key to building church membership is to recruit kids
WASHINGTON -- On Sundays you can find 100 or more young people hanging out at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, an Ellicott City, Md., congregation that doubled its membership in the 1980s and again in the 1990s and now counts 1,500 active members.
Use marinade when grilling spring meals
It's spring at last. It's time to dust off the grill and enjoy the tempting aromas that fill the neighborhood.
Two women were injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at Northwest Fourth Street near Charles Street in Brainerd, Brainerd police reported.
Heather and Anthony Andersland, Sterling, Va., a boy, Zachary Tyler, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, March 27, 2004. Grandparents are Mark and Sharon Nielsen, Aitkin, and Dave and Judy Holk, Walker, and Dave and Judy Simpson, Minneapolis, and Craig Andersland, Emmons. Great-grandparents are Agnes Andersland, Emmons, and Roger and Pat Nielsen, Crosby.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire about 2:08 p.m. Wednesday at a residence, owned by Audrey McCuskey, on Forest Heights Drive, south of Brainerd.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a shed fire at 11:08 a.m. Thursday at the residence of Pauline Streiff on St. Mathias Road.
School lunch menus
Area golf season starts Friday
Eagles Landing Golf Club near Fort Ripley is opening its front nine holes for play Friday.
Some see few positives in lowering limit
ST. PAUL -- Some area House members saw few positives in changing the state's current 0.10 percent blood alcohol content to 0.08.
Area Republican lawmakers say they like the bill
ST. PAUL -- DFL legislators were skeptical of the House crime bill passed Wednesday. Most said it didn't go far enough to protect Minnesotans from the worst criminals.
Spotting a problem
To get help or find out more about children's mental health issues and resources, contact one of the following:
Janie Lapka, broker/owner of Realty Connections, completed an eight hour Certified Residential Specialist class on "Making the Right Real Estate Finance Decisions."
Pro offers tips to keep grass green
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's time to service the mower and set up the sprinklers.
Cuyuna Range Housing group to meet
IRONTON -- The Cuyuna Range Housing Inc. will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lounge at the Ironton Terrace Apartments in Ironton.
The Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center will host a class on landscaping from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24.
Corilynn Babineau, a 32-year-old Brainerd mother, talks about her battle against breast cancer. Read her inspiring story in Sunday's Dispatch.
A Brainerd Medical Center employee has found a special way to honor clinic's staff members who have loved ones serving abroad in the military. Read this story in Friday's Dispatch.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 1 - 20 years ago (1984) - Roy Miller, 40, began his duties as head of the newspaper's newsroom. He succeeds Les Sellnow. Miller has been news editor of the Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan.
Danielle Shockman of Darling Candles rearranged her stock before the beginning of the Commerce and Industry Show on Friday morning. The show began Friday and continues through Sunday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Crosslake Communications first in area to pick up Twins network
If Bryan Held had his way, every Twins fan would be able to watch their team in the comfort of his or her home. He calls the money dispute between Victory Sports One Network and the major cable and satellite providers "ridiculous."
The Brainerd Street Department will begin street sweeping in the central business district from 4 to 9 a.m. Wednesday on the following streets:
Man arrested following chase
A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after leading Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputies on a chase across county roads and into farm fields in southern Crow Wing County.
St. Mathias fire
Brainerd firefighters battled a blaze Thursday on St. Mathias Road. The fire destroyed a storage shed.
With the sudden death of Joyce Kientzle on Tuesday, a memorial fund has been set up in the name of Tom and Joyce Kientzle's children, Ashley, Thomas, Amy and Daniel.
BLUE STAR PATRIOTISM
Lois Kilgore simply wanted to help honor the family members of her co-workers at the Brainerd Medical Center who are in the military and, one by one, are being deployed overseas to destinations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kuwait.
Benjamin wins Mille Lacs Band election
ONAMIA -- Incumbent Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin received more than 50 percent of the votes in the band's primary election Tuesday, which is enough to make a general election in June unnecessary for this position.
Hill City woman indicted in husband's murder
More than a year after her husband was shot and killed, a 70-year-old Hill City woman has been indicted and arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder for his death.
Because of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, a name was misspelled in a Crow Wing County dairy princess story in Wednesday's Neighbors section. Angela Waytashek, the daughter of Ted and Lorie Waytashek, was chosen as a dairy ambassador.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 2 - 20 years ago (1984) - John Stolski, of Brainerd High School was named a quarterback on the Minnesota High School All-Star Football outstate team. The all-star game between metro and outstate teams will be played July 28 at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis.
Washington Middle School sixth-graders Molly Hoppe (left), Alex Sauer, Taylor Ott and Laura Goll sorted through boxes of food Thursday that Builders Club members collected.
PEQUOT LAKES --Genevieve Stoehr, 71, of Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at home. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
Genevieve 'Mickey' A. Stoehr
BREEZY POINT -- Genevieve "Mickey" Ann Stoehr, age 71, of Breezy Point, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at her home. Mickey Stoehr was born on Feb. 25, 1933, in St. Paul to Charles and Martha (Pasket) Brennhofer.
Elaine C. Smith
Elaine C. Smith, 71, of Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at her home after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Obituary notices are charged at $10 per column inch, exclusive of the first 4 inches. A $10 fee is charged for a half-column photograph. To place an obituary in The Dispatch, consult the funeral home handling arrangements.
BAXTER -- Judy Robinson, 61, of Baxter, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at home. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Beverly J. Harder
PINE RIVER -- Beverly J. Harder, age 61, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. Arrangements are with Willim-Northland Funeral Home in Pine River.
Joyce M. Kientzle
BAXTER -- Joyce M. Kientzle, 38, Baxter, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at home in Baxter.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Norton Knutson, age 70, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at his rural Pequot Lakes residence. Arrangements are with Willim-Northland Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes.
Julia M. Sells
Julia M. Sells, 97, Brainerd, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Eleanor Tschida, age 88, of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Pierz, Minn., passed away April 1, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, Minn.
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. -- Elva Johnson, 87, North Bergen, N.J., wife of former Brainerd resident, Gordon Johnson, died on March 31, 2004, at North Bergen, N.J.
Robert 'Bob' E. Shanks
Robert "Bob" E. Shanks, 71, Brainerd, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. He was born on Jan. 29, 1933, in Brainerd to Howard and Margaret (Gorton) Shanks. He graduated fr
Pauline S. Christiansen
Pauline S. Christiansen, 89, Brainerd, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
A memo to our readers
For the first four or five years after I became editor of The Brainerd Dispatch I was called "the new editor."
Vox Pop change
It's good to see that The Dispatch has seen fit to limit at least some of the anonymous (not unanimous) comments it has been publishing in Vox Pop. (Vox Pop intro, March 30).
In response to the letter about the women's expo: I am surprised and entertained at her comments. We wanted the show to be fun, not just stoic models doing the monotonous bridal walk down the runway. These girls were not selling sex. What an idiotic thing to say. They were modeling gowns and keeping people's interest. What a wonderful thing it is that if you don't like something you're seeing you can leave.
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
In response to Tuesday's question about a leash law: Don't blame the dog. Blame the inconsiderate human on the other end of the leash. They need to use their own yards for dog waste or carry a plastic bag.
W-DC girls take second in season- opening track meet
BEMIDJI -- The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' track and field team won three events en route to second place at Bemidji Tuesday.
Track and field
track and field
The score: Charter 0, Victory 0, Twins fans 0
What is Victory Sports? It's a regional sports network owned by Twins owner Carl Pohlad.
Running for Athens
Runners Turena Johnson Lane and Johanna Olson are no strangers to big, pressure-packed races.
Holocaust survivor to speak in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- St. Paul author and Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt will speak at 7 p.m. April 14 at The Warehouse in Pine River as part of the "Meet the Author" series with Pine River-Backus Community Education.
Hyatt gets her fill of art classes
Growing from coloring contests as a child to creating an art portfolio, Brainerd High School senior Kim Hyatt now spends a majority of her time in the art department.
Sally Sundberg's piano students participated in a spring recital March 20 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter.
Retired Marine from Brainerd writes book on Vietnam War
J. Eldon Holbrook's "Freedom Hill: The Alpha and Omega" has been released by the print-on-demand company 1st Books (www.1stBooks.com.).
The beat goes on
If a 40-year music career can be boiled down to a catchphrase, here's Eric Andersen's: When life beats you up, set life to a beat.
Former Little Falls resident exhibits her artwork at GRAA
LITTLE FALLS -- Texas artist Judy Pearson Uebelacker, who grew up near Little Falls, is showing more than 30 of her paintings in an exhibit titled "Mindscapes" through April at the Great River Arts Association Art Center in Little Falls.
Check out a review of the new album from Twin Cities troubadour Mason Jennings in next Thursday's Tempo section.
Here's a quick look at the latest news in movies, music and TV. In the spirit of April Fools' Day, I am making all of it up:
Fishing lures on exhibit
An exhibit of 100 handcrafted muskie fishing lures by Bill Grange is on display through April 15 at the Brainerd Public Library. The retired teacher is an avid fisherman and a member of the Brainerd chapter of Muskies Incorporated.
The Aitkin High School musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
For week of April 1-7; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Music General dancers win awards
The Music General performing lines earned awards March 13-14 at the Encore Performing Arts Showcase in Bloomington.
CLC sociology instructor to share inside look at Venezuela
Gary Payne, a Central Lakes College sociology instructor, knows his way around South America.
Mille Lacs Band offers music classes
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe offers a music program that provides both individual instruction and the opportunity to perform in a band.
The Miss Brainerd Lakes Area Scholarship Pageant is seeking contestants for the June 12 pageant at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School. A contestants' meeting is planned April 8. Women ages 17-24 who are interested in competing should call Vicki Randall at 851-4808.
Weather drawing by Gary Skoog of Mrs. Larson's fifth grade class at Harrison school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the 50s. Cooler near lake michigan and lake superior.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...A chance of rain or snow showers this morning west and
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Sunny. Highs in the 40s along the superior lakeshore.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Increasing clouds northwest...Otherwise mostly sunny. Highs
State forecast for Iowa
Tthis afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny east...Sunny central and
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy west. A chance of showers far west. Clear to partly cloudy east. Highs from the mid 40s northwest to the mid 60s south central.
State forecast for North Dakota
Flood warning northeast until 6 pm today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west. Sunny east. Highs from around 60 east...To the upper 70s southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 40s to the low 50s. Cooler near the great lakes.
I love school
Weather drawing by Carlea Franzen of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
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