The little Zipcar deal dwarfs big Jaguar sale
We often measure change by large events, such as Ford's sale last week of its Jaguar and Land Rover luxury brands to the Tata Group, a wealthy Indian conglomerate.
Lower-priced Murano adds power and improved ride
Skipping the 2008 model year altogether, the Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle is out as an early 2009 model with noticeably more engine power, noteworthy ride and handling and mildly restyled body. Best of all, the starting retail price is lower than what it was for the 2007 predecessor.
Two Heartland Poets events slated Friday
Heartland Poets will hold its monthly meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the Brainerd Public Library. After a short business meeting, poets may share a poem-in-progress with the group. Poets should bring extra copies of their work.
This pencil drawing is among the work by Joel Trosdahl that will be on display Friday at the Path Less Traveled gallery.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Completely random slice of pop culture
Every now and then, Hollywood reminds us of those long-ago days when we used to look forward to new releases. This month's schedule features three films (a historical drama, a horror flick and a comedy) that will be worth checking out. The first two open Friday.
Rogers tackles issues, dusts off a few classics
Garnet Rogers delivers a mix of political rants, reflective folk songs and punchy covers on "Get a Witness: Live" (2007). The 12 tracks were recorded last July at a club in Wakefield, Quebec, but Rogers and his band play so smoothly it's easy to forget this disc wasn't recorded in a studio - until the applause kicks in.
Pequot students to stage musical
PEQUOT LAKES - Pequot Lakes High School Theatre will stage the musical "Flora the Red Menace" at 7 p.m. April 11, 12 and 19 and 2 p.m. April 20 in the school auditorium.
Brainerd High School will host the Central Lakes Conference Music Festival, which will feature a performance at 7 p.m. Friday in the school gymnasium.
The best band, choir and orchestra musicians from nine high schools will converge at the Central Lakes Conference Music Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Brainerd High School gymnasium. Brainerd and Little Falls students will represent the area. Admission is $3-$5.
Senior plans to major in journalism
Brainerd High School senior Justin DeChantal has written short stories and poems, and this year he decided to give the Fifth Street Journal a shot.
MG dancers awarded at contest
MINNEAPOLIS - Brainerd's Music General dancers competed at the Applause Talent Contest March 1-2 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
Setting the stage
AITKIN - The sets for Aitkin High School's annual musical haven't gotten more complex over the years, they've gotten more basic. Simple and functional are the marks of a good set, but Loren Vonasek had to learn that the hard way.
Fries all the rage with this combo
This week I would like to share a roasted pork and Parmesan fries recipe I made one evening for supper.
THEFT - Terry Gavin, 600 block of Fourth Street Southwest, Tuesday reported the theft of 22 gallons of gas from his vehicle.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Austin, Paul A. and Caitlyn M.
Energy saving has become a lifestyle for Pillager couple
PILLAGER - Turning the lights off in your home when you're not using them sounds simple enough. The same goes for turning off your radio or TV.
It pays to save energy
From using the dishwasher more effectively to using the cell phone to wake up instead of a digital alarm clock that is plugged in 24-7 are two energy-saving ideas submitted to Crow Wing Power for its Brighter Ideas contest.
Agents earn awards
BAXTER - Eight associates with Keller Williams Realty Brainerd Lakes recently received Medallion Awards for their outstanding production during 2007 at the company's annual convention in Atlanta.
Pillager students collect food
During the last two weeks in March, the Pillager Student Council organized a food drive to support the local food shelf. Sixth- through 12-grade students carted piles of food in the school, culminating in a total of 1,216 donated items, and because March is food shelf month, the total of all donated items will be doubled. The winning seventh-grade class will receive an ice cream party for its first place effort of 459 items.
The Lakes Area Dance Club Chapter of USA Dance Inc., will host a social dance April 11 in Room E101 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Nine apply for superintendent
Nine people have submitted applications to be the next superintendent of the Brainerd School District - a sharp contrast to the 44 people who applied for the post when Superintendent Jerry Walseth was hired in 1999.
Underage drinking issues are weighed
A survey conducted with Brainerd students in 2007 found that 47 percent of 12-graders and 31 percent of 9th-graders used alcohol within a month of taking the survey. That same survey showed 31 percent of 12th-graders and 19.5 percent of 9th-graders had participated in binge drinking.
Tourism still brings most dollars to Cass
HACKENSACK - Despite losing many family resorts in the last decade, tourism still brings the most dollars to Cass County businesses.
Warrior Way lauded
Warrior Way Inc. representatives were applauded not once but twice by Brainerd School Board members Wednesday for meeting their minimum goal of raising $220,000 to save all sports and many activities in the district. The money will be used to offset participation fees for students who can't afford them.
Central Lakes College has a lot to celebrate.
Number of credits to graduate remains 44
School administrators have determined that graduation requirements will remain the same at Brainerd High School next fall - at 44 credits.
Commissioner takes dim view of streetlight
WALKER Commissioner Jim Dowson doesn't like that Minnesota Department of Transportation has told the county a streetlight should be part of the county's permit requirements for a privately sponsored event this year.
Disability Linkage Line answers the call for disabled
BAXTER - Need a telephone number for an area transportation service? Are you homeless with no food or money and have nowhere to go?
"It's a game of chicken with the governor."
Six Cass business owners present views on succeeding in today's retailing environment
HACKENSACK - Six Cass County business owners offered their views Wednesday about changes that have occurred in retailing over the years and ways they have found to succeed in business.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1978) - Children's Farm Annual Show April 7 and 8 at the Brainerd Mall. Presented by Brainerd Chapter of the FFA. On display - chicks, ducks, rabbits, goats, kittens, puppies, pony, piglets, lambs and calves.
"I can find a thousand other things to do other than drink."
This was Brainerd
APRIL 3 - 60 years ago (1948) - April 17 marks the opening of the "Y" tavern, one of the most prominent dining and dancing spots in the Paul Bunyan Territory at Garrison. G.J. Mraz, owner, announced today. Mraz says the place has been completely modernized after being closed for two years.
BAXTER - Forestview Middle School eighth-grader Nick Greatens will be among 100 students in the state competing Friday in the Geography Bee at Macalester College in St. Paul.
Five teens arrested after gravestones tipped at cemetery
Five teenage boys were arrested Wednesday afternoon after it was reported they tipped over several gravestones in Evergreen Cemetery in northeast Brainerd.
Educator advises on marketing, competing
HACKENSACK - Pat Swarthout has taught in Central Lakes College's Business and Industry program 22 years.
Robert E. Holden Sr.
BAXTER - Robert E. Holden Sr., 88, of Baxter-Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Funeral services will be Friday, April 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with the Rev. David Holte officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The relatives will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter with Eastern Star services at 6:30 p.m. and Masonic services at 7 p.m.
Mable A. Pierce
Mable A. Pierce, age 92, resident of Harmony House of Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Blanche C. Adair
Blanche C. Adair, age 83, resident of Brainerd, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at her home.
Betty V. Lehtola
COKATO - Betty Virginia (Berg) Lehtola, 83, died April 1, 2008, in Cokato.
Ruth F. Johnson
FRIDLEY - Ruth F. Johnson, age 89, formerly of Staples, passed away at Unity Hospital in Fridley on Monday, March 31, 2008. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the United Methodist Church of Staples with the Rev. Wesley Johnson officiating. Visitation will begin at noon at the church. Interment will be in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery of Staples.
Loretta K. Hagen
FOREST LAKE - Loretta Katherine (Eller) Hagen, 99-year-old resident of Forest Lake, Minn., formerly of Garrison, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in Forest Lake, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon, Minn., with Father Jude Verley, O.S.C., officiating.
Frances "Jeannie" Jeannette Chenoweth was born Jan. 24, 1961, in San Diego, the daughter of Billy Ray Arnold and Lucinda Starns. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.
Mary Ann Wannebo
MANHATTAN BEACH - Mary Ann Wannebo (Dougherty), of Manhattan Beach, died peacefully on April 1, 2008, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby. She will be reunited in heaven with husband, Guy, who died Jan. 13, 2008.
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McGREGOR - Lauri Mattias Joel Hemmila, 81, of McGregor, died Monday, March 31, 2008, at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet.
An unfinished agenda
America has had much to reflect upon during the approach of the interrelated 40th anniversaries of the final report of the Kerner Commission, the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the round of riots that followed in Washington, Baltimore, Chicago and well over 100 other cities across the nation. We have heard Sen. Barack Obama's insightful speech on race and the reactions it provoked. Today, unfortunately, Dr. King's dream remains deferred.
What do you think?
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I graduated from Brainerd High School in 2006. I am currently a sophomore music education major at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
OTHER OPINION: TREASURY
Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., a smart man, must have known all along that little would come of his plans to streamline and modernize oversight of the U.S. financial system during the 10 months remaining in President Bush's term in office. Regulatory bodies that potentially would be "reformed" out of business, including state insurance regulators, are already fighting the 3-day-old proposal. Lobbyists for the banking and insurance industries, largely left out of the planning process, are too.
I wanted to write a letter to all of you who have concerns about your schools and their funding problems. Be it in Brainerd, Crosby, Pequot or any town. Education is the cornerstone of our society. From well educated people come all of the things that have made this country great. Educated people tend to be well adjusted people, who have real values, ambition, and hope for the future. It's hard to even consider putting a price tag on it.
I'd like to congratulate the Warrior Way Inc. on its success. Now comes the hard work of putting together programs to benefit as many students as possible. In particular, keeping at-risk students and upper classmen interested has proved to be difficult the past several years. That needs to change.
Brainerd Lakes Area Churches
PEQUOT LAKES - The Lakes Area Community Choir under the direction of Sue Lenzen will be performing a spring cantata, "The Rose of Calvary" by Joseph M. Martin, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church Trailside Center (right off of Highway 371 south of Pequot Lakes) and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Crosslake Log Church (in Crosslake on Co. Rd. 66.) There is no admission price; an offering will be taken for the area food shelf.
The youth ministry that caught on
It all started as an idea that that resulted over lunch between friends.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Brainerd High School's baseball game scheduled Thursday against Bemidji has been postponed until 5 p.m. Friday at Adamson Field.
Raiders split pair
Tony Zubriski hit a bases-clearing triple in the third and Adam Snyder hit a game-winning single to lead the Central Lakes College Raiders baseball team to an 8-7 victory over Mesabi Thursday in Brainerd.
Warm weather has Thunder ready to play
College and high school coaches aren't the only ones itching for warm weather and the opportunity to get outside.
Sherwood wins Jackson X race
PORTAGE, Wis. - Jordan Sherwood of Pine River on a Ski-Doo won the Jackson X class final Sunday in the fifth round of the WSA Hillcross at Cascade Mountain.
Oh, mercy, state acts to curb lopsided games in football and basketball
Less playing time for kids.
Pillager blanks VHS in opener
PILLAGER - Tyler Holbrook hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to lead the Pillager Huskies to a 3-0 Park Region Conference baseball victory over the Verndale Pirates Thursday.
Area girls win six events at Bemidji State meet
BEMIDJI - Area girls won six events in the Little Amik II track and field meet Tuesday at Bemidji State University.
Bart powers Verndale past PHS
PILLAGER - Junior Nicole Bart struck out nine and walked two to lead the Verndale Pirates to an 11-4 Park Region Conference softball victory over the Pillager Huskies Thursday.
Ten area basketball players will participate in the fourth annual North Central High School Basketball All-Star Games April 13 at Bemidji State University.
Sometimes maybe there needs to be a mercy rule for rookie sports writers, too
It was the fall of 1984. That much I remember. The exact date, location, even the teams have faded in time.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy with periods of rain...Especially this afternoon.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Decreasing clouds south. Areas of morning fog...Then partly cloudy. A slight chance for showers in the northwest this afternoon. Highs mainly in the low to mid 50s.
Good and bad weather
Weather drawing by Nikita Dusher of Mrs. Larson's fifth-grade class at Forestview school.
Swirling into spring
Weather drawing by Megan Riley of Mrs. Gessell's first-grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles far south...Otherwise
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny and warmer. Becoming breezy northwest. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy south. Partly sunny north. Rain likely far south in the afternoon...With a chance of rain rest of south in the afternoon. Highs from the mid 40s north...To the lower 50s central and south. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
Dense fog advisory for much of central and northern iowa until
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 45 far northeast...To 55 to around
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy south. Mostly cloudy north with a slight
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny north. Mostly cloudy south. A chance of light rain or snow southwest in the morning. A chance of light rain southeast through the day. Highs mostly in the 50s...With some upper 40s south and a few 60 degree highs north central.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy north and partly cloudy south. A
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