Take a guess, once each week
This could be the last week for just one Guess the Vehicle photograph in this section.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday estimate: 750. Last Wednesday: 628. Year Ago Wednesday: 395. Tuesday actual: 1025.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 189, a year ago 189.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday estimate: 900. Last Tuesday: 885. Year Ago Tuesday: 940. Monday actual: 419.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 111, a year ago 73.
Dusting off an old cookie recipe
I was in a cookie baking mood a couple of weeks ago so I took out my recipes and came across an old favorite I hadn't made for a long time.
How to reach federal legislators
Sen. Norm Coleman
NISSWA -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident today in Nisswa.
Gerald P. Hirschman Jr., 48, and Roslyn M. Baker, 47, both of Dubbo, Australia.
News council can help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center-Crosby
WALKER -- Barbara Jean Jensen, 41, Federal Dam, was arraigned in Cass County District Court Monday on felony theft and felony embezzlement of public funds charges.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded Tuesday to a small fire started by an electrical short at an apartment on B Street.
Public safety fair scheduled Saturday in Staples
STAPLES -- A free public safety fair will run 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Staples Community Center and Staples Motley High School football field.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club met Monday and elected officers for the 2003-04 year.
Bushel Boy brings Owatonna crop to Twin Cities customers
OWATONNA (AP) -- If growing tomatoes for commercial distribution was as easy as a few bees, some fertilizer and several handfuls of seeds, it would not have taken more than two years for Jay Johnson and Dave Peterson to get it right.
STAPLES -- Students attending the Staples campus of Central Lakes College are looking for housing accommodations.
CLC criminal justice team wins awards
Five Central Lakes College members of the Sigma Delta chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, have captured national awards.
Precious Pets Parlor Project
PILLAGER -- When Dave and Carol Leeman moved from Minneapolis to Pillager three years ago, they quickly learned how slow business can be around here during the winter months.
Grove City dissolves police force
GROVE CITY (AP) -- Steve Schultz wore the badge and patrolled the streets of his hometown for 14 years. He ticketed speeders, intervened on domestics, checked locks of local businesses night after night and answered nuisance calls on stray or barking dogs in this town of 600 people.
CLC grad from Lithuania earns U.S. citizenship
Zaneta Borchert wasn't sure she made the right move when she traveled from her homeland, Lithuania, to the United States.
CLC Job Fair draws crowd
The Central Lakes College Job Fair gave nearly 30 businesses and agencies a steady, three-hour flow of applicants as students from Brainerd High School, as well as CLC, checked out the opportunity for employment. Last month CLC held job fairs in Staples for students in the school's Heavy Equipment and Machine Trades programs.
Mayan culture topic of Unlimited Learning session in Crosby
CROSBY -- Who are the Mayan people? Where do they live and when did they thrive? And what can we learn from them?
This was Brainerd
APRIL 9 - 30 years ago (1973) - Senior Bob Grotjohn has been awarded a Shell Merit Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Foundation. This award is the choicest type of grant made by the foundation.
A farewell for retiring Brainerd Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Ericson will be 2-4 p.m. Friday at Brainerd City Hall.
County won't take action on rezoning
The Crow Wing County Board followed the advice of the county attorney Tuesday and voted 3-2 to take no action on a rezoning request made by Taylor Investments for property in Roosevelt Township near Little Whitefish Lake.
A Page 1A headline in some editions of The Dispatch Tuesday incorrectly listed the wrong unit of government involved with a contract with Reichert Bus Service. The Brainerd School District may continue to contract with Reichert Bus Service for transportation service.
AITKIN -- The city of Aitkin has been awarded a $902,600 grant to help renovate housing and commercial buildings in the community, Rep. Loren Solberg, DFL-Grand Rapids, announced Tuesday.
N.D. Guard unit, with troops from Camp Ripley, departs for duty in Kuwait
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Soldiers with the North Dakota National Guard's 142nd Engineer Battalion began leaving for Kuwait on Wednesday, some of them too busy turning in borrowed televisions to watch footage of the apparent fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
AS BAGHDAD FALLS, BATAAN REMEMBERED
Ten minutes after U.S. Marines helped Iraqis topple a 40-foot statute of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad today two Brainerd area Bataan Death March survivors observed the fall of Bataan and remembered their fellow soldiers who died 61 years ago in less glorious days.
District insurance costs to climb
The Brainerd School District may see about a 9 percent increase in health insurance premium costs next school year.
School panel tweaks budget
The Brainerd School District's unreserved fund balance for June 30 is expected to be about $6.15 million or about $339,000 less than June 30, 2002.
School district panel advises Reichert Bus be awarded contract
Reichert Bus Service of Baxter may beat out two national bus companies to continue to serve the students in the Brainerd School District.
Catch the panorama
A Minneapolis-based five-piece band is a popular ticket among 20-somethings in the upper Midwest, but unheard on the radio. Read more about this band in Thursday's Tempo.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 10 - 40 years ago (1963) - Brainerd young people are on the move this week. By foot, bicycle and horseback they are catching the fever of President Kennedy's physical fitness program and are out to prove that they are in shape.
So much for that pipedream
Crow Wing County Board Chairman Dewey Tautges put his foot down Tuesday when County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. began calling the Planning and Zoning Department the Planning, Inspection, Permitting and Enforcement Department or PIPE for short.
C&I show starts Friday
The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's 26th annual Commerce and Industry Show starts Friday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center.
County to join fight against Internet crimes against kids
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department will act as a satellite agency for the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Firefighters fearful of high winds
High winds and dry conditions are being blamed for more than 60 fires that burned about 950 acres across the state Wednesday, and have put state and area firefighters on alert today.
Feeding the ducks
With is father, Scott, at his side, 3-year-old Taylor Shelito tossed cereal to waiting ducks Tuesday near the Mississippi River at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. With the warm sunny weather, area residents headed outside.
Gardens in the shade can be successful. Look for proof in Friday's Housing section.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Salvation Army March food share drive exceeded goals of 15,000 pounds of food and $15,000 for the food shelf.
Public invited to have say on East Gull Lake wastewater plans
Public comments are being sought for the proposed upgrade and expansion of East Gull Lake wastewater treatment facility.
Dorothy B. Jordan
Dorothy B. Jordan, 84, Brainerd, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Louise 'Lou' Marie Koering
FORT RIPLEY -- Louise "Lou" Marie Koering, 66, Fort Ripley, died Monday, April 7, 2003, at her daughter's home in Brainerd.
Kenneth M. DeVine
KERRVILLE, Texas -- Kenneth M. DeVine, 83, Kerrville, Texas, formerly of Brainerd, died Thursday, March 29, 2003, at Alpine Terrace Nursing Home in Kerrville.
Zirla Mae Terrell
SARTELL -- Zirla Mae Terrell, 81, Sartell, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Country Manor Health Care in Sartell.
Ilene B. Naley
NISSWA -- Ilene Belle Naley, 81, Nisswa, died today, April 9, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
LITTLE FALLS -- Bonnie Braggens, 87, Little Falls, died today, April 10, 2003, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Marvin M. Myers
PINE RIVER -- Marvin M. Myers, 78, Pine River, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
SARTELL -- Zirla Terrell, 81, Sartell, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell.
Ilene B. Madison Naley
NISSWA -- Ilene Belle Madison Naley, 81, Nisswa, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Robert 'Sparrow' Vierling
BAY LAKE -- Robert "Sparrow" Vierling, 80, Bay Lake, died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
George A. Chase
AITKIN -- George A. Chase, 76, Aitkin, died today, April 10, 2003, at Riverwood Extended Healthcare in Aitkin.
Small school districts are having a tough time making ends meet these days. Witness the struggles that the financially strapped Pillager and Crosby-Ironton school districts are experiencing now.
Dispatch editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
The Brainerd City Council is pushing to extend city sewer and water into the Riverside Drive area and beyond, eventually annexing properties up to Wise Road. The rumors floating around change and answers seem to be made to fit the person being addressed at any one time.
A surreal trip
It was almost surreal visiting Washington, D.C. last week as part of a Minnesota chamber delegation.
State casino would hurt rural area
The Star Tribune erred when, in a recent editorial, it claimed that allowing state-sanctioned casinos would not cause Minnesota any regret in the future. Thousands of rural Minnesotans -- most of them non-Indian -- who depend on casinos in outstate Minnesota for employment will have much to regret if the state moves ahead with any of the casino proposals currently being debated.
War and the media
Count ABC News' Ted Koppel among those who are impressed with the results of news coverage of the United States' war with Iraq.
A U.S. soldier stationed in Kuwait threw hand grenades into three tents of officers in his unit, killing two officers and wounding fourteen.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
Penny Drive started for Shriners hospital
I am a mother of a 9-year-old patient who receives care at the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital. I am writing you today to ask for your support in our Penny Drive to help support Shriners from possible closing. You may have heard about the possible closing of the Twin Cities Hospital. In July the delegates are going to meet to decide the fate of the hospital.
Happenings in the 2003 legislative session:
13-year-old Newfolden girl found safe after AMBER Alert issued
NEWFOLDEN, Minn. (AP) -- A 13-year-old rural Newfolden girl was found safe Thursday after authorities issued an AMBER Alert.
Woman whose breasts were mistakenly removed sues pathologist
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Wisconsin woman whose breasts were removed after she was mistakenly told she had cancer is suing the pathologist who made the misdiagnosis and the pathologist's employer.
Iraqis in state can see democracy
ST. PAUL (AP) -- They used to feel like hopeless dreamers. But after a stunning day in the streets of Baghdad, Iraqis living in Minnesota can actually see it: a democratic homeland.
State ranks lower in national property tax ranking
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's 2001 overhaul of property taxes appears to be having an impact, with the state sliding noticeably on a state-by-state ranking of tax burdens by a nonpartisan tax policy group.
Mesaba Airlines cuts almost 10 percent of management jobs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mesaba Airlines cut almost 10 percent of its management jobs and announced plans to cut 50 additional jobs because of low passenger demand.
Attorney for Vikings' Kelly wants DWI charges dropped
MILACA (AP) -- An attorney representing a Minnesota Vikings executive charged with drunken driving asked a judge Tuesday to dismiss the charges after accusing the Mille Lacs County attorney's office of misconduct.
Man pleads guilty to 1989 Bloom killing
FARIBAULT (AP) -- A longtime suspect in the 1989 killing of Sharon Bloom, a computer analyst who left her work at 3M in Woodbury for lunch and never returned, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder.
Government aid plan emerges
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A group of Republican legislators broke from Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday and joined Democrats in offering a plan that would ease aid cuts to rural and urban cities at the expense of suburban communities.
There's plenty of work remaining on budget
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After days of publicly bashing each other's budget plans, legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty met privately Wednesday to get going on a compromise.
Minnesota expert less fearful about threat of SARS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dr. Harry Hull, the Minnesota state epidemiologist, was frightened when he first heard about severe acute respiratory syndrome, but in the enduring weeks he has been somewhat reassured.
Alexandria edges Brainerd in boys track
Zach Toms has been to the Class 2A state true team track and field meet and he wouldn't mind going again.
Itasca storms past Raiders in twinbill
Sometimes when it rains, it pours.
Verndale's Mahlen voted coach of year
Verndale's Mike Mahlen was named Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year last weekend.
Pierz track teams triumph
AITKIN -- The Pierz Pioneers boys' and girls' track and field teams each raced to first-place finishes at the Aitkin Invitational on Tuesday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Local sports shorts
The 14th annual North Central Speedway Stock Car Show is Friday and Saturday at the Westgate Mall.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
A measure of a top-notch athlete is to continue to exceed previous performances.
Monticello edges Little Falls in tennis
LITTLE FALLS -- Junior Matt Peterschick and sophomore Steve Festler won singles matches for Little Falls in a 4-3 season-opening tennis loss to Monticello Tuesday.
Pierz opens with win over Milaca in area baseball
PIERZ -- Alex Gruber's grand slam in the sixth inning lifted the Pierz Pioneers past Milaca 8-4 in their baseball home opener Tuesday.
Warrior girls win triangular
Shin splints might turn out to be a good thing for Ashley Schmolke.
Willmar shuts out Little Falls 21-0
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals took advantage of a young Little Falls Flyers pitching staff in a 21-0 season-opening softball victory Tuesday.
Warriors open with softball win
Pitching and defense spurred the Brainerd Warriors softball team to the section championship and the Class 3A state tournament in 2002.
Brainerd opens with 3-1 baseball win
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors cracked out three extra-base hits and went on to defeat the Sartell Sabres 3-1 in a Central Lakes Conference baseball opener Tuesday.
Brainerd Warriors girls' track and field coach Geri Skogen will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen located at 923 Oak St. between the Triangle Store and Temple Baptist Church.
Two straight titles? Gophers going for another one
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota seemed destined to win the NCAA men's hockey crown last year, playing in front of 18,000 of its own fans at the Frozen Four with one of its best, most experienced teams in recent memory.
Rickert declares for NBA draft, chance to pursue his dream
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dan Monson knew he wasn't going to be coaching Rick Rickert at Minnesota for that long when he persuaded the spindly prep star from Duluth to ignore his verbal commitment to Arizona 2 1/2 years ago.
A grand moment Matsui slams his way into list of Yankee legends
NEW YORK -- Sometimes the man makes the moment; other times the moment makes the man. And there are those extraordinary instances when man and moment join hands and forge a memory and more.
Wild have passed test, now comes extra credit
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In the sports world it's best to avoid gushing about much of anything. Maintaining a sense of cynicism is better.
Lemaire says Roloson will start Game 1
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After weeks of speculation, Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said Tuesday that goaltender Dwayne Roloson will start Game 1 of the Wild's first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche.
Minnesota, Michigan vie for underdog status
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Minnesota and Michigan were busy trying to outdo each other for the underdog label in their Frozen Four semifinal.
Gardy can't beat Yankees
NEW YORK -- The Twins can't beat -- or at least haven't beaten -- the Yankees with Ron Gardenhire as manager. Well, they've played the Yankees only eight times in Gardenhire's tenure. Their problems with Mike Mussina have been going on a lot longer.
Brown plays in Pequot
Veteran folk and country crooner Greg Brown will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium as part of the Grassroots Concert series.
Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart to perform at Grand Casino Hinckley GrandFest
HINCKLEY -- Country musicians Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart will perform May 17 at Grand Casino Hinckley's annual GrandFest, which kicks off the outdoor concert season at the casino amphitheater.
Tangled up in Blue
Panoramic Blue is a band born after its time. Like many people who grew up in the 1990s, lead singer Matt Johnson has fond memories of driving down the road listening to Everclear, Semisonic, matchbox twenty and Sister Hazel.
The Flip Side: Crossing Kids is hosting a workshop of aboriginal art for kids ages 6-9 Saturday at The Crossing's Fine Arts Center. Cost is $3 per child for members and $5 per child for non-members. Call 833-0416 to register.
Sally Sundberg's piano students participated in a spring recital March 22 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter.
Aitkin Middle School choirs to present spring concert
AITKIN -- The four choirs from Aitkin Middle School Tuesday will present the annual spring concert.
C-I vocalists advance to section/state contest
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton High School Chamber Singers, Girls' Triple Trio, Boys' Quartet, and solos, under the direction of Wayne Ellingsen participated in the Sub-Section Vocal Music Contest Friday at Staples-Motley High School.
Panoramic Blue mixes it up, Greg Brown keeps it simple
Area music fans will have an opportunity to check out a timeless legend and fresh young talent this weekend. Greg Brown, who's been making albums since the 1970s, brings his gravelly voice and plucky guitar playing to Pequot Lakes for a 7:30 p.m. show Friday at the high school.
Greg Brown, the legendary Iowa folk-country singer, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Admission is $15 and food shelf donations are welcome.
C-I Concert Choir to present show
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton High School Concert Choir will present a Musical Variety Show 7 p.m. Saturday in the Mayberry Auditorium.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Ever since fifth grade when Julie Williams of Nisswa heard the sounds of the Brainerd High School's A Cappella Choir, she has wanted to be a member.
Fine Arts Music Festival
Jerry Shelton conducted the Jazz Band at the final concert of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Community College Fine Arts Festival at Breezy Point Resort last week.
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Lorrie Church, powwow part of American Indian Month festivities in Onamia
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will celebrate American Indian Month in May with performances by the American Indian Dance Theatre and American Indian country star Lorrie Church, as well as a powwow and American Indian arts and crafts show.
'Clay and Collaboration' features Bemidji artists
Clay artist Cyrus Swann and collaborative mixed media artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson will be the featured artists at Ripple River Gallery April 9 through May 11.
Crosby-Ironton choir earns superior rating
The Crosby-Ironton Concert Choir earned superior rating at the Section Large Group Vocal Music Contest Friday at Staples-Motley High School. The Concert Choir entered Category 1, the most difficult, and competed with 11 choirs from Sub-Section 24.
Introductory weaving class set at Ripple River Gallery
Traudi Bestler, a weaver for more than 30 years, will offer a two-day Frame Loom Weaving class at Ripple River Gallery April 26-27.
Emily Charter School student Nathan Friesner asked questions while touching a snake Annette Ritter brought to show students. Ritter showed two snakes: Surfer Boy is a ball python about 1 1/2 years old that will reach a length of approximately five to six feet long; Tank is a Burmese python, about 2 months old, that will grow to be approximately 20 to 25 feet long.
Driveway, road ordinance adopted in Sylvan Township
SYLVAN TOWNSHIP -- If you're building a driveway for a house, business or property in Sylvan Township, you'll want to pick up a driveway permit and a copy of the township's newly adopted driveway standards.
Bemidji State University students put travel experiences into a book
BEMIDJI (AP) -- A group of Bemidji State University students has discovered a unique way to hold onto its travel memories. They've gathered them into a book.
Some anglers enjoy pursuing eelpout
CASS LAKE (AP) -- The finned form that slithered into view on the screen of Mark Christianson's underwater camera looked like something out of an old black-and-white horror movie. Covered with mottled skin, the fish kicked up a cloud of silt as its long, eel-like tail brushed the lake bottom.
LAKE SHORE -- The Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club invites all members and alumni to the 2003 Women's Spring Luncheon Saturday at Sherwood Forest in Lake Shore.
Pussy willows bloomed in Nisswa.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Sunny. Windy across the northwest and west central. Highs from the lower 50s far south to near 70 northwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny and mild. Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
Having a nice day
Weather drawing by Kadin White of Mrs. Lingenfelter's first grade class at St. Francis school.
Weather drawing by Mason Quick of Mrs. Ruen's first grade class at Baxter school.
Iowa state forecast
Rest of today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 40s and 50s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 50s northeast to upper 60s northwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy to sunny. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny and cooler. Highs from the lower 60s northwest to the upper 60s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Sunny and windy. Highs from the upper 70s far southwest to near 70 northeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 50s southeast to the mid 70s west.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny and warmer. Highs in the 40s far east to the upper 50s west...Cooler near lake michigan.
The 2nd annual VFW rummage and bake sale will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the VFW. Sloppy jo lunch, cake decorations, dishes and lots of miscellaneous items will be sold.
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