Band announces entrepreneur contest winners
ONAMIA -- The winners of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's entrepreneur contest were recently announced at the band's community open house.
Where the animals are ceramic -- mostly
Nine months ago a fire forced the Vobejdas from their home and business.
Matt Yde, Kirby Co. in Brainerd, broke a 27-year-old Kirby sales record last month by selling 41 Kirbys in 31 days.
Broadened job fair to take place at the armory
The 14th annual Job Fair in the lakes area will be at the Brainerd Army National Guard Armory Wednesday.
The Heartland Healing Rooms will host an informational meeting with Elaine Bonn 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 17 at Baxter School, 3900 Fairview Road N., Baxter, two miles west of Highway 371 on Highway 210.
Church givers vs. church goers
Here's one way that God-fearing politicians in Congress can increase church attendance: eliminate or sharply reduce tax breaks for charitable contributions.
It's a classic rags to riches story.
Lincoln School fifth-grader Markita Gerdes portrayed Sarah Grimke, who was an abolitionist and leader in the women's rights movement during the early 1800s, Thursday during the annual wax museum characterization in the school gym. A total of 47 fifth-graders portrayed American history figures. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Can you fill this 'help wanted' ad for a child?
Wanted: An adult male in the Baxter-Pillager area to be a Kinship Partner to an active 10-year-old boy.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 150. Last Thursday: 274. Year Ago Thursday: 494. Wednesday actual: 352.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 215, a year ago 268.
ROYALTON -- Four people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover Friday on Highway 10, five miles north of Royalton.
WALKER -- Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled a second teen accused of beating Darryl Louis Bisson to death on a Cass Lake street Nov. 29, 2002, will stand trial in Cass County Court as an adult.
School lunch menus
Rhonda Makela, Park Rapids, a girl, Alexia Jade Mullen, 9 pounds, 11 ounces, March 24, 2004.
A 24-year-old Aitkin woman and a 26-year-old Bethel man were arrested March 29 at a rural Aitkin residence.
A caddy dies, but his soul survives
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The night before the Masters, Bruce Edwards was given the Ben Hogan Award at a golf banquet where 400 people cheered his courage. Tom Watson
Party line vote holds for area lawmakers on Senate budget
ST. PAUL -- While some senators liked the all-encompassing process used to pass a supplemental budget bill early Thursday morning, others thought it was absurd and unfair to the public.
Study identifies predictors of Alzheimer's longevity
BETHESDA, Md. -- It's among the first questions asked after someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease: "What can we expect?"
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Victims of clergy abuse
Southview Court, 100 block of Thirteenth Street Southeast, accessory structure, $5,000.
Jason Krebsbach joined the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership Inc. in St. Cloud as its home stretch program coordinator.
Have a chic kitchen with 'The Girls'
Forget kitchen accessories emblazoned with roosters and chili peppers.
Staples couple designs house of their dreams
STAPLES -- People who walk into Lori and Dave Duhn's 4,000-square-foot, two-level home in Staples will hear the soothing sounds of a mini waterfall and see deer and other wildlife in the woods in their back yard.
BAXTER -- Ginger Murrer joined Optimum Mortgage Services in Baxter.
It's almost time to apply pre-emergent crabgrass killer
Apply pre-emergent crabgrass killer before the annual weed germinates.
First Amendment experts question Justice Scalia's efforts to block media coverage
WASHINGTON -- First Amendment experts questioned the legal basis Thursday for a deputy U.S. marshal -- apparently acting on the orders of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia -- to confiscate and erase tape recordings made by two reporters invited to hear the justice speak at a high school gymnasium.
Walt Straka, Brainerd, survivor of the Bataan Death March, attended a ceremony Friday morning and placed a wreath at the memorial at the Brainerd Armory. April 9 marks the 62nd anniversary of the fall of Bataan, a peninsula in the Philippines. Straka was a member of Company A, 194th Tank Battalion, a Brainerd-based National Guard unit. (Dispatch Photo by Nels Norquist)
Reach for the eggs
Anna Wikstrom of Brainerd reached for an Easter egg in Lum Park Saturday morning during the 18th annual Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department, Brainerd Rotary Club and Johnson Candy and Cigar, the hunt spans the entire park.
CLC students demonstrate leadership skills by sponsoring event for Kinship Partners kids
Eating pigs' feet was no cup of tea for 11-year-old Brodie of Brainerd and tasting herring was a gross experience for 12-year-old Cya of Brainerd.
World World II Memorial will open sooner than planned
Washington's World War II Memorial won't be dedicated until Memorial Day weekend, but visitors to the U.S. capital will be able to explore it starting this month.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 11 - 60 years ago (1944) - All was in readiness this afternoon for the three-day celebration of Brainerd Elks Lodge marking the burning of the mortgage and the end of indebtedness on their beautiful three-story Elks building.
The doctor is in, thank heaven
He left behind his wife, three sons and his new medical practice to serve for three months in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Imagine someone being so addicted to a drug that they'd suck on the open sores of a fellow addict just to get one last hit.
A meth survivor shares her struggle with addiction. "My mom introduced me to meth," a 26-year-old area woman said. "I went from snorting to smoking to shooting it. It took total control of my life. I had no control whatsoever."
Back in business
Nine months ago a fire closed a Brainerd business and forced the owners from their attached home. Now Plasteramics is back in business. Look for the story in Sunday's business section.
LADID at front lines of war against meth
Contraction isn't always a bad thing.
Scrapbooking day to benefit Camp Knutson near Crosslake
As a scrapbooking supplies consultant, Deb Mitzel of Baxter has hosted a few scrapbooking retreats at Camp Knutson near Crosslake, renting the camp's dining hall for her scrapbookers.
METH SERIES STARTS SUNDAY
Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs available, made in laboratories with common material
Putnam to pay $110 million to settle charges
NEW YORK -- Putnam Investments, the embattled financial services company, agreed Thursday to pay $110 million to settle federal and Massachusetts allegations that firm employees profited from their own improper short-term trading in Putnam's mutual funds.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Ed Abrahamson was named most valuable swimmer at the Brainerd Warrior boys' swim team banquet. Abrahamson, the Warrior captain, was All-Central Lakes Conference in the 50 and 100 freestyles and in the 200 medley relay.
Max R. Howick
DEERWOOD -- Max Ray Howick, age 82, Deerwood, died on Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home.
Max R. Howick
DEERWOOD -- Max Ray Howick, age 82, of Deerwood, died on Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home.
William B. Knox Jr.
FOREST LAKE -- William Bolton Knox Jr., World War II vet of Forest Lake, Minn., formerly of Merrifield, age 76, died April 7, 2004, at St. John's Hospital. He was born in Winter Haven, Fla., the son of the late Alma Revell Knox and William Bolton Knox Sr.
SWATARA -- Donald Landrus, age 45, of Swatara, died on Wednesday, April 7, at his home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 12, at the Aitkin Westside Church with the Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin from 5-7 p.m. and one hour before services at the church.
Garnet 'Jimmie' Kast
AITKIN -- Garnet "Jimmie" Kast, age 88, of Aitkin, died on Monday, April 5, 2004, at the Aicota Nursing Home in Aitkin. Memorial services will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the First Congregati
Leonard L. Kargel
PEQUOT LAKES -- Leonard L. Kargel, 87, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home in Pequot Lakes.
LITTLE FALLS -- Leo Brausen, age 81, of Little Falls, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2004.
PINE RIVER -- Alma Ottoson, age 88, of P
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Donald J. Gerads
LITTLE FALLS -- Donald J. Gerads, age 59, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home.
STAPLES -- Elmer Adams, age 92, a resident of Staples, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at his home.
John 'Johnny' D. McCollum
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- John "Johnny" D. McCollum, age 61, of Holt/Coker, Ala., formerly of Aitkin, Minn., died Feb. 19, 2004, at the V.A. Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Stalling tactics - Dispatch Editorial
It's an old story. Hinder, block and delay.
Lindsay's lucky No. 13
Adolescent females have traditionally emulated pop music divas. This first tradition has recently been challenged by a young woman from the University of Minnesota basketball team, Lindsay Whalen.
On March 12, 2004, the Minneapolis Star Tribune had a story in the Outdoors section about an Ohio minnow hauler who is fighting to keep his 65,000 pound semi from being confiscated by the Minnesota DNR fisheries over a free permit. All the other charges have been dismissed except the free permit. The DNR has told some haulers the free permit is unnecessary.
This is in reference to the Neighbors section of the April 7 newspaper. I was so blessed by the few poems written and shared by Alfreda Crandall, who is 95 years of age. There must be a publisher out there that would make it possible for the world to enjoy these.
Editorial board is the voice of The Dispatch
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Do homosexuals really want the right to marry? To hear their defenders whine that they only want to "love" like heterosexuals, you'd think that's all there is to it. The truth, however, is that the move to gain legalization of "homosexual marriage" is part of a larger sexual agenda. They openly admit they want same-sex marriage as a way of destroying the concept of marriage altogether:
Prepping the boat is rite of spring in north country
Anglers throughout the north country are in transition from hard water to soft water seasons. Fish houses have been pushed behind the garage or into a corner of the basement. Three-foot jig sticks have given way to six-foot medium action rods. Boat covers have been pulled off and mice shooed away. The roar of the auger has been silenced, soon to be replaced with the roar of the outboard.
Saga of the trumpeter swan on Big Portage Lake continues
"What happened to the swan?" was a question asked by many Big Portage Lake residents last fall. They feared the fate of the juvenile trumpeter swan they grew fond of during the summer.
SPRING VALLEY, Ill. -- Pro Tom Giachetto of Ladd, Ill., caught five sauger weighing 11 pounds, 12 ounces on the final day to claim victory at the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour season opener on the Illinois River. Giachetto's two-day total catch weighed 26 pounds, 12 ounces.
North Country calendar
April 14 -- Spring turkey season opens
Who says first ice is best?
Both early ice and late ice offer some pretty awesome angling. But if it's panfish you're after, late is great! The conditions can be a little on the dangerous side, but the action is hard to beat.
The kids at Kinship After School Club would like to thank the UBC Lumber Co. for giving us a demonstration of how to build a house and showing us around.
Marissa Stockert and Wade Manske announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Junell Schaefer, Moorhead, and Jeff Stockert, Fargo, N.D., and Roger and Vickie Manske, West Fargo, N.D. A July 24 wedding is planned at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Fargo.
Laura Lee Nicholas and Christopher T. Quisberg announce their engagement. Parents are Nick and Denise Nicholas, Crookston, and Steve and Ruth Quisberg, Brainerd. A May 22 wedding is planned at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston.
Chrysi Larson and Christopher Schei announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Linda Larson, Brainerd, and Ruddy and Carolyn Schei, Elbow Lake. A July 24 wedding is planned at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd.
Ashley Smart and Jacob Moser announce their engagement. Parents are Thomas and Susan Smart, Brainerd, and Brad and Kathy Moser, Pequot Lakes. A June 5 wedding is planned at Gregory Park, Brainerd.
Steve and Iris Shively, Brainerd, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. April 18 at St. Mathias Park, Fort Ripley. The event will be hosted by their children. They were married April 6, 1974, in St. Mathias.
Mark and Marlyn Duus will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. April 17 at Brainerd Assembly of God, 2424 Business Highway 371, Brainerd. The event is hosted by their children. No gifts please.
Alice Isle, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. April 18 at her home, 14484 County Road 159, Brainerd. The event is hosted by her family. She was born April 14, 1914, in the Pierz-Harding area.
Becky Abney and Steven Deuel announce their engagement. Parents are Ardyce Makinson, Oregon, and the late Ray Makinson, and Lyle and Helen Deuel, Brainerd. A May 1 wedding is planned in Appleton, Wis.
Katie Thesing and Joshua Eastman announce their engagement. Parents are Curtis and Margie Thesing, Fort Ripley, and Scott and Cynthia Eastman, Pequot Lakes. A May 7 wedding is planned in St. Mathias.
Raiders pull softball sweep over Vermilion
When the Central Lakes College Raiders softball team decides to score runs, it scores them in bunches.
Warrior radio man Schultz will be tough to replace
Hired to be fired.
All-Area Honorable Mention
Justin Mueller, Brainerd
Verndale edges Bertha-Hewitt
VERNDALE -- Sami Seaton went 2-for-4 to lead the Verndale Pirates past the Bertha-Hewitt Bears 4-3 in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Area boys' basketball player of the year
At a young age, it was evident Ben Stoll played basketball a little bit differently.
Warriors to induct five former athletes
Five former Brainerd High School athletes will be inducted into the Warriors' Hall of Fame at the all-sports banquet April 26.
Local sports shorts
LONGVILLE -- The seventh Annual Run Around Woman Lake 30-kilometer run, 5-mile run and 5-mile walk is scheduled May 1 in Longville.
Bell medalist as Pierz boys win meet
KIMBALL -- Robert Bell was medalist to lead the Pierz Pioneers boys' golf team to first place in a Central Minnesota Conference meet Thursday.
Destined for success
As a protege of one of the best boys' basketball coaches in Minnesota history, Garry Grewe was destined to be a coach and destined to be a success.
The Minnesota Basketball News has honored four area high school players.
A basketball bond
Michael Grieme was an excited fifth-grader two weeks away from his 11th birthday.
Little Falls beats Monticello in opener
LITTLE FALLS -- Matt Peterschick and Aaron Jorgensen won singles matches and the Little Falls Flyers defeated the Monticello Magic 5-2 in non-conference tennis Thursday.
Records and statistics
Team Final Record
Area events Friday
Pequot opens with victory
PEQUOT LAKES -- Bryce and Brent Szymanski each had two hits as the Pequot Lakes Patriots opened the baseball season with a 13-7 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday.
CLC baseball team drops two wintry games to Itasca
GRAND RAPIDS -- In 30-degree temperatures and light snow, the Central Lakes College Raiders baseball team dropped a doubleheader Friday to the Itasca Vikings.
Dispatch All-Area Boys' Basketball Team
Players for the All-Area team are nominated by their coaches and voted on by The Dispatch sports department.
Phone in your packet
For the last week or so, the phone on my desk hasn't been plugged into its usual wall jack. Instead, it's been plugged into a little white box that routes my calls over the Internet.
Motorola V400's digital picture may not float your boat, but it'll do in a pinch
Cellular telephones perform so many little tricks these days that shooting a digital picture with one may not be exciting enough to float your boat. But I'm still amazed by this little trick, which doesn't produce an image that is suitable for framing but can be a heck of a lot of help in a pinch.
Video, photos eating up hard-drive space
In the attic, in the garage, in the shed or in the basement, you just can't have too much storage.
Choosing laser, for speed and economy over time
Shopping for a printer isn't much different from shopping for a car: Some models have an alluring flair, but those typically guzzle gas. Sometimes it's smart to go for a subdued model that gets great mileage. Ink or toner is the gasoline that runs a printer; the model you choose now will determine how much you'll pay for a long time to come.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered sprinkles or flurries north. Highs from the low 40s north...To the low 50s south.
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Partly sunny northeast. Mostly cloudy elsewhere. A chance
State forecast for minnesota...Updated
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries or sprinkles.
Weather drawing by Grace Lemberg of Susan TeHennepe's fourth grade class at Backus school.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance for snow showers north...Rain or snow showers central...And sprinkles or flurries south. Highs from the upper 30s north...To around 50 southwest.
Weather drawing by Kari Machacek of Susan TeHennepe's fourth grade class at Backus school.
State forecast for south dakota
Rest of today...Partly cloudy west. Mostly cloudy east. Scattered light rain or snow showers northeast...Scattered light rain showers southeast. Highs in the 40s.
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers central and east.
State forecast for Minnesota
452 pm cdt fri apr 9 2004
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Isolated light snow showers east in the morning. Highs in the 40s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly mostly cloudy with scattered sprinkles and
Winona LaDuke to speak in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- Pine River-Backus Amnesty International will present a presentation by Winona LaDuke, who will speak at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Pine River-Backus High School commons area.
Linda Philp will be retiring after 34 years of teaching kindergarten at Harrison Elementary School. Former graduate students are invited to share in her retirement party at 3:30 p.m. May 7 at the Harrison gym. Please RSVP to Harrison School at 829-4053 by April 30 if you are able to attend.
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