BBB offers tips to flood victims: Be careful
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota reported storm damage makes residents particularly vulnerable to "fly-by-night contractors" who attempt to take advantage of them.
CLC to host 'Coping With Change in Turbulent Times'
The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd has scheduled a seminar, "Coping With Change in Turbulent Times," Tuesday.
In a brewery update, two area businesses are collaborating and the results potentially could open a new commercial crop in the region.
Integra Telecom reports customer survey results
Range Printing recently promoted Jim Kalthoff to a role in account development.
JOHNSON: Shock of recession may be changing the way consumers do business
Thomas Johnson, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at American National Bank of Minnesota said there is a glimmer of hope in the recession.
Computer firm eyes growth in small places
The Boss. The Geek. The Sales Guy.
CTC and C-I Communications finalize purchase agreement
CROSBY - Consolidated Telecommunications Co. of Brainerd recently announced the purchase agreement for C-I Communications has been approved.
Bank closes Brainerd branch
American National Bank of Minnesota closed its South Sixth Street branch in Brainerd on April 1.
Cass County court
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Aitkin woman hurt after being hit by vehicle while crossing the street
AITKIN - A 43-year-old Aitkin woman was in serious condition Friday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale after she was hit by a vehicle Thursday while trying to cross First Street Northwest in Aitkin.
A Brainerd woman is dogs' best friend.
Danny and Ann Vang, Brainerd, a girl, Lilly Mae, 6 pounds, 13 ounces, March 22, 2009. Grandparents are Mike and Sherry Barthelemy, Foley, and Pat and Oliver Vang, Deerwood.
Aaron and Jennifer Lieser, Nisswa, a boy, James Peter, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, March 29, 2009.
THEFT - A theft was reported Wednesday on the 15000 block of Dellwood Drive.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
PROPERTY DAMAGE - Deputies responded to a deer versus vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 6 and Raider Court in Wolford Township.
Nisswa City Council
Meets 7 p.m. Wednesday
Will Tiger Woods make his way to victory Sunday in the Masters? Or will somebody new wear the famed green jacket?
MID-MINNESOTA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION HOME TOUR
A four-season porch in a Nisswa home - one of 10 on the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association home tour last weekend. Brainerd Dispatch/ Jennifer Stockinger
PINE RIVER - The Crosslake Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ennenga's Garden Center, 35277 County Road 15, Pine River.
The 15th annual Frokost will be at 9 and 11 a.m. April 18 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in east Brainerd. Tickets are $10. Limited seating. All tickets are reserved. The event is sponsored by Sons of Norway Sagatun Lodge 18.
On behalf of the Brainerd School District, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and parent volunteers for sharing their time, energy and smiles into the classroom to assist with reading, math, spelling, general classroom needs and helping me with special programs like Times Before TV, Inventor's Fair and the District Spelling Bees.
On behalf of Community Addiction Recovery Enterprises of Brainerd we would like to thank the Women's Shelter staff and DORCAS for your generous gifts of various personal items to our patients. Your commitment to helping those in need in our community is sincerely appreciated.
Brady ready to try something different
Those of you who are grandparents realize the joy that comes from spending time with your grandchildren. It's so true what people say, "It's fun to be able to spoil them and then send them home to their parents."
These people are nothing more than criminals.
Bataan pain remains
Hearing the names of 32 men who lost their lives 67 years ago during the Bataan Death March is still tough for Bataan survivor Henry Peck to take.
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, recently supported discontinuing the ban on considering new nuclear power options for the state. The measure came about through an amendment to the overall energy bill in the Minnesota Senate.
Thieves hit BHS locker room
The Brainerd Police Department received two calls Thursday from Brainerd High School students who reported that a $380 guitar and a cell phone were stolen.
Retiree benefits could be shifted to levies
The Brainerd School District, like all Minnesota school districts, is mandated to provide access to its health insurance plan to its retirees until age 65.
Purses for Partners planned
Tickets are still available for the second annual Purses for Partners, a luncheon and purse auction to benefit Kinship Partners, which will be at noon April 25, in the Lakeview Ballroom at Breezy Point Resort.
Truck causes uproar at pet store
An innocent trip to a pet store to buy her foster dog a treat landed a Brainerd woman in the emergency room at St. Joseph's Medical Center Thursday afternoon in Brainerd.
Cold Weather Rule protection ends Wednesday
CenterPoint Energy reminds customers that Cold Weather Rule protection ends Wednesday.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1969) - Burglars made off with $2,500 in cash and checks from the Schaefer's Model Market grocery store in Nisswa. They made entry by forcing open a door in the Laundromat, then broke open the safe.
Good Friday service
Pastor Frank Milo preached the passion story during Good Friday service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes Friday afternoon.
Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's annual Easter egg hunt will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lum Park.
Free ID program offered for children
BAXTER - Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is offering an opportunity to put together a free identification kit with important details law enforcement needs to locate your child should your loved one go missing.
'Good thing I can swim'
Audra and Ben Sabas were determined to teach their daughters, Steena, 13, and Alayna, 6, how to swim at an early age.
Flooding remains a concern
As temperatures push toward 50 degrees, the snow melt and spring thaw have renewed flood warnings for two Brainerd area rivers.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 10 - 60 years ago (1949) - A pamphlet printed nearly 50 years ago notes that the best way to get to Gull Lake was to take the train from Brainerd to Nisswa, then engage Stewart Mills' launch service to take you through the adjoining lakes into Gull.
Downtown work to begin soon
Construction is expected to begin in downtown Brainerd Monday, April 20, weather permitting.
MOTLEY - Victor Blasing, age 72, of Motley, passed away at his home on Friday, April 10, 2009.
Anne P. (Larsen) Gronau
Anne Patricia (Larsen) Gronau, Brainerd, 95, passed away April 9, 2009. She was born in Boise, Idaho, on Nov. 10, 1913. When she was six years old she moved with her parents to Compton, Calif. She lived with her parents until she joined the Navy during WWII. After the war she met and later married Henry Gronau in 1947. Anne and Henry had two children, Darlene and Gene.
Tina M. Huro
Tina Marie Huro, 39 years young.
Sharyl (Frisch) Vaars
BROOKLYN CENTER - Sharyl (Frisch) Vaars, age 70, of Brooklyn Center.
MENTOR - Gordon Peterson, age 81, from Mentor, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
Daisy I. Flack
Daisy I. Flack, age 99, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Ames, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Burial will take place in Ames, Iowa, at a later date. Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Thomas M. Lyter
LITTLE FALLS - Thomas M. Lyter, age 45, of Little Falls, Minn., died April 8, 2009, in Little Falls. Services will be held Monday, April 13, 2009, at noon at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, Little Falls.
CROSBY - Florence Caroline Christopherson, 84, Crosby, died on April 8, 2009, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. She was born on Oct. 7, 1924, in Glenwood, Minn., to Conrad and Agnes (Larson) Olson.
Michael J. Brening
PINE RIVER - Michael J. Brening, age 51, of Pine River, passed away early Friday morning, April 10, 2009, at his home near Pine River.
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Albert J. Servaty
PIERZ - Albert J. Servaty, 88-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Pierz Villa.
LITTLE FALLS - Louis Zilka, 89-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with the Rev. Mark Innocenti officiating.
Elmer L. Liljenquist
AITKIN - Elmer L. Liljenquist, 89, of Aitkin, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin.
Virgil F. Anderson
AITKIN - Virgil F. Anderson, age 85, of Aitkin, formerly of McGregor and Tamarack, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Florence (DeLaHunt) Turcotte
Florence (DeLaHunt) Turcotte, 92, Brainerd, Minn.
Lydia E. Menzel
AITKIN - Lydia Emma Menzel, age 97, of Aitkin and formerly of Iron Hub, died on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Aitkin Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Delores M. Stevens
Delores M. Stevens, age 79, resident of Brainerd, Minn., died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany in Brainerd. Delores was born in Salem, S.D., Dec. 6, 1929, to Anton and Mary (Harpenau) Kolbeck.
Mary Ann Majka
AITKIN - Mary Ann Majka, 66, of Aitkin, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at her home.
Bail out journalism or write it off
This will be my last column for the Los Angeles Times. I'll soon be starting a stint at the Pentagon as an adviser to the undersecretary of Defense for policy.
OUR OPINION: SPENDING
Attorney General Lori Swanson spent $15,000 for the purchase and installation of two security doors at her Capitol office.
Obama's unmacho diplomacy
WASHINGTON - A few decades on the planet confirm a certain consistency among males in their approach to love and war.
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Gates takes on defense contractors
The Obama administration was already being accused of overloading Congress with ambitious and politically taxing initiatives when Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates unveiled his sweeping reform of military spending on Monday. The Pentagon chief proposes to slaughter a veritable herd of sacred cows in weapons procurement: the F-22 fighter and C-17 cargo planes, the Navy's stealth destroyer, the Army's futuristic combat vehicle, several pieces of the Bush administration's cherished missile defense - even the new presidential helicopter fleet. He plans a major bureaucratic reform that would eliminate thousands of private contracting jobs, including many in the Washington area.
What do you think?
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I believe there are leash laws in Brainerd for dogs. We live in southeast Brainerd and almost every day we run into people who don't have their dogs leashed. This usually happens at the Jaycees Park or on the Paul Bunyan Trail by Bane Park. We're sick of it. We have small children and have had dogs come at us. Now my son is afraid to walk the trail unless my husband is with. I have a feeling if some fines were handed out, people would start leashing their dogs in short order.
A recent contributor wrote a glowing letter extolling Medicare's low overhead and freedom of choice to choose physicians. Unfortunately, nearly everything he said revealed a distorted view of reality.
Thanks to Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, for his vote to remove the ban on considering additional nuclear power in Minnesota. The measure passed the Senate 42-24 on April 2. The proposed legislation still faces a challenge in the House where it stalled after being defeated in a committee vote.
The application deadline for this fall's black bear and bull moose hunts is May 1. Applications are available via DNR license agents or online.
A league of their own
CROSSLAKE - The four talked about catch-and-release and electronics and artificial baits.
Don't miss the boat when it comes to turkeys
When I think spring, I think crappies, turkeys, walleyes and Minnesota Twins baseball.
Sarah Wermter, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. April 19 at the Crow Wing Town Hall in Barrows.
Marvin and Lorraine Witt
Marvin and Lorraine Witt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4-7 p.m. April 18 at the VFW in Jenkins.
Nikki Hodgman and Matt Fargo
Nikki Hodgman and Matt Fargo announce their engagement.
Jennifer Straka and Jason Meehan
Jennifer Straka and Jason Meehan announce their engagement.
Carrie Peterson and Andrew Beyer
Carrie Peterson and Andrew Beyer announce their engagement.
Stephanie Jacobi and Timothy Leischer
Stephanie Jacobi and Timothy Leischer announce their engagement.
Brenna Arvig and Josh Gibbons
Brenna Arvig and Josh Gibbons announce their engagement.
MATT AND MEGAN EHRICHS
Megan Arvig and Matt Ehrichs were married April 4, 2009, at the Avalon building in Fargo, N.D., in spite of a flood and a blizzard that threatened to cancel the event.
Rosellyn Knutson will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Autumn Glen Apartments, 14182 Broadmoor Dr., Baxter.
Marvin and Sylvia Burggraff
Marvin and Sylvia Burggraff will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church.
Ashley Ann Wgeishofski and Bryant Arthur Szymanski
Ashley Ann Wgeishofski and Bryant Arthur Szymanski announce their engagement.
What is so good about Good Friday?
For those who are outside of the Christian faith, observing Christians and the worship services held on this day, which is passionately referred to as "Good Friday," it must seem strange that we would celebrate the suffering and death of our beloved leader, teacher and Lord Jesus Christ.
DEERWOOD - The spring salad luncheon will be noon Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood on Wednesday. Janet Larson will speak about women's issues. Bring used cell phones to be donated to AADA Women's Center.
Brainerd bounces Sauk Rapids 4-0 in opener
Freshman Nikki Anderson pitched a one-hit shutout in her varsity debut to lead the Warriors to a 4-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Sauk Rapids Storm Thursday.
Janzen, Meagher help CLC earn split with Ridgewater
Josh Janzen singled with two runners on and one out in the bottom of the seventh and Keegan Meagher pitched a complete game to help the Central Lakes College Raiders nip Ridgewater 5-4 in the second game of a Central Division doubleheader Thursday at the Findorff Athletic Complex.
Neugebauer knocks CLC to win over Hibbing
Stephanie Neugebauer went 4-for-6 with four runs, three RBIs, and two home runs as the Central Lakes Raiders went 2-0 in a doubleheader against the Hibbing Cardinals during Northern Division play Thursday.
Hunstad powers Pillager past Sebeka
PILLAGER - Ally Hunstad Went 2-2 with a double and a triple while driving in four runs and scoring twice as the Pillager Huskies routed the Sebeka Trojans 12-2 in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Punching out a name for himself
Tom Fanjoy didn't surprise Ricky Aulie, but he surprised himself.
Hilts pitches Raiders to split with St. Cloud Technical
ST. CLOUD - Brandon Hilts pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the second game as the Central Lakes College Raiders beat St. Cloud Technical 3-1 to salvage a split of a Central Division doubleheader Friday at Faber Field.
Alex grabs a win from Warriors
The Brainerd Warriors controlled doubles play against the Alexandria Cardinals, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 4-3 loss to the Central Lakes Conference foe Thursday.
Raiders sweep Vermilion
If first-year Vermilion coach Davis Lamppa wants a program to emulate all he had to do was peer across the field Friday.
Pioneers win big at dome with win over Milaca
MINNEAPOLIS - Four Pierz players each had two hits and four Pioneer pitchers saw action in a 17-4 season-opening victory over the Milaca Wolves on Thursday at the Metrodome.
Youth golf professional style
Stored away in a large Rubber Maid container are two gold and two silver state tournament medals Dana Hasselberg won as part of the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' golf team.
Gobblers rough up Tigers
PRINCETON - The Aitkin singles lineup swept the Princeton Tigers en route to a 6-1 non-conference boys' tennis victory Thursday.
Sam Smith leads Brainerd girls
Sam Smith won two events and finished second in another to pace the Brainerd Warriors girls' track team in their season opening outdoor meet Thursday in Brainerd.
Warriors win opener in the 10th
With the sun beaming brightly, a brisk wind blowing out, the temperature peaking at 47 degrees, and a trace of snow inside the outfield fence, it was time for the high school baseball season to open Thursday.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Ryan Pauly of Central Lakes College was named the MCAC Central Division baseball player of the week March 29-April 4.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly sunny. Breezy. Highs 45 to 55.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy northwest while sunny elsewhere. Highs mid
Weather drawing by Alli Kiehlbauch in the Riverside fourth grade of Mrs. Carlson.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly sunny east to mostly cloudy west. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly sunny northwest. Cloudy with scattered
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 40s north...To the mid 50s southwest. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Sunny. Highs 55 to 63.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy west with a slight chance of light snow in
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 50s north...To the mid 50s west. Cooler mid to upper 40s near the great lakes.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Sunny. Highs mid 40s to lower 50s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds west and mostly sunny east. Becoming breezy especially central. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms extreme southwest. Highs around 50 northwest to low 60s southeast.
Ready to make his rounds
Weather drawing by Kalie Jeremiason in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 53 to 58. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
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