JOBZ program sees dropoff in new company sign-ups
ST. PAUL (AP) - An economic development program that rewards Minnesota businesses with tax breaks for creating jobs is finding fewer takers this year than it has in the past.
Crosslake shop offers unique items for the home
There's Room will join the shops in the Crosslake Town Square this spring.
Byes are giving a Mexican twist to Chap restaurant
Three years ago this week a fire destroyed the Chaparral family restaurant near Merrifield.
The Insurance Office is named to presidents club
Jason and Bre Kosmatka, Brainerd, a boy, Connor Rowan, 6 pounds, 8 ounces, March 19, 2008.
Fire destroyed two Breezy Point houses
BREEZY POINT - Two homes near the Breezy Point Resort beach on Sand Beach Road were destroyed by fire early Friday morning, the Peqot Lakes Police Department report.
Worried about money?
Debt adds up fast, but there are ways to create a realistic budget and reduce financial stress.
A perfect pair
A caregiver is the eyes and an 86-year-old man is the brain behind a train town and together they make the train run.
BAXTER - The Brainerd Fire Department received a call at 10:13 a.m. Friday at 14268 Kimberly Drive in Baxter to a chimney fire.
Find out which golfer will be wearing green and who will just be green with envy.
HAZZARD - It was reported Thursday that the railroad crossarm at the railroad tracks at 13th St. S.E. was broken and in the street.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
What type of vacation can your tax rebate buy?
NEW YORK - A getaway to the Dominican Republic. A road trip with the kids. Even a weekend in Vegas - as long as you take it easy in the casino.
Share your memories of Whittier, Lincoln schools
Did you attend Whittier or Lincoln Elementary School as a child? Are you currently a student there? Did you teach at either school or volunteer there?
Jessica needs your help
Jessica is a 9-year-old girl who was recently signed up as a junior partner. Even though we now have adult partners waiting for a match, it will take that one special person to be her partner. Jessica does not want to be matched with a couple or a family, but just wants a one-on-one relationship with someone. The ideal match for her would be a young woman who is energetic and likes to play and have fun.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1978) - Arvid Greenwald is turning in his badge at the sheriffs office after serving some 20 years as a deputy in Crow Wing County. About 250 people turned out for a dinner in his honor.
The Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, will host a volunteer appreciation open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 30 in the 300 dining room. There will be door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.
Snow job was heavy lifting
There were some Brainerd lakes area resident, who had to go into storage to find their shovels, snow blower or plow - items they thought weren't needed the second week in April.
Some TDS Metrocom business and residential customers in parts of Minnesota may be experiencing intermittent phone and high-speed Internet service issues. The situation has been escalated and top-level technicians from TDS and its vendor partner are on-site working to identify and resolve the issue. TDS Technical Response Team members are on-site, and will remain on location until services are fully restored.
Winter returns to blast Minnesota
DULUTH (AP) - Just when Minnesotans thought spring was here, winter showed it was still in charge by dumping more than a foot of snow in some parts of the state, sending vehicles skidding into ditches and closing schools in the north.
Throughout the state of Minnesota students will soon be participating in many standardized tests in order to earn a high school diploma.
Welcome to up-north spring
The Brainerd lakes area received an average of 8-14 inches of heavy, wet snow Friday to lead the state totals for the April snow storm.
James A. Jarmuzek
WAITE PARK - James "Jim" A. Jarmuzek, 64-year-old resident of Waite Park, Minn., passed away Thursday, April 10, 2008, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn.
Kenneth D. White
McGREGOR - Kenneth D. White, 85, of McGregor, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Aitkin Health Services.
Leo Cash, age 78, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, April 11, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Pearl E. McPheeters
AITKIN - Pearl E. McPheeters, age 97, of Aitkin, died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minn.
STAPLES - Patrick Donahue, age 83, of Staples, died Friday afternoon, April 11, 2008, at the Lakewood Health Care Center in Staples.
Ida P. Farber
MOTLEY - Ida P. Farber, age 91, of Motley, passed away at Woodland Good Samaritan in Brainerd on Saturday, April 12, 2008.
Thomas A. Jones
HACKENSACK - Thomas Anton Jones, age 69, of Hackensack, Minn., died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Rochester, Minn.
John P. Plein
John Paul Plein, 87-year-old resident of Brainerd, passed away Friday, April 11, 2008, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Something good this way comes
WASHINGTON - A pope's visit to another nation is rarely, if ever, viewed as inconsequential, but Benedict XVI's upcoming U.S. tour comes at a time when consequences loom larger than usual.
Readers air idea of beer on field for 4th
A request to allow the sale of beer at Don Adamson Field on the Fourth of July kept a lot of snowbound people busy Friday.
Study finds gap between editors and readers
NEW YORK - Newspaper readers agree with editors on the basics of what makes good journalism, but they are more apt to want looser rules for online conversations, a new study on news credibility has found.
Open Forum: There's nothing wrong with retirement
I dont know what inspired Andrew Yarrow to disparage early retirement as he did in the Dispatch on Sunday, April 6. Yarrow apparently believes that our Social Security system is in trouble because individuals choose to retire at age 62. I dont know about anyone else out there, but I have put in my time, paid my Social Security dues and look forward to retiring in a few years.
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Have you ever noticed the vehicles you meet in inclement weather with their headlights off are the same color as the road?
OUR OPINION: VETOES
Gov. Tim Pawlentys line-item vetoes of the bonding bill last week were a mixed bag. While we wont complain about his excising money for a gorilla exhibit at St. Pauls Como Park Zoo or a volleyball center in Rochester, the veto of $70 million for the states contribution to the construction of a light rail line that would connect the Twin Cities was short-sighted.
Lakeshore property owners should know that removing aquatic plants, treating nuisance algae, swimmer's itch control or altering the shoreline may require a permit from the DNR.
More than 2 feet of snow ended what had been good panfish action on most lakes. If the snow melts and the water soaks away quick enough, there's a chance anglers could walk out and extend the ice fishing season.
MINNEAPOLIS - It spoke volumes of the event, and the fact could not be drowned out by the increasing volume inside the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Everett and Grace Lodermeier
Everett and Grace Lodermeier will celebrate their birthdays with a party from 1-5 p.m. April 20 at the St. Mathias Pavilion.
With such an amazing proposal - dinner, limousine, fireworks - how could she say no?
Aaron Norman's proposal to Kristy Lindquist is definitely one for the books.
Rebecca Anne Burrows and Jesse Charles Robbennolt
Rebecca Anne Burrows and Jesse Charles Robbennolt announce their engagement. Parents are Donald Burrows, Racine, Wis., and the late Stephanie (Padgett) Burrows, and Lewis and Mary Robbennolt, Agar, S.D.
Farrah Slad and Jarrod McKinney
Farrah Slad and Jarrod McKinney announce their engagement. Parents are Greg and Nancy Slad, Nisswa, and Robert and Connie McKinney, Brainerd.
Joseph and Barbara Klein
Joseph and Barbara Klein, Brainerd, celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday.
Erin Kunde and Brandon James Courts
Erin Kunde and Brandon James Courts announce their engagement. Parents are Kevin and Cindy Kunde, Verona, Wis., and Mike and LaVerle Courts, Nisswa.
Mary Marshall and Mike Bottorff
Mary Marshall and Mike Bottorff announce their engagement. Parents are Robert and Betty Marshall, Pillager, and David and Penny Bottorff, Brainerd, and the late Pat Bottorff.
Don and Bertella Raph
Don and Bertella Raph, Fifty Lakes, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Friday.
Amy Fossen and Doug Odegard
Amy Fossen and Doug Odegard announce their engagement. Parents are Joanne Walz, Sebeka, and the late Bernard Walz, and Dennis Odegard, Pequot Lakes, and Colleen Odegard, Pequot Lakes.
Swift's 'Chief Bender' worth checking out
A recent Associated Press survey revealed that about 25 percent of American adults read a book in the last year.
Hackensack's Herheim wins Pro Am Women's Super Stock event
HILL CITY - Christina Herheim, Hackensack, her Polaris led several area snocross racers by winning the Pro Am Women's Super Stock final March 29 in the WPSA Regional MN State Series finale on Quadna Mountain Park V.
Gophers' Barber has the mix to make it
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For all those stopwatch-obsessed scouts who helped shape the order of selections that will unfold in two weeks at the NFL draft, we offer this Troy Williamson reminder.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy...Windy and cool. Chance of flurries far east. Isolated light rain or light snow showers west. Highs in the upper 30s far east to the lower 50s northwest.
System moves east
A storm system in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley was predicted to continue moving eastward on Saturday, bringing intense showers and thunderstorms from the Southeast northward to southern New England.
Weather drawing by Maren Friemann in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
Wisconsin state forecast
Snow advisory for taylor county until 7 am ...
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Cloudy central and south with scattered snow showers.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy. Snow showers likely north with rain or snow
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly sunny. Isolated rain or snow showers central. Highs
Is this Florida?
A robin perched on a snow-covered branch Friday near the Gull River. The late-season snow has caught flocks of migrating robins by surprise.
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