Consolidated Telecommunications Co.'s Board of Directors recently announced that Kevin Larson was elected the company's chief executive officer.
Holiday Inn Express clears Baxter hurdle
The proposed Holiday Inn Express in Baxter gained early approval Tuesday.
Nature Vision merges with Photo Control
Brainerd-based Nature Vision Inc., and Photo Control Corporation, Minneapolis, announced the companies have reached an agreement to merge.
Temple Baptist women known for their quilts
For young mothers-to-be, baby showers are a good way to stock up on necessities in preparation for when their baby arrives.
The Evangelical-Israeli connection
The much-publicized controversy over Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" might give the impression that Jews and evangelical Christians have little in common, theologically or otherwise. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A music team from Carpenter's Tools International Music Ministries, an international music ministry, will be presenting a concert at 11 a.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Pillager. The First Baptist Church is currently meeting at the Pillager School.
BHS doors to be locked for security during next school year
Brainerd High School will be considered a closed campus next school year when students will not be able to leave the school for lunch.
Brainerd, area teams to compete in Knowledge Bowl next week at Cragun's
Four Brainerd lakes area Knowledge Bowl teams will compete in the 2004 Minnesota Service Cooperative Knowledge Bowl state competition Tuesday and Wednesday at Cragun's Conference and Golf Resort.
Pequot Lakes 3rd quarter honor roll is announced
A honor roll
Child in need
Volunteers across the country are being recognized this week. Though volunteerism is widespread and covers a variety of needs, not many volunteer jobs have as lasting an impact as mentori
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 14, a year ago 0.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 200. Last Friday: 0. Year Ago Friday: 0. Thursday actual: 387.
Crow Wing sheriff
Scott and Twila (Ehrich) Belton, Baxter, a boy, Drew Ehrich, 4 pounds, 3 ounces, March 27, 2004. Grandparents are Robert and Lorraine Ehrich, Baxter, and Donald and Judith Belton, Lake Shore.
An odor of smoke from an overheated elevator had the Brainerd Fire Department responding to an alarm at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson Centre on Golf Course Road in Baxter.
WALKER -- A Walker man, 25, suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash at 3:31 a.m. Thursday on Highway 371, about 1 1/2 miles south of Walker, the State Patrol reported.
Hazardous waste site open
The Crow Wing County hazardous waste site and electronic collection facility will be open on three upcoming dates. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28, May 8 and May 12.
Voice your opinion to lawmakers in St. Paul
Area legislators and how to contact them.
oe and Jennifer (Rosenow) Lindholm, Hastings, a boy, Jacob Steven, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, April 6, 2004. Grandparents are Steve and Karen Rosenow, Baxter, and Al and Kathy Lindholm, Isle.
Lawmakers try to help tourism industry
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota may see more tourists this year, thanks to new legislation that passed the Senate Thursday.
Easy-to-grow flowering trees
Q. I know you don't like pear trees, but I hope you'll answer this question. I planted a callery pear two years ago that is now 11 feet high. The lowest branch is only 3 1/2 feet from the ground. If I just wait, will those lower branches be higher or should I prune them so that I don't have low branches on a mature tree? Yes, yes, I know I should have planted a crabapple.
A strong brew at housewares show
CHICAGO -- Each year, the International Home & Housewares show here plugs into what matters most to American consumers: help around the house that works fast, saves space and looks cool.
Say you have free time and a desire to help your community and its schools, why not start a housing development?
LITTLE FALLS -- Jerry Thomes and Mike Corrow of Little Falls have a hobby that is much more than carving wood.
BAXTER -- Tami Jacobs joined Optimum Mortgage Services in Baxter.
Through the roof
CONWAY, Ark. -- Prices of wood products used for home construction and home-remodeling projects have more than doubled in the last several months.
Man dies after being engulfed in flames while burning cardboard
A 64-year-old man burning cardboard was killed after the flames went out of control and engulfed him.
Brainerd man pleads guilty in incident at Holiday store
A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of fifth-degree assault for his involvement in a Jan. 9 altercation at the Holiday Station Store in Brainerd.
Last afternoon daily press run
The squeak of the printing press bearings signal the daily press run at The Brainerd Dispatch. At 12:30 p.m. Friday, The Dispatch marked its final weekday afternoon press run as the newspaper will convert to a morning publication Monday. Peter Kremer and Rod Swanson took papers off the press to be inserted and labeled for delivery. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Virus targeting area tots
As parents of twin 14-month-old boys and a 3-year-old daughter, Amy and Brian Carlson have learned to juggle all of life's unexpected mishaps.
Eye-opening experience leads to Brainerd lakes area presentation on dangers of meth labs
A visit to a crisis nursery that serves Chisago and Wright counties was enough to convince Initiative Foundation staffers of the dangers of methamphetamine and the need for a presentation for Brainerd area residents.
Former user: We're losing the war on drugs
Matthew Wolmutt knows a thing or two about the war on drugs and he doesn't like the way it's being fought.
Pickup crashes into PL store
PEQUOT LAKES --- It was a motor vehicle accident that could have been much worse.
The Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College will host an Earth Day Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Ready for mornings
One youth carrier is gearing up to begin delivering The Dispatch in the mornings. Read about Casper Hanson Sunday in the People Plus section.
Intentionally set grass fires keep crews busy
While Brainerd residents were asleep early Saturday morning, an individual or group of individuals set a series of grass fires around the city, sending Brainerd firefighters scurrying to extinguish the fires.
Brainerd firefighters respond to two house fires
In addition to fighting several grass fires hours earlier, the Brainerd Fire Department responded to two house fires Saturday morning.
A special camp this weekend near Little Falls will help children who are grieving the death of a loved one. Read about this story in Monday's Dispatch.
Pharmacists eye cold medicine purchases
Pharmacies spotted a trend years ago and realized it had little to do with an outbreak of stuffy noses.
Lawmakers weighing in on LGA issues
ST. PAUL -- Increasing property taxes or funding city services with Local Government Aid? Republicans and Democrats weighed in with their answers and thoughts on taxes.
Dispatch to sport new look Monday
When Monday's Brainerd Dispatch arrives bright and early with the singing of chirping birds, it will arrive not only at a new time but with a new look.
Work halted on project
BAXTER -- Work by JMS Companies on a project off Highway 371, near Morey's Market and Grille, was put on hold earlier this week after it was learned the contractor cut about 25 acres of trees without proper permits.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - The signs are unmistakable. The birds are singing, the frogs chirping, trees are budding, flowers and grass are starting to poke through the ground. You know it's spring when cars and trucks hauling boats and canoes start to out-number plain old cars and trucks rolling down the road.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 16 - 80 years ago (1924) - Ear muffs and winter coats will be the order in this section Easter Sunday. Snow and rain and cold. New attire will be protected by rainslicks.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, Monday through Friday, state and county emergency managers, the Red Cross and the National Weather Service will conduct educational activities to promote preparedness and safety.
Comp plan consensus reached
Consensus was reached on what needs to be done first as Crow Wing County's comprehensive plan moves forward.
Whipple Beach plan draws crowd
BAXTER -- More than 60 people made their way to Lakewood Evangelical Free Church Thursday for Baxter's town hall meeting.
Ripley Guard members put on duty alert
CAMP RIPLEY -- About 890 Minnesota Army National Guard members headquartered at Camp Ripley have been alerted for possible future federal active duty.
Dorothy H. Skwira
HARDING -- Dorothy H. Skwira, age 75, a resident of Harding, Minn., passed away Friday, April 16, 2004, at her home.
Joyce A. Nowlin Guertin
PINE RIVER -- Joyce Ann Nowlin Guertin, 67, Pine River, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at her home.
Joan E. Zettervall
Memorial services were held for Joan Elizabeth (Strecker) Zettervall on Friday, April 16, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd, Minn., with Pastor David Holte officiating. The music was provided by Ernie Aarsted, accompanied by Ellen Holte.
Josephine Hayes, 84-year-old resident of the Pierz Villa in Pierz, Minn., formerly of Harding, Minn., passed away Saturday, April 17, 2004, at the Pierz Villa.
Leo Van Buren
FRIDLEY -- Leo Van Buren, age 53, of Fridley, owner of Advance Restoration, passed away Friday, April 16, 2004, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. He was born April 23, 1951, in Park Rapids to John and Pauline Van Buren.
James Chatelle, age 82, of Aitkin died on Saturday at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
CROSSLAKE -- Ruth Severin, 89, of Crosslake, died at her home Tuesday, April 13, 2004. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Friends may visit Friday morning at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.
Joyce A. Nowlin Guertin
PINE RIVER -- Joyce Ann Nowlin Guertin, 67, Pine River, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at home.
Alice M. Taylor
SARTELL -- Alice M. Taylor, 78-year-old resident of Sartell, Minn., formerly of the Randall area, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. Funeral services for Alice M. Taylor will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Burial will be in the Randall Cemetery.
Robert B. Kline
PINE RIVER -- Robert Benjamin Kline, age 73, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2004, at his home.
William B. Johnson
William B. Johnson, 80, Brainerd, passed away Friday, April 16, 2004, at Brainerd Medical Center.
Frances 'Jean' Lepinski
LITTLE FALLS -- Frances "Jean" Lepinski, 74-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, April 15, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday,
Farewell to an afternoon paper
Starting Monday, readers who have, on rare occasion, found the writing in this column to be vague, muddled or inconsistent will no longer be able to point their fingers solely at the writer.
The Democrats are holding hearings pertaining to what kind of warning President Bush had, prior to 9/11, and when he had it. It is more and more apparent that this is a political witch-hunt and not a dedicated desire to protect our U. S. of A.
I'm curious to know if the Brainerd Lakes Area at large is aware that the Minnesota Twins will not be shown in your area this season. Victory Sports, which is now the broadcast station for the Twins and Gophers, can't seem to understand that major rate increases across the board...may not be a good idea.
There is just so much good stuff in The Brainerd Dispatch these days it's difficult to keep up with it all.
A morning perspective
When pressed, there aren't many things I could tell you that are pluses about growing older, but after a moment's reflection I did come up with two. The first is grandchildren and the second is a sense of history. I won't bore you with details about the first, except to say that I have several and they're all wonderful.
Readers of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch will have a new morning companion at their doorstep, in their motor route tube or at their favorite newsstand Monday -- the Brainerd Dispatch.
My son-in-law has been trying to hire workers and has had no response to his ads. Where are those who complain of no jobs in America?
Sturgeon season opens April 24 with new regulations
While fishing on the Rainy River in Baudette on April 1, Jeff Tidholm, Aitkin, thought he hit a snag on the bottom. When the "snag" began to swim upstream, Tidholm realized it was no April Fool's joke. With help from his partner, Dean
Until this week I believed hikers, skiers, berry pickers, mushroom hunters and bird watchers would be quick to stand up and defend their right to pursue these pastimes in our state forests without having to hear or see motorized vehicles.
Big Portage swan found a home in Iowa
"Determined" is the word that describes me when I'm pursuing something. When a resident of Big Portage Lake asked me if I would track down the trumpeter swan who disappeared from our lake, I said I'd do my best.
All good fishing trips and hunts begin with one thing
How do you spell success? P-R-E-P-A-R-A-T-I-O-N. If you want to be a successful fisherman or hunter, you must be prepared each time out.
Quinn to speak at fishing fling
Like opening day, the annual Elks Fishing Fling is much anticipated in the Brainerd area. But unlike opening day, you're guaranteed to get something at the Fling.
Orr's jersey set to be auctioned at DU event
A authentic jersey signed by one of the National Hockey League's all-time greats will be up for auction Saturday night.
The Brainerd Chapter of the Minnesota Walleye Alliance will host its third annual membership banquet May 6 at the Nisswa Community Center.
April 21 -- Elks Fishing Fling, Elks Lodge, Brainerd; Tickets $45; speaker Steve Quinn; 829-2643
Don't fret over zebra mussels threat
One of the more startling discoveries in local lake history occurred in October 2003, when zebra mussels were found in Lake Ossawinnamakee.
Playing hooky in April is hard not to do
April has always been one of my favorite months. It's when the earth once again comes alive. Lakes shrug off their ice, ducks and songbirds return to the north and balmy evenings invigorate us with a new lease on life.
Engagement announced - Christensen and Roden
Lisa K. Christensen and Clement J. Roden announce their engagement. Parents are Eleanor Roden and Myrtle Lowe. A May 22 wedding is planned at the Aitkin VFW.
Wedding planned - Hollingsworth and Unger
Ruth Hollingsworth and John Thomas Unger announce their engagement. Parents are Orella Brickheimer, Kandiyohi, and the late Harry Brickheimer, and John L. and Barbara Unger, Brainerd. A May 8 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
66th anniversary - Fallace and Laila Mead
Fallace and Laila Mead, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary with family members. They were married April 4, 1938, in Brainerd.
Making a switch
Casper Hanson is ready to start delivering The Brainerd Dispatch in the morning.
Joyce Hsu and Aron Leckband were married June 7, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Pasadena, Calif., with Father Don Fox officiating.
40th anniversary - Joan and LaVerne Chisholm
Joan and LaVerne Chisholm, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren. They were married April 18, 1964.
40th anniversary - Ron and Ann Johnson
Ron and Ann Johnson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a social hour at 3:30 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. with a dance to follow on April 24 at the Eagles Club. No gifts please.
Warriors fall short against Willmar
The Willmar Cardinals won all three doubles matches to post a 5-2 triumph over the Brainerd Warriors in Central Lakes Conference tennis Thursday.
PILLAGER -- Pequot Lakes' Shane Humphries had a two-run homer to help the Patriots cruise past the Pillager Huskies 19-7 in non-conference baseball Friday.
Tech stymies Flyers 6-1 in tennis
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls No. 2 doubles team of Tim Wasland-Jason Casillas recorded the Flyers' only win Thursday as they fell to St. Cloud Tech 6-1 in Central Lakes Conference tennis.
Johnson pitches, hits Verndale to victory
BATTLE LAKE -- Verndale pitcher Isaac Johnson stymied Ottertail Central by tossing a complete-game two-hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks in a 9-0 victory Thursday.
Bell tolls for Pierz
Age and size mean nothing compared to ability when it comes to golf.
Dunphy's 43 paces Warriors to second place
LITTLE FALLS -- Emily Dunphy turned in a score of 42 to lead the Brainerd Warriors girls' golf team to a second-place finish in a Central Lakes Conference meet Tuesday.
Stangl cards a 45 for Pioneers
MELROSE -- Kim Stangl shot a 45, five strokes off the pace, to lead the Pierz Pioneers girls' golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Melrose Invitational Thursday.
Five athletes to enter Warriors Hall of Fame
Five former athletes will be inducted into the Brainerd Warriors Hall of Fame at the all-sports banquet April 26.
Area events Saturday
Difficult to run down
She may not like to run, but when Jamie Talberg does, she's difficult to catch.
Area girls' golf
HOWARD LAKE -- Kim Stangl led the field at the Central Minnesota Conference girls' golf meet Friday shooting a 47 and helping the Pierz Pioneers to victory.
Josh Bundy won in singles and the doubles teams of Andrew Mehr-Josiah Collins and Andrew Kubas-Adam Kobes were victorious in Brainerd junior varsity tennis action against Willmar Thursday.
Warrior girls overcome obstacles to take second
The one thing in the way of Audree Goodew winning the girls' 1600-meter run was a yellow, ankle-high cone.
Holy snow cone
Game-winning hits appear to be one of Alison LeBlanc's attributes.
Off to a fast start
With many new faces on the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team, a rebuilding year might have been expected.
Pioneers pick up first win
BELGRADE -- Sara Kahl and Tammy Gruber both had two hits and scored twice as the Pierz Pioneers downed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 9-7 in Central Minnesota Conference softball Thursday.
Ninth Street wins pool league title
Ninth Street (II) won the season championship in the Women's Country Pool League.
Warriors outscore Spartans
COLD SPRING -- Four Brainerd players each had two hits and the Warriors rode a five-run fourth inning to a 9-5 victory over the Rocori Spartans in Central Lakes Conference baseball Thursday.
MELROSE -- Staples-Motley's Melissa Roberts and Jena Dumpprope each went 2-for-3 in a 9-6 loss to the Melrose Dutchmen Friday.
Area girls' golf
SAUK RAPIDS -- Emily Dunphy placed third with six-over-par 42 and lead the Brainerd Warriors girls' golf team to second.
Braves merge with St. Mathias this season
Teams merge or move frequently in pro sports.
Road trip starts out rocky for banged-up Raiders
INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- The emotional toll of losing two of their top players within the last week was obvious as the Central Lakes College Raiders softball team dropped a double-header to the Rainy River Voyageurs 2-1 and 11-0 Friday.
Vickerman's 74 leads Warrior boys
SAUK RAPIDS -- Dustin Vickerman shot a 74 to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a fourth-place finish in a Central Lakes Conference boys' golf meet Thursday.
W-DC tennis tops Perham
PERHAM -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Daniel Smith, Andrew Knutson and Jacob Hillesland all won singles matches and the Wolverines swept all three doubles matches to beat the Perham Yellowjackets 6-1 Thursday in Mid-State Conference tennis.
Pierz girls win, boys take fifth at Albany
ALBANY -- With first-place finishes from Kaitlyn Jensen, Jamie Talberg and Stephanie Bleichner, the Pierz Pioneers girls' track and field team won the Albany meet Friday.
You can rent movies online, but should you?
The idea of renting movies online seems a lot less silly than it did two years ago, when a site called Movielink debuted.
Sit back and let search engines do the work
Any time you hear of a war brewing in the world of computing, sit back and smile: You'll eventually be the winner.
Pulling the plug on old products
Intuit Inc. is getting ready to pull the plug on support for some of its older personal finance-management products.
Get outside and play
Weather drawing by Jeremy Hartesty in the Riverside School second-grade class of Mrs. Gramer.
Rain is coming
Weather drawing by Abby Kiehbauch of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms north. Highs from the lower 60s northwest...70s central...And lower 80s southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny and warm. Highs in the upper 70s northeast to
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms west. Partly
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy north with a chance of showers. Partly cloudy
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s northwest to the 70s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers north
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers mainly west late. Highs from near 50 in door county...To the mid 70s southwest.
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of thunderstorms northeast
State forecast for minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms far
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy north to partly cloudy south. A chance of showers and thunderstorms central and north this morning...A chance of thunderstorm west and southeast by late afternoon. Windy northwest. Highs in the lower 60s northeast to near 80 far southeast.
Brainerd Northside Association to meet
The Brainerd Northside Association will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Park United Methodist Church, 315 N. Sixth St.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Cass County Republican Party to meet Friday
Fred Smith, chair of the Cass County Republican Party, announced the party will hold its annual convention at 7 p.m. Friday in the Hackensack Community Center, 110 3rd St.
Victims of clergy abuse
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
Transportation panel meets
The Brainerd Transportation Advisory Committee will meet 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.
The North Central Beekeepers Association will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center, 2.5 miles north of the intersection of Hwys. 371 and 210, then east on Hwy. 49.
Meets 9 a.m.
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
The Nisswa American Legion Easter Egg Hunt was a success due to the hard work of many people.
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