Supporters protest cuts for ag research organization
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In Sauk Centre, an organic creamery called Pride of Main Street Dairy is producing a yogurt-like beverage that's taking off nationwide. Owner George Economy began his business with the help of a state-funded nonprofit corporation that he and others have been trying to save from the budget ax.
A new restaurant is opening in Merrifield on May 1.
Junior Achievement Inc. announced that John Dale has been chosen from more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide to win the organization's highest award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. Dale will be honored May 13 at the National Business Hall of Fame's Chairman's Luncheon in the Hilton Minneapolis Grand Ballroom as part of a pre-celebration activity for the annual National Business Hall of Fame.
The Family of Christ School building project has received financial gifts and commitments that will allow the building project to move forward. To date more than $425,000 has been raised for the building project. This amount combined with the offer of an interest-free loan of up to $100,000 has been deemed acceptable to qualify for the $500,000 matching grant.
Pine River area churches collaborate on play to share meaning of Easter
PINE RIVER -- Pine River area churches are working together to remind people what Easter is all about.
God's forgiveness is a gift
On Easter Sunday, little Billy listened as his Sunday school teacher told the class that the lesson would be about the meaning of Easter.
St. Cloud priest pleads guilty to molesting girls
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A former St. Cloud Diocese priest pleaded guilty to molesting a female parishioner and admitted to molesting three others as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Easter's Resurrection victory
Easter is one of the main festivals of Christianity. It is observed around the world.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse announced the month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Spring is a good time to become a senior partner
What a glorious time of the year -- Easter celebrations, visits with family and friends, spring sports, and beautiful weather for sunning and yard work.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 255. Last Thursday: 494. Year Ago Thursday: 234. Wednesday actual: 437.
MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 310, a year ago 103.
School lunch menus
Addresses for federal lawmakers
Sen. Norm Coleman
WALKER -- David Marlowe Kjonaas, 25, St. Paul Park, was sentenced in Cass County District Court for gross misdemeanor DWI to 30 days work release and 60 days electronic home monitoring, fined $1,000, ordered to pay $480 probation fee and placed on four years supervised probation.
Meets 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
LITTLE FALLS -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover Thursday on Highway 10, five miles south of Little Falls.
Crow Wing sheriff
David and Karen (Newstrom) Skaj, Aitkin, a boy, Julian David, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, March 20, 2003. Grandparents are Alice Newstrom, Duane Newstrom, John Skaj and Joan Tittle.
Pine Meadows hopes to attract more women
The Pine Meadows women's golf league is opening its league to all female golfers this season.
Picture-it-Painted program colors area
Annual selections for the Central Minnesota Picture-it-Painted program include several area projects.
'Easter Bonnets' tea retreat set at Little Falls mansions
LITTLE FALLS -- Linden Hill Conference and Retreat Center, the Musser and Weyerhaeuser mansions in Little Falls, and Bookin' It Bookstore, Little Falls, will host the next tea retreat called "Easter Bonnets" April 26.
Bob Meeks, St. Peter, formerly of Walker, was named executive director of the Minnesota School Boards Association's board of directors.
Another mine pit lake searched for Dalquist
On a day that was proclaimed "Erika Dalquist Day," volunteers and law enforcement personnel continued their search throughout the Crosby mine pit area Saturday to find Dalquist, who would have turned 22 Friday.
The issue of superstores in the lakes area is behind a five-part series looking at Wal-Mart Supercenters and communities. Look for the start of the series in Sunday's Dispatch.
Holy Week drama
Lissie Jacobsen portrayed Mary, the mother of Jesus, during a play on Good Friday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Jacobsen, who is a member of the "Acts of Faith" drama group, mixed modern day life with the story of the crucifixion.
Hibbing grocers feel pinch
HIBBING -- When Hibbing business owners first learned a Wal-Mart Supercenter was coming to town, many were worried there wouldn't be enough customers to go around in the community of 18,000.
Debate began when plat approval sought for 34 acres of land
Central Lakes Properties LLC, out of Minneapolis, Jan. 27 applied for minor subdivision preliminary plat approval for 34 acres of land south of Glory Road, just west of Highway 371 in Baxter.
An Easter basketful of fun at Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY -- When 2-year-old Brianna Marshik of Little Falls walked into the Education Center at Camp Ripley Monday with her dad and sister she thought she was going to finally see her mom.
The Crow Wing County Genealogy Society will meet for research and discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Family History Center, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane W., Brainerd.
Pop tabs galore
Marian Miller (left), with the Order of the Eastern Star; Dennis Rhode, McDonald's manager; Jane Patrick, McDonald's employee; Glenn Brown, with the Order of the Eastern Star; and Dorothy Carlson, with the Order of the Eastern Star, poured from the 77 buckets of pop tabs collected for Ronald McDonald House. The members of Alpha Chapter No. 23, Order of the Eastern Star, annually have collected pop tabs since 1991.
Plan to bring Wal-Mart Supercenter to Baxter raises strong feelings
TODAY -- Defining the issues. Views from national experts, opponents and proponents, as well as Wal-Mart. Reaction from Hibbing residents regarding their supercenter.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 18 - 60 years ago (1942) - An effort is being made by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch to place an American flag in every home in Brainerd. The campaign is based upon the theory that in this time of war Old Glory should be displayed daily and for the duration.
Game 1 winner
Look for Sports Monday to find out who prevailed and why in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference First Round matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Highway 210 project topic of open house
BAXTER -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Baxter MnDOT office to review and discuss the construction-staging plans for the $5 million Highway 210 reconstruction project from the west junction of Highway 371 in Baxter to the Mississippi River in Brainerd.
Guatemalan girls appreciate handmade scarves
They were just small gifts -- colorful beaded scarves made of handkerchiefs that a class of Central Lakes College students created for about 50 schoolgirls in a remote Guatemalan village.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 20 - 30 years ago (1973) - Alan Wallace pitched his second shutout victory of the year and aided his own cause with four runs batted in as the Brainerd Warriors moved to a 3-0 record Wednesday, 11-0 over Wadena.
After 40 years, Wal-Mart becomes one of world's biggest companies
Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart in Rogers, Ark., about 40 years ago and recently the 4,150-store global chain was about to overtake Exxon Mobil Corp. to become the biggest company in the world.
Dalquists hope reward will help revive investigation
ST. PAUL -- After more than six months of searching for their daughter, Duane and Colleen Dalquist hope a $50,000 reward announced on the eve of Erika Dalquist's birthday will lead to answers into her disappearance.
RANDALL -- Betty Hammer, 59, Randall, died Thursday, April 17, 2003.
AITKIN -- Donna Mott, 70, Aitkin, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at her home.
Mark 'Mike' A. Meixner
PEQUOT LAKES -- Mark "Mike" A. Meixner, 90, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Staples Care Center.
Patricia Bottorff, 73, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at home.
PALISADE -- James Blake, 56, Palisade, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
Winifred J. Lucking
PIERZ -- Winifred Josephine Lucking, 68, Pierz, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at home.
Jennie M. 'Tootsie' Wold
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jennie M. "Tootsie" Wold, 87, Minneapolis, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Providence Place in Minneapolis.
AITKIN -- Ruth Herman, 95, Aitkin, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Patricia Ann Bottorff
Patricia Ann Bottorff, 73, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at her home.
Val Peter Schraut
PIERZ -- Val Peter Schraut, 66, Pierz, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at his home.
LeRoy E. Nelson
DEERWOOD -- LeRoy E. Nelson, 73, Deerwood, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at home.
RANDALL -- Betty Hammer, 59, Randall, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at her home.
AITKIN -- Barbara Ellingson, 60, Aitkin, formerly of Minneapolis, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Douglas 'Doug' Tougas
BATTLE LAKE -- Douglas "Doug" Tougas, 38, Battle Lake, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Eagle Lake Township.
James M. Blake
PALISADE -- James M. Blake, 56, Palisade, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
BACKUS -- Lee Reynolds, 101, Backus, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Colleen DeLaHunt, 40, Ideal Township, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
He Is Risen!
Matthew 28:1-10 (RSV)
This Earth Day, millions of people around the world, from Amman, Jordan, to Brainerd, will make a statement about the impact of their transport choices by participating in a "Car Free Day," foregoing their personal cars in favor of walking, bicycles, or public transit.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
Reality bites Cuba
Even as statues of Saddam Hussein were tumbling in Iraq, Fidel Castro was demonstrating to Cubans that their dictator was still very much in charge.
Paul gets no respect
(Filling in as guest columnist today is Paul Bunyan, Brainerd area icon and retired lumberjack.)
Minnesota bird survey proves interesting
I awoke on this gray, soggy morning to the melodious singing of a robin. What a wonderful way to begin the day. As I scurried about in the kitchen the sweet notes of spring continued to drift in through the open window. If someone asked me at this moment what's my favorite bird, I think surely the robin would win my vote.
Calm on Mille Lacs is just a mirage
When I had a 16-foot boat with a 25-horsepower motor I had a hard time fishing Mille Lacs. No matter how carefully I monitored the weather reports, when I got to the lake the wind whipped up, making the lake inhospitable to small craft like mine. I was forced to launch on the calm side -- the side where nothing was biting -- and fish there, all the while gazing to the distant flats, where occupants of larger boats no doubt were reeling in one beauty after another.
Local shooting club prepares to open, features new youth league
Spring traditionally is when an outdoorsman's thoughts turn to fishing. But good hunters know the foundation for a successful fall is laid in the off-season. Now's the time to be shooting your gun. Don't wait for September, when opening day is right around the corner.
Minnesota fishing report
North Country calendar
April 24 -- Brainerd Walleye Alliance annual banquet, Nisswa American Legion; 828-6362
Hunters statewide are being urged to contact their area legislators and ask them to support a dove hunting bill currently before the Legislature. Locally, contact the following legislators at their e-mail addresses:
Four generations recently gathered were Connor Thomas, son, Zimmerman; Gabe Carlson, father, Zimmerman; Julie Barthel, grandmother, Elk River; and Evelyn O'Connor-Fisher, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Heather Herbote and Nick Benedett
Heather Herbote and Nick Benedett announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Kim Herbote, Brainerd, and Keith and Cindy Benedett, Cushing. A July 19 wedding is planned.
Alice (Tretter) Smude, Pine Center, will celebrate her 75th birthday with an open house from 5-9 p.m. Friday at JR's Junction in Pine Center. She was born April 25, 1928, in Little Falls.
Four generations recently gathered were Tess Julie Carlson, daughter, St. Cloud; Tyler Carlson, father, St. Cloud; Julie Barthel, grandmother, Elk River; and Evelyn O'Connor-Fisher, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Raymond and Darlene Olson, Pine River, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Jenkins VFW Post No. 3839. The event is hosted by their children. They were married Feb. 27, 1953, in Pequot Lakes.
Irene Pietz will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center in Pillager.
Chet and June Durm, Pine River, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. May 3 at the Whitefish Community Church.
I want to express my thanks to the RSVP volunteers for helping in the Crow Wing County Treasurer's Office to get the property tax statements ready for the mail.
Annette Gaudette and Darrel D. Lambert
Annette Gaudette and Darrel D. Lambert announce their engagement. Parents are Pam and Scott Gaudette, Sebeka, and Nancy Beard, Brainerd, and Darrel W. Lambert, Montrose. A May 3 wedding is planned at Grace Lutheran Church in Sebeka.
Tina Moroni and Jesse Herron were married Sept. 21, 2002, on the lakeside of the Moroni's residence in Brainerd with Darrell M. Paske officiating.
Grace Pietz will celebrate her 85th birthday with a potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. April 27 at the First Lutheran Church in Pillager. No gifts please.
Encore Arts Association would like to thank the following sponsors for the Children's Art Fair: The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, the YMCA and Community Education.
Thank you, Brainerd Daily Dispatch, for sponsoring the Lakes Spelling Bee, which provided me with the opportunity to win a stunning trophy, an unabridged dictionary, a $100 savings bond and a trip to participate in the National Spelling Bee in May. I am honored to represent central Minnesota and Brainerd Independent School District 181. I will put forth my best effort and be inspired by the talented spellers I heard spelling some very difficult words.
Panel splits on Qwest's long-distance application
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has split on whether Qwest Communications should be allowed to offer long-distance telephone service in Minnesota, the agency announced Friday.
University student claims police ruptured spleen
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A University of Minnesota student claims a rubber bullet fired by police during the violence that followed the NCAA hockey championship on Saturday night cost him his spleen.
Teen-age boy seriously injured after imitating movie
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Hastings boy is recovering from third-degree burns on 65 percent of his body after setting himself on fire to imitate stunts from "Jackass: The Movie."
Attorney says Vikings executive's arrest was improper
MILACA (AP) -- Drunken driving charges against Minnesota Vikings executive Mike Kelly should be dropped because police made an improper arrest, his attorney said.
Mexican government may open consular office in St. Paul
ST. PAUL (AP) -- With the growth of the state's Latino population, an official presence of the Mexican government may return to Minnesota, possibly a consular office in St. Paul.
One month left with lots left to do
ST. PAUL (AP) -- There's a month left, and almost nothing has been accomplished. In other words, the Legislature is right on pace.
Wording change chases SARS from Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota is now officially free of the mystery illness known as SARS -- because of a change in wording.
Prosecutors file second felony in hockey riot
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An 18-year-old Savage man has been charged with second-degree arson in the April 12 violence that followed the University Minnesota's men's NCAA hockey championship.
DNA samples sought of Minneapolis officers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- DNA samples are sought of two Minneapolis police officers after test results confirmed urine was found on the clothing of an American Indian man who witnesses say was beaten and left in freezing weather.
U of M writing anti-riot policy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the criminal investigation into the NCAA hockey championship riot on April 12 continues, the president of the University of Minnesota said such disruptive behavior won't be tolerated in the future.
SARS case cleared
ROCHESTER (AP) -- A Mayo Clinic hospital discharged an adult Olmsted County resident who had been suspected of having severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Transplanted Arabs celebrate new cultural institute
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's growing community of Arab-Americans embraced a long-awaited cultural institute with hopes that it will lead to better understanding of their culture.
Wellstone air charter firm says state failed to maintain beacon
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The air charter operator of the flight that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone says the state was negligent -- and should pay -- for failing to maintain a radio beacon near the crash site.
Supreme Court decision highlights absentee ballot flaws
ST. PAUL -- Almost six months after an election disrupted by Sen. Paul Wellstone's death, the Minnesota Supreme Court shed light Thursday on its handling of the ensuing absentee ballot controversy.
Grotzke to realize dream of participating in marathon
Dave Grotzke's life changed three years ago.
Brainerd High School graduate to compete in Boston Marathon
Stephanie Marolt was a three-sport athlete at Brainerd High School but she may never have envisioned that marathon running was in her future.
Nearly perfect performance
It was a magical moment.
University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi will speak to university alumni and friends May 13 at the Brainerd Ramada Inn.
Youth to make baseball journey to Puerto Rico
BAXTER -- More than two years ago, Desmond Janousek's own field of dreams became a reality.
Banquet tickets on sale
Tickets for the Brainerd Warriors all-sports banquet April 28 in the Brainerd High School gymnasium will be on sale through Thursday.
Brainerd Black traveling team
The Brainerd Black seventh grade traveling team completed its season April 12 by winning the consolation championship in the Region 8 Pacesetter in Bemidji.
GLS Bulls win tournament
The Greg Larson Sports Bulls of Brainerd posted three victories to win the Minnesota Basketball Association spring tournament April 12-13 at St. Paul Arlington High School.
Wild hoping for one more win
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild played two of their best games of the season this week.
Hi, everybody Carneal's radio call still with Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Herb Carneal will turn 80 this year, and he's spent 42 of those years calling Minnesota Twins games on the radio.
Bring on the Yankees
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins completed a sweep of the Detroit Tigers, which is no great feat this season. Next up for Minnesota is a rougher test: the New York Yankees.
Wolves' big men will have hands full with Shaq
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rasho Nesterovic is Minnesota's big man, which hardly seems accurate given the man he'll be helping to guard in the Timberwolves' first-round playoff series.
Lakers' quest begins in their ancestral home
In order for the Los Angeles Lakers to reach the NBA Finals and go for a fourth straight title, they might need to do something they didn't have to do in 2000, 2001 and 2002 -- begin each Western Conference series on the road.
Yankees continue to stymie Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's Torii Hunter navigated his way through a horde of reporters talking to Roger Clemens in the cramped corridor outside the New York Yankees' clubhouse.
WOLVES FACE BIG CHALLENGE
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves have talked about the importance of securing one of the top four seeds in the stacked Western Conference for the past six years, each of which concluded with an opening-round exit from the postseason.
Minnesota bars female kicker from football try out
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's football team barred the younger sister of former kicker Dan Nystrom from trying out.
Wild in deep hole against rolling Avalanche
DENVER (AP) -- Patrick Roy is seeing just about everything that comes his way. Joe Sakic has regained his scoring touch. Peter Forsberg continues to ... well, be Peter Forsberg.
Proud of the Wild
Weather drawing by Michael Foley in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly sunny northeast. Mostly cloudy elsewhere. A chance of showers and thunderstorms south this afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Rain or showers likely except increasing clouds far northeast. Thunderstorms possible southeast. Highs in the 40s west and north to the 50s southeast.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Rain likely north. Mostly cloudy south. A chance of showers and thunderstorms over the southeast this afternoon. Highs from the lower 40s north to the middle 60s southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms west half from late morning on. Highs in the lower 50s north to upper 60s southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Cloudy with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms west. Partly to mostly cloudy east. Highs 45 to 55.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Patchy morning fog and a few flurries early far north... Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy. A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms far southwest. Highs in the mid 40s northwest to mid 50s south. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for South Dakota
This afternoon...Cloudy. A chance of rain west. Cool with highs in the 40s west and north...To the lower 50s far southeast.
Weather drawing by Samantha Buzzalini of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy this morning. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms developing by this afternoon south...Spreading northward. Highs in the lower 50s northwest to the lower 70s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more numerous late. Highs in the mid 40s northwest to around 70 south. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny in the northwest...Otherwise cloudy with periods of light rain. Highs in the 40s east to near 60 northwest.
The Garrison Seniors Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon April 27 at the city of Garrison office building. Cost is $3.50.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 126.5; Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 121; Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 118; and Marv Falk and Jim Alger, 118. East-West: Joyce Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 138; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 134.5; Ed and Sheri Abt, 120; and Joyce Schuh and Mary Welton, 112.5.
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