A new owner with a clear vision
A Brainerd business, in the community since the mid-1950s, has a new owner.
Camp to build robots set for college's Staples campus
STAPLES - Central Lakes College and the Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University have scheduled the five-day Summer Engineering and Manufacturing Camp July 6-10 at the Staples campus of CLC.
Administrative Professionals Week observed in lakes area
Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored administrative professionals' important role in the workplace by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week.
BIZ BUZZ: All aboard
Lakes area residents have an online opportunity to provide input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation plans for passenger and freight rail and transit.
Laska recognized as outstanding HR professional
Business counseling agency opens office at CLC
The St. Cloud SCORE Chapter 468 and the North Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center recently opened the Brainerd Lakes Area SCORE office at Central Lakes College.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota will hold free trainings for parents and professionals who work with children in need of residential treatment due to mental illness.
Kitchen damaged in house fire Friday
DEERWOOD - A fire damaged a kitchen in a Deerwood home on Friday but firefighters and the Deerwood Police Department kept the fire from spreading.
THEFT - Marcia Veeder, 6500 block of Ruby Lane, Thursday reported a theft.
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Key factors to preventing child abuse and neglect
Throughout our nation, April is recognized as an opportune time to raise awareness of the tragedies of child abuse and neglect, as well as a time to look toward the solutions that surround us. Perhaps you've noticed the presence of blue ribbons that serve as a reminder to all of us that we can end child abuse and neglect. (If you watched the NCAA Basketball tournament you may have noticed them on each end of the court.) There are risk factors that increase the likelihood that a child will be mistreated, just as there are protective factors that improve the outlook for ending child abuse.
LF promises fight to keep Lindbergh home open
The Little Falls home of Charles A. Lindbergh - who made the first solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927 and became the world's biggest instant celebrity - is in jeopardy of being closed
Passerby's alert action saves lives in house fire
GARRISON - A rural Brainerd man was credited Friday by Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl for his heroic actions in alerting people of a fast-moving fire that destroyed the home.
Pre-Labor Day start amended out of education bill
Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, on Friday successfully amended a measure that would have allowed school districts to start before Labor Day out of the omnibus K-12 education finance bill.
This site gets more international visitors than any other historic site.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 19 - 80 years ago (1929) - Mr. and Mrs. O. Skauge returned yesterday from Hollywood and points west, where they spent the winter. Skauge said he was glad to be back in Brainerd as he considers Minnesota healthier than California.
CLC preparing for budget cuts
Central Lakes College is planning for potential budget reductions, which could mean an announcement about layoffs and other cuts by the end of this coming week.
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin proclaimed this week as Administrative Professionals Week and Wednesday as Administrative Professionals Day, saluting the valuable contributions of administrative professionals in the workplace.
CLC plans Earth Day activities
Central Lakes College Earth Day agenda includes displays, activities, games and food. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Buses will have a regular time schedule between CLC and the Northland Arboretum from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
May Day fundraiser planned for Lakes Area Restorative Justice
The Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is hosting a May Day Gala event with dinner, youth concert and silent auction as a fundraiser.
Reading aloud is relaxing
Andrea Obermiller of Pillage, read to children Thursday from the Early Care and Education Center on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College during a service-learning exercise required in a CLC reading class taught by Betsy Picciano. The CLC students on Thursday read aloud from books in the children's library at CLC.
Anti-gays make some noise on Day of Silence at BHS
A day of silence meant to raise awareness of the bullying and harassment faced by gays and lesbians took a turn Friday at Brainerd High School when about a dozen other students staged their own protest against homosexuality by wearing mostly handmade anti-gay T-shirts.
Cutting costs and saving jobs
Area employers are using creative approaches to keep workers on the job and avoid layoffs.
Jeanette Wiltz, 82, of Brainerd, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
SOBIESKI - Anthony "Tony" Kaiser, age 47, of Sobieski, Minn., died April 15. Service Saturday 11 a.m., St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Sobieski. Visitation was Friday at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, Little Falls.
CROSSLAKE - MaryJane Rowe, 80, of Crosslake, Minn., formerly of Burnsville, Minn., passed away peacefully on March 23, 2009 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. She was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in New Ulm, Minn., and married Lawrence Rowe on June 23, 1951.
Eldora Mae Clark
NISSWA - Eldora Mae (Hengel) Clark, 74, of Nisswa, peacefully entered heaven on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
BACKUS - Dale Sandoz, age 74, of Backus, passed away Monday, April 13, 2009. He was born June 15, 1934, in Anoka, Minn., to Clarence and Dayle Sandoz. Dale was a veteran of the Korean War, serving three years active duty and eight years in the Army Reserve. He was an active member of the Backus Legion. He loved trout fishing in Montana.
HILLMAN - Jrwin A. Kastanek, 82-year-old resident of Hillman, Minn., passed away Friday, April 17, 2009, at Grace Point East Nursing Home in Cambridge, Minn. Arrangements are pending with Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, Minn.
DEERWOOD - Alice Peterson, 95, lifetime resident of Deerwood, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, in Brainerd, Minn.
WADENA - Wanda M. Meyer-Richards, age 74, of Wadena, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. A celebration of life will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena. Friends and family are invited to gather beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
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OUR OPINION: SCHOOLS
It will be an unpopular vote but the Brainerd School Board should follow the recommendation of its finance committee next month and authorize the sale of $23 million in bonds to fund Other Post-Employment Benefits or OPEB.
I wonder how many of those tea party tax protesters collect unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, free public education, have a taxpayer-paid public pension, are present or former public employees, and at least one of them, who wants to get rid of them liberals, is on the city payroll, with paid health insurance? These are the watchdogs of our taxpayers' money? Maybe they need to take a good look at themselves.
Governor's hospital cuts alarming
State leaders have many difficult budget decisions ahead of us in the next four weeks. The choices we make will impact our schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and local funding for essential services such as parks, roads and public safety. Most of all, these decisions will impact the people of our district.
I live on Rivershore Drive in Moorhead, Minn. I would like to tell you about the wonderful students from your district that came to help my neighborhood during one of the darkest days during the flood.
In 2007, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his initiative to buy 2,500 acres of land along Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. At the time, he said securing the land would make the park one of the nicest in the nation.
Confiscated firearms on auction block
Their guns were confiscated, their two deer seized, and they faced fines of nearly $1,300.
All about the money - and much more
I have been writing a column in the Brainerd Dispatch for a few years and I have had many people comment, mainly positively. It's fun to hear the different comments.
Outdoors gallery: fire and ice
Justin Hahn, Eric Edman and Andy Abear navigated through and around the remaining ice Wednesday on Upper South Long Lake, just out from Paradise Shores Resort. Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey
Melissa O'Brien and John J. Redebaugh announce their engagement. Parents are Steven O'Brien, Pine River, and John and Mary Sue Redebaugh, Pequot Lakes. A Sept. 5 wedding is planned in Nisswa.
Karlee Anderson and Matthew Magnan were married Feb. 14, 2009, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Loren Ferch officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Taylor, daughter, Brainerd; Megan Bittner, mother, Brainerd; Dawn Bittner, grandmother, Breezy Point; and Janet Bittner, great-grandmother, Merrifield.
Richard Dick and Cheryl (Johnson) Young, Pillager, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married April 23, 1979.
Harriet Sollid will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1-5 p.m. April 25 at the Eagles Club, 124 Front St., Brainerd.
Richard and Mabel Poul, Baxter, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 2 at the Heritage Assembly of God Church fellowship hall. There will be no program. No gifts please. They were married May 2, 1959, in Pine River.
Amanda Sneath and Joseph Houske announce their engagement. Parents are Laurie and Brian Wild, Stoughton, Wis., and Gigi Houske, Baxter, and the late Rick Houske. A June 27 wedding is planned in Wailea, Maui.
Leah Kinney and Alan James announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Diana Kinney, Brainerd, and Jerry and Connie James, Deer River. An Aug. 22 wedding is planned at the Northland Arboretum.
Jackie Sullivan and Brandon Gruber announce their engagement. Parents are Bob and Becky Sullivan, Brainerd, and Kevin and MaryJo Gruber, Baxter. A June wedding is planned at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.
Hasselberg signs with North Dakota State
Like her siblings before her, Cyd the Kid is going D-I.
Area racers place in final events
The final two events of the WSA Hillcross/Hilldrag season were conducted last weekend at Spirit Mountain in Duluth.
Cardinals cruise to Invite win
NISSWA - Golf might be an individual sport, but the Staples-Motley Cardinals displayed the team side of it Friday.
Cardinals crush Melrose
STAPLES - Jordon Peterson and Mike Lindaman each gave up just one point in their singles as the Staples-Motley Cardinals routed the Melrose 7-0 Friday in non-conference action.
The Brainerd Warriors Football Association and Art Matters Studio and Gallery invite the public to a reception for an exhibition of the "Fields of Autumn," a tribute with photographs of the 2008 Brainerd Warriors football team.
Hoges, Carlson lead Aitkin
AITKIN - Allie Carlson and Sara Hoge each went 3-for-4 with one RBI propelling Aitkin to a 13-6 Great River Conference victory over East Central Friday.
Liftathon announces fundraising totals
More than 200 Brainerd students in grades 8-12 participated in the 19th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon in March in the Brainerd High School weight room.
Pierz sweeps its own invite
Jake Nelson (100- and 200-meter dash), Dylan Peterson (shot and Discus) and Kaari Jensen (100 and 300 hurdles) were double winners to lead the Pierz Pioneers boys' and girls' teams to victory at the Pioneer Invite Friday.
Elks Soccer Shoot scheduled May 30
Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 will sponsor its fifth annual Soccer Shoot for youths ages 6-13 from 9 a.m. to noon May 30.
Pierz still perfect, beats Albany
ALBANY - Propelled by a four-run sixth inning, the Pierz Pioneers remained perfect on the season defeating the Albany Huskies 5-2 Friday.
Brainerd blasts Bemidji
Devin Larson needed a second-set tie breaker to knock off Sam Weaver and help the Brainerd Warriors to a 6-1 victory over the Bemidji Lumberjacks Friday.
Herold paces Pierz
PLYMOUTH - Sam Herold shot a 51 to lead the Pierz Pioneers, who finished fifth Friday in a Central Minnesota Conference meet at Hollydale Golf Club.
Warriors' Halverson in the hunt
NISSWA - Sean Halverson is sitting in a tie for the individual lead after round one of the Pequot Lakes Invite held Friday at Grand View Lodge's The Pines.
Brainerd sprints to success
MOORHEAD - T.J. Struss and Colby Ring finished 1-2 in the 100 dash and both helped the 4x100 and 4x200 relays to first Friday in the Moorhead Invite at Concordia College.
Ring brings home gold
MOORHEAD - Kelsi Ring didn't win the hurdles, but she did capture the triple jump at Friday's Moorhead Invite at Concordia College.
Great day for a bike ride
Weather drawing by Shaquia Palmer in the Riversids\e second grade of Mrs. Garmer.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming cloudy. Chance of light rain showers southwest in the afternoon. Highs from the lower 40s near lake superior...To the lower 70s central and south.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Rain south with morning snow in the higher black hills. Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain north. Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s...Except as warm as the lower 60s far southeast.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Decreasing clouds north. Mostly cloudy south. A slight
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of light showers across far
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy. Showers likely and isolated thunderstorms. Highs
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