Baxter Wal-Mart sets fundraising record
BAXTER - The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Baxter raised more than $51,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.
Olympic team doctor to talk at sports medicine event: An orthopedic surgeon, one of six U.S. Olympic swim team physicians, will speak at the Lakeside Sports Medicine Conference June 4-5 at Breezy Point Resort.
Forces join to assist small business with grants, loans
Financial assistance is available to help small businesses see their way through the current economic downturn and be poised for recovery.
Street Smarts: Driving school designed for the young
What parent doesn't want to give their teenage driver every advantage on what can be dangerous roads?
Greg Larson Sports is opening a retail outlet store on May 1 in the company's Westport Shopping Center site in Baxter.
Central Lakes College nursing students get taste of hospital work
The Central Lakes College Nursing Program recently conducted a hospital simulation exercise to give 97 students an opportunity to respond to real-life clinical situations.
Officers were called to the Brainerd High School, 702 Fifth St. S., two times on Thursday to incidents where a student was yelling profanities at staff.
The Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall at First Congregational Church, 415 Juniper Street, Brainerd.
Public meeting agendas
to several calls
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to several calls over the past few days.
Betsy is 16 and seeks a partner
Every once in a while we get kids referred to us who are out of our usual age limit of 5-14. We don't want to turn them away without first trying to find a match for them.
Nisswa chamber gathering
Ann Warling, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce executive director, greeted Kevin Clarine and Kevin Thesing of Lakes Printing in Brainerd Thursday night before the chamber's spring dinner at the Quarterdeck's Boathouse Eatery on Gull Lake. Brainerd Dispatch/Kathi Nagorski
Ward's transportation bill signed into law by Pawlenty last week
ST. PAUL - State Rep. John Ward, DFL - Brainerd, welcomed the news that Gov. Pawlenty signed his Type III transportation legislation into law Thursday. As a result, Ward said, transportation costs for Minnesota school districts will be significantly lower.
Abandoned homes: Concern grows over what could happen to some Brainerd neighborhoods
Shortly after midnight on April 14, Brainerd police officers received information that someone had entered a foreclosed home on the 400 block of North Eighth Street.
Area tourist industry optimistic about summer season
With gasoline prices cut in half compared to last season and a worry-weary public in need of a break, area tourism professionals see reasons to be optimistic for the summer season.
Because of incorrect information supplied the Dispatch, the date for the Truth Project leader training at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church was listed incorrectly in Friday's Church News. The training will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 2, not May 30.
Weatherization dollars expected to make area economic impact
Sizeable stimulus dollars for weatherization of homes will soon energize the area economy, Tri-County Community Action Inc. reported.
Doty, Howes, Ward split
votes on House education bill
ST. PAUL - Three area Minnesota House members split votes on three education bills that passed the House last week.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1989): Overcrowding in the Crow Wing County Jail and annex reached an all-time high over the weekend with 85 inmates. Sheriff Frank Ball expressed concern with where they'll put inmates when they no longer have space.
Class sizes topic of Thursday's forum
As a first in a series, the Brainerd School Board Long Range Planning Committee will host a community forum to discuss class size and its effect on learning, as well as how it relates to long range planning.
Ward legislation on literacy
collaborative program OK'd
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House passed legislation Thursday authored by Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, that enables the Brainerd School District to establish a Minnesota literacy collaborative program.
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Marilyn 'Bunch' R. Davis
DEERWOOD - Marilyn "Bunch" Ruth Davis, age 78, of Deerwood, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin.
Ambrose C. Thesing
Ambrose C. Thesing was born Feb. 26, 1920, in St. Bonifacius, Minn., to John and Lena (Ditsch) Thesing. Ambrose went to be with his Lord Jesus Thursday, April 23, 2009, surrounded by his wife Lee and his four children at his side.
Mary M. Prince
BREEZY POINT - Mary Margarette Prince, 89, of Breezy Point, passed away on April 24, 2009, at Carefree Living in Brainerd. She was born on Aug. 29, 1919. She made her home the last few years at Carefree Living.
Diane M. Adair
CROSSLAKE - Diane Marie Adair, 70, of Crosslake, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd, Minn. Services for Diane will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Minn., with the Rev. Bob Twiton officiating. Friends are welcome to visit starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral chapel. Interment will be at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake, Minn.
Tony 'Runt' A. Schilling
FORT RIPLEY - Tony "Runt" Alan Schilling, 26-year-old resident of Fort Ripley, Minn., passed away April 23, 2009, at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis. Funeral services were Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Little Falls, Minn. Burial was in the Freedhem Cemetery in Freedhem, Minn.
Marvin C. Verbeck
STAPLES - Marvin C. Verbeck, age 88, of Staples, Minn., died on April 23, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He is survived by five children including Vernon Verbeck, of Motley, Rose Wales, of Staples, Doris Seely and Viola Seeley, both of Deer River, and Mableann Cooper, of Minneapolis.
LITTLE FALLS - Donald Gammon, 79-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his home in Little Falls, Minn., surrounded by his loving family. Arrangements are pending with the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls, Minn.
Open Forum: Proposed budget cuts will hurt hospitals
Kudos to Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, for his column in Sunday's paper recognizing the potential impact Governor Pawlenty's budget cuts may have on our Minnesota hospitals. His interview with Mr. Thomas Prusak, CEO of Brainerd Lakes Health, was right on. I have been a registered nurse for 33 years and have seen first hand how hospitals need to do more with less reimbursement each year. Health care costs are high, but having been on the receiving end of life-saving technology myself, I am grateful for the excellent quality of medical care we have available in our part of this great country.
Our opinion: Recount
A serious campaign for statewide office begins well before the targeted election year. That's just the reality of perpetual politicking.
I'm retired and moved here from Iowa. After looking into the retirement situation for area educators, I'm glad we have the newly passed law and I can't believe Sen. Koering isn't also. The obligation is a contractual item. We must honor this agreement, so why not have my seasonal neighbors on the lake help pay for this educational obligation? Thus, we can free up more dollars for the classroom and student needs. This is a no-brainer if you want an opinion of someone who has thoroughly studied this. It simply spreads out the cost we must pay.
Disabled veterans' turkey hunt: Fun and feathers
CAMP RIPLEY - Hank Ebert wore it proudly as he relaxed in the cafeteria following his hunt.
The Lakeshore Conservation Club kicked off its season Sunday.
A healthy turkey population - and future
It's early a.m. (4:49) on Thursday and I am working on my first cup of coffee as my daughter, Alex, is about to jump in the shower so she is ready for school after our morning hunt.
Huseth 30th anniversary
Larry and Colleen Huseth, Brainerd, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married May 5, 1979.
Kathleen Holden and Stephen Nilson announce their engagement. Parents are Tim and Jacque Holden, Baxter, and Bryan and Resa Nilson, Colchester, Vt. A May 20 wedding is planned at Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Lisa Gorron and Tim Hoglin announce their engagement. Parents are Nancy Marchand, East Gull Lake, and Brad Gorron, Brainerd, and Gary and Diane Hoglin, Brainerd. An Aug. 28 wedding is planned in Fort Ripley.
Warrior boys' relay wins title
ST. PAUL - The Brainerd Warrior boys' 4x200 relay won the championship at Friday's Hamline Elite meet at Hamline University.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will have its youth baseball draft for Mustang, Bronco and Pony leagues on Monday at the Brainerd Public Utilities building.
Pequot's Foster focused on season's final meet
Like his older sister, Clayton Foster has been close to state glory.
Johnson strikes out 14 in Cardinals' win
STAPLES - Gunner Johnson struck out 14 batters and allowed one walk and two hits as the Staples-Motley Cardinals edged Browerville 2-1 in a non-conference game Friday.
Bees' opener is Sunday
The Brainerd Bees are scheduled to open Lakewood League play at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mills Field against St. Cloud Rosters.
Crocker leads Warriors to 10-5 win
PRINCETON - Kyle Crocker got the win and went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Brainerd Warriors defeated St. Francis 10-5 in the Tiger Classic Friday.
Pierz's versatile Jensen
seeks state meet success
Kaari Jensen is a Triple A grade student-athlete.
Hasselberg second at Bemidji
BEMIDJI - Cydney Hasselberg of Staples-Motley led area girls golfers by taking second place at the Bemidji Invite with an 84 Friday.
Warriors beat the Eagles, rain
From a high of 81 degrees Thursday the temperature tumbled into the 40s Friday .
Graham's pitching leads CLC
ELY - Olivia Graham pitched five innings of three-hit softball and struck out seven as the Central Lakes Raiders sailed to a 15-0 Game One win over the Vermilion Ironwomen in Northern Division play Friday.
Aitkin blanks Crosby-Ironton
AITKIN - Lena Montano went 2-for-2 with a double and knocked in two runs as the Aitkin Gobblers cruised past the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 11-0 in non-conference play Friday.
Staples-Motley wins Mid-Minn meet
MENAHGA - Michael Strain carded an 80, and Nick Forsberg finished with a 84 to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a first-place finish in Mid-Minnesota Conference action at Blueberry Pines on Friday.
Raiders split with Itasca
Antonie Vandersteeg's single in the bottom of the seventh scored pinch runner Ryan Pauly as the Central Lakes College Raiders nipped Itasca 7-6 in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at the Findorff Athletic Complex.
Thunder blank W-DC
WADENA - The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder stormed past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 7-0 in a non-conference dual meet Friday.
Braves to host Cuyuna
The Brainerd Braves are scheduled to open their Victory League season Sunday against the Cuyuna Range Miners at 1:30 p.m. at Adamson Field.
State forecast for Minnesota
Saturday...Rain southeast this morning...With isolated
Wisconsin state forecast
Saturday...Much cooler. Numerous showers and thunderstorms central this morning shifting into the south this afternoon. Highs from the mid 40s northwest...To the upper 60s to low 70s far southeast...Then falling afternoon temperatures southeast.
State forecast for Iowa
Saturday...Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs 55 to 60
Umbrellas are great
Weather drawing by Ellie Hughes in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for N.D.
Saturday...Mostly sunny. Increasing clouds south late. Highs mainly in
State forecast for S.D.
Winter weather advisory black hills tonight to midday sunday...
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