Hanneken receives Pine River Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award
PINE RIVER -- Chris Hanneken, Pine River, received the 2005 Pine River Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award at the annual awards banquet last week at Jeff's Red Pine in Pine River.
Brainerd International Raceway has a new general manager. Sports Resorts International Inc. recently announced it hired Rodney G. Wolter.
As oil prices soar, renewable energy consumers smile
For people like Ronald Cascio, who fuels his pickup with a soybean oil derivative, and J.D. Doliner, whose home is partly solar powered, the high price of energy isn't a worry.
Holiday Inn Express striving for June 1 opening
BAXTER -- The water slides are dry -- for now.
Maurices in the Westgate Mall in Brainerd-Baxter named Nancy Fries as store manager.
Washington honor roll
'A' honor roll
Staples-Motley superintendent search down to four candidates
STAPLES -- The list for possible successors to Staples-Motley School Superintendent Ken Scarbrough is down to four names.
Baxter City Council
Cass County Board
Cass County Board
WALKER -- Ricky David Jackson, 20, Tower, was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with felony criminal vehicular homicide counts in connection with the April 23 death of Russell Tucker on Cass County Road 13 (Onigum Road) east of Walker.
Brian and Valarie Wallin, Pequot Lakes, a girl, Ashley Nicole, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, March 11, 2005. Grandparents are Calvin and Shirley Wallin, Nisswa, and Jim and Connie Rockwell, Nisswa. Great-grandparents are Ruth Wallin, Nisswa, Bertha Conner, Bismarck, N.D., and Marcella Rockwell, Ellenton, Fla.
A growing number of vehicles fail to have front and rear license plates displayed as required, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
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BERTHA -- The Bertha Fire Department responded to a house fire about 3 p.m. Thursday on Red Oak Road, the Todd County Sheriff's Department reported.
Generic drugs not always cheap
WASHINGTON -- Think your gas bill is rising too fast? Don't tell that to Shirley Siegel.
CHILD IN NEED
Have you turned on your television lately and thought, "Oh, no, not another rerun or reality show?"
May 1-7 is Children's Mental Health Week
"Children do well if they can. If they can't, we need to figure out why, so we can help. The very vast majority of children do not get their jollies by making themselves and those around them miserable. " -- Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., "The Explosive Child."
'Concertina Gordy' plays for kids
Lowell Elementary School second-grader Anna Gardner sat beside her grandfather, Gordon Lehrke, Randall, as he played the concertina during a school assembly Friday.
COMING MONDAY IN SPORTS
Find out who won season-opening races Saturday at North Central Speedway.
HealthWatch includes local stories on an eye doctor with color deficiency, families
Sixth-graders plant tree seedlings at Forestview for Arbor Day
BAXTER -- It may take years, but one day there will be majestic tamarack and white pine trees towering near the entrance to Forestview Middle School in Baxter, thanks to a group of sixth-graders who planted tree seedlings Friday.
The Crow Wing County United Way received federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The agency will receive $26,345 to supplement food and shelter programs in the county.
Medical supplies for Africa
Sharon Manion, a registered nurse at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, helped load medical equipment and other supplies onto a semi-truck Friday in Brainerd.
Police still seek hit-and-run suspect
Three months after a car struck Louise Ohnstad as she walked across Washington Street in northeast Brainerd, police investigators continue to look for the person who hit her.
A long road to recovery
FORT RIPLEY -- For the past three months, Louise Ohnstad has watched the world go by from her bedroom window.
For the past eight years, Phillip Dewey
Reservists return from Afghanistan
U.S. Army Reservists activated with the 367th Engineer Battalion, including Alpha Company from Brainerd, will return home Wednesday afternoon after completing a year of duty in Afghanistan.
A local brief on Page 6A Friday incorrectly listed the date of a Brainerd Area Friends for Choice forum featuring the Rev. Dr. NaDean Bishop, executive director of the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The forum will be 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Northland Arboretum.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - James Hunt, Brainerd High School principal, was honored Tuesday as an Outstanding Principal by the Central Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.
Daggett Brook Township panel to review assessments
The Board of Review of Daggett Brook Township will meet 10 a.m. May 18 to review and correct assessments.
MERRIFIELD -- Dorothy W. Peterson, age 81, passed away April 29, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Samuel G. Torvinen
CROSBY -- Samuel "Sam" G. Torvinen, 56, Crosby, died April 29, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby. He was born March 28, 1949, in White Earth to Vilho W. and Gladys M. (Critts) Torvinen.
Harold R. Wischmann
ALTURAS, Calif. -- Harold R. Wischmann, 81, of Alturas, Calif., died April 25, 2005.
Open Forum: Criticism of Ruud was misleading
The April 26 letter regarding Senator Carrie Ruud's vote on a Senate Tax bill is misleading and factually wrong.
OUR OPINION: GUN PERMITS
A funny thing happened when the 2003 Minnesota Legislature passed a law that made it easier for individuals to obtain handgun permits -- nothing.
Beautiful bluebirds were the focus of a Thursday evening presentation at the Northland Arboretum. Keith Radel of the Bluebird Recovery Program discussed how to entice bluebirds to your property and how to create, maintain and monitor a nest box trail.
Minnesotans are invited to help the DNR clean state parks May 7.
Wildlife stamp contests announced
Entry dates for contests to select Minnesota's next waterfowl, pheasant, wild turkey and trout stamps have been announced All entries must be sent to the DNR wildlife office in St. Paul
Canadian John Butts wins first PWT tournament
John Butts of Dryden, Ontario, took home a check for $65,000 after winning the first Professional Walleye Trail tournament of 2005 on the Fox Chain of Lakes in Illinois.
Home sale to benefit bear foundation
A four-bedroom house, two-car garage and five acres of land south of Brainerd are being sold to benefit the North American Bear Foundation.
Hit the trail
Push two pedals attached to a sprocket attached to a chain and a rear wheel propels a front wheel, moving a passenger forward without the use of fuel and with great benefit to the passenger's heart, lungs and muscles.
Ground water sampling under way in county
Water samples from about 80 wells in Crow Wing County will be tested for general and trace chemistry this spring by DNR hydrogeologists. Samples also will be tested to learn how long the water has been underground.
Obey Brainerd's bike-riding laws
* Ride as near to the right side of the road as possible.
Here we are, just 14 days from the 2005 fishing opener, and I'm sure I'm not the only person scrambling around, trying to get everything in order before blast off. If I put in 14-hour days for the next two weeks I should be good to go.
Today's bikes cater to comfort
A comfortable bike is more fun to ride and a bike that's more fun to ride will be ridden more often. All bikes manufactured today have some form of shock absorber, part of an ongoing trend to make riding more comfortable.
Wedding planned - Danielle Boos and Ben Miller
Danielle Boos and Ben Miller announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Sally Boos, Brainerd, and Jim and Debby Miller, Brainerd. A June 18 wedding is planned at Legionville School Patrol Camp.
Engagement announced - Kristin Rae Goroski and Karl Fredrick Flor
Kristin Rae Goroski and Karl Fredrick Flor announce their engagement. Parents are Conrad and Lori Goroski, Argyle, and Charles and Madora Flor, Brainerd. A July 9 wedding is planned at St. Francis.
80th birthday - Al Leonard
Al Leonard recently celebrated his 80th birthday with his family and friends. He was born April 26, 1925, in Brainerd.
Five generations recently gathered were Brodie Haggenmiller, son; Melissa Joel, mother; Sandra Schuck, grandmother; John Matich, great-grandfather; and Amanda Matich, great-great-grandmother.
40th anniversary - Duane and Carolyn Blanck
Duane and Carolyn Blanck, Nisswa, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married May 1, 1965, in Pequot Lakes.
50th anniversary - John and Pat Smith
John and Pat Smith, Garrison, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married April 11, 1955, in Aitkin.
40th anniversary - Gary and Arlene Schmit
Gary and Arlene Schmit, Pillager, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married May 1, 1965.
Wedding planned - Jennefer LaPrairie and Michael Loeffelbein
Jennefer LaPrairie and Michael Loeffelbein announce their engagement. Parents are Jerry and Pam Loeffelbein, Brainerd. A June 18 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Engagement announced - Lori Haggerty and Dawson Blanck
Lori Haggerty and Dawson Blanck announce their engagement. Parents are Pat and Kim Haggerty, St. Paul, and Duane and Carolyn Blanck, Nisswa. A July 30 wedding is planned in Nisswa with a reception at Breezy Point Resort.
30th anniversary - Philip and Cynthia Robinson
Philip and Cynthia Robinson, Baxter, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with friends and family. They were married April 28, 1975, in Miami.
Wedding planned - Kremer-Prem
Laurel "Laurie" C. Kremer, Breezy Point, and Timothy J. Prem, Maple Grove, announce their engagement. A June 11 wedding is planned at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Cards place fifth at Fergus
FERGUS FALLS -- Ashley Longbella and Julia Schock each shot rounds of 89 to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' golf team to a fifth place finish at the Fergus Falls Invitational Friday.
Lowell Scearcy's personal hall of fame includes Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Ann-Margret and the Three Stooges.
Openings remain in the Baxter Parks and Recreation Pony League baseball program.
Bell, Hoheisel pace Pierz to fourth place
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Pierz Pioneers boys' golf team, led by Robert Bell's 76 and Tyler Hoheisel's 79, finished fourth with a team score of 328 at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Invitational Friday.
Raiders split doubleheader with Fergus
The Central Lakes College baseball team has a flair for the dramatic.
PR-B pounds Nevis
PINE RIVER -- Erin Cusac went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI as the Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the Nevis Tigers 19-2 in non-conference softball Friday.
Dornbusch HR leads W-DC over Morris
WADENA -- Andrew Dornbusch went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI to power the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past the Morris Tigers 10-7 in non-conference baseball Friday.
Gobblers hang on for win
AITKIN -- Led by a 6-4, 6-0 win from Julian Soehlke at No. 1 singles and Nick Sundholm's 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 4 singles the Aitkin Gobblers won their third meet of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Mora Mustangs in non-conference boys tennis Friday.
More firsts for Pace
Laura Pace collects first-place finishes like kids collect colds at day care.
Monson mixes fastball and curve in shutout
Jeremy Monson's week kept getting better and better.
New battleground in war against spam
Filters for blocking junk e-mail from inboxes have improved to the point that doing much more will needlessly kill legitimate e-mail, said Carl Hutzler, America Online Inc.'s anti-spam coordinator. So e-mail gatekeepers are shifting gears.
Will LEDs outshine bulb?
NEW YORK -- If a time traveler from a hundred years ago were to visit a home today, much of the technology would be completely alien. The television, cordless phone and computer would probably leave him flabbergasted.
'Brothers in Arms' delivers on warfare realism
This WWII re-enactment is based on a true story told through the eyes of Sgt. Matt Baker, leader of the 3rd Squad, 502nd Parachute Infantry regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
'MVP 2005' hits a homer run
If the return of major league baseball hasn't already satisfied your hardball fix, three new video games may offer some help.
Microsoft, Yahoo join blogging craze
NEW YORK -- Welcome to the blogging craze, Microsoft and Yahoo.
Marrying in Mexico
So when my husband proposed, I said yes -- on the condition that we spend an afternoon with a judge and just a few close friends, then run off for a week at the beach.
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State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Isolated sprinkles in the afternoon. Highs
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers or snow showers
Preparing for opener
Preparing for opener
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of light rain showers north this afternoon...With light snow showers possible northwest. A few afternoon sprinkles south. Breezy...Especially west and central. Highs from the lower 40s northwest...To 50 to 55 southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs from the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Note the coming meeting day has changed. The Lakes and Woods Garden Club will meet Tuesday at the Mille Lacs Electric Conference Room, east on Highway 210 in Aitkin. In a presentation by Audrey Engels, Club members will learn about "Native Ferns." Audrey Engels will begin the presentation at 7 p.m. allowing plenty of time for questions before and during the break. The business meeting and rap session will follow refreshments.
Youth volunteer of the month
Amy Lively is active volunteering in Fun 'n' Friends.
Adult volunteers of the month
Laurie Everhart and Judy Toft
On behalf of the Lakes Area Food Shelf Board, we would like to express our deep appreciation and thanks to the Christmas Home Tour Committee, home designers and home host families for a fabulous 2004 tour. After all the expenses were paid the food shelf received $11,313 and 1,572 pounds of food. Wow!
WITH THE MILITARY
Pvt. Jeremy P. Przybilla, son of Becky Przybilla, Brainerd, and Duane Przybilla, Eden Prairie, enlisted with the U.S. Army Reserves in November 2004 and recently graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He continued with AIT training as an 88M, Motor Transport Operator at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and graduated on April 8.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
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