The real politics of fuel economy
WASHINGTON - Politics involves the art of turning necessity into virtue, of transforming the inevitable into noble action, all the while concealing darker and more troubling truths.
A cappella quartet Tonic Sol-fa will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd.
Curl up with Cosy Sheridan when the Utah folkie performs the season's final Grassroots Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nisswa Community Center. Admission is $10-$15.
I want to believe ... in the summer movie season
Welcome to my annual pseudoscientific guessing game of what movies won't stink this summer. The schedule includes joyful reunions - I don't know about you, but I'm overdue for an "X-Files" fix, and I also can't say no to "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and M. Night Shyamalan (though I probably should know better).
Completely random slice of pop culture
Fans of "Zoey 101," the wittiest tween show on TV, have bad news and good news this week. The bad news is the last episode of the Nickelodeon series will air Friday (the finale is at 7 p.m., followed by a clip show at 8 p.m.). The good news is Chase returns - the hour-long finale is titled "Chasing Zoey," so we can safely assume he and Zoey will finally get together.
Author Mike Holst to speak in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE - The Crosslake Area Library will host the first in a series of local author book talks at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Crosslake Community Center.
13 more summer movies
If the Dispatch's top 10 summer movies aren't enough for you, here are 13 more to keep on your radar, starting with six picks by Dispatch entertainment editor John Hansen:
Stoddard both silly and serious
David Stoddard is halfway between an observational comic and an activist singer/songwriter. Wisely, he has chosen to ply his trade on the folk music stage, as folk music fans tend to be kinder than comedy club-goers.
BAXTER - The Baxter Just for Kix dancers placed in the top two in every division at the annual United We Dance competition April 13 at St. Cloud State University. Forty-one cities were represented at the event.
Artwork by the Mad Carpet Group will be on display Saturday-May 17 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. A reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
"Geritol Frolics" will hold auditions on from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin Arts Center Theatre in Brainerd.
'Different' pirogi dish also a meal
I really enjoy cooking new and different things. I especially enjoy when my two sons and their families come over for dinner.
Monday B - Cereal choice, yogurt/string cheese, milk. L - Mini corn dogs, smile potatoes, green beans, pineapple chunks.
Woman hurt in rollover near Royalton
ROYALTON - A 52-year-old Cambridge woman suffered serious injures after her vehicle rolled over about 10:25 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 10 just north of Royalton, the State Patrol reported
Planting the seeds
PEQUOT LAKES - April showers are suppose to bring May flowers, but the way this spring is going in the Brainerd lakes area ...
LAKES AREA SENIOR
Leader of industry
Longtime Brainerd businessman W.W. "Bill" Thompson died Tuesday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. He was 90.
School board offers Razidlo superintendent position
Described by Brainerd School Board members as honest and intelligent, an active listener who is full of energy and integrity, Steve Razidlo was unanimously chosen as Brainerds next superintendent Thursday.
Representatives of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance will be in Brainerd from 2-3 p.m. Friday at Brainerd Medical Center. A recent edition said the meeting was at 1 p.m.
Kindergarten receives boost
All the elementary schools in the Brainerd School District may offer all-day, everyday kindergarten next school year.
Baxter leaders to talk - and listen - Saturday
Baxter city leaders plan to talk and listen Saturday during Baxter's town hall meeting.
6 more teaching jobs may be added
Six more teaching positions could be added next school year in the Brainerd School District.
The Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club will host more than 350 visitors to the Brainerd lakes area at the regional convention at Madden's Thursday through Sunday.
The story on the elimination of the KinderCare program in the Crosby-Ironton School District on Page 1A Tuesday inadvertently left out that the program is eliminated each year, but it will run if the school district has 20 or more families sign up and pay the program fee. If the district does not have that many families sign up the program is not operated for that school year.
Superintendent to be chosen - maybe
Six board members plus two superintendent finalists equals one big decision.
This was Brainerd
MAY 1 - 40 years ago (1968) - D. Ray Madison, local developers said today that he had received approval from the Holiday Inn firm to construct an 80-unit motel on property he owns just south of Brainerd. The new Holiday Inn will be a two-story building and will include a restaurant, bar, lounge and swimming pool.
Driving refresher course for 55+ offered
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer the four hour refresher 55+ Driver Improvement Course at these times and locations:
War, MS test new family
The first five years of marriage for Brian and Dawn Walker wasn't your typical newlywed bliss.
Suspect in stabbing Whittenton arrested
A 21-year-old Brainerd man wanted for stabbing another man Monday is in custody and faces a charge of attempted murder.
Effort is made to thaw cold 2001 murder case
PINE RIVER - The seven-year investigation into the abduction and murder of rural Pequot Lakes resident Rachel Anthony is getting a fresh perspective and, law enforcement hopes, a path to resolution.
Edina Realty of Crosslake donated $500 to the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center from its Edina Realty Foundation in memory of office assistant Jill Reed, who died Nov. 30, 2007.
Day of prayer
Mick Thielen played the guitar as people gathered at the Crow Wing County All Veteran's Memorial Thursday in Brainerd for the 57th observance of the National Day of Prayer. People met at noon throughout the nation to pray for the well being of the country.
While Brainerd School Board members were unanimously voting to hire Assistant Superintendent Steve Razidlo as the district's next superintendent Thursday, Razidlo himself was nervously waiting downstairs in his first-floor office at Washington Educational Services Building to learn their final decision.
Fire breaks out at Keystone Automotive
Fifty firefighters in the Brainerd lakes area were fighting smoke and flames early Friday at Keystone Automotive in the Brainerd Industrial Park.
Some secretaries to face loss of jobs or fewer hours in the next school year
Several secretaries in the Brainerd School District will be losing their jobs or will be working fewer hours next school year.
This show ROCKS
Aitkin should be a rockhound's heaven this weekend.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - A Nisswa benefit Walk America for the March of Dimes, and a Brainerd Cystic Fibrosis Bike-a-thon on Saturday attracted 300 participants who expected to turn in pledges of more than $16,000.
COMING SUNDAY IN SPORTS
BHS senior athlete Tyler Jensen received the courage award from the Twins Cities chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame last weekend.
COMING SUNDAY IN NORTH COUNTRY
"It snows three times on a robin's tail." The saying suggests that once robins have returned to North Country, expect to get three more snow events. But three blizzards?
Martha Marty' Gant
STILLWATER - Martha Gant, age 87, of Stillwater, formerly of Pequot Lakes, Minn., passed away peacefully on April 28, 2008. Preceded in death by parents, William T. and Rhoda Dale Quillan; sister, Mary Jane Stewart; brother, Bill T. Quillan.
Alton 'Bud' Johnson
PILLAGER - Alton T. "Bud" Johnson, age 85, resident of Pillager, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Wilho R. Pelto
McGREGOR - Wilho R. Pelto, age 84, of McGregor, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
W.W. Bill' Thompson
W.W. "Bill" Thompson, 90, Brainerd, passed away at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd on April 29, 2008. Bill was born on Feb. 25, 1918, in Long Lake Township, Minn., to Robert and Hester (Caughey) Thompson. He married Sue Avelsgard on Nov. 23, 1946, in Brainerd. They were married almost 58 years until she passed away in 2004. He owned and operated W. W. Thompson Concrete Products until his retirement. He was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd, American Legion Post No. 255 in Brainerd, and the Scottish Rite of the Shriners. Bill was very active in the community over the years with many different organizations.
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Alton Bud' Johnson
PILLAGER - Alton T. "Bud" Johnson, age 87, resident of Pillager, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. Bud was born in Tunkawa, Okla., to Albin and Nellie (Young) Johnson on April 25, 1921. He attended Dunwoody Technical School in Minneapolis for auto mechanics. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Bud owned and operated Bud's Auto Repair for 30 years. He lived on Crow Wing Lake for 50 years. After retiring he enjoyed gardening and repairing John Deere tractors.
Leo W. Maurer
LITTLE FALLS - Leo W. Maurer, age 86, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Ray E. Bushor
Ray E. Bushor, J., 53, of Brainerd, died at his home Thursday, May 1, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Raymond O. Plautz
BREEZY POINT - Raymond O. Plautz, 81, of Breezy Point, passed away on April 29, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes with the Rev. David Stevens officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Alexander Jacob Bugay, infant son of Dale Rinde and Shawna Bugay, was born and died on April 30, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. No services will be held.
Minna F. Kloek
ST. CLOUD - Minna F. Kloek, 98-year-old resident of St. Cloud, Minn., and formerly of Brainerd, Minn., and the Morrison County area, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Leo W. Maurer
LITTLE FALLS - Leo W. Maurer, 86, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his wife and children.
Roy E. Doten
Roy Earl "Bub" Doten, 89, of Brainerd, died Oct. 16, 2007, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
W.W. Thompson, 90, Brainerd, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
The lead article in the (April 23) Dispatch about healthy lakes showed that the county board got ahead of itself in trying to decide who should pay for herbicide treatments at area lakes. As noted by Commissioner Thiede, the DNR warns that herbicides destroy native plants and open greater areas for expansion of non-native plants including Eurasian milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed.
OUR OPINION: DEMOCRATS
Television news footage of a relaxed Sen. John McCain reaching out to new constituencies is provoking extreme anxiety among many Democrats. Their two remaining candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, continue to duke it out in a wearying campaign that seems to have started eons ago.
Learn more about Baxter
Some citizens want to compliment city hall. Most dream of telling it off. Cities understand this. That's why they avoid giving you the chance. The city of Baxter, on the other hand, wants to give you the chance.
OUR OPINION: SUPERINTENDENT
The Brainerd School Board chose a familiar face - Steve Razidlo - to lead the district as it enters into what could be the most challenging stretch of school years that it's seen in some time.
U.S. will be in Iraq for awhile
Little noticed during the furor of recent battles in Basra and Baghdad, was the announcement by Iraq's Oil Ministry that 35 oil companies from 17 countries had qualified for consideration in the first round of Iraqi oil field development contracts. The U.S. led the list with seven qualifiers - Anadarko; Chevron; Conoco Phillips; ExxonMobil; Hess Corp.; Marathon; and Occidental Petroleum. China and Japan placed four and Britain had three including British Petroleum. All of the oil companies who have signed deals in the north with the Kurdish Regional Government are blacklisted from programs with the central government.
Open Forum: Gas tax critic should get out more
As my son and I drove home to Brainerd from the Twin Cities on Interstate 94 last weekend, I could hardly believe the number of places where large chunks of concrete were missing from this, a primary traffic corridor through Minnesota. I'm used to being extra vigilant when the weather is bad, but can't remember seeing so many holes, or pieces of concrete on the roadway, capable of bending a rim and deflating a tire, or damaging one's alignment, steering or drive components; to say nothing of causing a crash. In St. Cloud, we had to take a route that avoided the bridge closed due to possible design flaws, and fears of another collapse like the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis.
The Brainerd City Council is proposing a new ordinance regarding boarding up unoccupied businesses and residential buildings in Brainerd. They are proposing to hire contractors to perform this work but the city doesn't have the proper equipment, causing more expense to the taxpayers.
Outlook bright for St. Francis
It's a busy time for the lakes area's Catholic churches.
HILLMAN - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, will be holding a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Sunday worship service is held at 9:30 a.m. Immanuel is located at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.
Olive picking and singing?
"By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept...for there our captors required of us songs." The Israelites replied, "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" Psalms 137:1-4
Staples-Motley crushes W-DC
WADENA - The Staples-Motley Cardinals swept all four singles matches and captured wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles for a 6-1 Mid-State Conference boys' tennis victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday.
Thompson is on target for Warriors
Coming up through the Brainerd baseball program Trevor Thompson primarily was an infielder.
Carlson delivers Brainerd victory
All eyes were on Peter Carlson.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Brainerd American Legion golf league will start Tuesday at Eagle's Landing Golf Course in Fort Ripley.
Hasselberg, S-M capture crowns
ST. CLOUD - Cydney Hasselberg's 83 captured medalist honors and led the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a first-place finish in the Presection Invite at the Territory Golf Club Thursday.
6-3 if you're scoring at home
Brainerd Warriors senior shortstop Steph Neugebauer threw out a runner at first base in Thursday's game. Neugebauer went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in the Warriors' victory.
Bell lands on leaderboard
BECKER - Class 2A's second-ranked Robert Bell shot a 1-over-par 73 to finish in a four-way tie for first in the Becker Invitational Wednesday.
Pitching posse powers Raiders
Olivia Graham sits and waits until she's called to fire fastballs again.
Monda one shot behind medalists
NISSWA - Tyler Monda narrowly missed medalist honors in his fourth straight meet in Thursday's Brainerd Invite boys' golf meet at the Preserve.
Aitkin outhits Rush City
RUSH CITY - Brian Collins smacked a home run and Billy Cluff added a double and triple as the Aitkin Gobblers defeated Rush City 12-7 in Great River Conference baseball Wednesday.
Warriors rally past Eagles to remain unbeaten
ST. CLOUD - The Brainerd Warriors rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 9-7 in Central Lakes Conference baseball Thursday.
PR-B topples Red Lake 14-3
PINE RIVER - Jamie Ackerman went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Pine River-Backus softball team dispatched Red Lake 14-3 Thursday.
PR-B coasts to 20-10 win
PINE RIVER - Jamie Ackerman went 2-for-4 with a double and triple and Paige Sepin was 2-4 with a triple in a 20-10 Pine River-Backus softball victory over Pequot Lakes Wednesday.
Lange, Flyers topple Fergus
LITTLE FALLS - Andrew Lange struck out six and allowed five hits and two earned runs to lead the Little Falls Flyers to an 11-2 Central Lakes Conference victory over Fergus Falls Thursday.
Welshons, Aitkin win
MOOSE LAKE - Melissa Welshons shot 46 for medalist and led the Aitkin Gobblers girls' golf team to a 206-264 victory over Moose Lake-Willow River Wednesday.
Hoppe finishes 3 shots off pace
SARTELL - Brainerd's Molly Hoppe shot an 85 to finish third, three shots off the first-place 82 carded by Fergus Falls' Erin Morstad, to lead the Warrior girls' golf team to a fifth-place finish Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference meet at Blueberry Ridge Golf Course.
Monda repeats at Pines
Even when he plays "not so hot" Tyler Monda still wins.
Pioneers' Bell cards 33 to win
PIERZ - Robert Bell carded a 2-under par 33 to win the Central Minnesota Conference meet at the Pierz Golf Course and led the Pierz Pioneers to a 4-stroke victory Thursday.
Warriors 8th; Hoppe ties for 6th
ALEXANDRIA - Molly Hoppe shot an 86 and tied for sixth place as the Brainerd Warriors placed eighth in the Alexandria Invite girls' golf meet Wednesday.
BHS' Manton blanks Apollo
Karlie Manton's birth certificate should be checked.
CLC's Kurtz signs with MSU-Moorhead
MOORHEAD - Lisa Kurtz of Pierz and Central Lakes College is one of five recruits signed by Minnesota State University Moorhead volleyball coach Tammy Blake-Kath.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
The deadline for registering for the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's Petite, Junior and Senior youth softball leagues is Friday.
State forecast for N.D.
.Winter storm watch southwest corner tonight and friday morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
...Snow and blowing snow advisory southwest corner this
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of showers and thunderstorms central. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms south. Highs from the mid 40s far northwest...To the upper 60s far southwest. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for South Dakota
Various blizzard and winter storm warnings for western south dakota through 6 pm this evening...
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Increasing clouds. Windy west. A chance of showers or a
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy. Showers and widespread thunderstorms. Highs from 50
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the
State forecast for Minnesota
...Wind advisory this afternoon into this evening northwest and west
State forecast for S.D.
Winter storm warning black hills thursday and friday...
After the rain
Weather drawing by Sofia Lopez of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms south...Some may be severe. Rain showers and scattered thunderstorms central and north. Highs from near 40 far northwest to the lower 70s far south. Tonight...Cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms south and east in the evening...Then a chance of showers after midnight. Rain showers likely elsewhere. Lows from the mid 30s northwest to around 50 far southeast.
Rain is good
Weather drawing by Noah Hendrickson of Mr. Meyer's fourth-grade class at Lowell school.
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