BHS STUDENTS HELP MAKE IT ALL COME TOGETHER
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Several new businesses coming to area
While spring seems to be taking its time to embrace consecutive days of seasonal warmth, it is sprouting several new businesses.
St. Joseph's Medical Center, an affiliate of the Brainerd Lakes Health system, announced Margaret "Maggie" Johnson, registered nurse, accepted the position of director of surgical services.
THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE
Lakeland Public TV recently invested in a new set for a live public affairs show and updates in technology for the studio in Brainerd.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
The Brainerd Warriors will look to keep their hot streak going on the softball diamond when they host Alexandria.
PROPERTY DAMAGE - Teresa Lynn Dobbs reported Thursday that sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning someone had backed into her vehicle parked in a parking lot on Laverne Circle.
First 100 days on the job
This young 31-year-old Morrison County administrator has been on the job for three months and said it's a good fit.
Michael Wenzel and RaeAnn Wilson, Browerville, a girl, Kylie May, 5 pounds, 13.5 ounces, April 19, 2009.
The Nisswa PTO and coordinators of the 4th Bloom Fool's Auction Benefit for Nisswa School extend a huge thank you to all the area businesses and individuals who supported the annual fundraiser for Nisswa Elementary School. Despite difficult economic times, this much-anticipated event was, once again, a success, raising valuable funds that will benefit supplemental programs, art curriculum, and educational needs for the children of Nisswa School.
Let's put the men in mentoring
Kinship Partners needs male mentors! Of the 43 children waiting for a mentor in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties 30 are boys. Here's a breakdown: In the Brainerd area 20 boys ages 7 to 13, in the Lakes area 6 boys ages 9 to 12 and in the Crosby area only 4 children are waiting and they are all boys ages 5 to 11. On average these boys have waited over four months for a mentor!
Angel Wagner, with Baker Sales, stirred food during the annual Henry's Food show Wednesday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center in Brainerd.
Forestview Middle School - Times Before Television/Families Unplugged, on behalf of the Brainerd School District, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the senior citizens, community members and the parents of the fifth grade students at Forestview Middle School who volunteered sharing a hobby or craft while sharing their childhood stories with the fifth grade students in Team A and Team D during the month of April. They were Dale Roberts, George Sommerfeld, Dick Carlson and Chuck Miller wood carving; Mona King of Walker and Linda Larson spinning, Kate Carlson weaving, Kathy Tusa, Carole Humrickhouse and Pat Altrichter bead rolling; Darrell and Liz Stave rocks and minerals; Julie Guth and Bailey, a therapy dog; Connie Murray, Bridget Smude and Eileen Fjeldstad old fashion butter making; Sharon Carlson veggie garnishes; Dorothy Uhrinak silk worms; Sue Krueger and Bonnie Franzen card making; Juel and Sharon Dragland spool racers; Anna Young and Pat ONeil blanket tying; Traci Staples drawing; Brian Gibson flower planting and Cary Jobe painting. Thank you for your vested interest in our kids.
Adult volunteer of month
Prairie Bay Restaurant will offer a gourmet pizza buffet and socializing from 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 8 for pizza on the patio. Cost: $10 per person. No RSVP necessary. Proceeds will go to the Lupus Foundation.
AMERICAN RED CROSS Tom Bickford 821-3598
Paris Hilton not only one confused about swine flu
CHICAGO - Paris Hilton says "I don't eat that" when asked about swine flu in an online video. She's not the only one confused about the outbreak.
Team Industries closing its plant in Baxter
BAXTER - Team Industries Inc., based in Bagley, announced Friday that it will be closing its Baxter plant, affecting about 40 employees.
Q & A - Swine Flu
NEW YORK - Here are some questions and answers for travelers regarding swine flu, flights and cruises to Mexico, travel insurance, and how to protect yourself while traveling.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1969) - Sixteen concrete flower urns, two feet in height, were installed in downtown Brainerd through efforts of the Brainerd Flower Society. Annual flowers will be planted in them by society members.
Saturday proclaimed March of Dimes Day in Brainerd
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin proclaimed Saturday as March of Dimes Day in the city of Brainerd.
Work continues on downtown project
The Downtown Brainerd street/utility reconstruction project, which started April 20, is continuing. The work involves replacing sanitary sewer, extending the storm sewer and making watermain repairs as needed. The work on the streetscape will include sidewalk pavers, benches, trees, bike racks, information kiosks, trash containers and larger sidewalk bumpouts. Other changes include two-way traffic on Front Street.
Improvements set for Highway 210 near Staples
Motorists should plan for delays as road work gets under way on a 15-mile stretch of Highway 210, from Wisconsin Avenue, east of Hewitt, to Dakota Avenue in Staples in Todd County.
State budget gap remains unsolved
Close to two weeks until the Minnesota Legislature's scheduled adjournment there remain three distinct plans to fix the state's $4.6 billion budget gap for the next two-year budget period.
Dispatch launches destination Web site
No plans for Friday night? Looking for an entertainment option or a sporting event? Want information on dining opportunities?
Best prevention could be avoiding TV - Swine Flu
I'm huddled here under my desk, face covered in a paper mask, bottle of hand sanitizer by my side, a sharp stick at the ready in case anyone from Mexico ventures within breathing distance.
Joe 'Ole' O'Brien
ONAMIA - Joe "Ole" O'Brien, 76, of Onamia, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Riverview Health Care Center in Aitkin. Services for Joe will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Minn., with Larry Amik officiating. Friends are welcome to gather one hour prior to services. Reception will follow services at the Brenny Funeral Chapel Reception Room. At a later date interment will take place at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
LaVonne J. Clark (Von)
NEW LONDON, Conn. - LaVonne Janice Clark (Von), 70, of 28th Ave. SW, Pine River, Minn., died on April 27, 2009, at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.
John E. Ingebrigtson
McGREGOR - John E. Ingebrigtson, age 87, of McGregor, formerly of Crystal, Minn., died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minn.
Dorothy M. Green
AITKIN - Dorothy M. Green, age 92, of Aitkin, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Phillip R. McMullen
NISSWA - Phillip R. McMullen, age 73, of Nisswa, and formerly Cottage Grove, Minn., passed away on April 30, 2009, after a very spirited battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, LuAnn; parents, RJ and Mary; and brother, Mike. He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Nisswa; daughter, Molly (Reggie), of Stillwater; son, Patrick (Kate), of St Paul; sister, Sheila, of Moorhead; ever loving grandchildren, Ann, Maxwell and Sean.
Steven A. Udseth
ATLANTA - Steven A. Udseth, age 64, of Atlanta, and formerly of Pine River, passed away March 9, 2009, in Atlanta. He was born June 12, 1944, in Brainerd to Arnold and Julia (Stranne) Udseth.
Christopher 'Chris T. Warden
TROY, Ala. - Christopher "Chris" T. Warden, age 51, an assistant professor at the Hall School of Journalism and Communication at Troy University, recently passed away on Jan. 4, 2009, from a lifelong battle against hemophilia.
Donald R. Holmen
LITTLE FALLS - Donald R. Holmen, 88-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Ethel A. James
Ethel A. James, Brainerd, 97, passed away March 1, 2009, in Brainerd.
Goldie M. Adams
McGREGOR - Goldie Maye Adams, 92, of McGregor, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Winifred A. 'Wynn' Tuholsky
SARTELL - Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Winifred A. "Wynn" Tuholsky, age 78, of Sartell, who passed away peacefully with family at her side on April 30, 2009, at the Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. Relatives and friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2009, and after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, both at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Parish prayers will be 6 p.m. and a rosary at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the church. Private burial will take place in St. Mary's Parish Cemetery in Little Falls. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Virgil H. J. Herold
Virgil Henry James Herold, 96, former Proctor and Brainerd resident, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
Why I love newspapers
Ink has been running like tears lately, splashing onto the opinion pages of our nation's newspapers. Editors and commentators, worried about their jobs, write one earnest column after another pleading the case for print journalism.
A new form of Republicanism is spreading across the country and in Minnesota as well: the ultraconservative, no-saying-to-anything-progressive, only-protecting-their-upper-income-wealth, and get-elected-and-re-elected-at-any-price type of GOP or Independent Republican.
For those of you that are judging us who work in the school district, please do not judge us until you have walked in our shoes and do what we do. We don't come and judge you at your job. Please don't judge us. If you want to find out what it's all about, what we do and why we deserve the time off, come and volunteer. Then you will know what we go through.
A truly dumb move by the White House
If there were a Bonehead Award for the dumbest decision of a presidential administration's first 100 days it would probably go to the official responsible for the presidential plane flight over New York City on Monday.
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Looking back - and forward - to opening day
It's the final countdown.
Alicia Nelson and Dennis Kim
Alicia Nelson and Dennis Kim announce their engagement.
Thomas Van Horn
God saw that you were getting tired, And a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you, And whispered, "Come with me."
Chuck and Janet Roman
Chuck and Janet Roman, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 pm Saturday, May 9 at The Green Lantern with the event hosted by their children.
Luke Williams and Kelly Oppelt
Luke Williams and Kelly Oppelt announce their engagement.
Owen Bjerkness family
The family of Owen Bjerkness would like to thank the North Memorial Ambulance crew and the Sheriff's Department for their prompt service and wonderful care given to Owen.
WITH THE MILITARY
Air Force Airman Thomas W. Swenson, son of David Swenson, Motley, and Margaret Kurowski, Little Falls, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Lumberjacks chop Warriors' perfect bid
BEMIDJI - Twelve-and-no was not meant to be, as the Bemidji Lumberjacks handed the Brainerd Warriors their first loss of the season Friday by a 4-0 score.
BROWERVILLE - Alicia Johnson shut down Browerville with 10 strikeouts to lead the Verndale Pirates to an 8-0 victory Friday.
AREA TRACK AND FIELD
COLLEGEVILLE - Jake Nelson sped to a first-place finish in the 100- and 200-meter dash and Kaari Jensen won the 100 and 300 hurdles to pace the Pierz Pioneers to a St. John's Prep Invite sweep Friday
Possible changes don't thrill coaching icons
With the economy in the toilet, and April weather about as bad, some of those in decision-making positions have contemplated the effects those two factors have on Minnesota State High School League athletics.
PARK RAPIDS - Gunner Johnson mowed down 12 in the opening game of the Staples-Motley Cardinals Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep of the Park Rapids Panthers Friday.
NAPA signs sponsorship with BIR
NAPA Auto Parts and Brainerd International Raceway have signed a three-year exclusive sponsorship agreement, making NAPA "The Official Auto Parts of BIR."
Weber heating up for Pioneers
It was only a matter of time before Michael Weber's bat caught up with his arm.
On further review...
After losing their first game at the MCAC state softball tournament 6-5 against Ridgewater, the Central Lakes College Raiders found themselves facing a must-win situation in the double-elimination tournament in Sauk Rapids.
Hoemberg a hitting highlight for Cards
To think it all started with an 0-for-2 game.
AREA BOYS' GOLF
PARK RAPIDS - The team of Tyler Fix and Bryce Pazdernik recorded a 75 to help lead Wadena-Deer Creek to fourth place and a team score of 237 at the Park Rapids invite Friday.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and a slight chance of
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with more sunshine in the south. Isolated rain showers north. Highs from the 50s north...To the mid 60s south.
The Nation's Weather
Severe weather will persist over the East on Saturday as two frontal systems sweep through the region while a ridge of high pressure will pull cool air over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes region.
Sunny for soccer
Weather drawing by Ian Forsythe in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Becoming mostly cloudy north while mostly sunny far
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s northeast to near 70 west.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy far southwest and northeast with a slight chance of a light shower. Otherwise...Mostly clear. Breezy northeast half. Highs in the upper 50s far west to 60s elsewhere.
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