Wausau Paper reports net loss for first quarter
Wausau Paper recently reported first-quarter financial results. The company reported a net loss of $6.8 million or .14 cents per share compared with net earnings of $15 million or .29 cents per share last year.
Nisswa Flea Market closing
The closed sign on the Nisswa Flea Market had people e-mailing to check on the future of the long-standing business just south of the Highway 371 and County Road 77 intersection in Nisswa.
Getting ready for governor
BREEZY POINT - Working on a demanding time schedule because of the governor's fishing opener, Breezy Point Resort was a flurry of activity last week.
Devante Vargas, Kuepers information technologies manager, recently spoke at the national IP Telephony conference in Florida about Kuepers experience using Voice-Over Internet Protocol, a unified communications solution that combines e-mail, voice mail and fax communications into one system for improved business performance.
Crow Wing County Meetings
Monday, 3 p.m., Personnel Committee: Human Resource Conference Room, 1st Floor Historic Courthouse.
Back to Breezy Point
The Governors Fishing Opener celebrates 60 years - and in a familiar place.
Working behind the scenes
Heidi Rogge isnt comfortable in the limelight. She enjoys her work as a marketing consultant and assistant coach.
Little Falls City Council
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
BRAINERD POLICE/CROW WING SHERIFF
THEFT - Barry Trigo, 600 block of West College Drive, reported a theft Thursday.
Early call to structure fire
The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 4:07 a.m. Saturday to a home that was on fire at 412 B Street.
Cass County Board
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Brainerd City Council
Meet 7:30 p.m. Monday
Baxter City Council
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
In the May magazine, learn about a woman who never allowed a chronic disease to keep her from lifting community spirit.
The staff and families at New Pathways would like to express our sincere appreciation and say a huge thank you to all the lakes area churches and hundreds of volunteers who participate in the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Your time and talents play a vital role in helping homeless families get back on their feet. Thanks, so much, for ALL you do!
There is a movie called "Pay it Forward". The movie is about a young student that has a class project. He decides to "pay it forward". He chooses a person on the street to help in some small way to, kind of, make their day and they hopefully can "pay it forward" when they can later. This was a touching movie but, does it really happen in the real world?
Adult volunteer of the Month
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1948) - A map of Paul Bunyans playground, used as the background for the Brainerd exhibit at the recent Des Moines sportsmans show, is now being displayed in the Ransford Hotel lobby. The map itself measures over seven feet by seven feet and is guarded on either side by two Paul Bunyans, 6 feet tall.
Independent School District #181 Community Education will host the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday at Brainerd Senior High School. The festival features over 150 exhibitors. Use the north or south entrance for admission. Refreshments will be available.
Volunteer Opportunities for May
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION Erica Frey 320-251-6483 or Esther Gieschen 218-733-2560
March to commemorate THE march
These six Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers were among the more than 130 participants who marched in the 11th annual Bataan Memorial Death March on Saturday in Brainerd.
Brainerd finalist chosen as Willmar superintendent
WILLMAR - The Willmar School Board unanimously voted Friday to hire Waconia Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard as the district's next superintendent, according to a story that appeared in Friday's online edition of the West Central Tribune.
Fire ravages Keystone Automotive
A fire Friday morning at Keystone Automotive in the Brainerd Industrial Park - that kept an estimated 40 area firefighters at the scene for nearly five hours - caused between $75,000 to $100,000 in damages, said Brainerd Assistant Chief Kevin Stunek.
Swingin' into the sunset
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura doesn't bow down to many people, but he made an exception for the Swingin' Sertomans. At the 2001 fishing opener in Breezy Point, the 13-member Brainerd showband sang "Guv'na Ventura" to the tune of "Lady Madonna" - complete with personalized lyrics - and earned a worshipful bow from the governor.
Brainerd property owners have until June 1 to register their rental units. People who own or manage rental units in Brainerd and who haven't received information (including registration forms) or who have questions may call the building inspections office at 828-2309.
A Blackhawk helicopter from the Minnesota Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation dropped a Bambi bucket full of water and foam to douse a controlled burn Thursday in Camp Ripley's training area.
Friday's story on the reductions on Brainerd School District secretaries incorrectly stated that seven secretaries' hours may be reduced. It should have said that the positions may be eliminated. The positions that may be eliminated are the Brainerd High School attendance secretary, South Campus attendance secretary, Forestview media secretary, Lincoln building and media secretaries and the Whittier building and media secretaries.
BHS hall of fame to induct Arnold, Lind
Leaders in the tourism industry and the U.S. Navy will be inducted into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame this month.
Celebrating a delayed Arbor Day
Bob Anderson of the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department talked to Whittier and Lake Region Christian School students Friday in Gregory Park before planting a tree for Arbor Day.
City council to mull BAHA's pitch to oversee ice arenas
The Brainerd City Council on Monday will discuss the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association's proposal to manage, operate and maintain the Brainerd Civic Center's ice arenas.
Sometimes its hard to tell whos having more fun, the audience or us.
Janis Gail Jerentosky
FIFTY LAKES - Janis Gail Jerentosky, 68, of Fifty Lakes, died at her home surrounded by family and friends on Feb. 20, 2008.
Ray E. Bushor
Ray E. Bushor, Jr., 53, of Brainerd, died at his home Thursday, May 1, 2008. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Friends are welcome to visit one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials preferred.
MOTLEY - Gary Wentworth, age 58, of Motley, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 1.
ONAMIA - Charles Kent, Sr., 90-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away on Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Mille Lacs Long Term Care Center in Onamia.
Herbert Nicholas Held
PIERZ - Herbert Nicholas Held, a 72-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at his residence.
Loretta Ann Parker
PALM COAST. Fla. - Loretta Ann Parker, 70, of Palm Coast, Fla. fell asleep in Jesus' arms on Sunday, March 30, 2008.
Open Forum: Brainerd Mobil wasn't selling gas
I read with great amusement Mr. Czeczoks letter to the editor printed April 30, 2008. What a blatant attempt to smear one city council member and promote another.
A damaging friendship
WASHINGTON - In his achingly slow steps toward repudiating the repugnant words of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama has run the risk of serious political damage by leaving vague what it was that attracted him to this outspoken critic of American society.
OUR OPINION: SUBSIDIES
Public subsidies for private businesses are generally not a good idea but theres a reason the Minnesota Legislatures four legislative leaders (from both parties) are supporting financial help for the Mall of America.
How can you justify adding kindergarten teachers where we've never had them while whole pods of teachers have been wiped out at Forestview Middle School? We need to alleviate class sizes in these grades first! The referendum F-A-I-L-E-D. Every day kindergarten is an extra. And what about the music programs that are in jeopardy? Vote no to everyday/all day kindergarten.
Barbershop singing endangered
The Northcountrymen Barbershop Chorus is about to fold up. Unless and until we find a director and until we find about 20 younger men who like to sing and are willing to spend one evening a week practicing to perfect their voices to create a very pleasing sound.
Travel, even through time, it turns out, can be a picnic.
A gambler of several sorts
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) encountered a situation that necessitated his intervention. During a recent 24-inch snowfall the highway was covered with packed snow, which became very slippery and rutted. This made travel in the area dangerous and difficult. While on patrol, a vehicle approached from behind the officer and started to drive on the shoulder, which was clear of snow, as vehicles had not packed it down like the traffic lane. The car continued to approach on the shoulder and soon overtook Officer Sommers, accelerating as it went by. CO Sommers initiated a traffic stop, however the driver failed to stop, even though emergency lights had been activated. After some distance, the car finally started to slow, eventually pulling over. When the driver was questioned regarding his driving conduct he said, "I thought you were some dummy driving too slow, besides, the road was too bad to drive on and I could drive faster on the shoulder." The officer further questioned the driver why he had failed to stop when he observed emergency lights, he said, "I thought you were a snow plow." CO Sommers advised the driver that it was illegal to pass on the right. The driver questioned, "I thought if there was an emergency you could pass on the right." When the officer inquired as to what the emergency was, he stated, "I'm on my way to the casino."
The big lakes still have quite a bit of ice, but the small lakes have opened. Look for crappies in the channel at Bar Harbor and in the ditches near Squaw Point on Gull Lake.
Getting prepped to 'host' the governor
So many things, so little time.
Tristan and Wendy Banks
Wendy Emerson and Tristan Banks were married July 7, 2007, in Aitkin.
Jana Isle and Dan Johnson
Jana Isle and Dan Johnson announce their engagement. Parents are Norma Kaiser, Albuquerque, N.M., and the late William Kaiser, and Donna Johnson, Brainerd, and the late Lloyd W. Johnson.
Daniel and Tara Sexton
Tara Shae Rios and Daniel Ray Sexton were married March 31, 2008, at the Chapel of the Bells in Las Vegas.
Four generations recently gathered were Jared Schwegel, son; Jonathon Schwegel, father; Curt Schwegel, grandfather; and Delbert Schwegel, great-grandfather, all of Brainerd.
Vanessa Berens and James Thompson
Vanessa Berens and James Thompson announce their engagement. Parents are Patricia Anderson, Baxter, and Allen Berens, Pequot Lakes, and Mike and Nancy Thompson, Alexandria.
Adam and Kerri Albrecht
Kerri Lynch and Adam Albrecht were married Aug. 4, 2007, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Ken Abramson officiating.
RANDY AND KATIE LEE
Katie McCarthy and Randy Lee were married March 29, 2008, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Tony Wroblewski and Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Cara Holtz and Timothy James Andersen
Cara Holtz and Timothy James Andersen announce their engagement. Parents are David and Carmel Holtz, Pine River, and James and Sandy Andersen, North Branch.
Tom and Edith Thomsen
Tom and Edith Thomsen, Nisswa, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. May 10 at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Emily Zak and Adam Thesing
Emily Zak and Adam Thesing announce their engagement. Parents are Richard and Rose Zak, Brainerd, and Michael and Georgia Thesing, Osakis.
Mary Ada Landree
Mary Ada Landree, Crosby, recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her family.
Fredman, Krause win twice to lift PHS girls
PILLAGER - Amy Fredman won the shot put and discus and Katlin Krause won the 200-meter dash and pole vault to lead the Pillager Huskies girls' track and field team to first Thursday in the Pillager Invite.
The Senior Mixed Coffee Break League held its awards banquet April 23 at the Nisswa Legion.
Pillager's Krause isn't happy with just winning
All of Katlin Krause's track and field goals lead to one thing - erase last year's postseason.
Millette, Schneider lead BHS boys to win
PILLAGER - Victories by Gil Millette in the 100-meter dash and Zach Schneider in the 800 run helped the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team win the Pillager Invite Thursday.
Gotvald leads Pierz to third
PLYMOUTH - Kristin Gotvald's 54 landed her seventh individually and led the Pierz Pioneers to third in Friday's Central Minnesota Conference girls' golf meet at Hollydale Golf Club.
Wicker does it all for Pequot Lakes
Tyler Wicker wasn't satisfied with just one so he hit two.
Jensen's recovery a profile in courage
When Tyler Jensen steps into the batter's box, runs to first base or dives for a ball hit to center field he seems like any healthy high school athlete.
USTA recreational coaching workshop May 18 in Baxter
The United States Tennis Association announced that a Recreational Coach Workshop will take place at Forestview Middle School in Baxter from noon to 6:30 p.m. May 18.
Pettit paces Pillager
BATTLE LAKE - Mike Pettit's 49 led the Pillager Huskies boys' golf team to ninth in Friday's Quad County Conference meet at Balmoral Golf Course.
Stung by complaiants, telecoms are stressing customer service
WASHINGTON - Tom Maguire, Verizon Communications' new Customer Care Czar, is one tough customer. When served chicken tacos without the chicken recently, he first complained to his waitress, then went online to the restaurant's Web site to fill out a survey with scathing remarks about his experience.
How do advertisers know about me and what can I do?
Q. How is it that online advertisers seem to know that I'm thinking of buying a car or planning a big vacation? I find that creepy, so what can I do about it?
Internet scams remain a big concern
Internet scams continue to separate folks from their funds.
There is a lot of information out there
How many legs does a dog have, if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Breezy east. Highs from the mid 40s west and mid 50s to around 60 elsewhere.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Wind advisory portions of central and south central until 9 am cdt...
May flowers, shower
Weather drawing by Tabitha Cramer of Jan Wilcoxs kindergarten class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy...Brisk and cooler. Light rain showers...Perhaps mixing with snow in the far north this morning. Highs from the lower 40s far north to the upper 50s southeast.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Sunny west...Clearing east. Scattered showers ending far
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s southwest to the
The Nation's Weather
A severe storm moving through the eastern third of the country Saturday was expected to bring rain and snow to the upper Midwest and Great Lakes.
The Weather Elsewhere
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