The following students were named Students of the Month for March at Riverside Elementary School: Chase Christian, Megan Riley, Joey Sauer, Alex Voss, Griffin Blegen, Evan Storbakken, Lauren Dockendorf, Hannah Koupal, Emma Peterson, Nicole Grabowski, Max Boran, Kaven Blazek, Randy Hahn, Sammy Moser, Alli Kiehlbauch, Ben Wickman, Jediah Billman, Allen Jevning, Maren Hadrits, Cole Kalenberg, Abby Hines, and Brady Mick.
In the May magazine, learn about a woman who never allowed a chronic disease to keep her from lifting community spirit.
Josh Lehmeier and Roxanne Woitalla, Pierz, a girl, Isabelle Gracie Lehmeier, 7 pounds, 10 ounces, April 13, 2008. Grandparents are Brenda Lee Lehmeier, Luxenburg, Lori Waitalla, Hillman and John Kowalczyk, Hillman. Great-grandparents are Lawrence Woitalla, Pierz, Joann and Jack Cunningham, Onamia and Ramon and Gracie Lehmeier, St. Cloud.
Closer to home
A new position has Tom Kientzle excited about the golf season.
Back to Breezy Point
The Governors Fishing Opener celebrates 60 years - and in a familiar place.
Aleman, Amanda M. and Donald J. Jr.
This was Brainerd
100 years ago (1908) - Mrs. Con OBrien and Mrs. P.F. OBrien will hold a 15 cent coffee at the home of the of the former tomorrow from 4-8 p.m. The proceeds are for the benefit of the new parochial school.
This was Brainerd
MAY 6 - 40 years ago (1968) - Winning your customer's loyalty to the extent that he becomes a repeat customer was the major point stressed at the annual Paul Bunyan Resorters banquet at the Elks Lodge Tuesday.
Powerball ticket purchased in Rice County nets biggest Minn. jackpot
ROSEVILLE, (AP) - The Minnesota State Lottery says that a winning Powerball ticket worth $180.1 million was sold in Rice County.
There is no way you can forget what happen. I can forgive them (the Japanese), but Ill never forget it.
Walt Straka of Brainerd says when he wakes up each morning and sees the white ceiling in his home he feels blessed.
Bowling for Bethany
It was bowling mania Monday at Jack's House in Brainerd and Community Bowl in Pine River.
Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will end statewide in May, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced.
"Guys are playing hard, and you can win a lot of games with playing the game the right way."
The dates for local senior dances were omitted from the What's Doing section in Sunday's paper. Senior dances will be from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at the Wadena VFW with music by Country Diamonds; and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Frank and Fran.
Low-key but highly helpful
Heidi Rogge, a self-described low-key person, likes to work behind the scenes, not in the limelight.
New polling sites designated for residents who used to vote at Whittier, Lincoln schools
Those used to voting at Whittier and Lincoln elementary schools need to be prepared for a change this year.
Strib on the brink?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Star Tribune has hired a private equity firm to advise it but disputed a published report that said it's "on the brink of bankruptcy."
I. Call to order.
Hearing on arenas set June 2
The city will move forward with exploring a lease agreement with Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association that would allow the organization to manage, operate and maintain the Brainerd Civic Center's ice arenas.
Dr. Linda Zemotel-Bayer
PIERZ - Dr. Linda Zemotel-Bayer, age 62, of rural Pierz, Minn., passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008, at her home in Ripley Township, Minn.
Herbert N. Held
PIERZ - Herbert Nicholas Held, 72-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Friday, May 2, at his residence.
Gary D. Wentworth
MOTLEY - Gary David Wentworth, 58, of Motley, died Thursday, May 1, after battling cancer for many years.
Irene C. Johnson
Irene C. Johnson, 90, Brainerd, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Frederick I. Rosier
CROSBY - Frederick Ivan Rosier, age 68, of Crosby, died May 2, 2008, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby.
Eleanor 'Norrie' Olson
LITTLE FALLS - Eleanor "Norrie" Ann Olson, 90-year-old resident of St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Swanville, Minn., passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, at her residence.
MINNEAPOLIS - Duane Fowler, 78, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Lilly L. Kirgiss
AITKIN - Lilly L. Kirgiss, 99, of Aitkin, died Friday, May 2, 2008, at Aitkin Health Services. She was born Aug. 28, 1908, in Olivia to Henry and Lydia (Palos) Yunker. On Sept. 26, 1934, in Olivia, Lilly was united in marriage to Lawrence Kirgiss.
LITTLE FALLS - Elvera Petrich, 92-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Randall, Minn., passed away Sunday, May 4, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn.
Richard S. Berry
STAPLES - Richard S. Berry, age 71, of Staples, passed away at the Lakewood Hospital in Staples on Saturday, May 3. Graveside service will be on Thursday, May 8, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Home of Staples.
STAPLES - Richard Berry, age 71, of Staples, passed away at the Lakewood Hospital in Staples on Saturday, May 3.
Anna (Ann) Johnson
Anna (Ann) B. Johnson, 96, died May 4, 2008. She was formerly living at the Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River, Minn. Ann was born Oct. 29, 1911, in Bavier, Mo.
GREY EAGLE - Elizabeth Wunderlich, 77-year-old resident of Grey Eagle, Minn., passed away Saturday, May 3, at her residence in Grey Eagle, Minn.
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Carl 'Manny' Nord
Carl "Manny" Nord, age 79, of Brainerd, formerly of Crosby, died April 30, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
GREY EAGLE - Elizabeth E. Wunderlich, 78-year-old resident of Grey Eagle, Minn., passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at her residence in Grey Eagle, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, at Faith Community Church in Burtrum, Minn. A visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the Faith Community Church in Burtrum and from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Thomas G. Van Horn
CROSBY - Thomas Gaylord Van Horn, age 74, of Crosby, passed away peacefully Friday, May 2, 2008, at home surrounded by family.
Patrick M. Pozega
Patrick Michael Pozega, infant son of Amy May Hannahs and Joseph Paul Pozega, was stillborn on May 1, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
How Hillary Clinton could win
WASHINGTON - On the day last week when Hillary Clinton suffered the first of two costly defections by Indiana superdelegates, I went to see an old friend working in her national campaign.
Everybody can see around them that times are tough here in America. People are ever increasingly tightening their belts and trying to make ends meet. Foreclosures and bankruptcies are at a historical high...but does Obama care?
Why is everyone complaining about the gas taxes increasing the price at the pumps? Minnesota and federal taxes are $.40 per gal. They don't change daily. The reason for the increases are the record multibillion dollar profits by the oil companies. Don't be stupid and think that the state is causing all of these increases.
Open Forum: If Franken is elected we'll be mocked
I cant be quiet about Al Franken any longer. I can not take Franken and serious in the same sentence seriously, its like an oxymoron!
OTHER OPINION: HEALTH CARE
Lower cost, higher quality, less bureaucracy and more consumer choice. That is the promise and hope of a health care reform proposal now before the Minnesota Legislature.
Pastor Wright is still wrong
WASHINGTON - Anger is a tough emotion to conceal and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's simmered barely beneath the surface during his April 28 performance at the National Press Club.
Lightning bolts past Staples
Aaron Jenkins pitched a complete game and eight players had hits as the Lakes Area Lightning defeated Staples 3-0 in Lake and Pine League amateur baseball Sunday.
Hoppe is runner-up, BHS third
RICE - Molly Hoppe finished second with a 79 as the Brainerd Warriors finished third in a Central Lakes Conference girls' golf meet Monday at Oak Hill Golf Course.
Brainerd's Sturm named mechanic of year by WSA
GARRISON - Randy Sturm of Brainerd was named the Wally Scheer and Associates Racing Mechanic of the Year April 27 during the WSA's awards banquet at the Blue Goose Inn.
Is horse racing breeding itself to death?
The camera cut away from her, but it should have stayed on her. Eight Belles had run herself half to death Saturday, and now the vets were finishing the job as she lay on her side, her beautiful figure a black hump on the track. Horses don't just fall down like that, you thought as NBC flitted away, cowardlike, from the sickening picture to the more appealing image of the Kentucky Derby victor, Big Brown.
Bell braces for biggest tournament yet
Thirty hours and 14 minutes, or 1,977.3 miles, separate Robert Bell from a dream scenario.
Bees drop opener
SAUK RAPIDS - Kyle Crocker went 2-for-5 with a double and two stolen bases as the Brainerd Bees lost to the Sauk Rapids Cyclones 10-2 in their Lakewood League amateur baseball opener Sunday.
Holmes, Larson pace Warriors
ST. PAUL - Megan Holmes and Jodi Larson won individual events and the Brainerd Warrior girls' team finished fourth in the Hamline Relays track and field meet Saturday.
Home runs lead St. Mathias past Braves
Jake Francis hit a two-run homer in the first inning to highlight a four-run frame as the St. Mathias Devils rolled past the Brainerd Braves 15-8 in Victory League amateur baseball Sunday.
Aitkin, Staples-Motley win
DULUTH - Dan Burke and Nick Sundholm each picked up 6-0, 6-0 shutout singles wins for Aitkin as the Gobblers defeated Duluth Denfeld 5-2 in non-conference boys' tennis Monday.
Bell one shot off pace
ANNANDALE - Robert Bell shot 76, one shot off the pace, and the Pierz Pioneers placed eighth in the Annandale Invite boys' golf meet Monday.
Hagenson's ace spurs S-M
WADENA - Kelly Hagenson of Staples-Motley hit a hole-in-one on the par-3, 140-yard sixth hole at Whitetail Run on Monday to help the Cardinals win the Wadena-Deer Creek Invite girls' golf meet.
Cards nip B-EV 11-10
STAPLES - Jordan Riewer was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals past Browerville-Eagle Valley 11-10 in non-conference baseball Monday.
Halvorson ties for 2nd
Brainerd's Sean Halvorson tied for second place and the Warrior boys' golf team finished third in a Central Lakes Conference meet Monday at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's Resort.
Pickar named Mankato's top male athlete
MANKATO - Brainerd High School graduate Andy Pickar received the Minnesota State University Male Athletics Medal of Honor on Sunday.
W-DC, PR-B sweep
WADENA - The Wadena-Deer Creek took a pair of one-run games from the Detroit Lakes Lakers in Mid-State Conference softball Monday.
Warriors win at Hamline for first time
ST. PAUL - The Brainerd Warrior boys' team captured its first championship in the 20-year history of the Hamline Relays track and field meet Saturday.
Brainerd suffers its first loss
SAUK RAPIDS - Steph Neugebauer tripled for the Brainerd Warriors in their first loss of the season, 2-1, to the Sauk Rapids Storm in Central Lakes Conference softball Monday.
Pierz's Bell fifth at Northern Invite
VIRGINIA - Pierz's Robert Bell shot a 27-hole 116 to take fifth place and earn all-tournament honors in the Northern Invite boys' golf meet at Virginia Golf Course on Friday and Saturday.
Wolverines win LF tourney
LITTLE FALLS - The Wadena-Deer Creek softball team went 3-0 to take home the championship in the four-team Little Falls Invite on Saturday.
Kintner plays spoiler role in NCS opener
BARROWS - D.J. Dondelinger was two feet away Saturday from having a night to remember in North Central Speedway's season opener.
RAIDERS TAKE STATE
For the fourth time in seven years the Central Lakes College Raiders are softball champions of the Minnesota Community College Conference.
Albany hurler strikes out 13 Pioneers
PIERZ - Scott Johnson was 1-for-4 with Pierz's lone RBI as the Pioneers were defeated 7-1 by Albany in high school baseball Saturday.
Earnhardt, Busch solidify positions as most-liked, most-hated in NASCAR
RICHMOND, Va. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch didn't need to wreck while fighting for the lead Saturday night to solidify their position with NASCAR fans.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy this morning with a slight
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Isolated storms north this morning.
Weather drawing by Paige Lothert of Mr. Perrys third-grade class at Forestview school.
State forecast for S.D.
Tuesday...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs from near 70 northwest to the lower 80s southeast. Tuesday night...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the southeast. Lows from the lower 40s northwest to the lower 50s far southeast
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 70 to 80.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs
The Nation's Weather
Thunderstorms were to explode across the Southern Plains on Monday, with strong damaging winds and large hail anticipated.
Time to fish
Weather drawing by Nicholas Schneider of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of mainly afternoon showers
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Variable cloudiness with a chance of showers and
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms north and far west. Highs in the 70s but much cooler near the great lakes.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of light showers northwest during the afternoon. Highs from the upper 50s far north...To the lower 70s south. Cooler along lake michigan.
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