New lights put a shadow over Darlington's tough reputation
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Already considered the toughest track on the NASCAR schedule, the fabled Darlington Raceway may have gotten a little tougher in time for Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500.
Gordon still defends Johnson in aftermath of 25-car crash at Talladega
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jeff Gordon continued to defend his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, in the wake of last Sunday's 25-car crash at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Kahne on pole for Dodge Charger 500 at 'scary' Darlington
The mix of Darlignton's ever-so-close walls and the reduction of the rear spoiler may turn tonight's Dodge Charger 500 into another demolition derby.
Northwest replaces Bud Light with Miller Lite
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines Corp. has tapped Miller Lite, the nation's No. 2 light beer, to replace top-selling Bud Light on all of its flights worldwide.
BAXTER -- Greg Breen was promoted to senior vice president of lending for Northern National Bank in Baxter.
Hiring is hardly simple in most fields, but what's the trickiest part? Reviewing resumes to ferret out the best candidates, said 34 percent of executives in a survey. Posing the proper interview questions was the second most-difficult task, cited by 27 percent, and salary negotiation was next.
Dinosaur may be a draw for dirty cars
Owners of the Jurassic Car Wash hope dinosaurs will be the difference for drivers, or maybe their young passengers.
Justin A. Eller, 28, and Ruth P. Richards, 33, both of Pillager.
Crosslake City Council meets Monday
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake City Council meets Monday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Dewayne and Krista (Blakeman) Collins Jr., Brainerd, a boy, Blake John, 9 pounds, 1 ounce, April 26, 2005. Grandparents are Charles and Sharon Blakeman, Nisswa, and Dewayne and Charlotte Collins, Brainerd.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
One injured in crash Friday
PILLAGER -- A Staples man was injured in a two-car crash Friday about three miles west of Pillager, the State Patrol reported.
In a Page 6A story in Thursday's Dispatch, Little Falls School Superintendent Sharon Thomas was incorrectly quoted on her reason why she applied for another superintendent position. Thomas said, "Little Falls is a great school district and that is not why I applied. An opportunity presented itself and it is an opportunity for me to talk to (Colorado Springs) to see what's out there."
Planning commission to meet Wednesday
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Brittney Ellen Dahlberg, 11-year-old daughter of Bernadette Montalvo, Brainerd, and Bruce Dahlberg, Isle, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen Pageant Aug. 6-7 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel South in Bloomington.
Are there 50 more partners out there?
All around us the pace of life has gone into overdrive. People are rushing off to work and then rushing home for recreation time, children are hurrying to after-school sports and activities and families are gathering to celebrate weddings and graduations.
Outgoing Kinship director looks back at growth of organization
Pat Johnston, executive director of Kinship Partners in Brainerd, has grown with the nonprofit organization.
Emily, Jacob most popular baby names
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lot of kids must look up when teachers call out "Emily" or "Jacob" these days. Those were the most popular babies' names last year -- and have been every year since the 1990s.
10 ways to succeed at college
My daughter called two weeks ago. She was upset about a linear algebra exam she had just taken. I knew nothing about the subject. No Mathews has ever before been so foolhardy as to take a math course in college.
St. Cloud freezer factory plans more layoffs
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A freezer factory here plans to pause production and lay off about 130 workers.
Forest fire battled
BALL CLUB (AP) -- A fire that got out of control after it was set by forestry officials was declared 50 percent contained Friday evening.
Walking for a cause
Kaitlin Bird (left), 10, Taylor Clasen, 6, Amanda Imgrund, 8, and Carter Reece, 8, participated Friday in the Walk For Diabetes at Riverside Elementary School.
Help is a phone call away
The Senior LinkAge Line is available to senior citizens to call anytime for help.
The Christian band already boasts a loyal throng of Panheads, but Skillet gains more fans with every hard rock concert it plays.
A Mothers Day when Daddy is in Kuwait
Kris Doucette (left) held her daughter Fay with her son Eric while Austin (left rear) and Andrew played on the trampoline at their home on Gull Lake Dam Road. Husband and dad Mark is on duty in Kuwait.
This was Brainerd
100 years ago (1905) - A man stole a package of Peerless tobacco and the judge gave him 25 days. Whether it was the brand of tobacco that caused the judge to be so severe is not stated.
First-half property taxes due May 15
Crow Wing County Treasurer Laureen Borden issued a reminder that first-half real estate taxes are due May 15.
Koering named to conference committee slot
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, will serve on the House-Senate conference committee charged with the task of hammering out the differences between markedly different versions of health and human services bill.
June Gustin Erickson
AITKIN -- June Gustin Erickson, age 91, of Aitkin died on Thursday, May 5, 2005, in Crosby.
Agnes A. Yanta
MINNEAPOLIS Agnes A. Yanta, 82, Minneapolis, passed away Friday, May 5, 2005, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 9, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Raymond Donnay officiating.
Alice L. Maxson
PINE RIVER -- Alice L. Maxson, 83, of Pine River, died Friday, May 6, 2005, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Helen Olive Bordwell
DEERWOOD -- Helen Olive Bordwell, 88, Deerwood, died May 6, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby.
I can't believe this. Bob Olson, elected to serve us citizens, will be serving us all right -- serving us a bill for his personal secretary at city hall. How much will that cost us? How much is he already costing us? Not shocking from the guy who tried to rid Brainerd of its paper mill by selling it to the Chinese to be dismantled. In watching the council meetings on TV, I get the feeling Mr. Olson wants Brainerd to fail so he can show us all he's right. I guess he wants to be Brainerd's first dictator.
Open Forum: Today is a day to honor mothers
Mothers are infinitely wise, gifted with intuition to solve or fix the most basic or complicated problems. Knowing when the cookie jar has been raided or sensing when someone has been hurt, they are armed with an uncanny ability to make everything alright. Faced with the toughest of situations, they can stretch a dime into a quarter and pound of hamburger into a feast for six.
OUR OPINION: LAUREL STREET
While neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night may keep U.S. Postal Service carriers from their appointed rounds, Brainerd's Laurel Street reconstruction is giving fits to people who'd like to mail a package from the Post Office.
'How do these fish survive?'
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Catching a brown trout in one of southeast Minnesota's streams is an annual rite of spring for thousands of anglers, as witnessed with this year's opening of the state's stream-trout season.
The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV/OHV club will host an ATV safety training class for area youth 12-15 years of age. Students who complete the classroom and field test will be able to ride an ATV over 90cc.
Migratory bird day occurs in May but avid birders celebrate year-round
May is my favorite month and spring is my favorite season. I love the ephemeral wildflowers that carpet the woods and wetlands and the return of wee warblers on the wing. This dancing duet fills my heart and soul to near bursting.
Clockwork turkey hunt
FORT RIPLEY -- I stood alone in the gray light of pre-dawn and listened. Above, stars sparkled in a cloudless sky, but in a few minutes daylight would rub them out.
He's ready to hit the water
Fishing guides have been rapped for raping lakes and for being rude and arrogant on the water. But are we really that bad?
Thousands of cormorants targeted on Leech Lake
Federal sharpshooters will begin killing cormorants on Leech Lake this week as part of a plan to cull a growing flock of birds, which are blamed for declining walleye numbers on the lake.
John and Pat Smith, Garrison
John and Pat Smith, Garrison, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married April 11, 1955, in Austin.
Paul Koosmann will celebrate his 90th birthday May 15. Birthday greetings can be mailed to him at 820 Civic Heights Drive, Apt. No. 207, Circle Pines, MN 55014.
Five generations recently gathered to celebrate Ella Trusty's 80th birthday. Pictured with Ella is her husband of 62 years, Chalmer; great-great-grandson, Darrin Fuchs; great-granddaughter, Tiffany Warner; and granddaughter, Sarah Trusty.
Jerry and Helen Hansen
Jerry and Helen Hansen, Aitkin, formerly of Hopkins, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. They were married May 7, 1955, in Hopkins.
Sarah Weinand and Josh Rosvold
Sarah Weinand and Josh Rosvold announce their engagement. Parents are Dave and Theresia Sutton, and Tom Weinand, Royalton, and Brian and Mary Rosvold, Baxter. A June 18 wedding is planned at The Journey Church in Nisswa.
Erika Geske and Chuck Weymann
Erika Geske and Chuck Weymann announce their engagement. Parents are Rob and Mona Geske, Trommald, and Bob and Linda Weymann, Oakdale. A June 4 wedding is planned in Lindstrom.
Carrie Van Horn and Nick Hofmann
Carrie Van Horn and Nick Hofmann announce their engagement. Parents are Lester and Brenda Van Horn, Crosby, and Jay and Terri Hofmann, Crosby. A May 21 wedding is planned in Crosslake.
Rita Nelson will celebrate her 75th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. May 15 at her home. No gifts please.
JOHN AND RUTH UNGER
Ruth Hollingsworth and John Unger were married May 8, 2004, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Mark Skinner officiating.
Pauline Sonnenberg will celebrate her 90th birthday with cake, ice cream, coffee and punch from 3-5 p.m. May 14 in the dining room at Mississippi Terrace Apartments, 215 SW Fourth Street, Brainerd.
Jim and Garnet Rehberger
Jim and Garnet Rehberger, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. They were married April 30, 1955, in Brainerd.
Amber Thompson and Russell Woitalla
Amber Thompson and Russell Woitalla announce their engagement. Parents are Dale and Lori Thompson, Brainerd, and Ed and Gloria Woitalla, Pierz. A July 9 wedding is planned in Harding.
Alvina Bernstrom, Milaca, formerly of Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-5 p.m. May 15 at Don and Sher Gillson's at 4385 State 210 Southwest, Pillager.
Remaining 367th Reservists return home
U.S. Army Reservists activated with the 367th Engineer Battalion, including about 40 soldiers from the Brainerd lakes area, will return home Monday afternoon after completing a year of duty in Afghanistan.
Matt Arneson and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers baseball team just wanted to play ball when they weren't sure they would be able to. So each time they take to the diamond they make the most of it.
Wolverines outscore Perham
PERHAM-- Daniel Smith beat Craig Hawes 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles leading the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 4-3 Mid-State Conference boys' tennis victory Friday.
CLC splits at tourney
GRAND RAPIDS -- Amber Buttler threw two complete games for the Central Lakes College Raiders softball team, losing the first 3-0 to Dawson Community College and winning the second 1-0 against Rainy River in the Region 13B tournament Friday.
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Tim Wasland won the Shimek Family Male Athlete of the Year award and Naomi Stumpf was the Lynn Halstead Female Athlete of the Year winner Monday at the Little Falls Athletic Awards Banquet.
BHS grad Thomas returns for Bees
Nate Thomas has been a hit in the classroom at North Dakota State University.
Brainerd Braves win first game
Shortstop Matt Aberle hit a fourth inning, two-run double leading to a 4-2 Brainerd Braves win against the Harding Dinosaurs Friday in Victory League baseball at Don Adamson Field.
Switajewski-Houle win, Brainerd loses
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors No. 1 doubles team of Sean Switajewski and Jason Houle battled back to beat Tyler Rosin and Nate Erdman of the Sartell Sabres 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, but it was the Sabres winning the Central Lakes Conference boys' tennis match 6-1 Friday.
Pequot sweeps its rival to the north
PINE RIVER -- Bryant Szymanski was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs in a 14-2 game one victory and Ryan Lundgren was 2-3 with three RBI in a game two win for the Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team, which swept the Pine River-Backus Tigers 14-2, 8-6 Friday in Mid-State Conference action.
Pioneers dominate to win CMC meet
HOWARD LAKE -- The Pierz Pioneers girls' golf team, led by a 42 from Kristin Sczublewski, grabbed a three-point Central Minnesota Conference lead by winning the conference meet Friday at Howard Lake.
Ninth street captures title
Ninth Street (II) won the championship in the Women's Country Pool League this season. Front row: Judi Vopatek (left), Brenda Anderson. Back row: Darlene Gates, (left), Shirley Schroeml, Wendy Neugebauer. Blue Goose captured second place and Oak Lawn (II) finished third.
Kavanaugh medals, Pillager second
FERGUS FALLS -- Joe Kavanaugh shot a 1-over-par 73 for medalist honors and led the Pillager Huskies boys' golf team to second place Friday at the Hillcrest Academy Invitational.
In the Brainerd lakes area:
The no-hit bit
It was hot Friday down at Don Adamson Field in more ways than one.
It's a benchmark for the Verndale Pirates softball team, a time in the season when the mental switch turns on and the team ignites.
Crosby-Ironton High School graduate Tony Bonsante boxes Jesse Brinkley in the quarterfinals of "The Contender" reality TV show Sunday night.
When she was 4-years-old, Kim Gallant laced on her first pair of figure skates.
Rangers take a pair from Wolverines
CROSBY -- Carissa Steuck pitched a complete-game victory and Megan Landowski struck out four in seven innings to lead the Crosby-Ironton Rangers softball team to a 2-1, 8-7 Mid-State Conference sweep Friday.
Larkin to appear at home opener
Northwoods League baseball fans will have an opportunity to hobnob with a former Minnesota Twin when the Brainerd Blue Thunder play their home opener June 4.
Brainerd opens tourney with win
PRINCETON -- Leadoff hitter Brady Prince hit the first pitch he saw for a solo home run and teammate Kyle Holbrook added a solo shot in the fifth inning Friday leading the Brainerd Warriors baseball team to a 5-3 victory over the Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons in the first round of the Princeton tournament.
As gadgets proliferate, the visually impaired struggle to take part
Jay Leventhal, who is blind, still fumbles with the tiny controls on his iPod but has given up on the kiosk in his New York office building that lists all the tenants.
ManiaTV wild about music videos
DENVER -- Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.
What's a blog and how will they change our lives?
Q. What are blogs and how will they change our lives?
'Doom 3' debuts for Xbox; sequel arrives for PC
If your bloodlust somehow wasn't satisfied after vaporizing the umpteenth demon in last year's PC version of "Doom 3," id Software Inc. has released a reworked Xbox version and an expansion pack for the PC with even more carnage.
New Opera browser innovates but fails at basics
NEW YORK -- Opera's new Web browser responds to commands you speak into a microphone. It rearranges pages to fit narrower windows. It adds a security bar to help reduce the risk of fraud.
FAVORITE VACATION PHOTO
Dave and Cindy Grotzke of Baxter took this photo of the Andes Mountains in Yungay, Peru, while visiting their son, Seth, in Lima.
Bioluminescent lagoon reveals stunning glow in Puerto Rico
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico -- At night in a lagoon fringed with mangrove thickets, kayakers set their paddles down and look to the dark water for a secret of nature seen in few places.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for showers and thunderstorms west and south. Highs from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.
A special day
Weather drawing by Marcie Nelson in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Thunderstorms northeast in the
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Thunderstorms likely...Possibly severe. Highs in the upper
Rain expected across much of the nation
Showers and thunderstorms dampened much of the nation early Saturday, but it was cloudy and dry in parts of the West and Northeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
St. Joseph's Medical Center staff would like to thank the Brainerd Fire Department Chief and staff, St. Cloud Fire Department staff and North Ambulance staff for assisting us in our mass casualty decontamination training on April 21. Each day you risk your lives working to save people. A special thanks for all that you do. Your training assistance was very appreciated.
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