New GM Wolter vows success at BIR
Rod Wolter, former general manager of the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., came out of retirement on a mission: To assume duties as Brainerd International Raceway's general manager and try to convince its parent company, Sports Resorts International, Inc., not to sell the facility (the Michigan based company announced in March that the facility was for sale).
It's been a 'Long' time since he's seen this Studebaker
The last time Stephen B. Long saw one of his previously owned cars was 36 years ago when he traded it off for a new 1969 Ford Mustang at Mills Ford.
Pine River's Jordan Sherwood couldn't have come any closer to being named as the top Semi-Pro racer in the WSA Hillcross Series.
The choir students of Brainerds Mississippi Horizons will be featured in the schools last spring concert 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the Forestview Middle School cafetorium in Baxter.
If you could be any 'Star Wars' character ...
Nearly 40 Brainerd High School students are busy this week preparing for their ambitious staging of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." But the cast and crew took time out from a rehearsal Monday to comment on that other timeless fantasy epic that's in the news this week.
BHS actors battle the Bard
Several Brainerd seniors wanted to cap their high school theater careers in memorable fashion. So did John Wanninger, who will direct his last play after seven years at Brainerd High School. This weekend, they'll either go out with a blaze of glory or down in flames.
The Brainerd High School Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform their spring concert 8 p.m. Thursday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Hayden Christensen stars as Anakin Skywalker in the "Star Wars" saga's second prequel sequel. I don't want to spoil anything, but there's a rumor going around that Anakin turns into Darth Vader. "Revenge of the Sith" is playing at area theaters, including Movies 10 at Westgate in Baxter and Sunset Cinema in Jenkins.
Sequels, remakes most anticipated summer movies
As with most summers, remakes and sequels are the blockbusters getting the most buzz. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (three votes), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (two) and The Dukes of Hazzard (one) got tapped as the summer movies people most wanted to see.
Sweet smoothie delivers healthy boost in minutes
Don't neglect nutrition when it comes to taking a break with a refresher or when you're reaching for something to stave off hunger at a delayed dinner time.
Planning meals saves time in the long run
Many times I have stood in front of the refrigerator at mealtime without a clue what to make. Even though usually it's just Gary and me at mealtime, I like to know what I'm going to prepare for dinner.
Add spring twist to classic salad
A holiday or any day gets a lift with a dish that has a spring-summer air to it. An example is this salad: It's nutritious and tasty and owes inspiration to the classic Waldorf salad.
Yes, you can have your cupcake and eat it, too -- especially if you keep it from getting smushed by packing it in a container.
One person was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 6:57 p.m. Thursday on Oak Street at Southeast 16th Street, the Brainerd Police Department reported.
Lake's Area Senior Center
Matthew P. Adams, 23, of Fort Ripley, and Miranda L. Erickson, 20, of Brooklyn Park.
Contact your state senator or representative in St. Paul
Rep. Paul Gazelka.
Meth prevention training Friday in Emily
More than 50 law enforcement officers will be in Emily Friday to be trained in preventative programming for methamphetamine.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
Brent Laverne Borders, 41, address unknown, was sentenced for gross misdemeanor driving after license cancellation to 27 days jail, placed on two years supervised probation and fined $50.
CROSSLAKE -- Loni Hiles, a real estate agent for Shores and More Inc. in Crosslake, earned a Graduate Realtor Institute designation in residential real estate sales.
"Ice Cream Social," Summer Picnic" and "Girls' Night Out."
Screening method for colon cancer is faulted
A recommended test for colon cancer misses more than half of all pre-cancerous polyps in women, suggesting a major gender difference and a need to reassess screening guidelines, researchers report in an analysis that will be released Thursday.
Most diabetics not controlling blood sugar
WASHINGTON -- A dismal two-thirds of the nation's 18 million Type 2 diabetics don't have their blood sugar under control, putting them at high risk of the disease's nastiest complications, even death. Yet most are unaware they're doing so poorly, frustrated diabetes specialists said Wednesday.
A story on Page 4V in the Armed Forces section Wednesday incorrectly listed the day for memorial services in Fort Ripley. The services will be 1:30 p.m. May 29 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Brainerd FFA team takes state title
For the first time in Brainerd FFA chapter history, its Fish and Wildlife Management Career Development Team claimed the FFA state title and will compete at nationals in October.
Lakes Area Rehabilitation and Bethany Auxiliary will celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day Wednesday with a Wellness Center Open House 1-3 p.m. at Bethany Station Six. Lakes Area Rehab Tours will be offered.
The Crow Wing County DFL will conduct its May general assembly 6 p.m. Thursday at the Northland Arboretum lodge.
This was Brainerd
MAY 20 - 40 years ago (1965) - Five boxcars of a Northern Pacific freight train were heavily damaged when they derailed at the Oak Street crossing about 5:30 this morning.
Garrison man arrested in drug bust
A 56-year-old Garrison man was arrested and a large quantity of methamphetamine recovered Tuesday after Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division officers executed a search warrant at a southeast Brainerd residence and during a vehicle stop.
COMING FRIDAY IN RELIGION
Special day for athletes
Brainerd Police Sgt. Terry Crocker congratulated Mary Sebasky, 14, of Pillager, and gave her a ribbon for a relay race Wednesday at the Minnesota Area 5 Special Olympics at Don Adamson Field. Hundreds of students from several area schools participated in event.
Little Falls event promotes reading
LITTLE FALLS -- They wiggled. They giggled. And they danced.
County land auction to be held July 9 at courthouse
LAKE SHORE -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday set the county land auction for 9 a.m. July 9 at the courthouse in Walker.
"It's still a beautiful church. But times have changed. It's the close of one chapter and the start of a new chapter for the Covenant church in Brainerd."
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - Couples golf at Brainerd Country Club. Low gross score for men was Charlie Lepper's 36. Doc Smedley's 33 was the low net score. For women, Dee Lepper's 41 was the low gross and Bonnie Person's 37 paced low net competition. Chet Snyder captured all honors with a 39 gross and 29 net.
Fans finally see 'Sith'
Policy prohibits 'Slow, Children at Play' signs on county roads
LAKE SHORE -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to adopt a new policy prohibiting the installation of new "Slow, Children at Play" signs along county roads.
Little Falls superintendent offered position in Colorado
Little Falls School District Superintendent Sharon Thomas has been offered the superintendent position in the Colorado Springs, Colo., School District No. 11, but she has not yet accepted or denied the job.
Baxter OKs ordinance to regulate planned unit developments
BAXTER -- Baxter has a new ordinance to deal with planned unit developments.
Meetings to be held in Lake Shore City Hall
LAKE SHORE -- Cass County commissioners met Tuesday at Lake Shore City Hall in the first of five 6 p.m. meetings held throughout the county this summer.
Paul Bunyan statue unveiled at welcome center
Josh Porter hasn't begun to calculate the hours he put into creating the new Paul Bunyan statue.
Students helping students
Bittany Stegora, a Brainerd High School fitness and dance student, was among three students from the class who taught Forestview Middle School sixth-graders how to dance Wednesday in the middle school's wrestling room.
Allison Lordbock (right) and her fellow Brainerd High School seniors, including Aaron Thielen (left), Mike Garry and Julie Boone, sang "How Great is Our God" Wednesday night during the BHS Class of 2005 Baccalaureate in the school's cafeteria.
Accident on 371 north of Baxter kills Crosslake man
A 40-year-old Crosslake man is dead following a two-vehicle collision about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 371, four miles north of Baxter, the State Patrol reported.
A very special welcome makes debut
The next generation of visitors to the Brainerd lakes area will have a new landmark marking the gateway to the region.
Cass must complete environmental study on Lantern Bay plat
WALKER -- Cass County must conduct an environmental impact statement on the Ridges of Lantern Bay plat, District Court Judge Robert B. Danforth ruled May 5 after hearing the case Nov. 29 in Brainerd.
Timber auction brings record high price for aspen
LAKE SHORE -- Land Commissioner Norm Moody reported to the county board Tuesday the April 28 county timber auction brought a record high $81.47 per cord price for aspen trees.
Citizens pipe up with concerns
People came armed to a public information session Thursday on a proposed Crow Wing County sanitary sewer district, with questions on costs, poor record keeping and a few fears the county was planning to overtake the area with big sewer pipes.
Water issues panel formed
The cities of Brainerd and Baxter have formed a joint committee to address issues concerning the wastewater treatment facility expansion.
Last 'Star Wars' is a downer (but not in a good way)
Gearing up for "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," fans perhaps watched a marathon of episodes 1-2 and 4-6. It probably felt like there was something missing between parts two and four.
Judge finds Longville liable for additional costs of 2002 improvement project
WALKER -- Cass County District Court Judge John P. Smith has found the city of Longville liable to KGM construction for $329,243.28 additional costs for the city's 2002 street and sanitary and storm sewer replacement project, plus 12 percent interest from Oct. 15, 2002.
Board seeks voting act delay
LAKE SHORE -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday night to send a letter to the Minnesota congressional delegation requesting Congress to delay implementing the federal Help America Vote Act from January 2006 to January 2007.
Pine River family to host international student for 2005 school year
PINE RIVER -- The Shawn and Charity Birr family of Pine River will welcome a new "daughter" for the 2005 school year -- Eeva Katariina Makinen, a Youth for Understanding USA student from Finland. Makinen will be a student at Pequot Lakes High School.
This is an opportunity for people and their pets to raise funds for the local animal shelter. The five-mile walk-a-thon will start at the Nisswa Community Center and proceed down the Paul Bunyan Trail.
COMING FRIDAY IN HOUSING
'Friendships and Flowers'
CASS COUNTY BOARD
LAKE SHORE -- Before the latest version of Cass County's Land Use Ordinance takes effect May 27, the county board voted Tuesday night to set public hearings on further changes to sections covering resorts and public water access lots at 10 a.m. June 7 and July 5 at the courthouse in Walker.
BAXTER CITY COUNCIL
BAXTER -- After five months of work, Baxter's comprehensive plan has been updated.
Clarence and Fran Holden of Baxter have demonstrated considerable generosity for worthwhile causes over the years but they tend to treat publicity as if it were a bad case of the flu.
Nancy M. Fenger
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Nancy M. Fenger, age 97, former resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in Grand Forks, N.D. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2005, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd and at the church the hour before services Monday.
Wade M. Lindberg
LITTLE FALLS -- Wade M. Lindberg, 35-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 19, 2005, at his home in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2005, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Belle Prairie.
Jeannette H. Garafola
IRONTON -- Jeannette H. Garafola, age 81, of Ironton, died May 18, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Charles E. 'Chuck' Forse
McGREGOR -- Charles E. "Chuck" Forse, age 63, of McGregor, formerly of the Twin Cities, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at home on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Janice Ellen Wolinski, age 69, Pine River, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., where she had lived for the past year to be near her daughter. She was born June 27, 1935, in Minneapolis to Bill and Bea (King) Burnson.
HILLMAN -- Mary Smith, 87, Hillman, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at the Mille Lacs Hospital and Home in Onamia. Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Home in Pierz.
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Nancy M. Fenger
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Nancy M. Fenger, age 97, former resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in Grand Forks, N.D.
Mabell A. Linder
POLK CITY, Fla. -- Mabell A. Linder, age 95, of Polk City, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, went home to her beloved Helmer, May 5.
Why raising state's gas tax is a bad idea
If ever the Minnesota Legislature wanted to come up with a plan to drive a wedge between the Twin Cities and the rest of the state, they sure found it when they came up with the current incarnation of a gasoline tax bill. One only needs to drive on one of the main transportation arteries around the state to know that highways and bridges need a serious infusion of funds.
OTHER OPINION: LEGISLATURE
The spirit of cooperation that dominated the early days of the 2005 legislative session ultimately turned out to be one more political game. Minnesotans seemed confident this session would be different after voters last November bounced a number of state representatives out of office in response to the 2004 session when legislators couldn't even agree to finalize a bonding bill for the state.
Open Forum: House transportation bill deserves support
Members of the Minnesota House who voted in favor of investing in our state's transportation infrastructure deserve kudos for their ability to end the legislative gridlock and agree on a funding package. After 17 years of squabbling, it's time for both parties in the House and Senate to work with the governor to make a strong transportation bill a reality.
Will you join me in boycotting Newsweek magazine because of the false report they made of the U.S. flushing the Koran down the toilet? The editors claim it was a "mistake" and apologized. That doesn't help the Americans put in danger plus the loss of respect where our military protects.
OTHER OPINION: FILIBUSTER
We usually like it when centrist senators like John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., try to galvanize the sensible center on behalf of some compromise, but we sincerely hope they fail in their attempt to preserve the Senate's filibuster. Count this page on the side of conservative social activists who are pushing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to "nuke" the filibuster.
Community Covenant closes
Tears welled in the eyes of many during the final service last Sunday at Brainerd's Community Covenant Church.
Missionaries Jon and Shirley Fischer and their family will talk about what they do at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Merrifield Community Church of the Nazarene, 21704 County Road 3, Merrifield. They serve as missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Venezuela.
We're never too busy to spread church's mission
"Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge, 'God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.'" Matthew 28: 18-20, ("The Message" Peterson.)
Soehlke lone winner for AHS
PINE CITY -- Julian Soehlke defeated Frank Borich 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to earn the only victory for the Aitkin Gobblers in a 6-1 loss in the South Subsection 7, Class 1A team tournament Thursday.
Schmitz, Verndale pummel Pillager
PILLAGER -- Ryan Schmitz hit a two-run homer in the second inning for the Verndale Pirates in a 13-2 Park Region Conference baseball victory over the Pillager Huskies Thursday.
Sundberg, Warriors second at DL
DETROIT LAKES -- On a tight course many of the Brainerd Warriors hadn't played before, Spencer Sundberg shot a second-place 74 and Zack Lundbohm tied for third with a 75 Thursday to lead the boys' golf team to second at the Detroit Lakes Invitational.
Trout are in decline at area streams
Stony Brook isn't what it used to be. A lot of trout streams aren't, but as Crow Wing County's only trout stream any decline in its fishery must be taken seriously.
Pillager shoots to fourth place
FERGUS FALLS -- Caitlin Kavanaugh shot a 97 to lead the Pillager Huskies girls' golf team to fourth in the Quad County Conference championship Thursday at Pebble Lake Golf Course.
Meschke wins Mid-State title, Pequot Lakes finishes second
PARK RAPIDS -- Val Meschke won the Mid-State Conference girls' golf meet Wednesday by shooting a 77 in rainy, 50-degree temperature.
Welle improves, Raiders stay pat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- After Wednesday's improvement, the Central Lakes College Raiders women's golf team slipped Thursday firing a 405 to remain in 11th place on the third day of the NJCAA national golf tournament.
Warriors win second of year
MOORHEAD -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' tennis team won its second match of the season by topping the Moorhead Spuds 4-3 Thursday.
Brainerd Warrior softball players Alison LeBlanc and Lindsey Jourdan have been named to the Class 3A academic all-state team.
Arneson lifts C-I past rivals
CROSBY -- Thursday's game against the Aitkin Gobblers was a big game for Crosby-Ironton pitcher Matt Arneson.
Aitkin's Sandberg to retire after season
CROSBY -- It was at the end of the first inning in Thursday's game against Crosby-Ironton when Aitkin baseball coach Brian Sandberg strode to home plate, squatted down and warmed up starting pitcher Luke Martin while catcher Brian Burman put his gear on.
S&S boys power Warriors
What has become an almost expected display of power hitting enabled the Brainerd Warriors baseball team to retain its stranglehold on the Central Lakes Conference.
Dale, Pequot Lakes finish second at Mid-State tourney
PARK RAPIDS -- Josh Dale shot a 77 Wednesday to finish second individually and lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots to second at the Mid-State Conference boys' golf championship at Headwaters Golf Course.
Owens leads BHS to pair of thirds
SARTELL -- Megan Owens shot 9-hole rounds of 43 and 42 to lead the Brainerd Warriors girls' golf team to two third place finishes Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference meet.
Kavanaugh wins crown
FERGUS FALLS -- Joe Kavanaugh's 78 earned him medalist honors and placed the Pillager Huskies boys' golf team in second place Thursday at the Quad County Conference championship.
Seaton, Pirates sit down PHS
VERNDALE -- Sami Seaton was 4-for-5 with a double propelling the Verndale Pirates past the Pillager Huskies 24-3 in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Kummet pitching near perfection this season
If Adian Kummet can maintain his current pace he could finish with one of the better pitching seasons in Brainerd High School baseball history.
BH-V boys first, Pillager girls second
PILLAGER -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Bears boys' track and field team won the Park Region Conference meet Thursday thanks to first-place finishes by Tom Adamietz in the 1600-meter run, Aaron Moenkedick in the 800 and the 4x800 relay team.
CLC a different team this time around
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- The second day of the NJCAA national women's golf tournament was about improvement for Central Lakes College.
Three firsts help Aitkin to second
RUSH CITY -- The Aitkin Gobblers boys' track and field team finished second and the girls' team placed sixth Tuesday at the Great River Conference meet.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming partly sunny. Highs 65 to 70 with 50s near the great lakes.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy west. Becoming partly cloudy east by
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Patchy fog central and east this morning...Then partly to
This weather is no fun
Weather drawing by Matthew Wright of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Rain makes flowers grow
Weather drawing by Dyllan Vanek of Mrs. Staples' first grade class at Whittier school.
State forecast for S.D.
High wind watch saturday for northwest south dakota...
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Areas of fog...Locally dense in the morning.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s northeast to mid 80s
AccuWeather.com Issues 30/90 Day Forecast for June/July/August for Continental U.S.
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State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of fog early. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the upper 50s to upper 60s. A bit cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s northeast and 80s elsewhere.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy in the morning...Then becoming partly cloudy
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