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Job prospects looking up for college grads
After three years of dismal hiring prospects, the job market for college graduates is finally improving, according to two recently released studies.
Hudalla joins KLKS Radio
Alan M. Hudalla joined the sales department as an account executive of KLKS FM Radio in Breezy Point.
Staples City Council
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
Crow Wing County Board
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Matthew J. Meyers, 39, and Melissa L. Bilstad, 39, both of Fremont, Calif.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
MondayBCook's choice. LChicken nuggets, oven fries, green beans, cinnamon tastery, milk.
WALKER -- Joseph Anthony Potter, 21, Burnsville, will serve four years in prison for first-degree manslaughter (controlled substance) in connection with the death of Heather Jean Casey of Cass Lake.
THEFT -- It was reported Wednesday a vehicle belonging to Elmer Schultz, Pequot Lakes, was stolen.
Families helping families
Jean Novicky has lived in Brainerd for 14 years, raising four children as a single mother trying to make ends meet.
Viva offers herb, vegetable plants
Viva never promised you a rose garden. It is, however, promising you a vegetable or herb garden.
Your first garden
Youre a beginner. A novice gardener. You need tools, but arent sure which to choose and where to use. Ace Hardwares Helpful Hardware Man Lou Manfredini suggests:
Double-click and dig
Warm up your green thumb on the computer this year. Visit any number of gardening Web sites, and youll find an array of products for purchase, as well as many tips for gardeners. A few handy sites include:
Enjoy an outdoor-light feel inside, at all hours of the day
Let the sun shine in -- all day and evening long.
Bernice Thell, 91, Brainerd, no longer can tackle certain chores, such as painting the house she has lived in for the past 17 years.
Kris Winum of Pierz joined Bremer Bank in Brainerd as a residential real estate loan originator.
Get real about expectations, study advises married couples
The idea that starry-eyed brides and grooms should take off the blinders may seem counter to marriage counselors' advice to view a partner in a positive light. But James McNulty, an assistant professor of psychology, says it's based on the real-life experiences of 82 couples who joined a four-year marriage study within a few months of tying the knot.
Active boys need a mentor
Are you an active person with a little spare time? Do you like to spend time with others?
Victims of clergy abuse
Despite traditions and bloodlines, government says some tribes don't exist
REDDING, Calif. (AP) -- The fog dips low into the snowcapped mountains as the emerald McCloud River meanders through the valley, a silent guardian over the graves and culture of the Winnemem Wintu tribe.
Boys will be boys, but they don't have to smell like them
Traditionally, adolescent girls take up a lot more bathroom cabinet space than boys. But that may be changing.
Representatives from the camp, offices of the county tax assessor and Minnesota Department of Revenue, the DNR, partnering organizations and interested landowners will be available after the briefing to provide information handouts and to answer questions.
Road tragedies appear to be coincidental
Within a span of an hour and only 15 miles apart, two people died in two separate crashes Wednesday on Highway 210 in Aitkin County.
Zwack wants his bike back
Joe Zwack just wants his three-wheeled bike back.
Pillager woman defies MS victim stereotypes
PILLAGER -- People often tell Michelle Ruhl of Pillager that she doesn't look like someone who has multiple sclerosis.
Pony Express re-enactment to benefit Camp Courage
Courage Center, a nationally known rehabilitation and resource center for people with disabilities, said the Northwest Saddle Club Inc. will re-enact a 200-mile Pony Express ride Saturday as a fund-raiser benefiting Camp Courage.
Veteran says national memorial comes too late
Roy Schellin, a World War II veteran, will watch dedication ceremonies for the new National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on television Saturday, but he said he has no desire to make a special trip to see it.
COMING WEDNESDAY IN NEIGHBORS
BrainerdBound on its way
Dispatch appeals judge's decision
The Brainerd Dispatch Thursday appealed a decision by Crow Wing County Judge Richard Zimmerman to the Minnesota Court of Appeals regarding a lawsuit in which the newspaper alleged the Brainerd City Council wrongly met in closed session July 25.
There she is ... Miss Brainerd
Woman recalls job as welder in Navy shipyard
World War II interrupted Eleanor Allickson's whirlwind romance. The young man from Montevideo who liked to fish and hunt on her family's Alexandria area farm tipped his hand when he asked her father if he might camp on the property for a week.
Benefit planned for victims of house fire
Woodland Good Samaritan Village staff will sponsor a brat and hamburger sale 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to benefit Sarah Dosh and her fianc, Paul Rosekrans, who lost their home to fire May 8.
A noon lunch is scheduled for VFW vets, spouses and support personnel from the World War II era Saturday at the Brainerd VFW.
In a Page 1A photo Friday, the child on the left should have been identified as Kylie Woidyla.
This was Brainerd
80 years ago (1924) - Lum Park will open officially on Thursday evening, May 29, with a big dance, music to be furnished by the Rhythm King's Orchestra. The park board has expended no little time and money in improving Lum Park.
Mille Lacs County petition denied
The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied a Mille Lacs County petition relating to an earlier court decision on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation's boundaries.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Another successful year is about to close at Brainerd Community College. About 125 students will receive diplomas Friday night at the college.
Good to the last drop
Colleen Cutkay served her last cup of coffee Thursday at Perkins Restaurant in Brainerd after working for the Brainerd restaurant for 29 years. Cutkay plans to start her own home-based housecleaning service. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
AITKIN -- Myrtle Anderson, age 89 of Aitkin, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Wayzata, Minn.
PILLAGER Violet Hengel, age 87, lifetime Pillager resident, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Dianne Irene Rodger
Dianne Irene Rodger, age 54, of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, in her home.
Maude D. Stanley
GALESBURG, Ill. -- Maude D. Stanley, 88, Galesburg, Ill., formerly of Brainerd, died at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Edward J. Schubert
PIERZ Edward J. Schubert, 87-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.
FORT RIPLEY -- Betty Stern, 75, of Fort Ripley, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at her home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter with the Reverend Kristin Kelsey officiating. Burial will follow at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Camp Ripley. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Gene 'Charlie' Tallant
PEQUOT LAKES -- Gene "Charlie" Tallant, age 54, of rural Pequot Lakes, died at his home Wednesday, May 19, 2004. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake. Friends may visit for one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangement entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
Lucylle A. Everhart, 99, Baxter, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
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Jeffrey T. Schwanke
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Jeffrey T. Schwanke, 42, Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on May 9, 2004, at his home.
Harlan A. Peterson
DEERWOOD -- Harlan A. Peterson, age 84, of Deerwood, died on Saturday, May 22, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Lucylle A. Everhart
BAXTER -- Lucylle A. Everhart, 99, Baxter, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Edith M. Skubos
UPSALA -- Edith M. Skubos, age 92, a resident of Upsala, Minn., passed away Friday, May 21, 2004, at her home in rural Upsala. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2004, at the Word of Life Free Lutheran Church in Upsala, Minn. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.
Thanks to Chief Mahle
I was saddened last week when I read about Kevin Mahle's resignation of his fire chief position. As a Nisswa volunteer fire fighter, I have had the privilege of being at mutual aid fire scenes and learning from his expertise. I have also attended classes that Chief Mahle has taught and he does an excellent job in that department.
Editorial board members
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Letter writers for the left
When I read the opinions written by some correspondents it has gotten impossible to differentiate between the desires of the radical left, the Taliban and al-Qaida. Their goal seems to be one and the same, the destruction of the U.S. of A. as we know it. If I thought that the purpose of these writers was the improvement of the U.S. I could understand but it is not, it is to change our country to something that they will be more comfortable living in.
A recent letter to the Open Forum branded President Bush as the "grandest liar and cheat I've ever seen in the White House,..." even after making allowance for the writer's obvious anti-Bush bias, that is a rather astounding pronouncement, based more on emotion than any solid evidence.
What do you think?
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My friend's son was denied lunch at Franklin because his account went dry the day before and he forgot to tell his parents. His tray was tossed in the garbage and he was hungry and humiliated. His parents, myself and everyone else pays taxes for low-income children to eat out of the "program" but it is district policy to dump a tray and let a student go hungry. How do you feel about hunger, waste, humiliation? Sounds like prisoner abuse? It's not a first. I heard of another case, too.
Schedule an extra meeting - Dispatch Editorial
Growth in the Brainerd lakes area has seemingly stepped up the pace for everyone so small town niceties and courtesies many folks have grown accustomed to are pushed aside or delayed.
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The free ride is over
I know that any one could fall on hard times and could use a little help to get back on their feet. This is what welfare was created for. It was not meant to be a way of life, or to raise one's children on. Though it does this for some.
OTHER OPINION: EDUCATION
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the direction of Minnesota's public education under former state Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke, one thing is certain -- her middle-of-the-night firing by the Minnesota Senate speaks ill of the fair and open government system we've come to expect in Minnesota.
Get the lead out
We spend a fair amount of money, effort and time in trying to attract, feed, house, encourage, photograph and learn about our feathered friends. We even take family outings and holidays based on birds and their schedules.
Hoffman promoted at In-Fisherman
In-Fisherman magazine has announced that Steve Hoffman has been promoted from managing editor to associate publisher. Hoffman's primary responsibilities will include enhancing ongoing editorial initiatives, planning and executing In-Fisherman's 30th anniversary promotions in print, television, Internet, and radio, growing the magazine's custom publishing efforts and assisting the advertising sales department in achieving its revenue goals.
'Fishing The Wildside TV' to launch in 2004
WALKER -- Fishing the WildSide has announced it will air its first fishing TV show this year.
Forkhorns try to help save the woodcock habitat
Woodcock are in peril. The tiny gamebird's population is falling and nobody is sure why.
May 29 -- Bass fishing opens
Abandoned fawns to be tested for CWD
The DNR asks people to refrain from picking up fawns that appear to be abandoned.
Property tax proposal would protect Minnesota's lakes heritage
Reflecting on the opening weekend of fishing season, it's readily apparent that Minnesota's high quality of life is due in large part to its lakes. But our lakes face increasing pressure from development. Unfettered population growth and the Minnesota dream of living on the lake are taking a toll.
North Country question of the week
"Minnesota's large lakes are primed for good walleye fishing this year," said Steve Hirsch, DNR Section of Fisheries assistant chief. "
South Dakota angler wins PWT event on Missouri
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- Mike Kulm claimed his first Professional Walleye Trail victory May 14 on Lake Francis Case, an impoundment on the Missouri River.
Crappie time coming soon to a lake near you
There's one species of fish that's prime pickings for the spring. Fine-tasting crappies offer good prospects as soon as ice is off and lasts all through May and June in the upper Midwest.
Elizabeth Foertsch and Erik Tange
Elizabeth Foertsch and Erik Tange announce their engagement. Parents are Denise and Dennis Foertsch, Wyndmere, N.D., and Phil and Sue Tange, Aitkin. A July 10 wedding is planned in Wyndmere.
MIKE AND RAQUEL ELLIS
Raquel Flores and Michael George Ellis were married Friday, May 7, 2004, at the Long Prairie Courthouse in Long Prairie with Tammie Chapin officiating.
Sacha Holbrook and Joshua Larson
Sacha Holbrook and Joshua Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Diana Holbrook, Brainerd, and Chris and JoAnn Larson, Brainerd. A June 19 wedding is planned at the bride's parents' home. A reception and dance will follow at Bulldog Community Center.
Dick and Jeanne Endres
Dick and Jeanne Endres celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a trip to Zambia, Africa, provided by their children. They were married April 22, 1954, in Clara City.
Marissa J. Brown and Gene R. Engisch
Marissa J. Brown and Gene R. Engisch announce their engagement. Parents are Robert Brown, Motley, and Teresa Brown, Verndale, and Rudy and Brenda Engisch, Brainerd, and Betty Reil, Brainerd. An Aug. 14 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
Marcy Koski and Brian Bentler
Marcy Koski and Brian Bentler announce their engagement. Parents are Keith and Erica Koski, Two Harbors, and Wayne and Lois Bentler, Pillager. A Sept. 18 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Two Harbors.
Walt and Irene Schlegel
Walt and Irene Schlegel, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married May 24, 1954.
Erin Janowiec and Trevor John
Erin Janowiec and Trevor John announce their engagement. Parents are Sue Janowiec, Brainerd, and Paul Janowiec, Crosslake, and Kathy Snyder, Ironton, and Roger John, Crosslake. A June 4, 2005, wedding is planned in Crosslake.
Jera Jewell and Jeremy Powell
Jera Jewell and Jeremy Powell announce their engagement. Parents are Robert and Susan Jewell, Brainerd, and Norman and Barbara Powell, Esko. A July 24 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
DAVID AND JENNIFER WARNER
Jennifer Marie Brown and David Warner were married April 24, 2004, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Blanche Adair, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 80th birthday with her family. She was born May 18, 1924, in Chokio.
Tim and Becka Copley
Tim and Becka Copley, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married May 19, 1979, in Merrifield.
Kelly Cavanaugh and Joseph "Jay" Spaeth
Kelly Cavanaugh and Joseph "Jay" Spaeth, both of Clear Lake, announce their engagement. Parents are Ken and Rachel Cavanaugh, Romulus, Mich., and Jim and Barb Spaeth, Aitkin. A June 19 wedding is planned at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin.
I saw an editorial cartoon recently that resonated with me; and it might speak to you.
BHS tradition lives on
It's been a Brainerd High School tradition for as long as Principal Steve Razidlo can remember. But this year the tradition almost didn't happen.
The Rev. Mark Kleckner will be installed Sunday as senior pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
DETROIT LAKES -- Kim Larson's 84 earned her runner-up honors and the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' golf team secured a second-place finish in the Mid-State Conference tournament Thursday.
Jacque Peterson almost jumped over herself at the Section 8, Class 2A True Team track and field meet May 14.
LOCAL SPORTS BRIEF
Mike Innes of the Brainerd Braves is the Victory League Player of the Week ending May 16.
In the Brainerd Lakes area:
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers tennis team's chance of advancing in the postseason came down to the No. 3 doubles match where the team of Jake Curtiss-Michael Hughes lost 6-2, 7-5, giving Duluth Marshall a 4-3 victory in the first round of the Subsection 7, Class 1A tournament Thursday.
Kimman stars in long jump, triple jump and high jump
Good things come in threes for Danny Kimman.
PILLAGER -- Laura Pace played a part in four first-place medals for the Pillager Huskies at the Park Region Conference track and field championship Thursday.
Upcoming sporting events
On radio and television
Baseball veterans to conduct clinic
In his spare time Brainerd police officer Bruce London likes to promote events such as pro wrestling shows.
AITKIN -- Sam Beseres hit a home run to lead the Crosby-Ironton Ranges to an 8-2 win over the Aitkin Gobblers in high school baseball action Thursday.
With the North Subsection 8, Class 3A tennis tournament four days away, the Brainerd Warriors are hoping for a repeat of 2002.
Warriors end regular season with 1-0 loss
BEMIDJI -- In what could be a preview of the Section 8, Class 3A finals, the Brainerd Warriors suffered a 1-0 softball loss to the Bemidji Lumberjacks Friday in what Brainerd head coach Mike Zauhar said was a "great game and a great pitchers duel."
PEQUOT LAKES -- Courtney Markham went 2-for-3 with four RBI and teammate Jessica Gallaway went 2-3 with a run as the Pequot Lakes Patriots tipped the Verndale Pirates 10-9 Thursday.
10 baseball games, 11 days, 5,300 miles
Baseball has always been known as America's favorite summer pastime.
WARRIORS' GIRLS' GOLF
SARTELL -- Emily Dunphy and Nikki Bender each shot 45s to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a second-place finish with 184 strokes in a Central Lakes Conference girls' golf meet Thursday.
SAUK RAPIDS --Megan Arns pitched a complete game, with eight strikeouts and no walks, for the Brainerd Warriors in a 9-1 triumph over the Sauk Rapids Storm in Central Lakes Conference softball Thursday.
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- The Central Lakes College Raiders women's golf team finished ninth in the NJCAA national tournament, which ended Thursday, at Halifax Plantation Golf Club.
Cardinals power past Frazee
STAPLES -- Justin Richards struck out nine batters in five innings to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a 8-6 non-conference baseball victory over Frazee Friday.
The Pine River-Backus all-sports banquet is scheduled June 1 at Piney Ridge Lodge.
BHS takes eighth at True Team meet
BLAINE -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' track and field team went into the Class 3A state True Team meet tired and drained, but did what it set out to do.
DETROIT LAKES -- The Detroit Lakes Lakers edged the Staples-Motley Cardinals by one stroke to capture the Mid-State Conference boys' golf championship Thursday.
Legacy League golf shorts
After a week break, Deerwood Bank collected 28 points to take the lead in the men's golf league at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's May 20.
On radio and television
Honek tosses no-hitter
STAPLES -- Michelle Honek pitched a no-hitter and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to lead the No. 3 seeded Staples-Motley Cardinals past No. 6 Sauk Centre 10-0 Friday in Subsection 19, Section 6, Class 2A softball.
Pressure? What's pressure when you're Cliff Edberg.
Video games become Hollywood stars
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The video game industry was once an afterthought in Hollywood, at most an ancillary source of revenue like action figures. The people passionately developing the computer-based form of entertainment were seen as dorks compared with the celebrities.
E3 showcased top game gadgets
Whether they were banging digital drums or playing "Half-Life 2" with pricey new graphics cards, attendees of this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo got to check out hundreds of new game-enhancing accouterments.
New hard drive for Sony PlayStation 2 proves disappointing
The promise of a new hard drive for the Sony PlayStation 2, released this year, sent hearts aflutter.
Things to know about wireless networking
The ink was hardly dry on last week's column about laptop computers when I got a call from a reader who was upset because my list of portable microprocessors didn't mention the one in the laptop he and his wife had just bought.
Don't rely on cell phones
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. -- When rangers hiked up New York's highest mountain on a recent rescue, they were answering a cell phone call from the peak.
Favorite Vacation Photo
Chuck Pelzl, Pine River, stopped at Millaa Millaa Falls in the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, Australia, in 1998 during a "working vacation." It is one of hundreds of lesser-known sights that usually aren't mentioned in Australian travel brochures.
Family hikes: Trail safety
NEW YORK -- Hiking is a great vacation activity for families -- healthy, inexpensive and fun.
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Family travel fun: Not an oxymoron ... really
From her home in Leesburg, Va., Julia Humphries, mother of boys ages 3, 7 and 9, plans family trips with great enthusiasm, often to her husband's chagrin.
Kid-tested tips for traveling long distances with youngsters
We asked experts and staff members for their favorite road-tested, kid-specific travel tips. The result? All are things that every parent with a yen to roam ought to know.
Big game fishing
Weather drawing by Nick Condiff of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Flood watch today and tonight portions of central and east central wisconsin...
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Showers or thunderstorms likely this morning northwest and
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms central and east ending this morning...Then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 60s far northeast to the upper 70s far south.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Flood watch today through tonight for the far southeast...
Eastern, central states get more rain; Southwest stays dry, warms up
Rain fell across much of the East and central states early Friday for a third straight day. It was fair over the Tennessee Valley and California, and unseasonably warm in the Southwest.
State forecast for iowa
...Severe thunderstorm watch until 7 am cdt northern half of iowa...
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Friday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
State forecast for minnesota
...Severe thunderstorm watch south until 7 am...
State forecast for South Dakota
Flood watch far southeast tonight...
Wisconsin state forecast
Flood watch southern half today through sunday morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely west...With
State forecast for Iowa
...Flood watch through tonight much of central and northern iowa...
Rocky Mountain high
Rocky Mountain high Weather drawing by Caleb Endreson in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Surma.
'Team Survivor Night'
I would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Brainerd School District's Fun 'N' Friends program for their fantastic job on "Team Survivor Night."
The American Legion Auxiliary luncheon will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The menu will be a meatball sub sandwich, potato salad, dessert and coffee. Take-outs are welcome.
Highway 210 cleanup
The Zonta Club of Brainerd thanks its members who helped with the annual spring cleanup on Highway 210 west of Baxter.
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