Shannon Long, message therapist, recently joined the Massage for Life staff in Brainerd.
Whispering Pines owners hope what works in Nisswa will also work at the Westgate Mall
When Jeannie Williams decided to open her own store in Nisswa, she had a life's history of retail experience under her belt, $5,000 in the bank and a sewing machine to make her own merchandise.
Acrometal firms reorganizing here
WIth about 300 employees in the lakes area, the Acrometal Family of Companies plans to reorganize ATEK, Acrometal and Larco.
Constance Warhol has been hired as a staff intern at The Brainerd Dispatch.
The Paul Bunyan Amusement Center opens this weekend in a bittersweet moment that may mark the amusement center's last summer on its familiar corner in the lakes area.
Minneapolis Lutheran congregation installs lesbian pastor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minneapolis congregation installed a lesbian as its pastor despite a requirement by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that unmarried clergy be celibate, whether they're gay or straight.
Quakers meet weekly for time of silence
Quakerism, a religion that dates back to the early 1600s, may not be as popular today as it was back then, but it is still active in Brainerd.
Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers lend a helping hand
Carol (left) and Stefan Wiankowski shared their deck with Colleen Palony, Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers volunteer coordinator, this week.
Jon and Shirley Fischer, Career Assignment missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Venezuela, will speak at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Brainerd Nazarene Ch
David Scott Albertson
Brainerd High School scholarship winners
Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Scholarships
You can make a difference
Have you ever thought of how you can make a difference in the world? Make it a better place because you were here?
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 600. Last Thursday: 564. Year Ago Thursday: 285. Wednesday actual: 543.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 97, a year ago 111.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 300. Last Friday: 903. Year Ago Friday: 382. Thursday actual: 613.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 146, a year ago 90.
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The Brainerd Fire Department Wednesday responded to a small grass fire on the bike trail in the 800 block of South 10th Street.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Pequot Lakes girls' repeat
FERGUS FALLS -- Ashley Meschke, Val Meschke and Kim Larson claimed the top three individual spots and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' golf team repeat as Subsection 1, Section 6, Class 1A champions Thursday.
Golf scramble supports youth education
For the third straight year Babe Winkelman and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association have joined forces to sponsor a golf scramble that will raise scholarship dollars for Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps.
Confidence Golf Classic June 13
The 30th anniversary Confidence Learning Center Golf Classic is scheduled June 13. Registration remains open for individuals and teams.
Dunphy just misses state
MENAHGA -- Brainerd's Emily Dunphy shot a career best 83 Thursday, but missed the state tournament by one stroke at the Section 8, Class 2A girls' golf tournament.
Tips to reduce phosphorus runoff
People can help reduce phosphorus runoff into lakes and rivers by:
Lawn vs. lake
In pursuit of a better lawn, lakes area homeowners may not realize they're harming the very environment that attracted them to the area.
Phosphorus use restrictions
People may not apply a fertilizer containing the plant nutrient phosphorus to turf -- non-crop land in closely mowed, managed grasses, including residential property, commercial residential property, private golf courses and government-owned property, including parks, recreation areas and public golf courses -- in unincorporated areas of Crow Wing County with three exceptions.
Katharine Herold, real estate agent with Positive GMAC in Brainerd, recently completed the Graduate Realtor Institute and earned the GRI designation from the Minnesota Association of Realtors.
This was Brainerd
MAY 23 - 100 years ago (1903) - Don't forget to come and see the glass blowers tonight, at 407 7th St. The admission will be 15 and all who attend will receive a present.
Then and now
Brainerd's most famous water tower doesn't hold a drop of water. Yet visitors and city residents who've grown fond of the odd-looking tower at Washington and Sixth streets hold many years' worth of memories of the unmistakable, white, structure.
People congregate outside Baxter City Hall to talk about commission's decision
BAXTER -- After the commission's vote against pursuing further environmental study regarding the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter, a majority of the more than 130 people got up and left the building.
Bridge work continues near Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY -- Traffic on the Highway 115 bridge at Camp Ripley remains single lane, controlled by a portable traffic signal, until further notice, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation Baxter office.
Look for a story Tuesday on Memorial Day ceremonies that honored area veterans.
As a result of incorrect information provided The Dispatch, the names of the surviving brothers of William Worthington were listed incorrectly in an obituary on Page 5A Thursday.
Wal-Mart clears first hurdle
BAXTER -- In a vote that elicited groans from many of the 130 people in attendance, the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission in a special meeting Thursday decided not to recommend to the city council the need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter site.
Brainerd citywide cleanup scheduled for June 7
Thinking of cleaning up the garage, basement or yard but stuck on how to get rid of the stuff?
Memorial Day events listed
Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Laurel Street bridge. Events, including a parade, end with a 10 a.m. program at Evergreen Cemetery. In adverse weather, the parade will be canceled and ceremonies will be at the Franklin Junior high auditorium.
Central Lakes College will host the first Technology Design Camp June 9-12 for central Minnesota high school juniors and seniors.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for damaging mailboxes since the beginning of May in various locations in Crow Wing County.
Brainerd-Crow Wing airport to add hangar, Chicago flights
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport will add a hangar this summer. Weather permitting, construction on an 11-unit T-hangar will begin in early June and be completed by Sept. 1, airport manager Steve Sievek said Thursday during an airport commission meeting.
Lake Shore fire victim dies
LAKE SHORE -- A Lake Shore woman who suffered burns in a house fire Feb. 9 died Friday as a result of her injuries.
ATV driving in Spider Lake area to be limited
BACKUS (AP) -- All-terrain vehicle driving in the Spider Lake area of north-central Minnesota will be limited to 25 miles of marked trails, state officials announced.
United Way adjusts allocations
Generosity has caught up with the Crow Wing County United Way.
A ceremony for collectors, veterans
It's been six years in the making, but now the Purple Heart postage stamp will become a reality.
Wroolie's tireless efforts help lead to creation of Purple Heart stamp
He's having breakfast at the White House on Memorial Day and has a travel schedule that would make most people shudder.
Brainerd students take on task of caring for nature trail for seniors
Students in the Brainerd School District's Middle Level Alternative Program are learning about flowers, and at the same time they are bringing smiles to the faces of senior citizens at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
City streets handle plenty of traffic
Jackson Street/Excelsior Road used to be a favored local secret.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department Senior Jailer Don Inwards, 61, will retire May 30 from his post after being with the county for 22 years.
Top of the tower
Brainerd's landmark water tower affords a panoramic view of the city. Photos and a story will be featured in Sunday's People Plus.
This was Brainerd
MAY 25 - 60 years ago (1943) - The prize walleye catch of the 1943 season was made Saturday by William Demmers, 810 S. 8th St., when he landed a seven-pound fish caught in Gull Lake.
Blue Star Banner
Beyond the red, white and blue flowers in the yard and the yellow ribbons, a banner with a single blue star hangs in the window.
Region 5 grapples with personnel issue
STAPLES -- When the Region 5 Development Commission heard that Executive Director Bob Hutton was asked to hand in his resignation, a few commissioners' jaws dropped in shock.
Fire breaks out at Trus Joist MacMillan
DEERWOOD -- Fire in drier bins damaged equipment at Trus Joist MacMillan late Wednesday.
Dispatch introduces magazine geared specifically to women
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch introduces a magazine to its readers today, one focused on women's issues. Her Voice magazine will be distributed quarterly in The Dispatch as a free publication.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Hjalmer Torkelson, 85, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
MOTLEY -- Helen Unger, 81, Motley, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Ellen Arlene Vesely
WOOD, S.D. -- Ellen Arlene Vesely, 85, Wood, S.D., died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, S.D.
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Joseph James Porwoll, 79, Grand Blanc, Mich., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003.
Albin 'Al' D. Kuschel
Albin "Al" D. Kuschel, 67, Brainerd, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Stephen Shlanta, 67, Sioux Falls, S.D., a summer resident of Gull Lake, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Sioux Valley Foundation Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls.
Dr. Mary Ann B. Snyder
LAKE SHORE -- Dr. Mary Ann B. Snyder, 72, Lake Shore, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Bethesda Rehabilitation Center in St. Paul as a result of injuries suffered in a house fire in February.
W. Pete Langer
W. Pete Langer, 85, Pierz, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at the St. Cloud Veteran's Administration Medical Center.
Lynda Kay Stich, 64, Brainerd, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at her home.
John Halstad Hartung, 90, Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Arthur W. McWhite
MINNETONKA -- Arthur W. McWhite, 82, Minnetonka, formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Donald Duane Henry, 77, Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Rose M. Hettver, 87, Brainerd, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Hjalmer Torkelson, 85, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd.
Lynda Kay Zech Stich
Lynda Kay Zech Stich, 64, Brainerd, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at her home.
What's your opinion?
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Although the calendar says the start of summer is several weeks away most Minnesotans regard the Memorial Day weekend as the official kickoff of our warmest and brightest season.
I cannot believe that our local paper would reprint an article that shows the ignorance of a reporter, if that is what she i
Editorial board decides Dispatch's positions
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Since the arrests for the murders of families in Minneapolis and Long Prairie, I have heard a lot of talk about reinstating the death penalty in Minnesota.
The Legislature is back in special session for the final tweaking of the budget bills. Some policy issues need to be resolved, too, including extra storage for spent fuel at the Prairie Island nuclear plant.
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MUSKIES CLUB SAVED
The following scenario is familiar not only to hunting and fishing clubs but to organizations of all types.
Strange color combinations are found among many birds and animals
Question: What's black and red, yet gray?
Bills that would have created a mourning dove hunt in Minnesota and a 9 a.m. opener for the duck season both died in the Legislature this past week.
Camp illustrates its conservation mission
CAMP RIPLEY -- Some of Minnesota's finest troops, landscapes, flora, fauna and wildlife populations are found within Camp Ripley.
How much does fishing legend Al Lindner love smallmouth bass? So much that he heads north of U.S. Highway 53, where bass season opens two weeks earlier than the remainder of Minnesota. There he targets bass in late-stage pre-spawn.
Angela Swanson and Troy Nelson were married March 15, 2003, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh and Deacon Mike Schmitz officiating.
John and Tamy Cullinane
John and Tamy Cullinane, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. A celebration is planned for this summer. They were married May 20, 1978, in Madison, Wis.
Kathy Woitalla and Randy DeRosier
Kathy Woitalla and Randy DeRosier announce their engagement. Parents are Raymond Woitalla, Harding, and the late Gloria Woitalla, and Dale and Judy DeRosier, Fort Ripley. A wedding is planned Saturday in Harding.
Sarah Marie Thompson and Jason Robert Dano were married Jan. 11, 2003, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Todd Schroeder officiating.
Jacinta Mattsen and Michael Hartwig were married Feb. 20, 2003, in Brainerd with Darrell Paske officiating.
Jim and Marge Daly
Jim and Marge Daly recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children. They were married May 23, 1953.
Irene Gocken recently celebrated her 86th birthday with her family. She was born May 17, 1917.
Roy and Lillian Schafer
Roy and Lillian Schafer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with food and beverages served from 3-6 p.m. at the Crosslake Legion. The event will be hosted by their children. If you can't attend and would like to mail a card, send it to 12362 County Road 103, Crosslake.
Earl and Marie Ellestad
Earl and Marie Ellestad, Pillager, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in Pillager.
Carey Marshik and Chris Meehan
Carey Marshik and Chris Meehan announce their engagement. Parents are Hank and Mary Marshik, Ham Lake, and Jan and Greg Meehan, Brainerd. A wedding is planned Saturday at St. Andrew's Church in Brainerd.
Kandice Brick and Nate Hanson
Kandice Brick and Nate Hanson announce their engagement. Parents are Kevin and Joyce Brick, Merrifield, and Mike and Karen Hanson, Willmar. A June 21 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Dick and Renee Ross
Dick and Renee Ross, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married May 20, 1978.
Sarah Fox and Brandon Anderson were married Aug. 24, 2002, at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa with Father George Zeck officiating.
The V.F.W. Post and Auxiliary No. 1647 wish to thank the businesses of Brainerd/Baxter area for allowing our members to promote our Buddy Poppies near their entranc
Janelle Green and Ryan Menzel
Janelle Green and Ryan Menzel announce their engagement. Parents are Doug and Marge Green, Brainerd, and Kristine Ott, Ironton. An Aug. 9 wedding is planned at First Baptist Church in Baxter.
Bob and JoAnn Lundeby
Bob and JoAnn Lundeby, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner with their family. They were married May 26, 1953, in Brainerd.
Stanley Splettstoeszer will celebrate his 99th birthday at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in the Leisure Service Room. He was born May 30, 1904.
Man arrested after kidnapping at nursing home
CHATFIELD (AP) -- An armed Fillmore County man briefly took a nursing assistant hostage here Friday, then apparently started a house on fire before surrendering to police. No one was seriously hurt.
Later bar closing time done deal
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are toasting a small legislative victory: a deal that would allow bars to stay open an hour later.
Special session will spill into this week
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Saturday in a last-ditch attempt to finish the session's biggest bills before Memorial Day, but that didn't happen.
Senate passes nuclear waste bill
ST. PAUL -- An energy bill that has seemed as unstable as a gust of wind may have finally settled into a form that can become law.
Racial threat targets Bethel College
ARDEN HILLS (AP) -- A "serious racist threat" prompted Bethel College to tell its minority students, staff and faculty members that they didn't have to come to school Friday, the last day of final exams.
Online memorial honors Marines killed in Iraq
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Web site has been set up to honor the 64 U.S. Marines killed in action during the war with Iraq and recognize thousands of Marines who died in past conflicts.
Kelly's drunken driving charge allowed to proceed
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mille Lacs County authorities can proceed with a drunken driving charge against Minnesota Vikings executive Mike Kelly, a district judge ruled Friday.
Legislators spend Memorial Day weekend in St. Paul
ST. PAUL -- Rank-and-file legislators grew restless Friday as their leaders decided to keep them in town over the Memorial Day weekend in case a session-ending deal fell into place.
School funding nicked
ST. PAUL -- Legislators managed to clear their desks of almost half the state budget by passing a nearly $11.9 billion finance package that supplies funding to K-12 schools and preschool and adult learning programs.
Pawlenty issues first veto of his tenure
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued the first veto of his tenure Friday -- on a bill relating to claims against the state.
Session likely to spill into next week
ST. PAUL -- Hopes of a pre-Memorial Day finish to the special legislative session diminished greatly Friday as negotiators struggled to get over their final few humps.
Great Lakes shipping season off to slow start
DULUTH (AP) -- Port officials in Duluth said the Great Lakes shipping season is off to a slow start amid uncertainty in the taconite business.
More than 400 schools need improvement under federal law
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- More than 400 Minnesota elementary schools were expected to learn on Friday that they will likely be tagged as needing improvement under a new federal law, the state Education Department said.
Jury convicts former senator's son of manslaughter
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A jury convicted Brett Lessard, a former state senator's son, of second-degree manslaughter Friday but cleared him of more serious charges.
Ranger pads 'family' record
Since 1975, four Crosby-Ironton track and field athletes have owned the high jump school record.
They make teamwork more than a cliche
In the fifth inning, Kevin Mertens and Fred Weiss ran out and helped lift an infield dragging device onto a four-wheeler.
Forestview facility will have athletes smiling
Junior high parents, athletes and coaches in the Brainerd School probably can't wait for Forestview Middle School in Baxter to open its doors.
Northern State benefits from CLC grads
Many community college athletes play their allotted two years of athletics, then hang up their spikes, glove or jersey as they move on to a bigger school.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Verndale gains win
VERNDALE -- The Verndale Pirates finished the regular season on a high note with a 5-1 triumph over the Brandon-Evansville Chargers in non-conference baseball Friday.
Cardinals sweep track meet
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Staples-Motley boys' and girls' track and field teams captured the Subsection 1, Section 6 team championships Thursday.
BHS' Lundbohm qualifies for state
Zack Lundbohm played his finest round of the season at the most favorable time.
Area events Saturday
Stock Car Racing
Drew's grand slam leads Flyers to playoff win
LITTLE FALLS -- Rickie Drew hit a grand slam home run to lead the Little Falls Flyers to a 13-1 defeat over Sauk Rapids in South Subsection 8, Class 2A baseball playoffs Thursday.
Verndale plays subsection spoiler
MENAHGA -- The Verndale Pirates softball team shipwrecked its competition on its way to finding the treasure of North Subsection 6, Class 1A championship Thursday.
Cardinals' season ends
LITCHFIELD--The Minnewaska Lakers won in straight sets in every match and posted a 7-0 victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals Thursday in Section 6, Class 1A tennis tournament.
Young runner continues to excel for Pioneers
Jamie Talberg exudes confidence from her tiny freshman frame with good reason.
Swanson, Olejnicak pace BHS in track
ALEXANDRIA -- Brainerd's Maria Swanson won the shot put with a distance of 40-3 as the Warriors girls' track and field team took second at the North Subsection 8, Class 2A meet Thursday.
Brainerd Warriors junior shortstop Megan Arns concentrated as she threw a runner out at first base Thursday.
Jenkins twirls 4-hitter as Warriors beat Spuds
Each remaining member of the Brainerd Warriors pitching staff will bump up a spot in the rotation now that ace right-hander Kevin Mertens is out for the season with a broken bone in his pitching hand.
Warriors advance on no-hitter
"Pitching and defense."
Twins continue their winning ways, edge A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire pulled his hamstring picking up a water cooler. Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter lost track of the ball because of all the white T-shirts in the background.
Cameron has a big night against Minnesota
SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Cameron sprinted across the outfield grass, his eyes locked on Torii Hunter's deep drive.
Gophers advance in Big Ten baseball tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Hoosiers booted the ball away -- and with it their season.
Humphries still looking at his options
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kris Humphries wants to play college basketball as soon as he can, but the former Hopkins High School star is also prepared to sit out next season, his father said.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated to scattered showers western two thirds...Possibly with a thunderstorm far southwest. Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms east. Patchy dense fog this morning central...Otherwise partly cloudy. Mostly sunny west. Highs from the mid 60s east to the upper 70s west.
Remember the veterans
Weather drawing by Dennis Poynter in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms central and northeast....Mainly this afternoon. Highs from the 60s east to the upper 70s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs mainly in the 60s. Cooler near the great lakes.
Wisconsin state forecast
Frost advisory tonight north central...
State forecast for Minnesota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny northeast. Mostly cloudy west with scattered showers. An isolated thunderstorm is possible far west. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms west and central. Highs from the 60s east to the low to mid 70s west.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy east. Scattered light showers ending early...But scattered showers redeveloping midday. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms possible southeast. Partly cloudy west and central. Highs in the upper 60s far east to upper 70s west.
Weather drawing by Katy Johnson in the Lowell School first-grade class of Gayle Kub.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Areas of dense fog early...Especially across the northeast and far southwest. Otherwise...Partly cloudy. Highs in the middle 50s northeast with 60s west and south.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
Lakes Area Senior Activity Center schedule
Class of 1944 will not be meeting this month. We regularly meet on the fourth Monday each month at 11:30 a.m. at Northwind Grille.
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