DEI to share information among its teams ala rivals Hendrick and Roush
CONCORD, N.C. -- There's a revolution underway at Dale Earnhardt Inc.
All-star feuds generate tickets sales for this Sunday's Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. -- The 10-car crash during last Saturday night's all-star race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway may have cost owners about $700,000 in damages, but it should be worth that much -- or more -- in increased ticket sales for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.
Despite signs of thaw, issues facing IRL-Champ split
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Of all the great battles in American sports, this one outlasted them all.
Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin
Mark Martin, 46, won last Saturday night's all-star race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, and he returns to the 1.5-mile raceway this Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600. Martin is ranked 10th in the Nextel Cup Series standings and his Roush Racing team is committed to sending the 25-year racing veteran into retirement with his first championship.
In Danica's hometown, anticipation high
ROSCOE, Ill. (AP) -- Danica Patrick's hometown isn't exactly awash in checkered flags, nor is it buzzing with anything more than the usual activity for a place that boasts all of 6,200 residents.
Coca-Cola 600 (Race No. 12 of 36)
New TV time ends Indy 500, Coke 600 double shift
CONCORD, N.C. -- When John Andretti competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day, the real race didn't come at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Northwest Airlines pulls pretzels from flights
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the latest cost-cutting move by a struggling airline carrier, Northwest Airlines Corp. is nixing pretzels on its domestic flights, months after it stopped serving free meals.
Restaurant to open along with hotel
By late summer, diners in the lakes area will have another option when it comes to eating out. This one will have a lot of experience behind it.
Ad agency opens
A new advertising agency opened this month in Brainerd, but the names behind the venture are familiar ones in the lakes area.
Consolidated Telecommunications Co., based in Brainerd, recently announced that Mark Myhre joined the company as sales and product development manager.
Set at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes hotel and water park just off Highway 371 North in Baxter.
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Northwest calls mechanics negotiations stalled
MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. considers its seven months of contract talks with mechanics at an impasse and wants a federal mediator to release the company from further negotiations.
High-tech water park to feature customized holographic images
BAXTER -- Water parks no longer are limited to simply getting people wet.
About the lodge
The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes is set on 10.5 acres just off Highway 371 North in Baxter.
Crosslake council meets Thursday
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake City Council will meet in a special session at 4 p.m. Thursday at city hall.
Diana Tscheu and Charlie Banks Jr., Emily, a boy, Noah Henry Banks, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, May 16, 2005.
Crow Wing County meetings:
Monday Memorial Day County offices closed.
Crow Wing court
Shane Jared Beckman, 27, Brooklyn Park, was sentenced for felony first-degree DUI to 180 days jail, placed on seven years supervised probation and fined $900.
David is searching for a good role model
Recently Kinship Partners received a phone call from a parent of two of the children on our waiting list. She was concerned as to why her children hadn't yet been matched with partners. It is so hard to have to say that we have more kids waiting than we have partners available. The reality is that each one of these "waiting" children needs an adult partner to be a positive role model in their lives. You could be just the person to make a difference in a child's life by volunteering to be a Kinship Partner.
For farmers nearing retirement age, stopping can be hard
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Tom Siderius and his wife could easily sell their farm in rapidly growing northwest Montana and ease into retirement. Instead, they continue working, socking away what they can from the farm and her job in town.
Baby boomers need to think about retirement spending strategies
NEW YORK -- Most Americans focus on saving for retirement during their working years and don't think much about how they're going to spend their nest eggs in retirement.
The Brainerd Economic Development Authority will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Central Lakes College to host Camp Invention
Central Lakes College was selected as a new host for Camp Invention, a national science and creativity day camp that encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities.
Nightmare: 16 minutes of hell over Berlin
On Nov. 17, 1945, Charles Huston wrote Ken Micko a letter describing what he saw when Micko's plane was shot down over Berlin. After the war Huston worked for the Milwaukee Journal and later The Associated Press.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker Sunday at the annual veterans memorial service at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Ceremony marks the closing of Franklin Junior High
Franklin Junior High School held a special flag-raising ceremony Friday. Color guard members from the Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255 and VFW Post No. 1647 presented arms as fellow color guard members raised the American flag. This was the final flag raising for the school, which closed Friday after 73 years.
For her first public speech, Brianna Elg wants to honor veterans with her recitation of the Gettysburg Address at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery.
Bailing out over Berlin
Ken Micko and his wife moved to the lakes area permanently in 1977, about a decade after buying a cottage on Gull Lake. But during World War II he was a 22-year-old bomber pilot. He remembers limping back to England over the North Sea on two engines and throwing everything out to lighten the plane, including guns and parachutes. Long flying missions were more than nine hours. Short ones were little more than five hours. On one of the worst missions before he was shot down, Micko watched the wing blown off a B-24 bomber ahead of him and then another, a P-51, disappear entirely after a blast.
Cass County sheriff's deputy shoots suspect
WALKER -- The Cass County Sheriff's Department reported a 47-year-old Cass Lake man was shot and wounded by a sheriff's deputy when the deputy responded to a domestic call involving a firearm at the man's residence.
Unions honor C-I retirees
IRONTON -- Crosby-Ironton Education Minnesota 1325 and AFSCME 1691 honored 14 Crosby-Ironton School staff members with more than 400 total years of service with a retirement banquet Thursday at Gary's Sports Bar and Grill in Ironton.
Seniors learn a lesson of change
Brian Agre, an AP Scholar and Honor Graduate with Distinction, smiled Friday to the crowd as members of the Brainerd High School Class of 2005 took their places for commencement in the high school gym.
Brainerd Jaycees win awards
The Brainerd Jaycees won the following awards at the recent Minnesota Jaycees 2005 Spring All State Convention at Craguns:
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Pillager family to host student from Thailand
PILLAGER -- The Jeremiah (Jimmy) Hall family of Pillager will host Kiattiyos Towan, a Youth For Understanding USA student from Thailand, for the 2005 academic year.
This was Brainerd
MAY 29 - 100 years ago (1905) - Special Excursion to Duluth and Superior: Round Trip $2.50 via the Northern Pacific railway. A grand opportunity to visit Lake Superior and see the great iron and coal docks, elevators, parks and boulevards.
Patriotic ceremony at Franklin
A member of the Brainerd VFW Post No. 1647 color guard held an American flag as a color guard member from the Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255 (hidden from view) raised the flag Friday at Franklin Junior High School as the school's ninth-grade band played the national anthem.
Rita M. Bzdok
LITTLE FALLS Rita M. Bzdok, 77 year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2005, at St. Ottos Care Center in Little Falls.
Mary Catherine Blanshan, age 70, of Baxter, and formerly of Mankato, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Donald Michael McGuire, 67, of Aitkin, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. Arrangements are pending at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
If politicians were serious about protecting American family values, how about enacting an amendment preventing sex offenders from getting married and having children, instead of fighting people who actually want to get married and do care about each other? Sex offenders, not gays, are a threat to family.
St. Joe's Auxiliary marks 50 years
Volunteers can burn out just as easily as employees. It's difficult to sustain a real passion for a cause and be willing to put in the necessary work over a long period of time.
Open Forum: Koering helps keep taxes down
The recent transportation proposal heard at the state Capitol would have been devastating to greater Minnesota. Not only would it have increased our taxes by $1.1 billion through a gas tax increase and license tab fees, it would have sent that money straight to Minneapolis and St. Paul for transit projects, leaving our area out in the cold.
Birmingham moves on
With spring comes the time for good-byes and graduations, but students aren't the only ones who move on to new adventures.
Northern pike study on Mille Lacs continues
Anglers who catch a Mille Lacs northern pike marked with a numbered tag are asked to report it to the DNR.
The Classic chairman
A fishing trip with grandma to catch sunfish on Round Lake led to a rewarding and exciting volunteer job that has kept Doug Dypwyck hopping for the past 10 years.
Lunker of a museum
LITTLE FALLS -- Seven years ago the Minnesota Fishing Museum opened in a former train depot with 50 old fishing lures that were gathering dust in founder Al Baert's basement. When word got out that a museum was in progress the available space filled quickly.
Cut Canada down to size when pursuing trophy walleyes
Canadian shield lakes can be intimidating. The water seems so vast. But there are simple ways to cut those lakes down to size, according to Mike Norris, outdoor media personality and fishing educator.
State parks open house is June 5
June 5 is open house day at Minnesota's state parks. Visitors can enjoy most state parks free of cost. Some parks have special events and activities planned for the day.
Mushroom hunters, be on the lookout for false morels
False morel mushrooms are more reddish-brown than golden. The caps are wavy and have a "brain-like" appearance.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV/OHV club will host an ATV safety training class for youths 12-15 years old. Students who complete the classroom and field test will be able to ride an ATV over 90cc.
Phyllis June Pundt
Phyllis June Pundt, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-3:30 p.m. June 2 in the main dining room at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Dennis Lutterman will celebrate his retirement as director of rehabilitation at St. Joseph's Medical Center for 36 years with a retirement party open house from noon-4 p.m. June 5 at Lum Park.
Kate Moser and Stephen Klugherz
Kate Moser and Stephen Klugherz announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Colleen Moser, Pine River, and Greg and Sue Klugherz, Savage. A July 16 wedding is planned in St. Paul.
Irving and Margaret (Roskop) St. Onge
Irving and Margaret (Roskop) St. Onge, Little Falls, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a 10:30 a.m. Mass in their honor June 5 at Holy Family Church in Belle Prairie. There also will be a family celebration June 12. They were married June 12, 1940, in Fort Ripley.
Jennifer Marie George and Adam David Hamdorf
Jennifer Marie George and Adam David Hamdorf announce their engagement. Parents are Sandy Kramer, Festus, Mo., and David George, High Ridge, Mo., and David and Jody Hamdorf, Festus. The groom's grandparents are Rose Pirner, Aitkin, the late Walter Pirner and the late John and Berniece Hamdorf. A June 25 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, Mo.
Jennifer Gleason and Ryan Karsten
Jennifer Gleason and Ryan Karsten announce their engagement. Parents are David and Lynn Hall, Nisswa. A July 2 wedding is planned in Kasson.
JASON AND SARAH JOHNSON
Sarah Cutkay and Jason Johnson were married May 7, 2005, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Dan Werthman officiating.
David and Dianne Heath
David and Dianne Heath will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. June 4 at Lake Edward Town Hall. The event is hosted by their children. No gifts please.
Kristen Doyscher and Kristopher Bo Williams
Kristen Doyscher and Kristopher Bo Williams announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Becky Doyscher, Baxter, and Danny Williams and Nancy Williams, Gallatin, Tenn. A June wedding is planned at Cragfont Plantation near Nashville.
A'Lesha Margaret Kuschke and Dane Michael Arganbright
A'Lesha Margaret Kuschke and Dane Michael Arganbright announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Randi Kuschke, Nisswa, and the late Karen Arganbright, and Bruce Arganbright, Baxter. A June 9 wedding is planned at Pakala Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, with a reception June 18 at the Ramada Inn in Brainerd.
PETER AND BROOKE KREMER
Brooke Freeburg and Peter Kremer were married April 9, 2005, in Brainerd.
Doug and Diane Gilson
Doug and Diane Gilson will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. June 4 at the Fort Ripley Community Center.
Kathryn E. Lykins and Mark L. Handley
Kathryn E. Lykins, Nisswa, and Mark L. Handley, Mesa, Ariz., announce their engagement. Parents are Roger and Judy Lykins, Nisswa, and Neil and Barbara Handley, Mesa. A June 4 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
She may be the last of the Meschkes, but she's hoping to play in two more tournaments.
Patriot boys' and girls' teams take titles
WALKER -- Teddy Lundgren won the long jump and added runner-up finishes in the triple and high jumps while Teresa Parker won the high jump and discus to help the Pequot Lakes boys' and girls' track and field teams to first place in the Subsection 29, Section 8, Class 1A meet Thursday.
Brainerd Warriors baseball coach Lowell Scearcy summed it up best.
NHRA to return to BIR
NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will continue their 2005 racing season at Brainerd International Raceway Friday through Sunday, June 5.
Brainerd Parks and Recreation
Men's MS1 Softball
His father was a wrestler and his older brother was a distance runner, so it only makes sense Eric Asfeld is a hurdler.
On radio and television:
Former Brainerd High School standout and current outfielder for the College of St. Scholastica baseball team, Chad Weiss, has signed to play this summer for the Brainerd Blue Thunder of the Northwoods League.
Little Falls softball coach deals with setbacks
LITTLE FALLS -- Ron Hinnenkamp and the Little Falls Flyers have suffered their share of setbacks on the softball field.
Regular race program
Pure Stock, Street Stock, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stock and Modifieds will compete Saturday night at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
WHAT: Drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The event is the second of six in West Central Division competition. The divisions Sportsman Motorcycle class will also run in conjunction with the event.
Staples-Motley doubles team advances
COLLEGEVILLE -- Staples-Motley doubles players Charlie Holmberg-Matt Edin were the only area performers who advanced following the first two rounds of the Section 6, Class 1A individual tennis tournament Thursday at St. John's University.
In the Brainerd lakes area:
Johnson, Pequot nip Aitkin
PEQUOT LAKES -- Chris Johnson pitched a four-hitter and Matt Bartella was 2-for-3 to help the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 2-1 regular-season ending non-conference baseball victory over the Aitkin Gobblers Friday.
Alienware has a hot one for gamers
I drive a Buick. Before that, I drove a Dodge Caravan. These are not exactly the hottest cars on the planet, but each served my purposes at the time I bought it. So there you have it -- the confession of guy who likes boring cars.
Spam can be managed, up to a point
In the decade or so since Web access became a consumer commodity, we've fixed many things about the Internet, from the pokey speed limit of dial-up modems to browsers that crash three times an hour. But spam is a bigger nuisance than ever.
Next via Internet: Tailored TV
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.
The room began to hum, but no one so much as raised a hand.
Favorite Vacation Photo
It's a dog's vacation too. After a three day ride in the car to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington, Brainerd residents Andy and Marilyn Swift let their dog, Mickie, frolic in the December surf of the Pacific Ocean. The cold and salty waves didn't keep her from diving in and racing the waves to shore.
Plan for the unexpected when children fly alone
NEW YORK -- Etkar Surette Jungwirth was 10 the first time he flew alone from New York to Austria. But he knew what to expect. He'd made the trip before, first with his mother, then with an older sister.
Stuck at the airport? Some travelers head to the gym during wait
CHICAGO -- When Harvey "Chip" Reed has a few hours to kill between flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, he doesn't wander aimlessly or fill up on fast food. He works out.
Time for summer fun
Weather drawing by Michelle McDonald in the Nisswa fifth grade of Mr. Edinger.
Stormy weather in parts of central U.S. and scattered rains in the East, Pacific Northwest
Forecasters predicted stormy weather in parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley on Saturday, while scattered rains were expected to dampen the eastern United States from the Great Lakes to the Southeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy northeast to mostly sunny southwest. Chance of afternoon showers north and slight chance of late afternoon showers or thunderstorms southeast. Warmer south. Highs in the 60s north to the 70s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Frost advisory southwest early this morning...
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning northeast. Scattered
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms...Especially this afternoon. Highs from the mid 50s north to the upper 60s far south.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and
Bethany Auxiliary meeting
Thank you, Dale Kuglin and everyone at BAY Ministries for bringing in the Christian rock concert with Skillet, Everyday Sunday and Kids in the Way. All three bands were awesome! It was exciting to see so many young people gathered for a fun and positive evening. In a world where we are bombarded with messages filled with harmful things like drugs, pornography and promiscuity, it was refreshing to hear lyrics and messages that encourage us to make wise choices in our lives. Thanks for all of the long hours you put in and problems you overcame to make this concert one of the best ever to come to the Brainerd-Baxter area! And thanks to the Brainerd Dispatch for your coverage before and after the concert.
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