Thompson wins at Golden Spike
SAUK RAPIDS -- Brainerd's John Thompson posted a clean sweep in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature Sunday at Golden Spike Speedway by winning his heat race and the main feature.
50 I: 1. Joseph Weidenborner, 2. Jonathan Weidenborner
Burning rubber for soldiers
Going into his seventh season of racing a Top Alcohol Funny Car and among the entries in the NHRA Lucas Oils Drag Racing Series West Central Divisional Friday through Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway, Big Lake's Gage Chaffee said he still learns something with every quarter-mile pass.
1961 Comet S-22 was out of this world
Which car had bucket seats that could be adjusted separately, a map locker in between the seats, full width foam padded back seats and 17 stunning color schemes?
'Empire' strikes gold in voting
It will take awhile to see how the prequels "officially" rank. "Revenge of the Sith" is the popular front-runner at the moment. "Visually stunning, aurally stimulating. Great story. Good movie," the sandman posted.
The choir will perform classics by Bach and Faure as well as newer music such as "Jubilate!" by Carolee Curtright and "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins. Also included in the program is "O, Colored Earth" and "City Songs" by Bob Chilcott.
"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" has a couple things working for it. First, it features small-screen stars Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls") and Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia"). Second, it has the word "pants" in the title. The coming-of-age film based on a popular novel is now playing at area theaters.
Tickling the ivories
Tickling the ivories
Just For Kix dancers perform at Twins game
Brainerd dancers joined 300 other Just For Kix dancers from a five-state area to perform in a mass production before a Twins game May 21 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. It marked the 10th year the group has performed at a Twins game.
Sweet sounds from Sweden
Whatever mood you're in while wandering the Nisswa-stmman grounds next weekend, odds are good Tv will deliver what you want to hear.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
For week of June 2-8; bands perform 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Long live TV's Fab Four
Last week, Carrie Underwood got her "Idol" crown and our favorite castaways blew up the mysterious hatch, only to find ... a mysterious ladder. And with that, another TV season is in the books.
Nothing beats a good steak on the grill
I thoroughly enjoy a good steak. And during the summer, I'm in love with the idea of grilling steaks because there's very little prep or cleanup, and grilling gives me an excuse to stay outdoors and cook on my grill.
Make smart moves in your kitchen
A little organization in the kitchen pays big dividends. Keep in mind these smart moves from Parents magazine's food editors Fraya Berg and Jackie Plant set out in a feature in the magazine's June issue.
A boost of flavor
Grilled boneless pork chops are an easy choice for a low-fat meal. Doesn't have to be a dull choice, though, especially when the cook gives it an original touch, as in this recipe that's lifted out of the ordinary with rhubarb chutney.
Jason Deist and Jennifer Papan, Lisle, Ill., a boy, Ryan Allen, 8 pounds, May 18, 2005. Grandparents are Kay Deist, Baxter, David Deist, Tinley Park, Ill., Lynne Papan and Mike Burnetter, Lisle, Il. Great-grandparents are Dorothy Deist, Tinley Park, Ill., John and Myra Stusek, Bollingbrook, Ill., Jim and Marianne Burnetter, Woodridge, Ill., and Marcella Papan, Heber Springs, Ark.
"What's Buzzin' at Your Library?" is the theme of the Kitchigami Regional Library's summer library program.
CLC class writes grant to create American Indian beading project for adolescent treatment program
Central Lakes College Project Achieve students applied for a grant from Youth As Resources, a Brainerd Community Action program, and received it during spring term.
Little Falls Dam Festival to run June 24-26
LITTLE FALLS -- The second annual Little Falls Dam Festival will run June 24-26 at Maple Island, Mill Island and LeBourget parks.
Studying from abroad
Serving her country in the Middle East isn't keeping an American college student from pursuing her degree.
Crow Wing Mounted Patrol members participate in clinic
WADENA -- Five members of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol and their horses participated in the annual Wadena Mounted Patrol clinic April 29-May 1 at the Wadena County Fairgrounds.
Kathio State Park to host concert, Archeology Day
ONAMIA -- Mille Lacs Kathio State Park will host a campfire-style music program at 8 p.m. Saturday and Archaeology Day on Sunday.
Memorial Day in Hackensack
Mary Wheeler of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202, Hackensack, installed some of the many flags the Auxiliary unit puts on top of the more than 200 crosses of fallen veterans honored in Hackensack as Tom Matson and Dave Hoopman of the Sons of the American Legion S.A.L. Squadron 202 read the names of those veterans being honored on Memorial Day.
S.S. Michael christened at Confidence Learning Center
A large crowd of staff, family and well-wishers gathered Sunday at Confidence Learning Center to dedicate a unique attraction for the camp -- the S.S. Michael.
BREEZY POINT -- As invasive species spread to more Minnesota waters, boaters are asked to take a proactive approach to keep the lakes clean.
VFW Friday night dinner
The Friday night dinner at the VFW in Brainerd will be Al and Lynns Italian spaghetti, serving at 5:30 p.m. Reservations appreciated by calling 829-6393.
No field of dreams
The farmstead across from Camp Ripley stands in a field of road construction as work continues on the four-lane expansion of Highway 371 between Brainerd and Little Falls.
Brainerd landmark razed
Tommy Thompson, owner of Tom's Backhoe, demolished the Elks Building in downtown Brainerd early Tuesday morning. The building was razed to make room for the Crow Wing County Jail.
Brainerd attorney disciplined by office
The Minnesota Supreme Court has disciplined a Brainerd attorney for professional misconduct.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - People will get a bang out of the 1985 medallion treasure hunt. The fifth annual event probably will still be in progress during Brainerd's revived Fourth of July celebration. Fireworks for the winner could mean more than $1,000.
Numbers don't tell whole story about safe neighborhoods
What makes a safe neighborhood largely depends upon perception.
COMING FRIDAY IN RELIGION
A Brainerd pastor is using her sabbatical to find the roots of her church in Europe, a trip she's been dreaming of taking for years.
"It focuses your mind on the things that are really most important -- family, friends and priorities in life."
Can area counties afford juvenile center?
LITTLE FALLS -- Because it is losing money monthly, decisions loom on how to restructure the Central Minnesota Juvenile Center.
Golf course issue caught in Catch-22
BAXTER -- With Baxter yet to decide on the future of a Cypress Drive extension, the potential developers of Pine Meadow Golf Course have found themselves in a Catch-22.
Detention center's woes continue
LITTLE FALLS -- The summer should tell whether a major change in how the Central Minnesota Juvenile Center operates will be a method to keep the facility running.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 1 - 80 years ago (1925) - On Friday evening, May 29th, 89 students were graduated from the Brainerd High School, and received their diplomas, signifying the completion of four years of high school work.
Crosslake special sessions continue as council members planned to meet Thursday in part to review the city's organizational chart and the number of votes required by the council to make an ordinance change.
Rep. Dallas Sams has malignant brain tumor
The malignant brain tumor Sen. Dallas Sams suffered this legislative session gave him personal insight into how fast health problems can change a person's life.
Political pot already boiling for 2006
While the Legislature is still struggling to complete its 2005 business the 2006 political season is already starting to simmer.
A perfect day for a picnic
Madison Galligan (left), Catie Ryan, Kristy Peterson and Meghan Nelson played games Tuesday on a blanket in Nisswa Park. The children with Learn and Play Daycare and were enjoying the warm sunny weather.
COMING FRIDAY IN HOUSING
Take a look at living in White Sand Estates, a planned unit
ST. CLOUD -- A 79-year-old Onamia man, seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision Friday, has died.
Age, disability forum set for Brainerd on June 9
A human rights community forum focusing on age and disability is scheduled for June 9 in Brainerd.
Workshop to explore surviving deployment
With many area soldiers not expected home until next winter and others expecting to depart this year, a workshop aimed to offer ways to survive a military deployment has been announced.
Summer mini-session at CLC has openings
While the 2005 summer term at Central Lakes began Wednesday, the new Brainerd campus mini-session July 6-26 still has openings.
Denise M. Kutzke
ROCHESTER -- The funeral Mass for Denise M. Kutzke will be held Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester with the Rev. Gerald A. Mahon officiating.
LITTLE FALLS -- Robert Gay, 87-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Onamia, Minn., died Monday, May 30, 2005, at his son's home in Little Falls, Minn. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 2, from 5-8 p.m. at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn., with a service at 7 p.m. Burial will take place at the Isle Cemetery in Isle, Minn. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Arnold I. Trast
AITKIN -- Arnold I. Trast, age 88, of Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
RANDALL Gene Gaffke, age 71, of Randall, died suddenly at his home Tuesday morning, May 31, 2005.
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Pauline K. Schmidt
LITTLE FALLS -- Pauline Katherine Schmidt, age 94, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at the St. Otto's Care Center.
Sherlyn 'Sherry' Hanson
ST. LOUIS PARK -- Sherlyn "Sherry" Hanson, age 39, of St. Louis Park, passed away Memorial Day after a courageous four year battle with cancer. She was employed by Walker Methodist Home and was formerly a surgical technologist at Methodist Hospital.
Dawn L. Kohout
AITKIN -- Dawn L. Kohout, age 57, of Aitkin, died Sunday, May 29, 2005, at the Riverwood Health Care Cener in Aitkin.
Anthony T. Fisher
ROYALTON -- Anthony Troy Fisher, age 35, of Royalton, Minn., passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at his home.
Open Forum: Society shouldn't encourage harmful ways
Before anyone buys into the idea that denying homosexuals the right to marry is a civil rights violation, I hope they consider that not all civil rights are absolute or universal. For example, although voting is a civil right, no one considers it a civil rights violation to deny a 4-year old the right to vote. That's because responsible voting requires a level of maturity most pre-school children do not have. Consequently, it serves both justice and the common good to deny preschool children the right to vote.
OTHER OPINION: THE MEDIA
One of the unattractive distinctions of President Bush's first term was his inaccessibility to reporters. Through his re-election last November, Mr. Bush met the press for full-scale, solo news conferences just 15 times. During one journalistic dry spell in 2003, the president went five months without holding a solo news conference. White House officials argued that Mr. Bush disdained the formal news conference, with its self-promoting reporters and "gotcha" mentality, and they said he was available to reporters in other venues, answering news-of-the-day questions in quick encounters or holding mini-news conferences. But these are inadequate, watered-down alternatives -- Question Time Lite -- and in any event these sessions, too, were often scarce.
I think the time has come to ban the sale, use and installation of non-stock mufflers in Minnesota for all cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs. if you live on a road and most of us do, the noise is unbelievable. You should not have to listen to this totally unnecessary noise.
Who designed those big, ugly county buildings? They are ugly. Definitely not an asset to downtown. They look like big piles of rock. That nasty yellow brick is really gross. Yuck. $55 million for that? We need new commissioners for sure.
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Cardinals duo moves on to state
COLLEGEVILLE -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals doubles team of Charlie Hoemberg and Matt Edin won in three sets in the semifinals and then lost to Joe and Daniel Fragodt of Benson 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 in the Section 6, Class 1A title match to advance to the state tennis meet next week.
Pioneers finish year
COLD SPRING -- Pierz Pioneers senior Jason Folger carded a 97 and sophomore Katie Sczublewski shot a 102 in the Section 5, Class 1A boys' and girls' tournament Tuesday at Rich Spring Golf Course.
Three Cards, one Huskie off to state
FERGUS FALLS -- Staples-Motley Cardinals Cydney Hasselberg fired a two-round 170 for third and Ashley Longbella shot 180 for sixth individually at the Section 6, Class 1A boys' and girls' golf tournament Tuesday at Pebble Creek Golf Course.
No surprises against top seeds
It went just as senior Sean Switajewski and junior Josh Holbrook thought it would.
Gobblers advance over rivals
AITKIN -- Jason Rikala was 1-for-2 with two RBI and A.J. Hartshorn was 1-3 with an RBI double to lead the third-seeded Aitkin Gobblers to a 4-1 victory over the sixth-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers in the opening-round of the Section 7, Class 2A baseball playoffs Wednesday.
Cardinals split in playoffs
ST. CLOUD -- Staples-Motley's Chelsea Einerwold went 2-for-3 in a 3-1 loss to the Foley Falcons in the Section 6, Class 2A softball semifinals Tuesday.
Cards' win sets up showdown with Foley
ST. CLOUD -- Chelsea Einerwold was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a fielders choice before Shari Berg drove her home for the game-winning run in the Staples-Motley Cardinals 3-2 victory over Pine City Tuesday in the Section 6, Class 2A softball tournament.
Smith makes third try count
With one swing of the bat Hilary Smith exorcised a couple of demons.
Three win section titles
ST. JOHN'S -- Three area boys and six area girls qualified for the Class 1A state track and field meet thanks to their performances Wednesday at the Section 5, Class 1A meet.
Richards' no-hitter leads S-M
STAPLES -- Justin Richards hurled a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and six walks for the Staples-Motley Cardinals as they rolled past the Breckenridge Cowboys 7-0 in District 19 West, Section 6, Class 2A baseball Tuesday.
Rehberger ignites Brainerd to final series
She is the sparkplug, undeniably the one who ignites the fire of the Brainerd Warriors softball team at bat, behind the plate and vocally.
Bauer four away
BIWABIK -- Crosby-Ironton senior Joe Bauer's round of 80 placed him eighth individually Tuesday in the Section 7, Class 1A boys' golf tournament at the Quarry at Giants Ridge.
LaFountaine, Tech doubles team advance
ST. CLOUD -- Dan LaFountaine swept through the singles portion of the Section 8, Class 2A boys' tennis tournament on his way to the state tournament.
Benike shoots low round in junior tourney
Ethan Benike fired a round of 32 to win the 11-13 division Saturday in the Crosswoods Golf Course Junior Par 3 tournament in Crosslake.
Upcoming sporting events
No more three putts
How often do you three or four putt a green during your round of golf?
Making it look easy
A tee box is like a welcome home mat to Kim Larson.
All-Mid-State softball team selected
The All-Mid-State Conference softball team was announced Wednesday.
Brainerd Warriors designated player Kylie Abrahamson (left) high-fived center fielder Paige Olson after Olson scored the Warriors' second run Tuesday in the North Subsection 8, Class 3A tournament championship game at Adamson Field. The Warriors won 2-0.
Furious rally comes up short
On one of the rare sunny days this spring the Brainerd Warriors got off to an ominous start but almost recovered.
Tower towering over league
Tower Mortgage defeated Edward Jones 23.5-20.5 May 26 to increase its lead over the rest of the Men's League at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Brainerd's Hoppe returns to state meet
SAUK CENTRE -- For the second straight year, the Brainerd Warriors boys' golf team finished second at the Section 8, Class 2A meet. And for the second straight year Jared Hoppe will play on the biggest stage as he qualified for next week's Class 2A state meet.
Northwoods League baseball is back
The Brainerd Blue Thunder are ready to roll.
DNR reports May rainfall slightly below 10-year average in Brainerd
It may have seemed like it rained everyday in May but the monthly precipitation was fractions of an inch below normal, according to weather recorders at the DNR's Brainerd office.
Summer pool fun
Weather drawing by Austin Mau of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny east...Partly sunny west. A chance of showers or an isolated thunderstorm far west. Highs in the 70s to near 80. Cooler with low to mid 60s near lake superior and lake michigan.
Summer is coming
Weather drawing by Brianna Beach of Mrs. Gardner's fifth grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance for showers and thunderstorms...Mainly in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s to low 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms extreme northwest late. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s...Mid 60s to lower 70s near lake michigan and lake superior.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning west
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny in the morning...Then partly cloudy with a
State forecast for N.D.
Today...A chance of morning showers and thunderstorms west
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s to near 80.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...A chance of thunderstorms west. Numerous thunderstorms
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms west
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Scattered showers this morning. A chance of showers and
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