On balancing work and family
My first workplace column, in 1998, was about how single people got stuck at the office more often than those with kids and how they could defend their time. Now, my final column before I go on maternity leave for six months is about how parents decide whether to work and how they handle it after a child is born.
Suite Spaces, Gazelka agency host event
BAXTER - Suite Spaces and the Paul Gazelka State Farm Agency will co-host a Brainerd Lakes Chamber event on June 28. Both businesses are located on Edgewood Drive in Baxter.
Due to incorrect information provided the Dispatch, Sydney Darkow's name was misspelled in a brief on "Seussical: The Musical" on Thursday.
Pine River-Backus School Board
Meets Monday at 7 p.m.
Q & A with Lynx player
Sports copy editor Trevor Williams talks womens basketball with Minnesota player Seimone Augustus.
From beginning to end
Jim Runberg is nearing the end, but before he goes, the Brainerd man will live life to the fullest. Paddling down the Mississippi River from its source to Brainerd was a good start.
Britnee Irvine and Steve Tilbury, a boy, Dane Thomas Tilbury, 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces, May 14, 2007. Grandparents are Lee Irvine, Crosby, Janene Irvine, Deerwood, and Karen Tilbury, Brainerd. Great-grandparents are Thomas Gregg, Mazatlan, Mexico/Crosby, Janice Weiss, Milaca, and Sue Tilbury, Brainerd.
Crow Wing County Board
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
THEFT - The Morrison County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Tuesday report of a stolen boat and motor taken from a residence on the Little Elk River near its confluence with the Mississippi River.
Class of 1944 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Northwind Grille.
On behalf of the Ming Chiao organization of East Asian Brush painters, I wish to thank the following for their interest and extensive efforts in making the recent artist's reception at the Brainerd Public Library a success.
Watch it with the wider tries on trucks
Question: I am starting to see vehicles, mostly pickups, with tires sticking out from the side of the vehicle. I thought this was against the law, is it? I think those vehicles are dangerous. How far can tires stick out from the side of a vehicle and still be legal?
Who can blame him? Kareem anxious to find a partner
Do you remember the song, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun?"
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1947) - The Clyde Beatty Circus is coming to Brainerd next Saturday, June 28, at the East Oak Street grounds. Traveling on its own special train of double length steel railroad cars.
The Crow Wing County Council on Aging is sponsoring a senior citizen picnic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 19 at Mission Park.
BMC's Nielsen retires
Brainerd Medical Center Administrator Curt Nielsen on Friday announced he will retire.
What is dysautonomia?
Alex Mushel of Randall was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a form of dysautonomia.
Injured Ironton soldier comes home
A few short weeks after his parents received a letter commending their son for his lifesaving skills, Rick and Deb Koop of Ironton learned their son was injured in Baghdad, a mere mile away from where he saved a fellow soldier's life.
'He is a trooper'
RANDALL - Alex Mushel was a typical teenage boy - always on the go. He was active in sports, including baseball and football, and loved to wakeboard, snowboard and skateboard.
Margaret M. Rieck
PEQUOT LAKES - Margaret M. Rieck, age 91, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on June 13, 2007. Margaret was born to Arthur and Carolyn Anderson in Owatonna, Minn., on Feb. 11, 1916.
Royal C. Degnan
ST. MATHIAS TOWNSHIP - Royal Charles Degnan, age 85, resident of St. Mathias Township, died Friday, June 22, 2007, at his home. Royal was born July 25, 1921, in Pine River, Minn., to Roy and Ida (Jokela) Degnan. Royal grew up in Pine River and moved to St. Mathias in 1953. He served in the Army during WWII and was a lifetime area farmer.
Martin A. Musolf
BARRON, Wis. - Martin A. Musolf, 89, Barron, Wis., formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2007, in Barron. Martin was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Rochester, Minn., to Arnold and Louise (Nickel) Musolf. He graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1938. Martin worked in Chicago and Minneapolis. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1941. He was in service during WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars, serving in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, England, Korea and Vietnam.
Harold Hansen, 61, of Brainerd, died Friday, June 22, 2007, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Tracy L. Lander
IGNACIO, Colo. - Tracy Lenette Lander, age 50, of Ignacio, Colo., and formerly of Brainerd, passed away June 18, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and graduated from Brainerd High School in 1975. She attended Brainerd Community College then settled in the Durango, Colo., area that she loved. She owned and operated "The Memory Box" gift shop in Bayfield, Colo., until the time of her illness.
Darrell D. Buesgens
EMILY - Darrell D. Buesgens, age 57 of Emily, died June 20, 2007, at his home.
BAXTER - Dorothy Robinson, 75, of Baxter, died at her home Friday, June 22, 2007. Arrangements are pending and entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
David Richard Ruikka
CROSBY - David R. Ruikka, age 92 of Crosby, died June 22, 2007, at his home.
Are Minnesota and Brainerd going nuts? No smoking. Too noisy. I don't even smoke. We're going too far with our rights. We, as Americans, want our rights back. Motorcycles too noisy?
OTHER OPINION: TRAUMA
Jeans Cruz, a former Army scout who helped capture Saddam Hussein, lives in a bullet-riddled Bronx housing project, addled by nightmares about Iraq, voices in his head and the smell of dried blood in his nostrils. As Post reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull recently described his situation, Mr. Cruz began cutting his arms and extinguishing cigarettes on his skin after returning home from Iraq. Mental health counselors characterized him as depressed and anxious, and, shortly after he re-enlisted in the Army, he was discharged because of a personality disorder. A Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.
It's tornado time, so keep an eye on the sky
Last week I wrote about tornadoes and the Fujita Scale, introduced in 1971 by Dr. T. Theodore Fujita to categorize tornados by intensity and area and to estimate wind speeds. Shortcomings led to the 1992 updating that became known as the Modified Fujita Scale.
23-24 - Marsh & Meadows HRC hunt test; Hunt's Point Sportsman's Club, Pequot Lakes; register at www.huntspointclub.com or phone (218) 568-8445
DNR pumps up Mission wildlife area
MERRIFIELD - Work started Monday on a project that will bring more waterfowl to north-central Minnesota.
Five anglers, 5 different fishing styles
When I look at my guide service I see five individuals with five different ways of fishing.
How to make finding fish easier the next time
Unless you're a fishing guide or person of leisure, you can't stay on top of fish year round. Finding fish becomes a new challenge every trip back to your favorite lake. Even a week between trips can bring major changes in where fish are located. Fishing a new lake throws a whole new set of issues in the mix.
Chuck Steinbauer of Baxter captured this year's grand championship of the Minnesota Bowfin Club.
David and Beverly Bisek
David and Beverly Bisek, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. July 1 at their son's home, 8710 Golden Pond Drive, Brainerd. The event is hosted by their children. They were married June 29, 1957, in Brainerd.
Keri Zahler and Ryan Kuklok
Keri Zahler and Ryan Kuklok were married March 2, 2007, at Playa Azul in Cozumel, Mexico.
Kelsey Pederson and Travis Steffensen
Kelsey Pederson and Travis Steffensen announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Sue Pederson, Pequot Lakes, and Wayne and Kathy Steffensen, New London. A July 21 wedding is planned at the groom's grandparents' home.
Eugene and Carmon (Callahan) Harris
Eugene and Carmon (Callahan) Harris recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They met their children and grandchildren at Virginia Beach, Va. They were married on June 28, 1957.
Charles and Wendy Johnson
Charles and Wendy Johnson will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a garden party on June 30 at the home of Wendy's parents, Doug and Ann Johnson in Lake Shore. The event is hosted by their three children.
Robin Olson and Cory Tilleraas
Robin Olson and Cory Tilleraas announce their engagement. Parents are Robert and Diana Olson, Grand Rapids, and David and Clarice Tilleraas, Mahnomen. An Aug. 25 wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.
Donald Lange, Baxter, will celebrate his 80th birthday with his family. He was born June 23, 1927, in Pipestone.
Mara Pedersen and Adam Wilhelm
Mara Pedersen and Adam Wilhelm announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Cheryl Pedersen, Nisswa, and Mark and Laura Wilhelm, Chicago. A summer 2008 wedding is planned in St. Paul.
Jessica Frankum and Zachary Ramsour
Jessica Frankum and Zachary Ramsour announce their engagement. Parents are Jeff and Becky Frankum, Centennial, Colo., and Peter and Diana Locke, Franktown, Colo. Grandparents are Arlo and Phyllis Frankum, Brainerd, Gwen Skillings, Aurora, Colo., and the late Donald Skillings, and Edward Harper, Castle Rock, Colo. A July 20 wedding is planned in Palmer Lake, Colo.
Cassandra Carlson and Christopher Rood
Cassandra Carlson and Christopher Rood announce their engagement. Parents are Debra Carlson, Brainerd, and Thomas and Kimberly Rood, Buffalo. A Sept. 14 wedding is planned in Kauai, Hawaii.
Katie Silker and Ben Miller
Katie Silker and Ben Miller announce their engagement. Parents are Jane and Doug Troge, Deerwood, and Sue and Jim Miller, Aitkin. An Aug. 24 wedding is planned.
Carlos and Inez Lind
Carlos and Inez Lind, Baxter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and Carlos' 80th birthday with their family. They were married June 8, 1957, in Brainerd.
Rebecca F. Tschida and Brent S. Niznik
Rebecca F. Tschida and Brent S. Niznik announce their engagement. Parents are Paul and Lila Tschida, Pierz, and Steve and Marlene Niznik, Princeton. An Aug. 4 garden wedding is planned at the Farm.
Cliff Boeder will celebrate his 90th birthday with a worship service at 10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a time of sharing at 1 p.m. July 1 at First Lutheran Church, Eighth and Norwood Streets, Brainerd. In lieu of gifts, bring a written memory to share.
Jake and Mary Zilverberg
Jake and Mary Zilverberg, Aitkin, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 3. They were married June 3, 1947, in Crosby.
Alicia Pearce and Jeff Riley
Alicia Pearce and Jeff Riley announce their engagement. Parents are Marshall and Heidi Pearce, Wichita, Kan., and Mark and Sandy Koering, Fort Ripley, and Tom and Judy Riley, Pierz. A July 21 wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz.
Soap Box drag races held
In the Brainerd Downhill Drags Soap Box Derby held June 16, the 200-pound Class A division, seven and eight year olds, 14 participants raced for the first place trophy in a double-elimination race.
Four spots open in Pequot athletics department
Thirty six years of varsity head coaching experience, including two state titles and two more state appearances, disappeared from the Pequot Lakes athletic department in one night.
Blue Thunder sweep Honkers
You take it. No, you take it. Come on, just take it.
Athletics all about relationships
While attending the Gopher Coaches Caravan at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes on June 12 a University of Minnesota official told the crowd they intend to make these treks to outstate communities an annual event.
Skaters learn from Olympic medalist
"I started skating when I was five, I started competing when I was eight and I was training pretty much full time by the time I was 10."
Pierz hosts hoops camp
Twenty-one basketball players in grades 7-9 and 14 players in grades 4-6 participated in the Pierz boys' basketball camp held June 18-21.
New York Times target blogger for opportunity
Brian Stelter, a 21-year-old Towson University journalism student who gained renown by breaking news about the television industry on his TVNewser blog, has been hired by The New York Times.
Twitter, where the details matter
In the past week, Steven Groves has informed the online world that he spent a weekend camping, shopped for trees at Home Depot, saw Pirates of the Caribbean and worked on a presentation.
Scan in the aisles
SCAGGSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Stephanie Cerneck doesnt go through the checkout line at her supermarket anymore. Or even the self-checkout line.
EBay reshapes itself
BOSTON (AP) - When Pierre Omidyar founded eBay 12 years ago, he wanted to build the worlds most efficient marketplace. At the very least, he launched the most comprehensive one. Today eBay Inc. is a conglomeration of Web sites where people sell everything from car parts to carp arts. (What den couldnt use a watercolor of a fish?)
The Nation's Weather
Rain and thunderstorms moved across pockets of the nation Friday, while parts of the West were dry and sunny.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny north. Becoming partly to mostly sunny central and south. Highs in the mid 70s to the lower 80s. Cooler near lake michigan and lake superior.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny and breezy. Hot and humid with highs in the
Weather drawing by Jamie Truong of Ms. Hemstads third-grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Warmer. Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Patchy fog northwest this morning...Otherwise becoming
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Morning clouds east...Then mostly sunny statewide. Highs from the 80s east to near 100 southwest.
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