STAPLES - Lakewood Health System, Staples, announced Katie Paine Santos, registered nurse, care coordinator for Memory Care as it's 2009 Team Member of the Year.
Restaurant with a sense of whimsy opens in Brainerd
Brainerd's newest restaurant has a bit of whimsy in menu names and includes the three clocks on the wall that indicate the time of day in Cairo, Brainerd/Baxter and Venus.
MaxBotix Inc. opened in Baxter and expanded in leased space in the Baxter Industrial Park on College Road.
'IT'S SERIOUS, GANG'
EAST GULL LAKE - Senate District 4 state legislators Thursday gave their perspectives of this year's legislative session to the Cass County Economic Development Corp. at Cragun's Conference and Golf Resort.
Brainerd City Council
The Washington High School class of 1941 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Bar Harbor.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Shane and Christine Keran, Brainerd, a boy, Caleb Douglas, 4 pounds, 14 ounces, June 15, 2009. Grandparents are Brian and Joyce Alt, Pillager, and Doug and Julie Keran, Baxter. Great-grandparents are Hubert Alt, Brainerd, and LuVerne and Jeanie Godtland, Albert Lea.
Little Falls motorcyclist injured
LITTLE FALLS - A 39-year-old Little Falls man was injured after the motorcycle he was driving went off the road and struck an address sign Friday.
THEFT - Michael Pikula reported at 6 a.m. Friday that his son's bike was left at the park at Mountain Ash Road and when they returned to pick it up it was gone.
Hi past and present supporters
Many thanks to the Paul Gazelka State Farm Insurance Agency and my co-workers for the wonderful retirement party; to all of my friends and family for attending and all of the cards, gifts, emails and phone calls. Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 28 - 80 years ago (1929) - Two well-dressed bandits held up the Home Oil Station at Ninth and Tamarack at 9:20 p.m. yesterday. They stuck a gun in the ribs of the attendant, threatened to kill him and took $40. It is believed they were the same two who cased the station on Tuesday.
Level 3 sex offender moving to Brainerd
The Brainerd Police Department will host a community notification meeting Tuesday about a Level 3 sex offender who is moving July 1 to the 200 block of Seventh Street North in Brainerd.
Charges filed against father
The father of a 9-month-old girl who died on Father's Day was charged Friday in Mille Lacs County District Court with 13 criminal charges relating to the circumstance's surrounding the child's death as well as a November assault.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport is among five airports in northeast Minnesota that have been awarded more than $2.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Legislative meeting on Thursday will detail cuts at St. Joseph's
Members of the House Health and Humans Services Policy and Oversight Committee, accompanied by area legislators, are visiting hospitals across Minnesota over the next week to discuss alternative ways to meet the needs of Minnesotans currently receiving General Assistance Medical Care. The program disappears in March.
Cass plans Gull Point crackdown for Fourth
Fourth of July celebrants planning to spend the holiday on Gull Point on Gull Lake will have company this year.
Let the festivities begin
More than 40 children participated Friday afternoon in the 2009 Little Miss and Little Mister Fourth of July contest at the Westgate Mall. Rachel Moore and Connor Judd earned the titles of Little Miss and Little Mister. The pageant marked the beginning of weeklong festivities leading up to Saturday's Fourth of July celebration. Brainerd Dispatch/Sara Gardner
I'm not a doctor but I've had many meetings with him where he was incredibly lucid.
Unwelcome fire near Welcome Center
A tractor trailer caught on fire at 6:22 a.m. Friday on Highway 371 near the Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center south of Brainerd, shutting down traffic in the right northbound lane for six hours. According to Lt. Dave ZumBerge of the Minnesota State Patrol, the semi driver had struck a deer near Kimball and was flagged down by a motorist near the Welcome Center after the deer carcass, which had become lodged in the trailer's rear axle, caused the tractor-trailer to get hot and start on fire.
Johnsons believe in giving back
The concepts of charity and giving back to their community take a variety of forms for Arnie and Jo Ann Johnson of Lake Shore, this year's winners of the Award in Philanthropy.
Dan L. Niederer
Dan L. Niederer, 77, Brainerd, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Elizabeth M. (Elliott) Goatley
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Elizabeth Marion (Elliott) Goatley, of Boca Raton, Fla., passed away on June 16, 2009, in Palm Beach, Fla., at the age of 89.
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Nancy (Belair) Skretting
MOBILE, Ala. - Nancy (Belair) Skretting, age 68, passed away June 25, 2009, in Mobile, Alabama. She was born March 29, 1941, in Bemidji to Maurice and Bernice Belair.
Howard G. Lambert
EMILY - Howard George Lambert, age 98, of Emily, died on June 26, 2009, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born on March 7, 1911, in Emily to George and Adealia (Strause) Lambert. Howard spent his entire life on his farm 3 miles south of Emily.
Thomas W. Schaal
CROSSLAKE - Thomas William Schaal, age 73, passed away June 24, 2009. Capt. Schaal served his country in the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1955 to 1981.
Donald Ondris, age 49, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at his home. Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
VERNDALE - Clarinda Gumke, age 62, of Verndale, passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital on Thursday, June 25, 2009. Services are planned for Tuesday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Verndale. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Green Lawn cemetery in Verndale.
What do the Republican members of Congress who are fighting along side the vested interests to keep a broken health care system that thrives on excluding people from coverage all have in common?
OUR OPINION: STADIUM
In heaven, the song writer tells us, there is no beer. Well, the University of Minnesota campus may not be heaven, but that same rule applies at the new TCF Bank Stadium that opens this fall.
Write to your federal lawmakers
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Please cry for me, Carolina
WASHINGTON - A wise man once said that love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Regarding the recent meeting between Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association and the city of Brainerd, in a nutshell, BAHA's ducks were all lying dead in the water and the other individual had their corn-fed ducks all lined up in a row.
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Wife Shelley's - and Camp Confidence's - big day
Last Saturday was the annual Camp Confidence Fishing Classic, in which I fished with my wife and dad.
The DNR will begin accepting applications Wednesday for the 2009 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Application deadline is Aug. 14.
2009 Minnesota elk hunt applications
Hunters who want to participate in this fall's Minnesota elk hunt may apply for one of 30 licenses to be awarded through a DNR lottery. Application deadline is July 24.
On Rocky ground
This isn't your father's elk hunt. Because your father, most likely, hunted elk in the Rocky Mountains and beyond, not in a Grygla wheat field.
Lloyd (Pete) and Miriam Romin, Nisswa, recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with their family. They were married June 18, 1949 in Chicago, IL
Rod and Betty Wilcox of Pillager will be celebrating their Wedding Anniversary with an open house on Saturday, July 11 at the Eagles Club in Brainerd beginning at 3pm. The Event is hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple were married on July 6th, 1979 in Sisseton, SD.
Jolleen Hanson and Eric Eng announce their engagement. Parents are Cheryl and Chris Larsen, Boulder City, Nevada, and Kim Hanson, Brainerd, and Martha and Tom Eng, St. James, Mn. A July 11, 2009 wedding is being planned at Pequot Lakes.
Sarah Koecheler and Eric Owen annouced their engagement. Parents are Michael and Becky Koecheler, Brainerd, and Thomas and Karen Owen, Brainerd. A September 26 wedding is being planned in Merrifield.
Luke & Jennifer Hansen
Luke and Jennifer Hansen where married February 28, 2009 at the Minnesota Zoo in Apply Valley, MN, officiated by Judge Thomas Armstrong. Parents are Keith and Denise Hansen, Bloomington, MN. and Don and Mary Jahnke, Baxter. Bride's attendants were Liz Wallace and Brenna Nibbe. Groom's attendants were Phil Hansen and Adam Hansen. Ushers were Craig Wallace and Nate Dording. The couple are making their home in Apple Valley, MN.
Lanessa Marie Bastian and Michael Brian Munson announce their engagement. Parents are Linda and Kenneth Bastian, Crosslake, and Debra and Kenneth Munson, South Carolina. An August 21 wedding is being planned with reception to follow at Breezy Point Resort. Both are actively serving in the United States Air Force.
Elizabeth Friesen and Tom Parks announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Carol Friesen, St. James, Mn., and Howard and Linda Parks, Brainerd. An August 22 wedding is being planned at the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church.
Coaching may be calling for former Gopher star
He broke his ankle, tore abdominal muscles, and went under the knife at separate times for shoulder, wrist and ankle surgery.
Lunkers strand five, get swept in Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Conway and Matt Argyropoulos reached base and scored in the first inning as the Green Bay Bull Frogs completed the two-game sweep of the Lunkers with Friday's 2-1 win at Joannes Stadium.
Bzdok, Bubalo lead Brainerd
Mitch Bzdok hit a grand slam and drove in six runs and Blaine Bubalo hit a solo home run to propel Brainerd's sophomore VFW team to a 13-3 five-inning victory over Litchfield in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at Adamson Field.
Brainerd routs Park Rapids in doubleheader
Tom Fairbanks went a combined 3-for-6 with 5 RBIs, a two-run home run and scored twice as Brainerd swept Park Rapids in a doubleheader 10-2 and11-4 Friday night at Adamson Field.
William Hung sat at a lonely card table beneath the grandstands of Mills Field. He wore an oversized Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers jersey, a gift from the team that hired him to increase the gate and entertain the locals at Tuesday's game against last-place Thunder Bay.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Decreasing clouds east early otherwise partly to mostly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms north and west. Highs in the mid 70s north to the mid 80s south.
America's Celebration nears
Weather drawing by Emily Daiker in the Lowell second grade of Mrs. Larson.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy and breezy with a slight chance of
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms northwest this
State forecast for Minnesota
.This afternoon...Mostly cloudy north and partly cloudy south.
State forecast for Wisconsin
Today...Mostly cloudy. Thunderstorms likely...Some could be strong or severe. Highs from near 70 near lake michigan and lake superior to the mid 80s southwest.
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