WHO NEEDS SNOW?
Many snowmobilers await winter's first snow like children wait to check their stockings Christmas morning.
This day is commonly called our "Fourth of July."
The Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake will have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday with all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausages, orange juice, coffee and milk for $5. Children under 5 eat free. Proceeds from this breakfast go to the youth group of Immaculate Heart Church.
Who's writing this sermon, anyway?
That's a question that's been on my mind since the pastors at my church attended a convention, and I agreed to preach in their absence.
Outreach program helps runaway, homeless youth
Name of program: Lutheran Social Service Lakes Area Street Outreach Program
When Salvation Army Capt. Paul Ferguson went to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1993 to cover a story about flooding for his newspaper in London, Ontario, he was not expecting to stumble upon a new career.
Fire up the grill for Fourth of July barbecue
Cheers -- it's Independence Day, the grand happy birthday of America. On July 4, we take a day to celebrate the glorious freedoms we possess as Americans.
LONGVILLE -- One person was injured about 5 p.m. Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 84, five miles south of Longville, the State Patrol reported.
Johnson and Johnson winners at Grand View
The mother-daughter duo of Judy and Gayle Johnson won the two-person scramble during Grand View Lodge's women's outing June 24 at Deacon's Lodge.
Nor-son wins national award for home it built for boats
A boathouse in Nisswa built by Nor-son Inc. helped the lakes area build and design firm receive its fifth National Award of Excellence
Todd M. and Marki A. Dwire, 240 Travine Way N., add. home/new, $29,950.
Living Legacy Gardens site of Horticulture Day
STAPLES -- Tired of working in your garden?
Peace group barred from city parade
The Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace was denied a spot in Friday's July 4 parade on the basis of safety issues, Community Action officials said today.
Walz to become interim police chief when Gallant retires
BAXTER -- When Baxter Police Chief Robbi Gallant retires, Capt. Dale Walz will take over his duties on an interim basis.
Keep road construction in mind during 4th festivities
Visitors to the area for the Brainerd lakes area Fourth of July may find a few changes as they head for favorite spots to view the parade or the fireworks -- namely orange barrels and merged traffic lanes.
Former part-time Crosby police officer sues police department, four officers
A former part-time Crosby police officer is suing the Crosby Police Department and four of its officers, claiming human rights violation, defamation of character and violation of Minnesota law allowing an employee to review his or her personnel file.
1,500-mile bike trip from New Orleans was fun experience, but Walters doesn't plan to repeat it
It was a great experience that Crow Wing County Commissioner Gary Walters will never do again.
Brainerd parade route
Brainerd's Fourth of July parade route
Music to join fireworks
With the press of a button Friday night, Dean Kuhn will launch the greatest fireworks display Brainerd has ever seen. And then he'll kick back and enjoy it with everyone else at Don Adamson football field.
No tornadoes, lots of storms
Tornado sirens sounded in several Crow Wing County cities Wednesday night as severe thunderstorms, one after another, rolled across the area.
Arts in the Park to feature unique vendors
The 29th annual Arts in the Park will offer a day of music, arts and food from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Brainerd's Gregory Park.
Cass board to meet in closed session
WALKER -- A closed meeting of the Cass County Board will be 9 a.m. July 29 at the courthouse in Walker to conduct annual performance evaluations for Administrator Robert Yochum and Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks.
This was Brainerd
JULY 3 - 40 years ago (1963) - A check of Brainerd supermarkets this morning revealed that colored oleomargarine, which went on sale for the first time in Minnesota yesterday, has been selling better than its uncolored predecessor, but the demand has not been overwhelming.
Area communities' Fourth of July festivities listed
Agreement signed to build wastewater collection along Mille Lacs Lake
The Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary Sewer District signed a project cooperation agreement Wednesday to design and construct a wastewater collection pipeline along the western edge of Mille Lacs Lake.
Events at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd
Look in Sunday's Dispatch for coverage of Fourth of July festivities.
Crow Wing County Commissioner Gary Walters rode his recumbent bike into Brainerd Wednesday. Walters' son, Jackson, and others also biked about the last 15 miles of the trip.
Hester A. Knapp
PEQUOT LAKES -- Hester A. Knapp, 92, of Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Heritage House in Pequot Lakes.
PINE RIVER -- Mildred Robinson, age 79, of Pine River, and formerly Minneapolis, died Wednesday, July 2, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born June 10, 1924, in Minneapolis to Hjalmer and Gertrude Robinson.
Francis R. Courier
AITKIN -- Francis R. Courier, 51, of Aitkin, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale. Funeral arrangements are pending with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
Robert Frank Hoffman
Robert Frank Hoffman, age 65, of Brainerd, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2003, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
It's hard to believe, given the well-deserved homages paid to Katharine Hepburn following her death Sunday at age 96, that at one point her acting career nearly disintegrated.
I've been glad to see a few articles and editorials lately about the impact of state and national budget cuts in the past year.
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A Wal-Mart employee's perspective
Many say the only people in support of the new superstore are on Wal-Mart payroll. This is false. After surveys were mailed to Baxter residents, 1,207 total surveys were turned in to the Baxter City Council. A mere 53 were against. Wal-Mart employs 318 people, only 27 of whom live in Baxter.
Lawsuit involving St. John's Abbey priest dismissed
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former St. John's Preparatory School student accusing a St. John's Abbey priest of sexual abuse, saying it was filed too late.
St. Paul council approves 2 a.m. bar closing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Later alcohol sales in bars and restaurants will take affect Aug. 6 following Wednesday's approval by the St. Paul City Council.
Hans hopes he's in the swim of things in this triathlon
Rick Hans doesn't give up easily.
Cold Spring wallops Brainerd
Justin Huether, Kyle Holberg and John Vanlandschoot all went to mound for the Brainerd Legion baseball team but were powerless as Cold Spring came away with a 10-4 win Wednesday at Adamson Field.
The newest White Sox helps beat Twins
CHICAGO (AP) -- Roberto Alomar got off to a winning start with the Chicago White Sox.
Cassell ready for fresh start with Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sam Cassell isn't concerned that the Minnesota Timberwolves already have a solid starting point guard.
The Twins can't have it both ways
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the season begins its second half, the Minnesota Twins are finding out that repeating as division champions, even in this mediocre American League Central, is an awfully tough task.
'T3' a worthy continuation of the franchise
"The Terminator" (1984) is fondly remembered for its innovators: Director James Cameron and his penchant for stories of technology wiping out humans; Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mastery of the one-liner; Michael Biehn, before his career went the way of made-for-cable movies ...
Central Lakes College presents "Gypsy" while "Mister Roberts" returns to Pequot Lakes. Read about these productions next Thursday in Tempo.
Shannon Murray to perform Sunday in Little Falls park
LITTLE FALLS -- Shannon Murray will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park in Little Falls as part of the Great River Arts Association's summer Concerts in the Park series.
Battle of the Bands takes place from 4-11 p.m. today at Don Adamson Field. Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at the door.
Favorite musical artists: Gillian Welch (Brennen); Easily Amused and Billy Joe Shaver (Seth)
Apparently 'everywhere' doesn't include Brainerd
I was going to review "28 Days Later" this week, but since it's not playing in Brainerd, I've decided to use this space to rant about the local movie theaters instead.
Favorite singer: George Strait
Modern day cowboy
MOTLEY -- When he was 10 years old, Eric Neznik got into 1960s-era pop. When he was in high school, he listened to alt rockers like Nirvana and Soul Asylum. In his first band, he played covers by Green Day and Bush. His first album consisted of piano ballads.
ONAMIA -- Popular Minneapolis comedian "Wild" Bill Bauer will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Izatys in Onamia. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Bauer's son, Patrick, 24, will be the opening act Friday and Saturday.
Casino adds Skaggs show
ONAMIA -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs has added a second Ricky Skaggs concert to its schedule because of high demand. The bluegrass singer will
Moorhead sibling duo Brennen and Seth Hulbert have taken their love of roots music to Texas and back
Brennen Leigh Hulbert is a big fan of old bluegrass music.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...A chance of morning thunderstorms west. Scattered thunderstorms east. Thunderstorms may be severe this afternoon east. Highs from the upper 70s northwest to the mid 80s east.
Happy 4th everyone
Weather drawing by Samantha Buzzalini of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy...Warm and humid. A chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly northeast third. Highs in the upper 80s far northeast to mid 90s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms except southwest and far southeast. Highs in the low to upper 90s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 80 to 85 north to around 90 south.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Some morning fog north. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms north and west. Warm with highs from the 80s north to lower 90s southwest. Tonight...A chance of thunderstorms. Severe storms possible south. Lows
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