CROSSLAKE - Paintings by members of the Crosslake Art Club are on display now through August at the Crosslake Community Center and Library, Crosslake City Hall and Breezy Point City Hall.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
For week of July 5-11; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
'Ratatouille' sophisticated enough for adults
"Ratatouille" - This may be the first Pixar movie that is so advanced, so sophisticated, it doesnt feel like it was made for kids. On a fundamental level, sure, children will probably enjoy watching the adventures of a plucky Parisian rat as he leaves the colony to pursue his dream of becoming a gourmet chef. Theres some slapsticky physical comedy, and writer-director Brad Bird, the mastermind behind The Incredibles, keeps things going at a lively, engaging clip. But theres nothing silly or childlike about it. If you stop to think about it, the main character is experiencing an existential crisis: Stay with the family and sift through garbage, as his rodent ancestors have done for centuries, or risk loneliness, abject failure and worse - death - by chasing after a loftier goal? Heady stuff. Ratatouille is also visually wondrous in ways that are both lush and intricately detailed - in ways that seem to have been tailored more toward grown-up tastes and sensibilities. The plot may be a bit thin: The furry Remy (voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt) literally manipulates gangly garbage boy Linguini (Lou Romano), Cyrano de Bergerac-style, into whipping up his culinary concoctions in the kitchen of a once-revered restaurant. Blissfully, though, its free of gratuitous pop-culture references; Ratatouille is very much of our world but it never goes for the cheap, easy gag. Brian Dennehy, Peter OToole and Janeane Garofalo are among the strong vocal cast. G. 110 min. Three stars out of four.
Timbs duo to perform
STAPLES - Dawn and Gary Timbs will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Northern Pacific Park in Staples in the first Music in the Park concert of the summer.
Could Harry die? It would make mythological sense
NEW YORK - Brace yourselves, Harry Potter fans. No matter how desperate you are for Harry to live, some experts in classic literature and mythology say that finishing off the young wizard would make sense - in a literary kind of way.
Seuss is on the loose at CLC Theatre
Seussical: The Musical" will go before the masses starting Thursday, but it has already won over one of the toughest critics in the Brainerd lakes area.
'Torch' author Strayed to speak at library
Cheryl Strayed is the author of Torch.
If you don't make it sloppy, you're not making real sloppy joes
Real sloppy joe sandwiches should require a fork and knife.
Preparing a diet-friendly fried fish dish
The satisfying crunch of deep-fried food is a rare indulgence for anyone trying to cut fat and calories.
Welcome to Seussville
The cast and crew of Central Lakes Colleges colorful family musical, Seussical, discuss the appeal of that legendary rhymesmith, Dr. Seuss.
Dale and Kimberly Wells, Staples, a girl, Kora Ann, 6 pounds, 8 ounces, June 22, 2007.
Teen dies in ATV crash
REMER - A 16-year-old Minnetonka boy died in an all terrain vehicle crash about 11 p.m. Tuesday on a rural road near Thunder Lake, south of Remer, the Cass County Sheriff's Department reported.
A bang-up Fourth
Thursdays edition will feature complete coverage of Fourth of July celebrations.
Joshua J. Jares, 18, and Kelsie R. Moore, 16, both of Pillager.
Plenty to see
There will be plenty of ideas for your garden after touring the self-guided garden tour sponsored by the Hallett Community Center Foundation set in July.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1967) - Miss Brainerd of 1967 is making one of her first parade appearances since winning her title in the Fourth of July celebration held at Crosby. Miss Vicky Peterson, 18, is riding on the Paul Bunyan Vacationland float.
AREA ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Friday, July 6
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1947) - Parking meters, 300 of them, recently installed in the Brainerd business district, went into use at 8 a.m. today.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
Kids & bees
HACKENSACK - Children of all ages are invited to a free Kids and Bees Expo from 9 a.m.-noon July 21 in Hackensack City Park, one block west of Highway 371.
Faces behind the face-lift
A group of students and leaders recently painted and cleaned up the Interfaith Hospitality Network New Pathways Day Center house located at 714 South Sixth St. in Brainerd.
Grouse look to be on rebound
There should be more grouse in the woods this fall, though you might have to travel to northeastern Minnesota to find significantly more birds.
PETS OF THE WEEK
We want to hear your former HART pets success story. E-mail it, along with a photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A blast from the past in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE - Ray Nelson, park director at the COE Campground and Recreation Area, presented an educational program on the travels of Pvt. John Boley (portrayed by Nelson).
Reichert Enterprises recently conducted a flag-raising ceremony in memory of Leo Moran, former owner and operator of Reichert Enterprises, who passed away Oct. 2.
The Baxter 10-and-under traveling baseball team won the Waite Park tournament June 22-24 by defeating Waite Park No. 1 6-1 in the championship game.
Summer fun for military families
ONAMIA - The members of the Onamia Lions Club know what it's like to be sent to war. And they also know the tremendous burden it can place on their families. That's why the members of the Onamia Lions Club have partnered with Camp Onomia to give Minnesota military families something they may have thought they would never receive - a summer vacation.
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE BRIEFS
When the fall term starts August 27 at Central Lakes College, Spanish will be offered on a non-credit, non-degree-seeking basis as well as for credit.
Yibby Knudsen, Brainerd, submitted this photograph taken by Lynda Kirkham from her lake home near Park Rapids. The family of loons was enjoying a summer afternoon on the lake.
'Have less of it, less often, or change it'
Three pounds. A good week.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Natalie Helfrich, 3, of North Carolina, welcomed baby brother, Evan, on May 21. Natalie and Evan are the grandchildren of Linda Morgan, Baxter, and great-grandchildren of the late Marv and Sarah Yatckoske.
Patriots of all ages come out to cheer as the Crosby-Ironton parade rolls down the street
Sheena Savaloja of Kansas was given a hug by Deerwood clown "Tuti" Wednesday at the Crosby-Ironton Fourth of July parade.
Singing the gospel
Members of Simple Grace performed Tuesday at Heritage Assembly of God church in Baxter for Gospel Night '07.
Parade campers stake out spots
As he has for almost a decade, Ron Brusven staked out his spot for Brainerd's Fourth of July parade early.
Cub Foods to host police substation
Police officers in Brainerd have a new partner.
Cool spray offers relief from a hot day
With the temperature at parade time in Brainerd at 89 degrees Wednesday, a blast of cool water from the Nisswa Fire Department truck cooled Emily Jones.
Color me patriotic
Lilliana Jorgens, 7, from Nisswa displayed patriotic colors Tuesday at the Nisswa Freedom Days Grand Parade.
Flags unfurled, bands play on as Pequot Lakes celebrates Fourth
The Pequot Lakes High School Band performed in Wednesday's Star and Stripes parade in Pequot Lakes.
Im very nervous about it. I dont know why, but I just kind of am.
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
Wednesday, July 4
Walleye fishing is too good
Well, it was bound to end sooner or later.
Star of show
As a weekend anchor and news reporter for KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, Jessica Miles is watched by hundreds of thousands of people during her newscasts.
Mission down the Mississippi
Craig Zimmer of Big Lake and Nick Slavicek of Becker camped in Brainerd Monday night, but not for the purpose of celebrating the Fourth of July here.
What's open and closed for the Fourth of July
Post offices will be closed Wednesday. There will not be mail delivery.
Fun for kids at the Brainerd Fourth of July parade
Cody Shepherd cranked the siren while Brainerd Fire Chief Fred Underhill drove an antique fire engine Wednesday in the Brainerd Fourth of July Parade.
Lighting the sky with fire
Crowds of people lined the athletic field hills Wednesday night below Brainerd High School as fireworks began, ending the Fourth of July celebration in Brainerd.
Wallace W. Wang Sr.
PORTVILLE, N.Y. - Wallace William Wang Sr., of the Haskell Road, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Key West, Fla.
Oscar F.C. Maron
McGREGOR - Oscar F.C. Maron, 94, of McGregor, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin.
Bernadine A. Langer
PIERZ - Bernadine A. Langer, age 82, of Granite Township, Morrison County, Minn., died Monday, July 2, 2007, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at St. John's Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup, Minn. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 6, and 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, Minn. Christian Mothers rosary is 4:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m.
Margaret M. Boyle
LITTLE FALLS - Margaret Mary (Young) Boyle, 87, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Friday June 29, 2007, at her home in Little Falls, Minn.
Maja C. Petrie
A memorial service for Maja C. Petrie will be held at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, Building 100, on Monday, July 9, 2007, at 1:30 p.m.
Father William McNiff
ONAMIA - Father William "Bill" McNiff, OSC, age 88, of Crosier Priory in Onamia, Minn., passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at Mille Lacs Health Systems Long Term Care in Onamia, Minn.
PINE RIVER - Joan Gard, age 68, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
PINE RIVER - Norma Ware, 68, of Pine River, passed away Monday, July 2, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz.
Chad M. Landree
IRONTON - Chad Matthew Landree, age 31, of Ironton, died on July 2, 2007, at his home. He was born on March 23, 1976, in Crosby to David and Doris (Westbrook) Landree.
Open Forum: Consider the sacrifices of our military
The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Between the parades, family picnics and community celebrations - capped off with fireworks - we celebrate it in a uniquely American style.
Open Forum: Keep religion and government separate
Open Forums have encouraged and promoted involvement of religion in our government, schools, etc. In debating this view, it's argued that our government's founding fathers were religious.
Still a work in progress
Its difficult to summon lofty thoughts on democracy, justice and freedom as the summer days get warmer and our primal instincts tell us to find a place in the shade where we can enjoy lemonade, bratwurst and potato salad.
Miss Brainerd has no connection here
My congratulations to the Miss Brainerd Lakes scholarship program for another wonderful pageant. However, I would like to know how Brainerd lakes can be represented by someone who doesn't go to school here, doesn't work here, didn't grow up here and doesn't have connections to our community? I think the way it works was her parents have a house on Gull Lake. That may meet pageant rules but if this community is going to support a pageant, they expect it to be truly representative. I won't be buying your raffle tickets or going to your program anymore.
Libby commutation was wrong
In commuting I. Lewis Libbys prison sentence this week, President Bush took the advice of, among others, William Otis, a former federal prosecutor who wrote on the Posts Op-Ed page last month that
Arizonan wins men's singles
Cameron Drummond is making the most of his summer vacation, visiting family on South Long Lake.
Xavier Scruggs slugs for Blue Thunder
As a freshman at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Xavier Scruggs deposited the second pitch of his collegiate career into the outfield seats.
Bartella's single beats Aitkin as Crosslake prevails
CROSSLAKE - Matt Bartella's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Crosslake American Legion baseball team past Aitkin 5-4 Tuesday night.
Mankato gives Thunder sixth-straight loss
MANKATO - Xavier Scruggs created his own fireworks with a solo home run to left field, but it wasn't enough as the Brainerd Blue Thunder lost for the sixth-straight time Wednesday.
Nisswa splits with Princeton
PRINCETON - Jake Stunek hit an RBI double to ignite a five-run seventh inning to lead the Nisswa Legion baseball team in a come-from-behind victory over Princeton in the second game of a doubleheader Monday.
Brainerd High School graduates Aron and Eric Leckband finished the Mud Run on Memorial Day weekend in California.
Brainerd Midsummer Classic scheduled Monday
Rosters have been determined for the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's annual Midsummer Classic baseball games at Bane Park.
Israelson takes his game to Senior Open
A day before leaving for his first U.S. Senior Open Championship, Bill Israelson was stuck in a grocery store talking on his cell phone.
Gopher coaches coming to Legacy
University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster, swimming and diving coach Dennis Dale, tennis coach Geoff Young and volleyball coach Mike Hebert will be part of the U of M Sports Booster Luncheon and Golf Event July 13 at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Thunder lose fifth straight
DULUTH - The Duluth Huskies dealt the Brainerd Blue Thunder their fifth- straight defeat, 4-1, in Northwoods League baseball Tuesday night at Wade Stadium.
Lakes Financial wins again
For the second-straight year Lakes Financial Services won the first half of the men's league at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's June 28, this time claiming a 21.25-point victory over second-place Deerwood Bank.
Lines battle it out at BIR bracket drag races
Mother and son went head to head in the finals of the Stock/Super Stock class June 24 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts/Snap-On Tools Bracket Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 80 to 90.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 80s far northeast...To the lower 90s central and west.
Fourth of July parade
Weather drawing by Eli Sundquist of Mrs. Bolts first-grade class at Lowell school.
The Nation's Weather
Thunderstorms will continue to dump rain on parts of eastern Texas on Wednesday, as the front they are a part of begins drifting off the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy northwest and mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny with isolated morning thunderstorms south central and a isolated shower northeast. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms southwest. Highs from the mid 80s northeast to the mid 90s southwest.
Fourth of July
Weather drawing by Claire Norlin of Ms. Hemstads third-grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms northeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with areas of fog in the morning...Then partly sunny in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms east and south. Highs in the lower to mid 80s but turning cooler along the great lakes. Tonight...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early east and south. Lows from the middle 50s far north to the lower to mid 60s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s to middle 80s...Turning cooler near the great lakes. Tonight...Decreasing clouds. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the evening. Lows in the lower 50s far north to the lower 60s south. Friday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower to mid 80s but cooler along the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A slight chance of late afternoon
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