Jenkins has its own Paul now
A roadside attraction of a tall Paul Bunyan with an ax over his shoulder to symbolize the area's logging history and the folklore of the giant lumberjack was added to Jenkins last week.
Quilts go high-tech
Loft space in a downtown Brainerd yarn shop is serving as a business incubator and is expected to benefit two businesses owned by women.
Betsy Dahlgren-Hoff, occupational medicine coordinator at Brainerd Medical Center, recently became certified as an occupational hearing conservationist by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation.
When workers need a raise and you can't afford it
NEW YORK - Many small business owners are finding themselves in painful conversations with employees these days, chats that start with "Boss, I'm really strapped for cash - I need a raise." But many companies are themselves hurting, and an owner may need to look for a way to help a staffer that doesn't involve money.
CRASHES - No injuries were reported in a crash at 6:54 p.m. Wednesday at Indian Carry and Front Street in Deerwood.1
One busy grandma
A 73-year-old Pequot Lakes woman recently got her GED and started a quilting business.
Four injured near McGregor
Four people were injured, including one who was seriously injured, in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 65 just north of McGregor at 4:28 p.m. Thursday, the State Patrol reported.
Firefighters respond to motorcycle fire
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a report of a motorcycle fire at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwest Fourth and Washington Street.
Meets 9 a.m.
A trip to the United Nations
Four resourceful Brainerd High School juniors have won a free trip to New York City this month to attend a United Nations youth summit.
JULY GARDEN TIPS
With hot weather, lettuce, radishes and spinach turn bitter and bolt. Remove and replace them with cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli that will ripen in the fall.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER
When should I prune my lilacs?
After working for twenty-five years as a chemical dependency counselor for Crow Wing County Social Services and dealing with thousands of individuals and families there is no way I can individually thank all those who have impacted my life. The balancing act of working with the courts, probation, child protection, families, treatment centers, detox units and individuals at times could be viewed as an Olympic event.
My husband (Bob) would say, You dont have to look under the table for Jesse. You always knew where Jesse is.-Elizabeth Dole, U.S. senator, on the death of former senator Jesse Helms from her state of North Carolina.
He wants an outdoor pal
Imagine a summer being unable to enjoy some of the basic summer fun opportunities we might take for granted. Some of the kids waiting for caring adults through Kinship Partners face many long summer days without enjoying these activities. The precious, golden days of summer are too few to be stuck indoors!
Do you have the Brainerd lakes area's dirtiest job?
Have you and your co-workers ever wished Mike Rowe from the Discovery Channel series "Dirty Jobs" would stop by your workplace and do a segment about your job?
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION Erica Frey (320)251-6483 or Esther Gieschen (218)733-2560
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1968) - A colorful crowd, estimated at nearly 10,000 strong, turned out for the opening of the Donnybrooke Speedway here. Some 248 cars competed.
The board and all of our members wish to acknowledge and express our deepest thank you to all of the individuals who so generously supported the Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program in the preparation and realization of our 6th annual Gala Wine Dinner and Silent Auction held on June 11, 2008, at the Lonesome Pine Restaurant on Bay Lake.
The Lakes Area Dance Club will have a dance party on Thursday in Brainerd at the Central Lakes College, Room E101. Note the change of day for the summer months.
4-star grand marshal
This holiday weekend, as a plethora of red, white and blue patriotism permeates the day, area roads are clogged with people flooding the area to celebrate the nation's 232nd birthday in Minnesota's 4th of July capital.
The celebration continues
Pohlkamp/Struthers Softball Tournament, 8 a.m., Memorial Field, Brainerd, $135 per team, free to public.
Twin Cities rock/folk band Adamas Tres won the annual Youth as Resources Battle of the Bands Wednesday at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
"Things may be starting to get worse, not better."
Patriot, 2008 style
Samantha Hayek wore her patriotic best for the Crosby-Ironton 4th of July parade Friday in Crosby.
Let's hear it for America
Pete Hansen with Groove Inc. yelled to the crowd at the Brainerd 4th of July Parade Friday before the unit performed a drum routine.
A night of musical gospel
The Golden Street Quartet performed Thursday night at the 16th annual gospel night at Heritage Assembly of God Church in Baxter. See more photos at spotted.brainerddispatch.com. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Brainerd man drowns
A 19-year-old Brainerd man drowned Friday after he went missing while swimming with a group of people in Gull Lake.
Parading into the Fourth in Nisswa
Pequot Lakes Patriot marching band member Ellie Bajczyk played her clarinet Thursday in the Nisswa Freedom Day Parade. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Generally speaking, it was a great parade
Kellsey Brown rode with Brainerd 4th of July parade Grand Marshall Gen. Bruce Carlson Friday. Gen. Carlson, a Brainerd High grad, is a four-star general in the U.S. Air Force.
Grand Makwa to host Native American films
ONAMIA - The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Sundance Institute will present two double features of "Four Sheets to the Wind" and "Sikumi" at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Makwa Cinema north of Onamia.
Hwy. 371 project delayed
The much anticipated addition of lanes to Highway 371, north of Nisswa, has been delayed from 2015 to 2018-19.
What's open, what's closed on the Fourth
The Brainerd Post Office will operate on a holiday schedule Friday in observance of the Fourth of July.
Parking lot garden receives a makeover
A downtown area identified as being in need of an improvement received a makeover on Thursday.
Hugs for the troops
Rev. Lois Hansen was positioned in front of the 3-WI radio station in Brainerd on Thursday afternoon during the third annual Honk for Hugs event. Hansen, organizer of the local event, has helped with the creation of 10,000 neck coolers to be sent to military personnel serving in high-temperature areas. Every Tuesday for the last three years, volunteers at Pine River Methodist Church sew the "hugs" to be shipped to soldiers. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
This was Brainerd
JULY 4 - 100 years ago (1908) - The clerk of the weather certainly is doing his part toward making the Fourth of July a success in Brainerd. A more perfect day could hardly be imagined. The temperature is just right with a gentle breeze blowing.
Calendar of Fourth of July festivities
AAUW members are invited to a listening and planning meeting from 9 a.m. to noon July 12 at the First Congregational Church, Fifth and Juniper, Brainerd.
Front and center at this year's Fourth of July parade will be a Brainerd Police squad car with a new look.
What would a parade be without the horses?
The members of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol walked along the parade route on Laurel Street Friday during the Brainerd 4th of July Parade.
Crosby shows its Fourth of July spirit
Brody Bodle's ears were shielded Friday from the fire engine sirens by his cousin Sage Stangel during the Crosby-Ironton 4th of July Parade.
Turning the street into red, white and blue
The Brainerd Just for Kix dancers performed a routine in front of the reviewing stand on Laurel Street Friday at the Brainerd 4th of July Parade.
Elks attend convention
Ten members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 attended the 104th annual convention of the Minnesota Elks Association recently held in Rochester.
These are the winning entries in the Brainerd Fourth of July Parade:
FIRE HITS THE EXCHANGE CLUB
On one of the busiest nights of the summer, one of Crosslake's popular entertainment venues was destroyed by fire.
A great day to celebrate a birthday
The blare of sirens, cool spray of water, scrambling of children for candy, reverberating thump of drums and proud displays of red, white and blue filled Brainerd's streets with the sights and sounds of the Fourth of July American Celebration parade.
Presenting the colors
Standing at attention, members of the Brainerd American Legion Color Guard saluted as their float rolled by the reviewing stand Friday at the Brainerd 4th of July Parade.
Dale M. Palmer
APPLE VALLEY - Dale M. Palmer, 68, of Apple Valley, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2008, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn.
James Skarolid, age 69, of Brainerd, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2008, at the home of his companion and friend in Randall. Memorial services will be Sunday, July 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Rodney F. Couture
Rodney F. Couture, age 83, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Crosby-Ironton, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at the Staples Care Center. Rodney was born in Trommald, Minn., on Nov. 5, 1924, to Stanley and Marian Couture. He served 1942-1946 during World War II in the US Navy. He married Marguerite Jarboe in Brainerd February 20, 1947. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Moose Lodge.
SAUK RAPIDS - Dwight Scherbing, 74, of Sauk Rapids, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at the Good Shepard Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Richard A. Nelson
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - Richard A. Nelson, 69, of Crossville, Tenn., passed away June 27, 2008.
Rodney F. Couture
Rodney F. Couture, age 83, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Crosby-Ironton, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at the Staples Care Center. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with visitation the hour before services at the church.
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Kenneth P. LeCocq
HILL CITY - Kenneth P. LeCocq, age 54, of Hill City, died Monday, June 30, 2008, as the result of a drowning accident.
Virginia L. Briggs
TUCSON, Ariz. - Virginia Lee (Stszemp) Briggs passed away on June 26, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz. She was born on February 27, 1935, in Minneapolis. She was a beloved mother to Carey (Ray) Rasinski, Kelly (Terry) Hurley and Tom (Nina) Briggs. She will be missed by her many grandchildren, Robert (Nicole) Rasinski; Dyana and Katie Rasinski; Laura, Bill, Patrick and Brian Hurley; Gloria Briggs; and Garrett and Bryce Ravnedalen, as well as her great-granddaughter, Adeline Rasinski. Virginia is also survived by her two brothers, Greg Stszemp, of Minneapolis, and Tom (Laurie) Stszemp, of Nisswa. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Edward and Pauline Stszemp, and her brother, John Stszemp.
EAGAN - Ruth E. Bodle-Odegaard, age 70, of Eagan, Minn., died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Eagan, Minn.
Gregory C. Howard
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Gregory Charles Howard, 68, of Idaho Falls, passed away June 28, 2008, at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls of complications of a stroke.
Victor A. Root
Dec. 11, 1923 - June 19, 2008
CROSSLAKE - Norma Poole, 72, of Crosslake, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Services will be in St. Cloud, Minn., at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
OUR OPINION: TIGHT BUDGETS
Politicians usually like to project an upbeat image, but an increasing number of them seem to be sounding wary of the days to come.
I just wanted to leave a message regarding the city workers in the area and the really nice work they've been doing in the area.
Courage under fire
WASHINGTON - Being shot down may not qualify one to be president, as retired Gen. Wesley Clark infamously said recently. But what men do under fire might tell us about the character we may discover in a president.
Two tragedies this past week might be more related than we've thought. Three law enforcement officers in Little Falls were put in the awful situation of having to shoot another human being. I'm sure they dreaded such a time, and I'm also sure they were each afraid, as would be natural in any situation where someone's safety is at risk.
Myths on the death of factories
Sure, U.S. banking is in trouble, but the longer-term and possibly more damaging threat to the nation's prosperity is the decline of the manufacturing sector. Late last year, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs dropped below 14 million for the first time since 1950. It's hard to find anything else that takes us back to a time before most baby boomers were even born. On top of that, the United States lost another 49,000 manufacturing jobs in April alone. Hard to believe, but the last factory built in this country may be something we'll see in our lifetime, or certainly that of our children.
Open Forum: America's oil addiction
In 2006, President Bush famously announced his discovery that, America is addicted to oil.
Is the U.S. identity eroding?
WASHINGTON - Just in time for Independence Day, a conservative think tank has delivered a controversial report questioning whether America's national identity is eroding under the pressure of population diversity and educational slackness.
DNR won't lower walleye harvest on Mille Lacs
First, the bad news:
Hunters have until July 18 to apply for one of 23 elk permits in Minnesota.
EAST GULL LAKE - The sliced strand of ribbon danced in the light breeze as the runner edged past the small crowd.
Crawlers and leeches are triggering walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Lake Mary and in 12 to 15 feet at Reno Lake. A jig and minnow is still producing walleyes on the weedlines or in 18 to 22 feet on lakes Ida and Miltona. Bass are hitting plastics or Rattle Traps on the weedlines of most lakes. Look for crappies on the rock piles and cabbage of lakes Carlos, Darling, and Le Homme Dieu. Sunfish have started moving to the first weedline throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain.
Jody Nelson and Brad Savage
Jody Nelson and Brad Savage announce their engagement. Parents are Brian and Janet Spreiter, Brainerd, Bob and Carla Nelson, Browerville, and Ron and Paula Savage, Mahtomedi.
Elaine Aune recently celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends in the community room at Excelsior Court in Baxter. She was born on June 18, 1928, in Pipestone County.
Meagan Veith and Matthew Matich
Meagan Veith and Matthew Matich announce their engagement. Parents are Dan and Teri Veith, Brainerd, and Troy and Dawn Bandel, Brainerd, and Rusty and Brillit Bahma, Brainerd.
Four generations - Twombly
Four generations recently gathered were Alaina Renee Twombly, daughter; Keith Twombly, father; Adeline (Twombly) Hutch; grandmother; and Erma Peck, great-grandmother.
JORDAN AND KAREN TALGE
Karen Scheeler and Jordan Talge were married April 19, 2008, at Ashlawn Highland in Charlottesville, Va.
Anna Marie Kulju and Noah Mathias Goedker
Anna Marie Kulju and Noah Mathias Goedker announce their engagement. Parents are Kris and Paula Kulju, Brainerd, and David and Sherri Goedker, Brainerd
Christopher and Anne Marie Foy
Anne Marie Elizabeth Schmaltz and Christopher Todd Foy were married April 5, 2008, at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.
Brad and Gail Burgoyne
Brad and Gail Burgoyne, Pequot Lakes, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Ginny Clark and Kevin Larson
Ginny Clark and Kevin Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Charles and Barb Clark, Brainerd, and Dennis and Sue Larson, Minnetonka.
Mark and Pam Korte
Mark and Pam Korte, Brainerd, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Tim and Karen (Sander) Gehrls
Tim and Karen (Sander) Gehrls, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. July 13 at their home.
Larry and Jo (Willmington) Gilbertson
Larry and Jo (Willmington) Gilbertson, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Port Townsend, Wash.
Pastor Bob Twiton of Bethel Lutheran Church, Brainerd, will celebrate his 50th anniversary of ordained ministry on Sunday.
How U.S. Christians feel about government
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
Brainerd lakes area churches
Bay Lake Camp proud of changes
DEERWOOD - Bay Lake Camp isn't just a church camp for youths to spend part of the summer.
Blue Thunder go extra innings to earn split
Troy Landi's single scored Devon Ramirez in the 10th inning to give the Brainerd Blue Thunder a split in their two-game series with the LaCrosse Loggers Thursday at Mills Field.
Martin joins Hendrick, replacing Mears
1DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Mark Martin will make one final effort to win the NASCAR championship that's eluded him the past 26 years by driving for storied Hendrick Motorsports next season.
C-PL, Aitkin win
CROSSLAKE - Tyler Wicker tossed a seven-inning complete game to capture the victory for the Crosslake-Pequot Lakes Legion team as they defeated McGregor 5-2 Tuesday.
Chuck Whalen of Brainerd and Jeff Fedor of Blaine have been named co-assistant coaches of the year in Class 2A by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.
Paul Bunyan Open played
Paul Bunyan Open tennis tournaments for adults and juniors were conducted on various courts in the Brainerd area in the past week.
Major league intern
Thor Nystrom was like many sports-crazed youths, dreaming of one day becoming a professional athlete.
Like father, like son
Father knows best.
Hamlin holds off Busch
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart or Joey Logano. It doesn't matter who's behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota, it always seems to end up in Victory Lane.
The Nation's Weather
Showers and thunderstorms were expected across the Mid-Atlantic on Saturday. Severe weather was not expected, but the region was forecast to receive heavy rain and strong winds.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s south and east to the
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated morning thunderstorms far southeast. A slight chance of thunderstorms northwest. Highs from the upper 80s far east...To around 100 degrees southwest.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 80 east to lower 90s west.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 80 to 90.
Weather drawing by Taylor Madsen of Mrs. Gessell's first-grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the upper 70s east central to the middle 80s northwest. Tonight...Partly cloudy west...Mostly clear east. Isolated late night thunderstorms far northwest. Lows from the middle 50s south to the middle 60s northwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs mostly in the middle to upper 70s. Slightly cooler along the great lakes.
Let the sun shine bright
Weather drawing by Jadyn Schindler in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms south central. Highs around 80 east to the mid 90s southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Isolated thunderstorms west and central.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Sunny. Highs around 80.
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