Buying into sports
In the high-stakes world of sports sponsorships, nothing is forever and few things are for very long.
Duluth printing company closes
DULUTH (AP) -- About 50 people are out of work with last week's closing of Davidson Printing Co., a business that had operated in Duluth since 1939.
Kraft appointed president/CEO
Johnson Centre an eye-catching environment
Steel, oak, granite and glass.
Online grocer to expand outside Twin Cities
GOLDEN VALLEY, (AP) -- Online grocer Simon-Delivers.com is planning to expand the company's home delivery service beyond the Twin Cities.
Learning the local customs in a new job
Q. I began working at my first job last year. I really thought if I worked hard, focused on quality and was productive, that would cover it. But I was wrong. Office politics dominate.
Baja Sol aims to bring fresh touches to Mexican cuisine
BAXTER -- When Paul Anderson of Staples was asked what he'd like to do with his life at 19 in his first college business class he knew he wanted to be an owner of a restaurant.
AMERICAN CELEBRATION 2
Ethan Howard (right) looked at his cousin, Meagan, after placing an ice cube in his mouth during the Brainerd Fourth of July parade.
'Grease' entry wins Best of Show in Brainerd parade
Brainerd Fourth of July parade results had Onstage Production's "Grease" entry as Best of Show.
AMERICAN CELEBRATION 1
Children at the Pequot Lakes Fourth of July parade Friday reached for candy tossed by a parade entrant.
Blues Brothers is best overall entry in Nisswa
NISSWA -- The Blues Brothers, sponsored by The Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Publishing, was the best overall entry in Nisswa's Freedom Day parade Thursday along Main Street.
Celebrate in Pequot
Two Minnesota Air National Guard F-16s from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, flew in tight formation over the Pequot Lakes Fourth of July Parade.
On a day that served up a bevy of punk bands, a dancing gorilla and a shouting match between a band and the sound board operators, it took a Christian alternative group to win over fans and judges at the annual American Celebration Battle of the Bands.
Members of the gospel group Music City, which originated in Brainerd, performed during the Southern Gospel Reunion Thursday night at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, as part of Fourth of July festivities.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Marcie Leibold 829-6212
Youth Volunteer of the Month
July Youth Volunteer of the Month Justin Mertens
Brian is still waiting for buddy
"I hope me and him will have fun and be best friends."
Calling telemarketers on charity claims
When a telemarketer called Cathy Lacy recently asking her to donate to the Association for Disabled Firefighters, Lacy shifted into her consumer self-defense mode.
Adult Volunteer of the Month
July Adult Volunteer of the Month Judi Sebeck
The prairie returns to eroding cropland
AMBOY, Minn. (AP) -- An eroding chunk of farm land that has been a steady source of silt for the Blue Earth River is getting what could be called a meadow makeover.
Solway family adopts innovative agriculture
SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) -- When the Rohde family bought their land near Solway in 1993, the property looked like many neglected North Country farms.
Sean and DeeDee (Ferrie) Vagts, Brainerd, a boy, Gavin Matthew, 5 pounds, 15 ounces, May 16, 2003. Grandparents are Don and Normie Ferrie, Cresco, Iowa, and Dale and Joyce Vagts, Cresco.
WALKER -- Jacqueline Ruth Harty, 26, Lake Shore, who is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Steven Wacholz, 41, June 24, was arraigned in Cass County District Court June 27 on one felony second-degree assault count.
Meets 2 p.m. Monday
Meets 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
WADENA -- A 9-year-old boy, Brady Greenwal
McKay takes Open lead
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Beth Daniel was watching the scores in the U.S. Women's Open from her laptop computer, curious to see how Pumpkin Ridge was holding up before she headed to the course for her afternoon start.
Woods clings to lead
LEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Tiger Woods' shoulders sagged with relief, and a grin spread across his face. What had started as a romp wound up as a grind.
Wie says she was bumped
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) -- It didn't take long for the feel-good tale of the teens in the U.S. Women's Open to become tarnished.
Dayton takes leading role in gay rights legislation
WASHINGTON -- Even as Republicans push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Sen. Mark Dayton is pushing the other way, championing legislation that would give benefits to domestic partners of gay federal employees.
ZOONOSIS: New diseases share animal link
A Mysterious Disease." "Never Seen in the West." "Doctors Baffled."
Needle-free vaccination might help
A newly approved flu vaccine that's squirted up the nose is likely to appeal to millions of Americans who avoid getting an annual flu shot, i
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Victims of clergy abuse
E. coli connected to latest meat recall
ST. PAUL (AP) -- People recently sickened by E. coli bacteria in Minnesota, Michigan and Kansas likely contracted it from frozen raw beef products involved in a nationwide recall last month, health officials said.
Friends have fun performing in Blues Brothers act
The Blues Brothers are back.
After fireworks delay, patriotic show goes on
The fireworks show had a hiccup during Toby Keith's "Red, White & Blue" but, after the grand finale lit up the sky for the final bars of "America the Beautiful," few were complaining.
This was Brainerd
JULY 6 -- 40 years ago (1963) -- Wednesday afternoon the summer recreation program held a variety of swimming contests at Lum Park. Next week's special event will be the annual soap box derby held at the Cemetery Hill.
Teens help make holiday fun for all
Wednesday was one of those hot, humid days when sipping lemonade under a spreading maple tree sounded awfully attractive.
Rosanne Caughey, Crow Wing County Fair Association president, announced the 2003 pre-fair picnic will be Tuesday at the fairgrounds.
STAPLES -- The Central Lakes College campus in Staples will host an award ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday to recognize its metalworking training program.
Look for a feature Monday on Brainerd'sannual Arts in the Park event, taking place today at Gregory Park as part of the area's Fourth of July festivities.
Jack Victor Brodmarkle
Jack Victor Brodmarkle, 88, died June 14 at the Veterans Nursing Home in St. Cloud. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at First Congregational Church of Brainerd. Private internment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley at 2 p.m.
Myrtle A. Greenheck
PILLAGER -- Myrtle A. Greenheck, 88, Pillager, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Elsie Srock, 90, of Brainerd, died on Thursday, July 3, 2003, at her granddaughter's home in Pine River.
William 'Buck' V. Maier
William "Buck" V. Maier, 77, Brainerd, died on Thursday, July 3, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Obituaries are a paid service of The Brainerd Dispatch Advertising Department and also appear online.
Lillian Hall Smith Trevett
CROSBY -- Lillian Trevett, age 101, of Crosby, died on Thursday, July 3, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on May 11, 1902, in Stockton, Ill. to Arthur and Laura (Hall) Smith. She married George Walter Trevett on June 9, 1926, in Estherville, Iowa.
Hannah Christine Tibbetts
AITKIN -- Hannah Christine Tibbetts, age 94, of Aitkin, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Amy I. Thoms
BAY LAKE -- Amy I. Thoms, 92, Bay Lake, died on Thursday, July 3, 2003, at her daughter's home in Gresham, Ore.
ROYALTON -- William Fisher, 64, Royalton, passed away Friday, July 4, 2003, at his residence.
Edward J. 'Till' Cogger
DETROIT LAKES -- Edward J. "Till" Cogger, 87, Detroit Lakes, formerly of Richwood, Minn., died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at the St. Mary's Regional Health Care Center in Detroit Lakes.
Francis R. Courier
AITKIN -- Francis R. Courier, 51, of Aitkin,
Your representatives and senators in Washington D.C.
Sen. Norm Coleman
Funding the Gang Strike Force
There is little disagreement among public officials that the failure to fund the Minnesota Gang Strike Force will have long-term consequences for public safety and quality of life in this state. The Pawlenty administration regrets the decision by the Legislature to cut the funding for the Gang Strike Force.
Free speech is for everyone
"I disagree with what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it."
Open Forum letters welcome
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Affirmative action - Dispatch Editorial
The United States may be getting closer to a point where race doesn't hinder or help people who're trying to improve their lot, but we're not there yet. That appears to be the upshot of two recent U.S. Supreme Court split decisions on affirmative action.
The Twins organization is wondering why the fan attendance is not as good as it should be when considering the fact that their win record is better now than it was at this time last year.
At Poor Farm we'll all have to learn to get along
Two years ago at the DNR Roundtable, the annual wintertime get-together of DNR employees, media and those interested in outdoors issues, an attendee stood up at one of the wildlife meetings and proposed a multi-use plan for a wildlife management area in southern Minnesota. I don't recall all the details, but I remember mention of a bike path, boardwalk and other amenities that would make the WMA more appealing to non-hunters.
Female pro finishes in the money
Last year was a landmark in walleye tournament fishing as two women broke into the pro ranks for the first time. Emily Jenniges did the honors on the Professional Walleye Trail while Julia Davis forged a path onto the Walmart RCL Walleye Tour.
Muskies Inc. will host its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The club has grown from eight active members in April to 68 members as of June 21.
Dawn Hoskins and Nathan Kehr were married Oct. 12, 2002, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Mesa, Ariz., with Father Richard Bresnahan officiating.
Kirsten Anderson and Charles Bublitz
Kirsten Anderson and Charles Bublitz announce their engagement. Parents are Tom and Beth Anderson, Baxter, and Mark and Jill Bublitz, Brainerd. An August wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Larry and Joy Schultz
Larry and Joy Schultz, Brainerd, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 7, 1973, in Brainerd.
Greg and Sue Albertson
Greg and Sue Albertson, Brainerd, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married July 8, 1978, in Brainerd.
Caron Lockwood and Seth Daniel
Caron Lockwood and Seth Daniel announce their engagement. Parents are Stephen and Marilee Lockwood, Baxter, and Dan and Jacque Daniel, Chippewa Falls, Wis. A July 19 wedding is planned at First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd.
Larry Britton will celebrate his retirement with an open house from 1-5 p.m. July 13 at his home, 417 19th St. S.E., Brainerd.
Andrea Sisam and Randy Olson
Andrea Sisam and Randy Olson announce their engagement. Parents are Edwin and Dorothy Sisam, Eden Prairie, and Larry and Miriam Olson, Nisswa. A July 12 wedding is planned at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.
Warren Leek will celebrate his 80th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Pine River Legion.
Melissa Miller and John Christianson
Melissa Miller and John Christianson announce their engagement. Parents are Jerry and Lana Miller, Gran
Katie Schleusner and Jeremy Otterstad
Katie Schleusner and Jeremy Otterstad announce their engagement. Parents are Tom and Deb Schleusner, Baxter, and Gary and Jill Otterstad, Pillager. An August wedding is planned at Christ Community Church.
Katherine "Katie" Elizabeth Wedel and Kyle Dusing were married Nov. 23, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids with Pastor Paul Cloeter and Pastor James Walth officiating.
Sarah Ann Vinkemeier and Craig Thomas Katzenberger
Sarah Ann Vinkemeier and Craig Thomas Katzenberger announce their engagement. Parents are Edward and Kathy Vinkemeier, Annandale, and Mike and LaVonne Katzenberger, Baxter. An Aug. 15 wedding is planned at Hope Covenant Church in St. Cloud.
Cecelia and Paul Nieman
Cecelia and Paul Nieman, Little Falls, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. July 13, with a dinner at 1 p.m., at The Falls Ballroom. No gifts please. They were married July 11, 1953, in Kimball.
Tammy Flatgard and Cory Myran
Tammy Flatgard and Cory Myran announce their engagement.
Jeff and Randi Lindberg
Jeff and Randi Lindberg, Baxter, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 1, 1978, in Fertile.
Amy Howard and Jeremy Millsop were married June 14, 2003, at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte officiating.
Jill Marie Lash and Larry Thomas McCulley were married May 31, 2003, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Walsh and Pastor Holte officiating.
Atlanta Motor Speedway tries to lure new fans
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- From his office high above Atlanta Motor Speedway, track president Ed Clark has a panoramic view of all 124,000 seats in a grandstand rarely filled to capacity.
It's time to race into second half of season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Kenseth was steady, Dale Earnhardt Jr. a surprise. Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart were downright disappointing.
Tree falls on tent and kills BWCA camper
ELY (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms and fierce winds toppled a tree onto a Minneapolis couple's tent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Ely on Wednesday evening.
Sex offender was released from state facility to live in Eagan
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A man who was committed to a state security hospital as a sexual psychopath has completed treatment and has lived and worked in the Twin Cities metropolitan area for more than three years, the Star Tribune reported Friday.
Minnesota's AmeriCorps jobs in jeopardy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hundreds of AmeriCorps members in Minnesota may lose their positions after a budget cut announced last month led to a 61 percent reduction in the number of AmeriCorps positions available in the state.
BWCA campfire restrictions lifted
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Campfire restrictions in the blowdown area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness have been lifted thanks to recent rain.
Minnesota Army private killed in Iraq
MINNEAPOLIS -- A U.S. Army private from Minnesota was killed in Iraq, the Army announced Friday.
The U17 girls Brainerd Blitz soccer team placed second at the Duluth tournament June 27-29.
E fleet is coming to Gull Lake
The Gull Lake Yacht Club is gearing up again to host the Inland Lake Yachting Association's E Scow Invitational July 10-13. The invitational was last hosted by the Gull Lake Yacht Club in 1998.
Brainerd Parks and Recreation
Mens MS1 Softball
Stock Car Racing
Brainerd seventh grade team
The Brainerd seventh grade girls basketball team won the Crosby-Ironton Fastbreak Girls Basketball League championship Sunday, June 29.
Pierz eighth grade
The Pierz eighth grade girls basketball team won the Crosby-Ironton Fastbreak Girls Basketball League Sunday, June 29.
Minnesota might be in for roster shakeup
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have had trouble breaking out of their monthlong slump, so maybe some changes to their roster will be the tonic they need.
Twins fired up, snap slump in Friday night fight
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dustan Mohr put the Minnesota Twins' emotional victory over Cleveland in perspective.
TravelWeb might be worth touring for bargain hunters
Bargain travelers have a new hotel-booking option on the Net with the launch of TravelWeb, a discount service created by five global hotel chains as part of their campaign to compete with Internet travel agencies.
A real earful
Finding a compact telephone with a headset and caller identification capabilities for home use isn't particularly easy. Pulling all of those features together in a 2.4 GHz telephone that will allow you to talk continuously for 5.5 hours on a battery is even tougher.
PCs-to-go are here to stay
A few years ago, a laptop computer was a compromise you toted on the road when you needed a PC-to-go, but hardly a substitute for the real thing. That's not the case today.
State forecast for Minnesota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms northeast and far southwest. Highs from the upper 70s northeast to near 90 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy north. Scattered showers and thunderstorms early in the morning central and south...Then a chance for afternoon thunderstorms. Highs mainly in the 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered thunderstorms ending southeast third by mid morning. Becoming mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s to low 90s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Rest of today...Partly to mostly sunny. Scattered thunderstorms south central this morning...A chance for showers and thunderstorms from northwest to southeast this afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s.
The Weather Elsewhere
Tips offered for storm damage victims
Hundreds of owners of homes, businesses and autos in the Brainerd lakes area may have been affected by recent storms.
Weather drawing by Dylon Tollefson in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s northeast to around 90 southwest.
Showers across Great Lakes region, Gulf of Mexico; much of country hot and dry
Scattered showers and thunderstorms were moving over the lower Great Lakes states and were expected to develop later Saturday along the Gulf of Mexico and in the mid-Atlantic region.
The Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Mille Lacs Electric Cooperative's meeting room in Aitkin. Hosts for the evening are Roxanne Soderman and Al and Phyllis Maier. The roll call question,
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