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.
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.
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.
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One busy grandma
A 73-year-old Pequot Lakes woman recently got her GED and started a quilting business.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION Erica Frey (320)251-6483 or Esther Gieschen (218)733-2560
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The celebration continues
Pohlkamp/Struthers Softball Tournament, 8 a.m., Memorial Field, Brainerd, $135 per team, free to public.
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.
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.
Patriot, 2008 style
Samantha Hayek wore her patriotic best for the Crosby-Ironton 4th of July parade Friday in Crosby.
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.
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.
Richard A. Nelson
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - Richard A. Nelson, 69, of Crossville, Tenn., passed away June 27, 2008.
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.
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.
Open Forum: America's oil addiction
In 2006, President Bush famously announced his discovery that, America is addicted to oil.
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.
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.
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.
DNR won't lower walleye harvest on Mille Lacs
First, the bad news:
EAST GULL LAKE - The sliced strand of ribbon danced in the light breeze as the runner edged past the small crowd.
Hunters have until July 18 to apply for one of 23 elk permits in Minnesota.
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.
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.
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.
Brad and Gail Burgoyne
Brad and Gail Burgoyne, Pequot Lakes, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Four generations - Twombly
Four generations recently gathered were Alaina Renee Twombly, daughter; Keith Twombly, father; Adeline (Twombly) Hutch; grandmother; and Erma Peck, great-grandmother.
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
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.
Mark and Pam Korte
Mark and Pam Korte, Brainerd, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
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.
Larry and Jo (Willmington) Gilbertson
Larry and Jo (Willmington) Gilbertson, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Port Townsend, Wash.
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.
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.
JORDAN AND KAREN TALGE
Karen Scheeler and Jordan Talge were married April 19, 2008, at Ashlawn Highland in Charlottesville, Va.
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.
Like father, like son
Father knows best.
Major league intern
Thor Nystrom was like many sports-crazed youths, dreaming of one day becoming a professional athlete.
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.
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.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Isolated thunderstorms west and central.
Let the sun shine bright
Weather drawing by Jadyn Schindler in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
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 Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 80 to 90.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s south and east to the
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.
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.
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