Edwards walked on hoods to find his prized Buick
Some car enthusiasts go to great lengths to find a classic automobile.
PILLAGER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
A honor roll
On Page 10B Wednesday, Johnathan Valesano's name was misspelled in the list of Brainerd High School juniors who made the "A" honor roll.
Pequot Lakes play is 'a heckuva deal'
PEQUOT LAKES The Pequot Lakes Community Theatre production of the comedy The Best of How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical promises to be a heckuva deal as it lampoons and celebrates Minnesota culture, traditions and quirks. The show will be staged 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Tuesday-July 14 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
A day to laugh
Scott Hansen's Comedy Gallery at the Rail has cut back to one day of comedy per week, so get out and support the fine art of stand-up to ensure it stays in Brainerd. The observational wit of Twin Cities-based Jeff Gerbino will be showcased 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the downtown club. Tickets are $5-$10; this includes admission to the upstairs band, Silent Partner, after the laughs.
Sweet home Moondance
Moondance Jam 14 gets under way 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Moondance Ranch in Walker with mainstage acts Local Instinct, Silent Partner, the Daisy Dillman Band, .38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd. More bands will play on the Saloon Stage. Tickets are $75-$450 for the four-day music-and-camping festival.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Hole in the Day Players will stage "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" 8 p.m. July 28-30, Aug. 2 and Aug. 4-6 and 2 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 6 in the Martin Auditorium of Little Falls High School.
Learn "How to Talk Minnesotan" at the musical performed by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Tuesday-Wednesday at the Pequot Lakes School auditorium. A good time? You betcha. Tickets are $8-$10.
Laughs, mystery and music 'Afoot' at college
I won't spoil the fun by revealing whodunit in "Something's Afoot," but suffice it to say it's not the butler. In fact, the old chap is one of the first to be bumped off in Central Lakes College's in-the-round production of the murder-mystery musical.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Duluth's Forty Watt Bulb, which recently released "A Shovel's Length Short," will play its unique brand of folk rock 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eclectic Cafe in downtown Brainerd. Try a delicious cookies-and-cream smoothie while you're taking in the smooth sounds. Admission is $5.
Follow these picnic tips from the pros
Live music and theater draw big crowds -- hungry crowds -- every summer to the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Northern Virginia. While some patrons eat an early dinner and many pack their own suppers, dozens of spectators every night rely on picnics to go provided by Capital Restaurants Catering.
Use leftover grilled chicken in salad
I had quite a bit of grilled chicken left over from our Fourth of July barbecue so I put together a refreshing, easy-to-make salad one evening for a light dinner.
Pack a picnic
Picnic season is upon us. Already thinking about how to pack for that concert on the green, that impromptu meal in the park?
lary L. Churchill, 36, and Amy J. Voss, 29, both of Brainerd.
STAPLES -- The Region Five board will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Region Five office in Staples.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Explore four Bay Lake area homes
CROSBY -- A summer cottage, a contemporary cottage and two country homes will be featured in the fourth annual Bay Lake Area Tour of Homes on July 29-30.
Study links fat in the bloodstream to heart problems
New research gives the first solid evidence that a type of fat in the bloodstream can trigger the earliest steps that lead to clogged blood vessels, the top cause of heart attacks.
COMING FRIDAY IN HOUSING
Homes on the fourth annual Bay Lake Area Tour of Homes are all
This was Brainerd
JULY 8 - 40 years ago (1965) - All the thrill and excitement of the big time was in evidence at Gregory Park as youngsters turned out at a turtle race, a pet show and a frog jumping contest.
Little Falls man dies after being hit by motorcycle
LITTLE FALLS -- A 49-year-old Little Falls man was killed Wednesday after he was struck by a motorcycle while walking across a street in Little Falls, the Little Falls Police Department reported.
WADENA -- Homecrest Industries recently donated 30 umbrellas for soldiers in Iraq.
The McKnight Foundation recently awarded 131 grants totaling $37,494,900 in its second-quarter 2005 grantmaking.
Construction continued Wednesday on the Lakewood Health System Hospital and Clinic east of Staples on Highway 210.
BAXTER -- Even Baxter city commissions differ on where Cypress Drive should be built as it winds through the former Pine Meadows Gold Course.
Light is out
A Brainerd Police Department officer investigated a motor vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon which resulted in a light pole sheared at the corner of Sixth and Laurel streets in Brainerd.
City hopes for commitment from Baxter by Aug. 15
BAXTER -- The city of Brainerd is hoping for a commitment from Baxter by Aug. 15 on whether it will participate in Brainerd's wastewater treatment facility expansion.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, credited Morrison County commissioners Tom Wenzel and Bill Block with helping win passage of a bill that will correct an inequity in county tax revenue collection. The two men testified in favor of the bill this year.
County highway building bids please Blanck
Bid openings for the Crow Wing County Highway Department brought welcome news and helped bridge the gap between what was budgeted and the estimated building costs.
Body of Lake Winnie boater recovered
The body of Kevin Finn, a 41-year-old Cass Lake man who had been missing in Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena since Sunday, was found Thursday night.
Cheryl Benjamin of Pierz gave her 2-year-old daughter Becca a ride Thursday across Whipple Beach on a blanket after an afternoon of swimming.
COMING SUNDAY IN SPORTS
It wasn't the ideal birth, but the arrival of this sports writer's son was anything but boring.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985)-Brian Smith of Grand Rapids, formerly of England, had one of the more unusual exhibits at Sunday's' Arts in the Park event at Gregory Park. Smith sold several pairs of his handmade multi-colored shoes.
Lifetime of giving honored
BAXTER -- Helping others who are less fortunate was an ideal instilled in longtime Baxter resident John Sullivan at a young age.
Pine River man dies in rollover
LASTRUP -- A 35-year-old Pine River man died in a single-vehicle rollover Wednesday on Highway 27, seven miles east of Lastrup in Morrison County, the State Patrol reported.
"You have to go about your life. If you live in fear you can't live at all."
Bombings shock Brainerd pastor just home from UK
"I'm very shocked and saddened," the Rev. Deborah Celley, pastor at United Church of Christ in Brainerd, said Thursday in response to the bombings in London.
A Page 1A brief Tuesday incorrectly listed the band line winners from the Brainerd Fourth of July parade. First City Pipe Band from Bemidji earned first place and the Brainerd High School marching band earned second place in the band line category.
COMING FRIDAY IN SPORTS
The Brainerd Blue Thunder will try to derail
The brass section of the Air National Guard of the Midwest band sweated it out as it performed Wednesday in a concert at the Forestview Middle School cafetorium. The cafetorium was nearly full.
ST. PAUL -- Four bills written by Rep. Greg Blaine, R-Little Falls, were included in the agriculture, environment and jobs finance omnibus bill that the Legislature approved June 30.
Richard J. Lesinski
LITTLE FALLS -- Richard J. Lesinski, age 85, of Little Falls and formerly of Pike Creek Township, Morrison County, Minn., passed away Monday, July 4, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 11, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg, Minn., with the Rev. Kenneth O'Hotto officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Carney R. Shipman
Carney R. Shipman, Brainerd, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Douglas E. Meacham
CROSBY -- Douglas Earl Meacham, 65, Crosby, died July 5, 2005, at his home. He was born on March 20, 1940, in Crosby to William and Louise (Kant) Meacham.
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Alan 'Al' W. Soltis
UPSALA -- Alan "Al" W. Soltis, 50-year-old resident of Upsala, Minn., died as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Hebron, N.D.
Donald J. Gilman
FIFTY LAKES -- Donald James Gilman, age 62, of Fifty Lakes, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005. He was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Chicago. Donald served in the United States Marines and was honorably discharged on Oct. 31, 1967. He was a Pine River High School student and also attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia for two years. He was a member of Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, Minn.
Mervyn L. Clausen
AITKIN -- Mervyn L. Clausen, 66, of Aitkin, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Radium, Minn., to Emil and Herren (Hunstad) Clausen. As a child he grew up in Grygla and graduated from Crookston Agriculture School. On Aug. 13, 1960, in Minneapolis, Mervyn was united in marriage to Mae Mootz. He was owner of M.L. Clausen Construction of Mounds View working as a cement contractor. They lived in Mounds View and Brooklyn Park prior to moving to their lake home near Aitkin in 1996. They spent their winters in Rockport, Texas.
LITTLE FALLS -- Curtis Stangl, age 49, of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, July 6, 2005, after being struck by a motorcycle.
Jerome 'Jerry' Krych
RANDALL Jerome Jerry E. Krych, 66-year-old resident of Randall, Minn., passed away July 4, 2005, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. arish prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at th
FIFTY LAKES -- Chester Moen, age 86, of Fifty Lakes, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
Isabelle B. Gagnon
CROSBY -- Isabelle B. Gagnon, 97, Crosby, died on July 4, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby.
PILLAGER -- Helene Kelcher, 70, of Pillager, died Monday, July 4, 2005, following a motor vehicle accident near Deerwood. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at Merrifield Community Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Larry Harshman officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be private.
OTHER OPINION: EXOTIC PETS
Four summers ago, Americans found themselves cast as screaming extras in a bad remake of "Jaws" as widespread reports of shark attacks dominated the news. It subsided when scientists patiently made the point that the incidence of attacks was about the same as in any other year, and on Sept. 11 of that year, terror from the deep fell out of the news for good.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's advocacy at the Capitol is to underscore the bill's threat to all businesses big and small, regardless of their product or location.
Open Forum: We can't wait until 2008 for new president
The president's threats that Social Security is going to run out of money soon and there will have to be cuts in benefits if we don't adopt his plan of privatization is maddening. If the Social Security surpluses were left alone instead of being used to fund other government programs, we wouldn't have this threat. It's not so much Social Security is in trouble as the government is in trouble.
If you don't want to find something the best time to look is when you can't see it. That seems to be the intent of a recent ATV ditch damage survey conducted by the county at taxpayer expense.
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Barbara J. Christenson accepted the position of pastor at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
One of the many gifts coming from the Jewish tradition is a rich collection of teaching stories.
On a mission
STAPLES -- Passersby could easily mistake the Faith Lutheran Church building site for a campground when entering Staples' east side.
NCS to host its first Kouba event
North Central Speedway will host the Earl Kouba Memorial Sprint Special for the first time Saturday night at North Central Speedway.
Bret Williams isn't bashful when he readily admits a skateboarding competition he's hosting Sunday at Jaycees Park in southeast Brainerd is free advertising for his store, Keeping it Real Skateboards.
Thiesse team happy with sixth at Sauk Centre
Nate Thiesse's brother, Darren, wrote in an e-mail that the team was pleased with Nate finishing sixth in Nate's first American Stockcar League feature Sunday at I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre. Nate, racing a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, qualified fourth and because the lineup was inverted, started his first-ever ASL feature from the pole.
Hansons, Svir, Brick pace Feet for Fools run
Chris Hanson of Nisswa and Kara Brick of Brainerd were the male and female 10-kilometer winners and Baxter's Mike Svir and Kandi Hanson paced 5km divisions in the 14th annual Feet For Fools race Monday at Northland Arboretum.
Thunder bats fail to Express themselves
Scoring runs continued to be a problem Thursday night for the Brainerd Blue Thunder.
The 26th annual Brainerd men's slow-pitch softball invitational is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Park.
Brainerd raises record to 16-0
The Brainerd American Legion baseball team raised its record to 16-0 by sweeping Park Rapids 4-3 and 11-1 Wednesday night at Adamson Field.
Carlson in contention at Legacy Courses
EAST GULL LAKE -- After the first round, Curt Carlson of East Gull Lake stood in fourth place in the Minnesota State Junior Boys' Championship Wednesday at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Thunder grateful for gifts
When a baseball team's record is heading south it will accept any form of help to snap out of its funk.
Bees' rally falls short
The Brainerd Bees rallied from a four-run deficit before falling 4-3 to Melrose in Lakewood League amateur baseball Tuesday.
DNR receives positive report on its spending
The Game and Fish Budgetary Oversight Committee monitors how the DNR spends the millions of dollars it gets each year from hunting and fishing license fees. Last week in its annual report it found no major spending problems for 2004 and gave the DNR a passing grade.
Svir, Hanson pace Feet for Fools
Baxter's Mike Svir won the overall championship in the 14th annual Feet For Fools 10-kilometer race Monday with a time of 20 minutes, 39 seconds.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms north and east.
Weather drawing by Kayli Skinner of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly sunny. A chance of thunderstorms west and central...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy...With patchy morning fog. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms northwest. Highs in the 80s. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning northeast.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning over the far east...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny by afternoon. A slight chance of thunderstorms over the black hills in the late afternoon. Highs around 90 in the far east to mid 90s to near 100 over the central and the west.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. A slight chance of morning thunderstorms far southeast...Then a slight chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon west. Highs 85 to 90 east...And in the low and mid 90s central and west.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Scattered thunderstorms spreading from west to east. Highs
It's sunny out
Weather drawing by Mikaela Boyd of Ms. Christiansen's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny west. Scattered morning thunderstorms
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm over southern wisconsin. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms north. Highs in the
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