SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 700. Last Tuesday: 813. Year Ago Tuesday: 613. Monday actual: 319.
SOUTH ST. PAUL. (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 600. Last Wednesday: 507. Year Ago Wednesday: 378. Tuesday actual: 801.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 259, a year ago 215.
Summertime is grilling time
Gary and I have been busy firing up the grill, blending different flavors and practicing for the second annual Great Northern BBQ Cook-off on Saturday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 4:47 a.m. today to Pirate's Cove on Highway 371 North after receiving a call about smoke coming from the miniature golf facility.
How to reach federal lawmakers
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Elizabeth Stewart and Brian Geroy, Pequot Lakes, a boy, Isaak Stewart Geroy, 8 pounds, 9.5 ounces, April 24, 2003. Grandparents are Carolyn Geroy Gurkis, Big Pine Key, Fla., and Jeffrey Geroy, Minneapolis.
BACKUS -- A 37-year-old Clearbrook woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 371 at the junction of Highway 87 in Backus, the State Patrol reported.
MERRIFIELD -- A 57-year-old Mission Township man whose wife was involved in a single-vehicle accident Monday on County Road 3 suffered a heart attack after he arrived at the scene of the accident.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
PINE MEADOWS WINNERS
PINE MEADOWS WINNERS
Hasskamp wins invite
Joan Hasskamp of Cuyuna Country Club held off Sandy O'Day and Diann Howell to win the Pine Meadows Women's Golf Invitational July 9.
Goldstand's designs started area golf boom
Of the 622 golf holes in the Brainerd lakes area, 52 were designed by Joel Goldstrand.
Chezok, Mans win at Grand View
Toni Chezok and Cherie Mans combined to card a 43 and win the two-person scramble during Grand View Lodge's Women's Golf Outing July 8 on the Lakes Course at the Pines.
Don't overlook putting
Putting is the most overlooked portion of the game.
Dettbarn Construction jumped out of the starting blocks and beat Shep's on 6th 9-3 for the early second-half lead during Men's Twilight Golf League at Pine Meadows July 10.
Restrictions placed on turtle trapping
MOORHEAD (AP) -- Joanna Schmidt pushes a canoe into a small slough in rural Clay County. She paddles toward a floating rectangle of plastic pipe. The turtle trap is about four feet long with net in the bottom and a board attached to the side.
Cool weather doesn't hinder crops
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Crop development throughout the state was not hampered by the cool weather last week, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service.
For first time since 1946, pilot won't be delivering mail to the Northwest Angle -- he's finally retired at age 86
WARROAD (AP) -- The mail used to get to the Northwest Angle by bush plane, boat, snowmobile or airboat. But no matter the vehicle, Don Hanson was often at the controls.
Minnesota gun law's author hit right on target
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The man who put Minnesota's new handgun permit law on the books doesn't drape ammo belts around his shoulders, clench daggers in his teeth or paint his face with camouflage.
Seven to compete in Miss Pillager Scholarship Pageant
PILLAGER -- Seven girls will participate in the Miss Pillager Area Lakes Scholarship Pageant at 4:30 p.m. July 24 at the Pillager Fairgrounds.
Turtles to lose their home
KELLOGG -- For one of Minnesota's largest concentrations of turtles, Island 42 on the Mississippi River is the perfect place to lay eggs.
This waterjet's world is beyond the lake
PEQUOT LAKES -- Seth Jackson may have known he was destined to travel. It was part of life's equation.
Orientation guides students into college
Summer tradition finds college students working to earn the funds they need to pay tuition.
Sunbonnet Shop's golden year
EAST GULL LAKE -- When the Sunbonnet Shop at Madden's Resort opened in 1953, it was the brainchild of then-teenagers and sisters Judy and Peggy Madden.
Crosby Eye Clinic, medical center to host Senior Citizens Appreciation Day
CROSBY -- The Crosby Eye Clinic and Cuyuna Range Medical Center will host their annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Day and pig roast Aug. 9 at the Bear Creek Game Farm.
Todd County deputies wound suspect who they say rammed a squad car and fired a shotgun
LONG PRAIRIE -- Todd County deputies shot and wounded a man they say rammed a squad car and fired a shotgun at the officers early Tuesday.
School operating referendum planned in LF
Residents in the Little Falls School District will be asked to support a five-year operating referendum this fall.
LEAN ON ME
Skipper, a month old paint filly rested its head on the neck of its mom, Stormy, at the Crazy Horse Ranch located 10 miles east of Brainerd Tuesday. The horse's owner, Jodi Braford, will be showing her horses at the Crow Wing County Fair, which begins the first week of August.
The second annual Bay Lake Area Tour of Homes is providing a look at homes and raising money to benefit emergency response. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Have you had enough of delays? Too bad!
BAXTER -- Road construction is about to get interesting.
MnSCU approves tuition, fee hikes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustees on Wednesday passed a 12.5 percent average tuition-and-fee increase for 2003-04, plus another 12.5 percent increase on top of that for 2004-05.
This was Brainerd
JULY 17 - 60 years ago (1943) - Turkey growers of the Brainerd area expect to supply approximately 45,000 birds to the Thanksgiving and Christmas markets and to Armed Services for shipment overseas.
N. Dakota man killed on 371 near BIR
A 71-year-old North Dakota man was killed Wednesday afternoon after he got out of his vehicle on Highway 371 near Brainerd International Race-way and was struck by a passing van.
Public comments sought in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency intends to reissue a state permit for the Cross Lake Recreation Area Wastewater Treatment Facility in Crosslake.
Bethany Good Samaritan Administrator Craig Ammerman hit the water after being dunked at the nursing home's picnic Wednesday. Ammerman took the precarious perch to raise money for a proposed 16-bed facility for patients with early signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
From Russia with guitars
Russian bluegrass band Bering Strait gears up to play the Bluegrass Arts & Crafts Festival at Grand Casino Mille Lacs Saturday. Read an interview in Tempo.
PILLAGER -- Gary Tank doesn't remember where he was when news arrived that chronic wasting disease had been found in Minnesota, but the events that followed are not forgotten.
Baxter working on meeting for naming streets
BAXTER -- Baxter residents will be able to offer input into the possibility of renaming street names in the city.
Pequot police investigate apparent suicide
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Police Department is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred about 3:30 a.m. today in the city. The name of the 34-year-old male victim has not been released.
Day on the lake
The Blue Goose launch steamed toward Pike Point on Mille Lacs Lake Tuesday. With the temperatures in the 80s, boaters took advantage of the great summer weather.
Fatal accident victim identified, another fatality near Upsala reported
The victim of a single-vehicle rollover Tuesday on Crow Wing County Road 19 near Merrifield has been identified as Jeralyn E. Sather, 43, of Villard.
This was Brainerd
JULY 16 - 60 years ago (1943) - The Brainerd City Council last night moved to put teeth into the city's curfew ordinance which prohibits children under 16 years of age from being on the city streets after 10 p.m.
Baxter lifts moratorium on tax-increment financing
BAXTER -- Baxter's two-year moratorium on tax-increment financing for affordable housing has been lifted.
Grace M. Melenich
Grace M. Melenich, age 93, of Brainerd, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on Dec. 28, 1909, to Walter and Minnie (Hammerbacker) Chambers. She
FORT RIPLEY -- Lloyd Lange, age 88 of Fort Ripley, Minn., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Donald William Elfstrum
VERNDALE -- Donald William Elfstrum, 66, Verndale, Minn., died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, N.D. Donald was born Jan. 13, 1937, at Kenmare, N.D. In 1938, the family moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where he was raised and attended schools, graduating from Roosevelt High School.
FORT RIPLEY -- Lloyd Lange, 81-year-old resident of Fort Ripley, Minn., died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
CUSHING -- Laurence Maschler, 90, of Cushing, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Medical Center in Little Falls. Services are incomplete at this time with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Randall.
Robert L. Barstad
MOORHEAD -- Memorial Services for Robert L. Barstad, 79, Moorhead, Minn., and summer resident of Brainerd area, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2003, in the Dining/Community Room at Eventide, Linden T
Leonard T. Serfling
STAPLES -- Leonard T. Serfling, age 68, of Staples, died Sunday evening, July 13, 2003, at the Texas Terrace Hospice Care in St. Louis Park, Minn. Leonard Thornton Serfling was born Oct. 10, 1934, on the family farm in Poplar Township, to Leonard and Ruth (Jensen) Serfling.
Robert H. Taraldson
BACKUS -- Robert H. Taraldson, 83, died July 17, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Arrangements are with Willim-Northland Funeral Homes, Pine River.
PINE RIVER -- Natalie Johnson, age 87, formerly of Gull Lake area and St. Paul, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center
Jeralyn 'Jeri' E. Sather
MERRIFIELD -- Jeralyn "Jeri" E. Sather, 43, Merrifield, died as the result of a car accident, Tuesday, July 15, 2003, in Merrifield.
Lillian May Swanstrom
Lillian May Swanstrom, 77, Brainerd, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd, succumbing after several years to a degenerative disease.
Lillian May Swanstrom
NISSWA -- Lillian May Swanstrom, 77, Nisswa, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. Services will be Monday, July 21, 2003, 2 p.m. at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village Chapel, Brainerd, with Pastor Kurt Wied officiating. Friends may call an hour prior to services at Woodland. Arrangements are with the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Grace M. Melenich
Grace M. Melenich, age 93, of Brainerd, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
STAPLES -- Carl Holderbach, age 87, of Staples, died Wednesday, July 16, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
The evolving tale of where the Brainerd area's famed Paul Bunyan and Babe statues will eventually land has already taken a few twists and turns. It will probably take more.
There has been a lot of letters written about this, so called, peace group not being allowed to march in the Fourth of July parade. I have seen them endangering traffic on weekends with their placards, I call them the "Ostrich club" because instead of facing the real issue they choose to stick their head in the sand and pretend that wishful thinking will do the job and if wishful thinking was effective we would all be millionaires.
Crow Wing County recently held a series of community meetings to gather input from the public regarding the comprehensive plan update process. The purpose of the meetings was to gain comments from citizens on how they would like to see the community developed over the next 20 years.
School vouchers have long been a hot button issue in education circles. Even President George W. Bush, an advocate of the system, eschews the word vouchers in favor of "opportunity scholarships" in the voucher initiative that passed through the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.
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Limit on Open Forum letters is 300 words
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Killer's suicide note professes his love for his two children
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jonathan Carpenter, the man who pleaded guilty last month to three gruesome killings in Long Prairie, Minn., wrote in a suicide note that he could not go on living if he couldn't be with the woman he loved and his two children.
Minnesota's AMBER Alert system passes first anniversary
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota has issued six AMBER Alerts since the state launched its system for finding missing children just over a year ago, and six children have been found. And since it began, officials have worked to improve the system.
Pawlenty may have skirted reporting rules
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty may have to answer to state campaign finance officials for the way he reported income from a business he owned on economic disclosure reports he filed as a lawmaker and candidate for governor.
Paying candidates big money isn't a new thing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Big pay for little work by politicians gearing up to run for a major office is hardly a new thing in Minnesota, or nationally.
Pawlenty reveals additional telecom work
ST. PAUL -- As Democrats questioned his commitment to consumers, Gov. Tim Pawlenty revealed that he had been paid about $54,000 by the head of a Minneapolis-based telecommunications business that has been accused of cheating consumers in seven states.
Survey: Minnesota job vacancies down
MINNEAPOLIS -- People looking for jobs in Minnesota are competing for 22 percent fewer openings than one year ago, indicating that an employment turnaround remains elusive, according to a report released Wednesday.
Life returning to normal for freed St. Paul pastor
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After spending a month imprisoned in Laos, life is starting to return to normal for the Rev. Naw-Karl Mua.
While candidate, Pawlenty kept business pursuits in background
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Tim Pawlenty's campaign biography was so detailed it noted his membership in the Eagan Lions Club and his work as a youth soccer coach. And yet Pawlenty, an unusually open politician, didn't think certain business interests merited mention.
Trooper to receive fourth livesaving award
GLENCOE (AP) -- Saving lives is getting to be a habit for State Trooper Jeff Goldsmith.
1,100 Minnesota troops to head to Bosnia
ST. PAUL (AP) -- About 1,100 Minnesota National Guard troops, the state's largest deployment in more than a half century, are being sent to Bosnia for a six-month peacekeeping mission.
BAXTER -- Concordia College alumni, students, parents, friends and prospective students from the Brainerd lakes area are invited to a Concordia College Corn Feed at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Loren Thompson Park in Baxter.
Brainerd Bees split last two games
The Brainerd Bees amateur baseball team lost 4-1 to Clear Lake and beat Jimmy's 6-5 in their last two games.
Mueller third at Biathlon
DULUTH -- Rebecca Mueller of the Nisswa NW team, shot 70 percent and ran the five-kilometer run in 33:14 to finish third overall and second in the elite youth women division at the Summer Biathlon Race in Duluth July 12.
Brainerd Legion's struggles continue
GRAND RAPIDS -- Drew Boland and Morgan Shepherd recorded the Brainerd American Legion baseball team's only hits in a 6-4 loss to Grand Rapids Wednesday.
Area sports briefs
Jared Peterson pitched a complete game and was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Nisswa Legion baseball team but it was Crosslake who came away with the 6-5 win.
Legion baseball undergoing major rule changes this year
American Legion posts have sponsored summer baseball programs since 1925.
Olowokandi agrees to step in for Nesterovic in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Free agent center Michael Olowokandi agreed Tuesday night to join the Minnesota Timberwolves and replace Rasho Nesterovic, who hours earlier reached a deal with San Antonio.
Minoso plays in 7 decades
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The ageless Minnie Minoso added another line to his resume.
Slumping Twins trade Bobby Kielty to Blue Jays
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The slumping Minnesota Twins acquired outfielder Shannon Stewart and a player to be named later on Wednesday from the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Bobby Kielty.
Getting their bearings
What's the biggest difference between the United States and the recently Westernized Russia?
Epic Hero's journey
A band undergoing line-up shuffles is nothing new in the music business. But Epic Hero has brought in so many new members since its formation in 1999 that it's a wonder the band has managed to maintain a tight sound, let alone become one of the hottest young bands in Minneapolis.
The popular Minnesota comedian performs at 8 p.m. today through Sunday at Izatys in Onamia. Tickets are $10.
Faces of comedy
Scott Hansen believes that if you can't find something funny today, you aren't looking hard enough.
With Justin Milbradt, lead singer/guitarist of Epic Hero
For week of July 17-23; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
AITKIN -- Artists Dean Lettenstrom and Nancy Cramer Lettenstrom will collaborate on an exhibit of their paintings, drawings and mixed media for the exhibit "Unstill Lives," which runs through Aug. 10 at Ripple River Gallery south of Aitkin. A reception will run 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
CLC's musical 'Gypsy' has fun with a tragic story
For all the themes explored in Central Lakes College's production of "Gypsy," the most important may be this: A sense of humor and a few catchy tunes can do a lot to overcome tragedy.
Central Lakes College instructor Bruce Eastman will speak noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch series. Admission is free.
With Alexander "Sasha" Ostrovsky, dobro/steel guitar/lap steel player, Bering Strait
Celebrate Emily Day on Saturday with parades
EMILY -- Celebrate Emily Day will include both a kiddie parade and a main parade Saturday.
How much development becomes too much?
HACKENSACK -- Save Lantern Bay/Woman Lake Chain Action Committee members see Ridges of Lantern Bay as a classic example of how much development becomes too much.
Group seeks to block development to protect Woman Lake chain
HACKENSACK -- Cass County District Court has been asked to consider issues involved in the Cass County Planning Commission's April 22 approval of Ridges of Lantern Bay plat.
Horseshoe pitching becoming popular pastime in Rose Creek
ROSE CREEK (AP) -- Horseshoe pitching is making a comeback in Rose Creek.
New portage created in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
ELY (AP) -- The new portage between Burntside Lake and Crab Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness could mean a few more blisters on the feet of nature lovers and a few fewer headaches for Mike and Connie Loisel.
Two loons and their baby swam on Woman Lake.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly sunny. A chance of showers or storms late in the northwest. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms...Mainly in the south. Highs from the lower 80s northeast to the mid 90s far southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of thunderstorms west this afternoon. Highs 80 to 90.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms far south. Highs from near 70 northeast to the mid 80s southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
This afternoon...Scattered showers and thunderstorms north. A chance for a shower or thunderstorm south. Partly cloudy. Highs from the upper 70s northeast to the 80s elsewhere.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly sunny...Very warm and humid. A chance of thunderstorms...Mainly this afternoon. Some storms could be severe with large hail and damaging wind. Highs in the 80s north to lower 90s south.
Weather drawing by Jenna Morgan Murphy of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Weather drawing by Justin Franzen of Mrs. Ruen's first grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance for showers and thunderstorms... Ending in the north this morning. Highs in the 70s to the low 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Chance of thunderstorms. Highs from the mid 80s northeast...To around 100 southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny west and central with a chance of thunderstorms. Sunny east. Highs from the upper 70s northeast to the lower 90s far southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Scattered early morning showers and thunderstorms west...Then a chance of afternoon thunderstorms west and south. Highs from the mid 80s northeast...To near 100 southwest.
There will be a Girl Scout alumni reunion for all Girl Scout alumni volunteers and leaders from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Questions, call Monica Husen at 828-3515.
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