Bremer campaign raises money for food bank
Second Harvest Heartland food banks in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin will receive $138,454 from the "Make Change" campaign sponsored by Bremer Bank.
LITTLE FALLS - Steve Januschka, groundskeeper of St. Francis campus, is the August 2007 Employee of the Month, honored by the Chamber of Commerce of Little Falls.
Grant to help health care collaborative
The Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program was awarded $50,000 through the Governor's Workforce Development Council to convene and develop the Rural Minnesota Healthcare Collaborative partnership.
Firm praises work of CLC robotics students
Central Lakes College's robotics and automated systems program has been providing one of Minnesota's fastest-growing companies with employees through an internship program.
Students explore nursing careers
PIERZ - For 10 area teenagers, the first part of summer vacation was spent getting a head start in a medical career.
Home Sellers Edge is a new business in the lakes area started by business partners Karen Peterson and Cathy Gilson. The idea behind the business is to offer home staging, or a way to present homes for sale that will help attract buyers. In a slow market, that may be helpful.
Meets 9 a.m.Tuesday
Planning commission to meet Wednesday
A special meeting of the Brainerd Planning Commission and Northwest Associated Consultants will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall to review the zoning ordinance rewrite.
EMILY -A semi driven by John Paul Sergent, 32, Brainerd, rolled on Sandhill Drive and Crow Wing County Road 1 in Emily early last week. Sergent was injured and was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. No information on his condition was available.
St. Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls
Michael and Karolina Priebe, Brainerd, a boy, Nathan Michael, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, June 27, 2007.
State auditor to address county auditors Wednesday at Breezy Point
BREEZY POINT - State Auditor Rebecca Otto will deliver the opening remarks at the Minnesota Association of County Auditors, Treasurers and Finance Officers Summer Conference Wednesday at Breezy Point Resort.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
Luke Selinski and Rebeka Ritter, Little Falls, a girl, Avery Mae, 9 pounds, 2 ounces, June 29, 2007. Grandparents are Mark and Tara Selinski, Little Falls, Julie Erickson, Little Falls, and Robert Ritter, Sauk Centre. Great-grandparents are Irene Selinski, Little Falls, Leonard Ritter, and Rosemary Ritter, Cold Spring.
FORGERY - McDonald's, 505 Washington St. N.E., reported Monday that it received two counterfeit $20 bills Sunday.
Meets 6 p.m. Monday
Nathan and Jane Carlson, East Gull Lake, a girl, Vanessa Jane, 7 pounds, 12 ounces, June 29, 2007. Grandparents are Marty and Nancy Carlson, East Gull Lake, and Dave and Rose Hillstrom, Novi, Mich. Great-grandparents are Bob and Lorraine Lee, East Gull Lake.
A very grateful thank you to the lady at Wal-Mart who found my purse in a shopping cart and took it into the store, giving it to an associate. Wish I could give you a hug!
Click it or get a ticket
Question: What is the deal with the seat belt law? If police officers can't stop people for not wearing the seat belt, then how can they work those click it or ticket days or seat belt projects, or whatever they are, that I see advertised all the time? Did the law change?
The planning committee of the 2007 Pink Ribbon Classic golf tournament extends a huge thank you to all sponsors and donors who contributed to making this year's event such a success. The Pink Ribbon Classic is an annual golf tournament that raises funds for the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research and advocacy programs.
WITH THE MILITARY
Erik B. Jenson, son of Brad and Connie Jenson, Nisswa, completed Class A-1 Aviation Structural Mechanics/Hydraulics training at Naval Air Station Oceana (Virginia) on April 9. He is stationed at Squadron VRC-40 in Norfolk, Va.
It doesn't take a lot of effort, money to be a partner
Many people are scared to become a Kinship Partner mentor because they feel they do not have enough time in their life to devote to it. We also find that some people are apprehensive about becoming a mentor because they feel it would be too much of a financial burden for them.
Class of 1944 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Northwind Grille.
Master gardeners to be at county fair
Master gardeners will staff a booth in the central area of the Horticulture Building during the Crow Wing County Fair from July 31 through Aug. 4.
"I have no problems being called the fry man - fries have been very good to me."
This was Brainerd
JULY 22 - 40 years ago (1967) - Almost an inch and one half of rain was dumped on Brainerd early this morning, accompanied by lightning, thunder and high winds.
Fast pace attracts Sullivan to restaurant business
Bob Sullivan learned how to work at an early age.
Part of 210 to be closed Wednesday
In an effort to quickly complete milling and paving operations, Highway 210 will be closed for one night between Fourth and Eighth Streets, including all side street accesses, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
Wastewater woe could cost us millions
A sample taken at the Brainerd municipal wastewater treatment facility by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency this spring found an elevated level of a toxic chemical, a perfluorinated chemical or PFC compound, in the wastewater.
Spoilers be gone: Fans get their hands on the final Harry Potter book
NEW YORK (AP) - You're safe now, Potter people. Open your eyes, unplug your ears. The spoilers can't hurt you. You have the book. The answers are in your hands.
SECRET TO SUCCESS: Surround yourself with good people
Surrounding yourself with good people is the only way to be successful, Bob Sullivan said.
Cass County deputies looking for missing
canoeist north of Walker
WALKER - The Cass County Sheriff's Department is searching for a man from Iowa who was missing Friday on Steamboat Lake, north of Walker.
What Potter fans are saying
"It's very good, but it was surprising. It's different from a lot of others because it's got a lot of twists and turns," Kelly Kubik, 17, Hudson, Ohio.
Maxine M. Williams, Brainerd, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born on Sept. 28, 1927, in Alexandria to Mike and Mabel (Fenstad) Coykendall.
EMILY - Dorothy Kile, age 86, of Emily, died April 11, 2007, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born on Aug. 2, 1920, in Madison S.D. to Robert and Myrtle (Hollingsworth) Wengert. She married Benjamin F. Kile in 1943 in Minneapolis. She was a member of the United Methodist church in Emily.
Yvonne Ruby Muellner
Memorial service for Yvonne Muellner, 71, Brainerd, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was born in Fertile, Minn., on Aug. 16, 1935. She married Ronald Muellner in 1968. Yvonne is survived by husband Ron; daughter, Lisa; sisters, Lois LeBlanc; Georgia Gullickson, Jane Opdahl; one brother, Richard Rude, step-father Ervin Trontvedt, and step-brother Dan.
Alfred D. 'Don' Hanson
AITKIN - Alfred D. "Don" Hanson, 77, of Aitkin, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin.
SHOREVIEW - Harry C. Felty, 86, Shoreview, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the St. Cloud Hospital, complications from a car accident. He was born June 27, 1921 in Wytheville, Va. to Kent and Vaden (Gregory) Felty. He married Delores Nelson in Brainerd on Oct. 15, 1949. He was a US veteran who served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was employed by NSP before his retirement. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
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Gail M. Ficek
Gail M. Ficek, 49-year-old resident of Sobieski, Minn., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2007, at her residence in Sobieski, Minn.
John Michael Blackwell
John Michael Blackwell, age 45, Brainerd, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Maryls 'Sporlein' Bucholtz
PIERZ - Maryls "Sporlein" Bucholtz, a 65-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at her residence. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Community Catholic Church near Harding, Minn., with Rev. Malcom Nazereth officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz. There will also be visitation Monday from 9-10 a.m. at St. Mary's Community Catholic Church near Harding.
Sheryl Diane Otterson
Sheryl Diane Otterson, 57, of Brainerd, died July 18, 2007, at her home.
Fred L. Bozvay
McGREGOR - Fred L. Bozvay, age 87, of McGregor, formerly of St. Paul, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Margaret Mac DeRosier
Margaret Mac DeRosier, age 90, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Margaret was born Nov. 18, 1916, in St. Mathias Township to Wesley and Mary Gilson.
LITTLE FALLS - Chester Young, a 84-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Saturday, July 21, 2007, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
This is in response to if we need a special needs day care in Brainerd. If my child has pink eye or a cold, I don't know if I would take him there for the duration of that illness, I need more information. I worry about all the germs he and others are leaving behind. Will he catch something else? Will it just be an ongoing sickness for him and others? I think it is a great idea, but will this just be a passing of germs and making illnesses very hard to get rid of?
OUR OPINION: BONDING BILL
The possibility of a new performing arts center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd has generated excitement among many people but here's a cautionary note to consider: The competition for state funding will be fierce this year.
Sometimes you just have to throw in the towel
I was on a guide trip the other day with folks who wanted to catch - what else? - walleyes. The lake was calm, the sun was out and they were ready to boat a bunch of walleyes. If not a lot, at least enough for dinner.
Q & A
Before hunting season gets here, would you please clarify state law regarding the use of cell phones and two-way radios?
Drive around the countryside near Brainerd and soon you'll see a birdhouse built by Bob Austin. The 84-year-old rural Brainerd man has built and given away more than a thousand.
Next two months are ideal time to see butterflies
Dry as a desert wind, a blast of hot air whooshed out of the log garage as I lifted the door. Immediately I spotted a butterfly battering the window glass. It had been several days since I had been in the garage, so I wondered how long it had struggled to escape.
Avoid towing troubles when on the road with your boat
Much is written for anglers on what to do to catch fish when they reach the water. We've certainly added our share to that library of information over the years.
The Custom Rod Builders Guild will host its international conclave on Aug. 16-19 at the Sheraton South in Bloomington.
Rick and Desiree (Vukelich) O'Brien, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary from 1-5 p.m. July 28 at their home, 49892 285th Avenue, Staples. The event will be hosted by their children and family.
Becky Wynn and Ronald Richards, Pine River, were married June 6, 2007.
Elsie Rehberger and Michael Stanek announce their engagement. Parents are John and JoAnn Rehberger, Brainerd, and Christine Stanek, Verndale, and Alan Holk, Park Rapids. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Melissa Weinert and Michael Tweed announce their engagement. Parents are Steven and Donna Weinert, Syosset, N.Y., and Gary and Patricia Tweed, Pequot Lakes. A July 29 wedding is planned in St. James, N.Y.
Randy and Joan Eschenbacher, Motley, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with their family and friends at T.Maxwell's Banquet Center in Staples. The event was hosted by their children and grandchildren. They were married July 17, 1982, in Brainerd.
David and Kimberley (Malinowski) Larson, Baxter, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in Bushmills, Northern Ireland. They were married July 17, 1982.
Elizabeth Smith and Jesse Arnold were married May 18, 2007, at Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas with the Rev. J.O. Frehner officiating.
Andrea Binda and Jason Allord announce teir engagement. Parents are Gary and Debra Binda, Crosslake, and Larry and Laurel Allord, Brainerd. An Oct. 13 wedding is planned at Crosslake Assemblies of God.
Shannon Johnson and Mark Ziegler were married June 16, 2007, at Rosa Lee Manor, Pilot Mountain, N.C., with the Rev. Stephen Livengood officiating.
Bill and Carolyn Buss will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-6 p.m. July 29 at their home, 4114 West Grove Street, Pequot Lakes. The event will be hosted by their children.
Helen Strang, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a potluck picnic at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Merrifield Lions Park. Bring a dish to share. Cake and coffee will be served at 4:30 p.m. she was born July 30, 1917, in Pine River.
Lois Eileen (Morgan) Sandberg will celebrate her 75th birthday with an open house from 1-5 p.m. July 28 at the home of Rodney and Myra Horner in Pillger. The event will be hosted by her children and grandchildren.
Sign-up for fall sports at Pequot Lakes High School will take place on Monday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. All athletes and their parents are expected to attend.
Hanowski and Olson showcase talents
The year 1990 brought us The Simpsons and Seinfeld, but the year that witnessed the demise of pop group Milli Vanilli's career also produced two of the area's best prep hockey players.
Hats off to Hasselberg
Do a Glen Hasselberg search on the Brainerd Dispatch Web site and a long list of stories appears.
Hasselberg loses AD job in budget move
STAPLES - A vivid picture remains stored in Glen Hasselberg's mind.
Ahrendt aims upwards in BMX career
One spill on the race track and Brady Ahrendt earned a nickname that's going to be stuck with him for life.
Alex rallies past Thunder late
ALEXANDRIA - The Brainerd Blue Thunder rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Friday's Northwoods League baseball game at two in the eighth inning only to watch the Alexandria Beetles score the game-winning run in the bottom half of the eighth for a 3-2 victory.
Bemidji sweeps Brainerd Legion
BEMIDJI - The Brainerd American Legion baseball team was swept by Bemidji Thursday 4-3, 4-3, but still claimed the No. 1 seed for the Subdistrict tournament which will begin July 23.
Looking back on an era
Dependable, organized and fair.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s...Cooler next to lake michigan.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly sunny and hot west...Partly sunny and more humid east. Becoming breezy...Especially central and east. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms over the black hills. Highs in the mid 80s far east...To 100 to 105 west.
Take me out to the ball game
Weather drawing by Eric Stout in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny...Muggy. Breezy central and east.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy southwest while mostly sunny elsewhere.
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