Small cities development program
PEQUOT LAKES - The small cities development program to learn about potential financing to rehab rental/owner-occupied housing in Pequot Lakes/Jenkins is scheduled at 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pequot Lakes City Hall.
Helping grow Minn. small businesses
Between serving customers, answering phones and completing the ever-present paper work, small business owners rarely have time to navigate government bureaucracy when they have questions that need answers.
INDECENT CONDUCT - It was reported Thursday that there was indecent conduct on the dock at the Lake Gilbert access in Brainerd.
PUBLIC MEETINGS - AGENDAS
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
People may have noticed this Brainerd resident's Pontiac Sunfire around town because it's not your ordinary car.
Find out how the Brainerd Lumberjacks fared against the Minnesota Phoenix in the championship game of the Semi-Pro Football League on Saturday.
Aaron and Jamie Anderson, Big Lake, a girl, Eva Luella, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, May 31, 2009.
Roger and Kathleena Woitalla, Little Falls, a boy, Sawyer John, 8 pounds, 11 ounces, July 13, 2009.
ASSAULT - Responded to a report of a physical domestic assault at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at a residence on the 400 block of Southeast 17th Street. No arrest was made but the case was forwarded to the Crow Wing County attorney's office for consideration of felony domestic assault by strangulation, terroristic threats, domestic assault and disorderly conduct charges against a 46-year-old man.
The Thirty Lakes Watershed District is hosting a seminar called "What Shoreline Owners Need to Know" at 7 p.m. July 29 at Northland Arboretum.
Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who donated items for the Keith Stunek benefit:
Community colleges eye 4-year degrees
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan community colleges are challenging four-year universities for the right to offer bachelor's degrees, and if they succeed, would join more than a dozen states across the country that already allow such degrees.
Relay for Life 3
A large luminary was used to aid participants in the lighting of their luminaries on Friday night during Relay for Life.
Mom pushes, Dad tweets
Twitter has given an increasing number of expectant dads something to do while their wives are giving birth: Provide the world a real-time account of what may be the most intimate experience of their lives.
The Washington High School Class of 1958 will meet for coffee at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northwest Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel.
Relay for Life 2
The word "HOPE" was formed with luminaries Friday night in the stands at Don Adamson Field during Relay for Life.
Relay for Life 1
Paul Wickham lit a luminary for his father, Bud Wickham, who died of cancer eight years ago, during Relay for Life on Friday at Don Adamson Field.
2009 Crow Wing County Fair highlights
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Military Day
Taking a peek at the 'tiques
Mary Ann Tollefson looked through the antiques Friday at the 43rd annual Antique Show and Sale at the National Guard Armory.
Stephen Hesse never thought he'd be the new face of the Crow Wing County Fair.
Auditions for talent contests set Saturday
Informal auditions for the 2009 Amateur Talent Contest set Aug. 7 at the Crow Wing County Fair will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Mills Free Stage on the south end of the fairgrounds.
Unemployment inches upward in area counties
After hitting a peak of 12.4 percent in March and falling in April and May, unemployment in Crow Wing County is once again on the rise - but only slightly so.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1969) - A 15-minute downpour yesterday afternoon dropped 1.3 inches of rain on Brainerd, flooding Brainerd streets and sending water into residential basements. The water overwhelmed storm sewers at Sixth and Laurel, backing up into businesses.
Nisswa home struck by lightning; family safe
NISSWA - John Dieter and his family were forced out of their Nisswa home early Friday morning after lightning struck their property.
"I would just say never lose hope. Never give up."
Two killed in motorcycle accident
A 21-year-old female and a 22-year-old male were killed Friday in a motorcycle accident near 17605 Woodrow Road in Nokay Lake Township, northeast of Brainerd, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday.
Knudsen's life marked by commitment and sense of fun
W.L. "Yibby" Knudsen's sense of fun and his commitment to community were among the strong memories his friends and family recalled after his death Thursday night at Excelsior Place in Baxter.
Next year will be easier.
'I've got people who care'
It's been nearly nine years since Kathi Sharp was first diagnosed with cancer.
Desiree Montonye, a program director at PORT Group Homes, was hired Friday as the organization's new executive director.
A sign of things to come?
Storm clouds filled the sky over a farm southeast of Brainerd on Tuesday afternoon. Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1949): Members of the county board were non-committal to demands made by a large delegation of residents and businessmen that repairs be made immediately to the Mill Avenue bridge. Commissioners were charged with years of talk but doing nothing.
Relaying the message: Everyone is welcome at Relay
Relay for Life is for everyone, even if you're not signed up to walk in the fundraising event, organizers said.
Relay for Life
Honorary chair Kathi Sharp (left) and youth chair Zeffen Thurow led the group on the Survivors' Lap on Friday night after opening ceremonies for Relay for Life at Don Adamson Field.
BACKUS - Walter Edward "Wally" Marquardt, age 87, of Backus, and formerly of Elysian, Minn., died on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at St. Cloud Heart Center.
William P. Muscatello
AITKIN - William P. Muscatello, 65, of Aitkin, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at his residence.
Carl L. Link
BAXTER - Carl L. Link, 76, of Baxter, died July 22, 2009, at his home. Services for Carl will be held Tuesday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Steve Laflamme officiating. Friends are welcome to visit Monday from 5-7 p.m. with parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Orlando 'Ole' Veaasen
HILLMAN - Orlando "Ole" Veaasen, 78-year-old resident of Hillman, Minn., passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz, Minn. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at Holy Cross Church in Onamia, Minn., with Pastor Kris Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Lake Auburn Moravian Church Cemetery in Victoria, Minn., on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2009, at Holy Cross in Onamia, Minn., and one hour prior to service on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia, Minn. Memorials preferred to the Mille Lacs Area Health Foundation and Hospice Program.
Marcia M. Dircks
Marcia Marie Dircks, 70, Sartell: Aug. 17, 1938 - July 22, 2009
Mary J. Broughton
GARRISON - Mary Josephine Broughton, 69, of Garrison, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her home.
Donald F. Howitz
Donald F. Howitz, 80, Brainerd, passed away at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd on Thursday, July 23, 2009. He was born May 28, 1929, in Langdon, N.D., to William and Frances (Gilbertson) Howitz. He married Patricia Noden on Aug. 25, 1957, in Ada, Minn. He was a United States Army veteran. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd for 50 years where he was chairperson of the Jolly Free Timers. He taught English at Franklin and Washington Schools in Brainerd for 36 years. He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader for over 25 years. He was a member of the Sons of Norway, Elks Club, American Legion Post No. 255 and volunteered at the Crow Wing County Historical Society. Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Richard 'Rick' Rivetts
EXCELSIOR - Richard "Rick" Rivetts, age 51, resident of Excelsior, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn.
Donald Howitz, 80, Brainerd, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Dave Holte officiating. Friends may call on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
LITTLE FALLS - Patricia Urbanski, 71-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her residence.
LITTLE FALLS - Patricia Urbanski, 71-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are pending with Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
W.L. 'Yibby' Knudsen
W.L. "Yibby" Knudsen, age 90, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Excelsior Place in Baxter. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd.
Henry A. Fageroos
AITKIN - Henry A. Fageroos, 83, of Aitkin, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at his residence.
Annette H. Heisick
GARRISON - Annette H. Heisick, age 74, of Garrison, Minn., formerly of Edina, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 21, 2009.
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Our opinion: College Drive
The lakes and rivers of the Brainerd area are what make this region special but they can be a serious impediment to the establishment of efficient travel corridors. There just aren't enough good east-west thoroughfares that cross the Mississippi River or skirt around area lakes to meet the area's traffic demands.
To respond to the claim in Monday's Dispatch that global warming is the largest fraud ever perpetuated on mother earth would be to react on grounds of provocation. Appropriate response to such fallaciousness consists of a headshake and a coffee sip, followed by a page turn and forward progress.
OUR OPINION: LAW ENFORCEMENT
Before the summer slips away completely it's appropriate to commend the Cass County Sheriff's Department with its proactive decision to station deputies on land and water at Gull Point on Gull Lake on the Fourth of July.
Obama: How we'll close fiscal gaps
WASHINGTON - In a telephone interview with editorial page editor Fred Hiatt Wednesday afternoon, President Obama said he will not accept a health-care reform bill, even one that is deficit-neutral, if it does not also begin to reduce the cost of care. Below are excerpts of the interview:
Our opinion: Budgets
Ezekiel McDermott put a human face on the $1.4 million in budget cuts that have been necessary at Central Lakes College. The 28-year-old summer session student, who was profiled in a story in Sunday's Brainerd Dispatch, doesn't own a computer and has been unable to find time to use the college's computer lab since the reduction of its hours.
A challenge that isn't going away
Last year, 143 soldiers, 41 sailors, 41 Marines and 31 airmen took their own lives. For the first time, suicides in the Army have outpaced the rate for the same demographic group in the nation at large, with the highest number since the Pentagon began keeping track in 1980.
It was reported on July 15 that Brainerd schools hired 13 new staff members, all female. With the hundreds of applicants they received I find this very puzzling. What happened to equal rights employment? Half of the students are male and a lot of them could use a father figure.
The rock bass were biting and the kids were happy
Fishing with my kids just isn't the same as fishing with someone else's kids. My kids get the leftovers and I'm glad they don't really know it.
The challenge of the muskellunge
LAKE MILLE LACS - The "Topraider" sputtered and waddled across the water. Not far away, the real thing paddled nonchalantly through the shallows.
Joseph and Acala Harrison
Joseph and Acala Harrison were married on May 30, 2009, At Antler's Pavilion, Breezy Point, Mn. Officiated by Judge David Ten Eyck.
Lacey Jo Hoeck and Paul W. Fox
Lacey Jo Hoeck and Paul W. Fox announced their engagement.
Luke and Kelly Williams
Luke and Kelly Williams were married May 30, 2009 at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd by Jeffery Ozane.
Verlys Dilley is celebrating her 80th birthday on Saturday August 1, 2009 in Lions Pavilion I, Sunnybrook Park, Wadena (on east side of town).
Kayla Marie McDowell and Matthew Robert Quinn
Kayla Marie McDowell and Matthew Robert Quinn announce their engagement.
Natika Anne Marie Klauck and Daniel Patrick Nichols
Natika Anne Marie Klauck and Daniel Patrick Nichols announce their engagement.
Brooke Nichole Snow and Ken Charles Rooney
Brooke Nichole Snow and Ken Charles Rooney announce their engagement.
Four generations recently gathered were Ava Jensen, daughter; Cole Jensen, father; Mark Jensen, grandfather; Don Jensen great grandfather.
Rachel Converse and Jeff Pryor
Rachel Converse and Jeff Pryor announce their engagement.
John and Lynn Wangberg
John and Lynn Wangberg Pine River, MN will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on August 3, 2009.
Ron and Jeanne Johnson
Ron and Jeanne Johnson, Pillager are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House, Saturday, August 1st at 2pm at the home of Steve and Joni Allen, 2254 132nd Street, SW, Pillager
Christopher and Abby Nelson
Christopher and Abby Nelson were married June 20, 2009 at a private ceremony on the beach of the family cabin on Pelican Lake. Parents are Dale and Shelly Bolt, Brainerd, and Tom and Katie Nelson, Sebeka.
Kristi Martin and Eric Fornshell
Kristi Martin and Eric Fornshell announce their engagement.
Jenna Clark and Tyler Jarvela
Jenna Clark and Tyler Jarvela announce their engagement.
Many thanks to our Friends, Family, and the Eagles Club for helping us celebrate our 30th Anniversary! Thank you for all the cards, gifts, and phone calls.
Jill Markow and Cory Kurtz
Jill Markow and Cory Kurtz announce their engagement.
CROSSLAKE - Pianist Stephen Gosling and soprano Nancy Allen Lundy will perform at a recital at 7 p.m. Sunday at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
'Jacks tackling expectations in title bid
The expectations for first-year teams are relatively low - grow as a team, work out the wrinkles in the game plan, win a few games.
Little Falls eliminated
ST. CLOUD - Two losses in the first round eliminated Little Falls from the District 6 tournament Wednesday.
Ebert strikes gold - twice
Just three months after returning from the Vietnam War, Harlan "Hank" Ebert of Brainerd was involved in a motorcycle accident that put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Local sports shorts
MENDOTA HEIGHTS - Robert Bell of Pierz tied for fourth place in the 106th MGA Amateur Championship that ended Wednesday at Mendakota Country Club.
Crosslake-FL-PL moves into winners' bracket
REGAL - Victories over Bertha-Hewitt and Sebeka on Thursday thrust Crosslake-Fifty Lakes-Pequot Lakes into the winners' bracket in the District 6 Division II tournament.
Gull Lake Regatta
Lucie Keller (left) and Taylor Jordan in their boat, the Edge, and Michael Murphy and Jedidiah Smith, in TimeX, represented the Gull Lake Yacht Club on Thursday in the Junior X Class Race. The race kicked off a major youth regatta event on Gull Lake. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
Brainerd one win from state
The Brainerd Legion team continued its sparkling postseason run Thursday night with a 13-9 victory over Waite Park in the winners' bracket game in the District 6 Division I tournament at Putz Field in St. Cloud.
Tops at their positions
The top fantasy football players ranked by position with age, 2008 statistics, comments (Minnesota Vikings players ranked in the top 10 in bold):
Questions abound in preseason
Ah, the pleasantries of training camps. The oppressive heat. The two-a-day practices. The stuffy dorm rooms.
Lunkers outhit River Bats, but lose
The Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers found themselves trailing St. Cloud 7-0 after two innings in their fifth Northwoods League matchup of the season with the River Bats.
Brainerd loss forces rematch for district title
ST. CLOUD - Waite Park scored five runs in the fifth inning as it routed Brainerd 10-1, ending Brainerd's five-game winning streak in the championship game of the District 6 Division I tournament Friday night at Putz Field.
Midseason Slam selects MVPs
Most valuable players were determined in the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's inaugural Midseason Softball Slam, which was played July 16-17 at Buffalo Hills Lions Park.
Inside-the-park homer not enough for Lunkers
ST. CLOUD - The Lunkers closing pitcher Drew Smith struggled from the mound as he faced seven batters and surrendered four runs as the St. Cloud River Bats defeated the Lunkers 9-8 Friday night at Faber Field.
Tom Brady is just two years removed from an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes, but his statistics since are enough to scare even Patriots fans.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. An isolated shower or thunderstorm possible
State forecast for Wisconsin
Today...Mostly clear...Becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms...Mainly in the afternoon. Highs from the mid 60s north central...To the upper 70s south.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly sunny southwest. Mostly cloudy elsewhere with
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
Northern Cass - including the cities of...Walker
Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning...Then isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 75. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Weather drawing by Emily Rugloski of Mrs. Surma's third-grade class at Baxter school.
Southern Cass-Crow Wing - including the cities of...Pine River...Brainerd
Today...Partly sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning...Then mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 75. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
State forecast for Wisconsin
Today...Mostly cloudy. Thunderstorms likely west. A chance of showers and thunderstorms elsewhere. Highs in the upper 70s.
Weather drawing by Isabella Englund of Mrs. Hermanson's first-grade class at Lowell Elementary.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms far east and far southwest. Highs in the 80s except lower 90s far southeast.
The Nation's weather
A low pressure system will sweep over the Great Lakes from Canada on Saturday, providing the most active weather in the country.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Showers and thunderstorms likely east this morning then
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 75 northeast to the upper 80s west.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Sunny with highs mainly in the 80s.
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