BAXTER - Brian Hoffart, professional land surveyor, who is employed by Widseth Smith Nolting, recently completed the requirements to become a certified federal surveyor.
The Chase on the Lake is back
WALKER - Chase on the Lake Hotel opened in 1922 amid much fanfare as a modern-for-its-time hotel on Leech Lake in downtown Walker. It had 70 guest rooms and an acclaimed restaurant.
Personality tests can help determine your field
Many college students have known that sinking feeling: Senior year rolls around and you realize the major you've chosen no longer interests you.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
Pig races, horse shows, honey sundaes ...
You guessed it! Its time again for the Crow Wing County Fair. Look for daily features Wednesday-Sunday on the fair as well as a calendar of events. The first medallion clue will be featured in Tuesdays paper.
Nisswa council calls special meeting to discuss budget
A special meeting of the Nisswa City Council will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Nisswa City Hall to discuss the proposed 2009 budget.
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
CROW WING COUNTY COURT
Thomas Alan Schutt, 43, Brainerd, was sentenced for felony DWI and gross misdemeanor DWI to one year jail, placed on seven years supervised probation and ordered to pay $1,300 in fines and fees.
David and Colana Wilson, Pequot Lakes, a boy, Trenton Richard, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, July 11, 2008. Grandparents are Rick and Terri Wilson, Pequot Lakes, and Lori and LeRoy Tulenchik, Pequot Lakes. Great-grandparents are Dave and Della Nelson, Walker, Joyce Tweed, Pequot Lakes, Marvin and Lucille Lembke, Baxter, and Annabelle Schaefer, Nicollet.
Newest iPhone worth the wait
If you coveted the first-generation Apple iPhone but decided to play it smart and wait for the second iteration, your patience has been rewarded.The iPhone 3G is better than the original in almost every way.
Vickie wants a friendly, active partner
We are over half way through the summer and the days have been wonderful. We have had abundant sunshine with enough rain to make the flowers explode with color. We spend so much time relaxing with our friends and family we need to stop and be thankful for what we have. So many children in the Brainerd Lakes area live every day going without the luxuries we take for granted. Just a few hours a week could bring sunshine into the life of a child.
Economy affecting weddings
When Renee Falcone and Sal DiNino started planning their July wedding earlier this year, they decided quickly against a lavish and grand affair.
Where to find help for compulsive shopping
Debtors Anonymous: With about 400 meetings across the nation, this self-help group is modeled on the 12-step processes of Alcoholics Anonymous and others. www.debtorsanonymous.org.
Get picky with fruits, veggies to keep costs down
NEW YORK - As fruit and vegetable prices soar, you can save money by taking some extra time in the produce aisle to make sure bad apples aren't sneaking into your grocery cart.
In a land where people are implored to shop as an expression of patriotism, where little girls can attend summer camp cruising the stores of a mall, and where the average credit-card holder is $1,673 behind in payments, buying things in the United States is more than a hunt for daily provisions. It's a national pastime, a form of therapy, a means of self-expression.
A problem with shopping, yes, but a disorder?
There is little doubt that compulsive shopping can cause severe impairment and distress - two key criteria for formal recognition as a mental disorder.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1978) - Residents in and around Verndale will be reliving history this week as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city's founding on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be an all-school reunion.
7 1/2 Table Mitchell. North-South: Betty Moynagh and Bill McGoldrick, 110; Sandy Chase and Jim Huble, 105; Joan Campbell and Clif Johnson, 103.5; Mark Anderson and Joe Heal, 99.5; and Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 99.5. East-West: Chris Leininger and Bob McClellan, 99; Allen Anderson and Don Rasmussen, 95; Bud and Jean Forsberg, 93; and Lane and Sandy Weber, 87.5.
An idea for saving $$$
We could all use ideas for saving a little money:
From reading the Senior Profile on July 15, I learned there's a real Bob Turcotte and not a ghost writer. Now I know who to thank for all the pleasurable years of "This was Brainerd." Thank you, Mr. Turcotte.
Antique show provides surprises and mysteries
Many carried their hidden treasures into the National Guard Armory Friday in paper sacks and boxes.
Relay for Life 2008
Relay for Life walkers gathered in front of the grandstand Friday night during the fight back ceremony at Adamson field.
Man dies after cabin blast
DEERWOOD TOWNSHIP - A Northfield man who suffered severe burns Friday afternoon in a house explosion at his Hamlet Lake cabin in Deerwood Township has died.
Slow down and enjoy the flowers
A faint buzz of activity is bringing life to the now empty Crow Wing County Fairgrounds as workers prepare for the 111th annual Crow Wing County Fair.
Crow Wing County Fair Schedule
Charity ride planned for guide dogs
The Black Dog Bar and Grill will host the fourth annual Great Northern Lakes Ride on Aug. 16.
Franken, other candidates scheduled to attend Crow Wing, Morrison picnic
FORT RIPLEY - Area Democrats will have an opportunity to meet the Minnesota DFL nominee for U.S. Senate and other DFL candidates when the Crow Wing and Morrison County DFL units conduct their second annual picnic at Fort Ripley Park (behind the Fort Steakhouse on Highway 371) from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10.
Treasures, treasures everywhere
LuAnn Smith was framed by two lamp globes as she examined the items for sale.
Lester 'Buck' Gakin
Lester "Buck" A. Gakin, 88, Brainerd, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
BAXTER - Gail DePaoli, age 71, of Baxter, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Memorial services will be at a later date with interment at Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery near Little Falls.
Duane W. Erickson
Duane "Sonny" William Erickson, 55, 10544 Sleepy Hollow Road, Brainerd, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Fairview University Hospital.
WOODBURY - Elizabeth "Bette" Grace Reineck, age 93, Woodbury, formerly of Edina.
Jay D. Todd
NAMPA, Idaho - Jay Duane Todd, 76, of Nampa, Idaho, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital unexpectedly with his family at his side. A funeral service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Ave. So., Nampa, with full military honors by personnel from the U.S. Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho. The family will greet loved ones and friends at the Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S., Nampa, on Monday from 5-7 p.m.
Lyla I. Petersen
Lyla I. Petersen, age 89, resident of Cinosam Road, Brainerd, died Saturday, July 26, 2008.
Norma 'Terry' Kotzer-Rafferty
PINE RIVER - Norma "Terry" Kotzer-Rafferty, age 78, of Pine River, Minn., formerly of Holdingford, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008, at her home.
FORT RIPLEY - Mildred Magnan, age 76, of Fort Ripley, died July 24, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. She was born May 24, 1932, and lived in the Fort Ripley area. Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred will be Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Friends are welcome to visit at the church during the hour prior to services. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Camp Ripley.
Dorothy M. Chatelle
Beloved mom, grandma, great-grandma, friend
BAXTER - Donnakay Burke, 64, of Baxter, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter. Friends may call beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
OUR OPINION: FOOTBALL
Transitions aren't easy but it seems that former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is having a more difficult time than most in deciding when or if he should retire from football.
We went to our first Blue Thunder game on Tuesday night! My 7-year-old son had a blast. He even got a foul ball and the players were so friendly and more than happy to sign it. We wish we would have gone to a game sooner. We plan on going to the rest of their home games. It was a very kid-friendly family-oriented place. Everyone should go to a game!
The making of a bird nerd
My aunt Kate was about the age I am now when my cousins and I teased her mercilessly about her love of birds.
Open Forum: DFLer could give Pelosi a bike ride
The associate chair of the Crow Wing County DFL offers some more of what can only be taken as biting satire, ala Al Franken, when he tells us that "it is clear (to the associate chair of the Crow Wing County DFL) that Keep America Hooked has become even more important than Keep America Safe among the president's priorities." The associate chair of the Crow Wing County DFL complains that the president has not offered "a cold turkey plan for America's oil addiction."
Gull & greats
For Ron Schara, the combination was undeniable: A great cause and a great Minnesota fishing lake.
Reeling in the big one that is ICAST
I spent last week on dry land, something different for me in the month of July.
The DNR is seeking public comments on its forest classification and motor vehicle route designation proposal for six state forests in an eight-county planning area in east-central Minnesota, including Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties.
Colette Kohlhase and Donald Underwood
Colette Kohlhase and Donald Underwood announce their engagement. Parents are David and Karen Kohlhase Jr., Bertha, and Dave and Donna Underwood, Brainerd.
Four generations recently gathered were Cale James Schurke, son; Laurel Schurke, mother; Cynthia Birkeland, grandmother; and Dorothy Agee, great-grandmother.
Hilary Swenson and Titus Neumann
Hilary Swenson and Titus Neumann announce their engagement. Parents are Kent and Laurel Swenson, Lakota, N.D., and Tate and Arlean Neumann, Pequot Lakes.
Kelli Jensen and Mark LaVoie
Kelli Jensen and Mark LaVoie announce their engagement. Parents are John Jensen and Shawn and Cindy Baysinger, all of Nisswa, and Randy and Dianne LaVoie, Clarissa.
Elizabeth "Lissa" Waller and Aaron Carlino
Elizabeth "Lissa" Waller and Aaron Carlino announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Nancy Waller, Breezy Point, and Peter Carlino, Scarborough, Maine, and Kathryn Carlino, Hudson, N.H.
Dean and Ellen Hanson
Dean and Ellen Hanson, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house beginning at 2 p.m. with a meal from 4-6 p.m. and a dance from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 2 at their home, 10515 County Road 44, Brainerd, four miles south of the fairgrounds, left on County Road 44.
Four generations recently gathered were Teagan and Morgan Davidge, daughters, Maple Grove; Jack Davidge, father, Maple Grove; Martha Davidge, grandmother, Crosslake; and Anne Green, great-grandmother, summer Whitefish Lake resident.
Alissa Doucette and Jason Kline
Alissa Doucette and Jason Kline announce their engagement. Parents are Dennis and Deb Doucette, Brainerd, and Rodger and Marge Kline, Great Falls, Mont.
Ray and Etta Flicek
Ray and Etta Flicek, Brainerd, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
Jim and Joan Johnson
Jim and Joan Johnson, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with their family on a vacation in Montana.
Sarah Dickerson and Matthew Groves
Sarah Dickerson and Matthew Groves announce their engagement. Parents are Cliff "Butch" and Denise Yoder, Muncie, Ind., and Gary Dickerson, Edmond, Okla., and Dick "Shady" Groves and Diane Anderson, Lake Shore, and Charlotte and Ron Lindemeier, Quincy, Wash.
Natalie Eberhart and Nathan Tuper
Natalie Eberhart and Nathan Tuper announce their engagement. Parents are Ann and Wally Eberhart, Crosby, and Debra and Calvin Tuper, Aitkin.
Beatrice Kisor, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 1108 Willow Street, Brainerd.
Denis and Cindie (Oppelt) Andrew
Denis and Cindie (Oppelt) Andrew, Ironton, formerly of Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday.
Kepner sparks Crosslake-FL-PL to title
CROSSLAKE - Ben Kepner went 2-for-4 and pitched a complete game as the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes-Pequot Lakes Legion team defeated Pierz 6-3 for the North Subdistrict 6 Division II championship Friday night.
Sandlot ball going the way of wooden bats
OMAHA - Sandlot baseball, a slice of American life enjoyed for decades by boys from coast to coast, appears on the verge of extinction.
Kiwanis triathlon promotes fitness
Kiwanis is a global organization whose focus is on helping and serving youth throughout the world.
Pierz's Bell signs with Gophers' golf program
Robert Bell of Pierz High School has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University Minnesota men's golf program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2008-09 season, director of golf Brad James announced Thursday.
Boosters invite the community to a fun night
For years the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club has kicked off the school year with a social event where members and fans met and mingled with coaches.
Casey Mears back home at famed Brickyard
One might think the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is part of Casey Mears' DNA.
Higby wins Wally at BIR
When Wally Higby crossed the finish line July 20 to win the Pro class at Brainerd International Raceway, 78 other drag racers were probably somewhere between disgusted and amazed.
Blue Thunder drop fourth straight
ST. CLOUD - Mitch Caster drove in the only Brainerd run with a sacrifice fly in the third as the Blue Thunder lost to the St. Cloud River Bats 3-1 in Northwoods League baseball Friday night at Faber Field.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of thunderstorms...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Chance of thunderstorms all but northeast. Breezy central to northwest. Highs mid 80s northeast to mid 90s southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy southwest...Sunny elsewhere. Highs in the mid 70s
State forecast for Iowa
...Dense fog advisory for southwest iowa in effect until 9 am cdt
How is your garden growing?
Weather drawing by Deanna Smith in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the upper 70s northwest to the mid 80s south.
The Nation's Weather
A low pressure system over the Great Lakes was expected to produce a front extending down the East Coast and into the central Plains, triggering showers and thunderstorms along the front's path as it moves into the Southeast.
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