Only change fields if the change is for you
Questions from Career Track Live, an online discussion about issues affecting young workers.
Finding jobs with nonprofits
WASHINGTON - One of the most common questions that readers ask is how they can get a job with a nonprofit group. Recent grads and career changers all seem to find the process befuddling. So I posed that question to nonprofit workers themselves. Their strategies were as varied as the work they do. Perhaps their stories can inspire your own nonprofit job search:
McDonald's franchise owner Cook true rags-to-riches story
A Midwest work ethic combined with an ability to recognize talent in others combined to help Glen Cook reach corporate success on a large scale.
Seafood Markets has announced the promotion of Paul Michael Burton to the position of manager for its new Morey's Seafood Markets store in Baxter Village. Also, Elsye Frank Burton was promoted to vice president of operations for Seafood Markets Ltd.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 5:45 a.m. Friday to Country Inn and Suites in Baxter to what turned out to be a false alarm.
Planning commission to meet Thursday
A special meeting of the Brainerd Planning Commission is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Brainerd City Hall.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to the Brainerd Dispatch, a story on Page 6A Thursday incorrectly listed the activities for the northeast Brainerd neighborhood in regard to the Aug. 7 National Night Out. Food will be provided from 5-7 p.m. at Lum Park for the northeast neighborhood. The story incorrectly reported that there would be a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. at Lum Park.
McGrath man killed by brush cutter
AITKIN - A 63-year-old McGrath man was found pinned beneath his brush cutter at about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday at his farm in southern Aitkin County, the Aitkin County Sheriff reported.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
He loves the Blue Thunder
Tim Timmy Thunder Quintana has been a Brainerd Blue Thunder season-ticket holder for the last three years and is best known for his loud cheering and boisterous attitude in the stands.
A story in Friday's July 27 edition about the Brainerd School District's proposed operating levy referendum should have said there are five candidates running for three open seats on the school board. The story incorrectly reported that there are six candidates.
Crow Wing County
2 injured in 2-vehicle collision in Nisswa
NISSWA - A father and son were injured after their car collided with another vehicle at about 4:30 p.m. Friday on Highway 371 in Nisswa.
Blood donors needed
PEQUOT LAKES - An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion in Pequot Lakes.
A young woman will become the fourth generation of her family to take over the family farm in rural Aitkin.
Rick and Mary Nolan of Crosslake own one of the four gardens featured July 18 on the Crosslake Garden Club Member Garden Tour.
Peace at last resort
LAKE SHORE - After a hard day's work, Doug and Ann Johnson sit in their Adirondack chairs to unwind, drinking a glass of wine and listening to the soothing sounds of a waterfall passing through a flower garden.
NISSWA - Greg Shepard, broker of Prime NORTH GMAC in Nisswa, was recently awarded the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry - the Quality Service Certified Platinum.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1967) - The staff members of the Lake Region Clinic are spending a busy day today as they make the move from the Iron Exchange Building downtown into the new office building at Third and Kingwood.
The joy of a summer romance - and the danger of the jilt
Traveling alone to Seattle for a music-inspired vacation several summers ago, Amy Abern, 49, wasnt thinking about meeting someone. But the weather was warm and there was something in the air.
Nisswa women's club
NISSWA - One hundred and thirty-three members of the Nisswa Women's Club met recently for the monthly luncheon meeting at the Timbermist.
Hope, faith, cure
Luminaries spelled out "Hope, Faith, Cure" on Friday at Brainerd High School's Don Adamson Field during the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Relay for Life of Crow Wing County.
Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers' Club annual picnic
BAXTER - The Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers' Club will have their annual picnic at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Whipple Beach in Baxter.
Kinship Partners works throughout the area
An important component of a successful Kinship Partners program is getting the word out and targeting prospective mentors through churches, civic groups or businesses.
Changing Lake Superior mystifies scientists, boaters
MARQUETTE, Mich. - As the research boat bobs up and down on gray, choppy Lake Superior, Michigan Tech University chemist Noel Urban and two students drop a metal cylinder over the side to retrieve a water sample from the bottom.
Guard troops subject of war trauma study
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jeremy Berndt has just just flown in on the last leg of a long trip that brought him from Iraq to the Midwest, and now he's standing in the aircraft hanger at Volk Field in west central Wisconsin. He's still wearing his fatigues.
Milford Mine Memorial Park project gets boost
Crow Wing County has received financial backing to help develop the Milford Mine Memorial Park in Crosby.
A Page 1A story in Thursday's edition indicated there has been no decision to consolidate St. Andrew's and St. Christopher's Catholic Churches. A decision was made to keep all year-round churches open, in addition to the new parish.
Staples man dies in mobile home fire
A Staples man died early Thursday morning after fire swept through his mobile home.
Highway 210 closes between South 4th, 8th streets
Hot weather delayed milling and paving operations Wednesday on Highway 210 between South Fourth and South Eighth streets in Brainerd.
$5 million short
It's time to right the ship, Brainerd School Board members concluded Thursday.
Highway 210 rollover
Emergency personnel Thursday responded to a single-vehicle rollover at about 2:15 p.m. on Highway 210, east of Pillager. The driver suffered minor injuries, the State Patrol reported. Brainerd Dispatch/Kristine Roberts
Little Falls turns out to greet troops
LITTLE FALLS - Nancy Berg of Little Falls didn't know any of the soldiers returning home Thursday following a 16-month tour of duty in Iraq, but she wanted to show her support nonetheless.
CLC's Opatz recommended as president at Normandale
Joe Opatz, vice president for academic and student affairs at Central Lakes College, will be recommended to be the next president of Normandale Community College.
Rain delay on the way
An ominous storm cloud hovered behind Brainerd American Legion pitcher Ethan Branum as he prepared to deliver a pitch. The Brainerd area received .38 inches of rain by 4 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
Highway 210 construction
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that beginning the week of July 30:
Relay for Life
Honorary co-chairs Peter Eigner, 5 (right), diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma 11 months ago, and Dick Lyscio, a cancer survivor for 34 years, led the Survivors Lap around Brainerd High School's Don Adamson Field on Friday during the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Relay for Life of Crow Wing County.
Relaying the word
Team Helmberger dressed as superheros with the slogan "Be a Super Hero, Help Fight Cancer" Friday night at Don Adamson Field during the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Relay for Life of Crow Wing County.
Fishing tournament fee hike has directors reeling
Jim Miller, the director of the Minnesota Walleye Trail, is scratching his head.
I could have moved anywhere but this was always home. Every time wed come back for the summer, when I lived overseas in England and Germany, I always asked the kids where they wanted to go on vacation and they wanted to come back here.
This was Brainerd
JULY 27 - 40 years ago (1967) - If a plan that was unveiled yesterday by the planning consultant is followed, Laurel Street would first become a one-way street with diagonal parking and in the future a covered mall.
A story in Thursday's edition incorrectly listed the schedule and the events for the north Brainerd neighborhood celebration of National Night Out on Aug. 7. The north neighborhood will have a picnic dinner with food, drink and entertainment from 5-8 p.m. at Gregory Park. The Dispatch reported the north neighborhood would have an ice cream social at 5:30 p.m. in Gregory Park.
C-I eyes levy referendum
CROSBY - The Crosby-Ironton School Board plans to ask taxpayers for an operating levy referendum this fall.
He's lovin' it
Glen Cook went from operating the first McDonald's restaurant in Brainerd to expanding the fast food company's presence in Europe, even into the communist countries of the Cold War era.
Gladys M. Coleman
WALKER - Gladys M. Coleman, 70, Walker, formerly of Brainerd, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Walker, Minn. She was born on July 18, 1937, in Nelson Township, Mich., to Charles and Marion (Wright) Coleman.
Berton H. Asp
McGRATH - Berton H. Asp, 63, of McGrath, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in McGrath.
Irene O. Olsen-Diepenbrock
FORT RIPLEY - Irene O. Olsen-Diepenbrock, age 77, of Fort Ripley, Minn., died July 25, 2007.
CLITHERALL - John Stanley, age 76, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, July 27, 2007, in Clitherall, Minn.
CROSBY - Marcia Albrecht, age 62, of Crosby, died on July 28, 2007, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Harold E. Helps
CROSBY - Harold Edward Helps, age 71, of Crosby, died on July 26, 2007, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Donald Larson, age 49, resident of Brainerd, former Crosslake resident, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his home. Don owned and operated Don Larson Computer Outfitters.
William L. 'Bill' Smith
PINE RIVER - William L. "Bill" Smith, age 74, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1933, to Frank and Myrtle Smith. He was born and raised in Topeka, Kan. He married his wife, Cleo, Feb. 15, 1952. In 1966, the family moved west of Pine River to farm.
Dorothy Rajacich passed away on Monday, July 23, 2007. She was born Jan. 24, l928, to Mihail and Milesova (Hydukovich) Rajacich of Ironton. Sister to Mary, Eva and George.
Thomas H. Bertram
Thomas H. Bertram, age 57, 32-year resident of Round Lake, Brainerd, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at his home. Thomas was born on May 23, 1950, in Belgrade, Minn., to Norbert and Valeria (Haider) Bertram. He married Paula Brang in Meire Grove, Minn., on Aug. 17, 1973. He was a member of St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa.
AITKIN - Edna Shirilla, age 95, of Aitkin, died on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Brady Besmehn, 27, of Brainerd, died July 22, 2007, at his home. Memorial services for Brady will be Sunday, July 29, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter with Brady's cousin, Pastor Levi Brennan, officiating. Friends may visit at the funeral home during the hour prior to services.
LITTLE FALLS - Doris Voskuilen, age 84, of Little Falls, Minn., and formerly of St. Paul, Minn., passed away Friday, July 27, 2007, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
William 'Bill' Smith
PINE RIVER - William "Bill" Smith, age 74, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his home.
Dr. Christina Mary Comty-Nygren
Christina Mary Comty-Nygren
Cyril E. 'Cy' Brick
Cyril E. "Cy" Brick, age 79, longtime resident of Brainerd, and current resident of McGregor, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Aitkin. Cy was born in Waite Park, Minn., July 21, 1928, to Peter and Agatha (Lardy) Brick. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, had served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a member of American Legion Post No. 255.
Vernon 'Pud' Bartlett
PINE RIVER - Vernon "Pud" Bartlett, age 88, of Pine River, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, Pine River. He was born Oct. 24, 1918, in Adams County, N.D., to Robert and Jessie Bartlett. He moved to the Backus area in 1921 and lived most of his life in and around the Backus area. Pud grew up on the farm and spent most of his life farming. He always considered himself a farmer, but also worked various other jobs occasionally. He enjoyed working with livestock, liked to hunt, fish and dance to old time music. He was always willing to help his neighbor and lived by two rules: "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all" and "Whatever's worth doing is worth doing well."
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AITKIN - Edna Shirilla, age 95, of Aitkin, died on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
STAPLES - Thomas Snee, age 88, of Staples, passed away early Thursday morning, July 26, 2007, at the Lakewood Care Center. Arrangements entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
John Muhar, 85, Brainerd, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007, at the Heritage House in Pequot Lakes.
Margret Inwards, 91, Brainerd, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Margret Inwards, 91, Brainerd, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Sewage district is needed
Fact No. 1: Each day, more people move to the Brainerd lakes area.
OUR OPINION: CORRECTIONS
While the recent demise of the juvenile detention center in Crow Wing County was an unpleasant experience commissioners are well advised to take their time before selling off all of the center's assets.
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Defense policy needs adjustment
The most well intentioned government policies often have unintended consequences. Thats when politicians with their ears to the ground can provide a service to constituents by stepping up and tweaking the policies.
Open Forum: Bush never makes a mistake
Herr Decidermeister says that in spite of everything, he is holding firm on his course in Iraq. Well, when things are going so well, why change? Even though three-quarters of people realize finally what a horrible mistake we made, and a little over half of Congress does also, Mr. Bush somehow feels he has something to prove: mainly, that no matter how wrong he is, that he never makes a mistake. Or maybe not all the Iraqi oil reserves are in the right pockets yet?
I was pleased to see the Dispatch publish a story featuring Gov. Pawlenty's rise to further prominence since being named head of the National Governors Association. (7/23/07)
Women get a taste of fishing via kayak
Unless they start at an early age, many women never get interested in fishing. The DNR's Becoming an Outdoors Woman program aims to change that, and a recent event in Brainerd has pushed the program to a new level.
Muskie fishermen can eat right by trying salad this summer
Weeds draw muskie fishermen like a magnet, and for good reason. They're a key ingredient in the life of any lake. They provide oxygen. Small, one-celled organisms thrive near weeds and are the main diet of small fish. These, in turn, provide food for bigger fish, including 'skies.
Pheasant harvest increases again
Minnesota pheasant hunters last fall had their best season since 1964, according to the DNR.
Unwritten rules everybody should follow at boat landings
It's going to happen if it hasn't happened already. In a world where parents go ballistic and beat up other kids' parent at hockey games, why would we be surprised if that happened at one of our crazy boat ramps?
Hop hornbeam's pods make it stand out in the woods
Years ago while working as a state park naturalist on the St. Croix I saw a tree species that was new to me.
Kenneth and Shirley Peterson
Kenneth and Shirley Peterson, Garrison, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married on July 27, 1957.
Nona A. (Zierke) Peterson
Nona A. (Zierke) Peterson, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 80th birthday with her family. She was born July 28, 1927, in Brainerd.
Abby Nies and Tony Janowiec
Abby Nies and Tony Janowiec announce their engagement. Parents are James and Susan Nies, Batavia, Ill., and Bruce and Sharon Janowiec, Brainerd. An August 2008 wedding is planned.
Four generations recently gathered were Ivy Debeltz, daughter; Tara Debeltz, mother; Ron Allord, grandfather; and Maxine Debler, great-grandmother.
Kelli Burggraff and Chuck Cogger
Kelli Burggraff and Chuck Cogger announce their engagement. Parents are Melanie and Joseph Burggraff, Brainerd, and Charles and Barbara Cogger, Brainerd. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at Brainerd Armory.
David and Annette (Borg) Stelter
David and Annette (Borg) Stelter, Pillager, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Aug. 4. They were married Aug. 4, 1982.
Melissa Olson and Seth Berry
Melissa Olson and Seth Berry announce their engagement. Parents are Thad and Leann Olson, Clarissa, and Paulette Berry, Brainerd, and the late Harvey Berry. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church, Brainerd.
Jessica Arns and Levi Waage
Jessica Arns and Levi Waage announce their engagement. Parents are Chuck and Rita Arns, Pillager, and Daniel and Audrey Waage, Alexandria. An August wedding is planned.
MICAH AND LUCIE SIMMONS
Lucie McNeill and Micah Simmons were married May 22, 2007, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Amber Bigelow and Peter Finch
Amber Bigelow and Peter Finch announce their engagement. Parents are Lorie and Kyle Bigelow, Shakopee, Kelly McCloud, Burnsville, Kim and Bob Henke, Brainerd, and Bernie and Greg Finch, Brainerd. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Dawn Squires and Gordon Hart
Dawn Squires and Gordon Hart announce their engagement. Parents are Janice Veit, Brainerd, and Wayne Wooden, Brainerd, and Sherman Hart, Mercer, Wis., and the late Geraldine Hart. An Aug. 11 wedding is planned at the Northland Arboretum.
Dale and Nancy Stevens
Dale and Nancy Stevens will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Heritage Assembly of God Fellowship Hall in Baxter. The event will be hosted by their children. They were married Aug. 4, 1957, in Brainerd.
Four generations recently gathered were Emily Kelley and Lily Kelley, daughters; Parker Kelley, son; Jennifer Kelley, mother; Ron Allord, grandfather; and Maxine Debler, great-grandmother.
Monks enjoy happy trail
They made it! The monks who planned to walk from Brainerd to Bemidji in a two-week time period accomplished their goal in only eight days.
One family; one God
We have so many different churches in our area. Different denominations, different creeds and traditions, but the fact is, according to the Bible, we are all one family.
PIERZ - St. Joseph's Parish, Pierz, will have a summer festival on Aug. 5. Polka Mass will be at 10 a.m. There will be a chicken, ham and sauerkraut dinner served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for adults is $7; children 6-11, $4; five and under are free. Live music will be by Dale Dahmen and the Polka Beats. A grand raffle drawing will be at 4:30 p.m.
'Duck' was one of a kind
Fantasy football and home run derby drafts won't be the same without John Blackwell.
Champions crowned in Brainerd leagues
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's youth baseball leagues concluded its playoff season Thursday.
Shockers win opener at nationals
OAKDALE - The Brainerd 14-U girls' softball team opened with a 5-2 win over Apple Valley Gold in preliminary pool play Thursday at the Northern Zone American Fast-pitch Association National Tournament.
Gopher athletics surge forward
Two weeks ago at the University of Minnesota Sports Booster event at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's, Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi, head football coach Tim Brewster and director of men's hockey operations Mark Bahr were among the guests to speak about the upcoming fall season.
Duluth sinks Thunder
DULUTH - The Duluth Huskies and Brainerd Blue Thunder entered Thursday knowing they would be taking part in an unusual day of baseball.
LF ends Brainerd's season
After losing a rain-delayed game against Bemidji that took more than seven hours to finish Thursday, the Brainerd American Legion baseball team's season ended about 1 a.m. Friday when they were defeated 11-7 by Little Falls in the North Subdistrict 6 tournament at Adamson Field.
Shockers suffer first loss at nationals
OAKDALE - The Brainerd Shockers 14-U girls' softball team suffered its first loss in the Northern Zone American Fast-pitch Association national tournament Friday when it lost to the Osseo/Maple Grove Storm, 1-0.
Bemidji douses Brainerd
Bemidji secured the top North Subdistrict 6 seed in next week's district American Legion baseball tournament by trouncing Brainerd 19-8 Thursday afternoon at Adamson Field.
Johnson stays young by helping Blue Thunder
Walking past the Brainerd Blue Thunder dugout, it's hard to miss the old man in uniform, sitting in a dugout filled with college baseball players and two young coaches.
Baxter wins opening game in regional
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Cole Smith hit a two-run homer and Drew Sannes and Chris Pohlkamp combined on a four-hitter as Baxter defeated Scott County, Mo., 9-5 in the first round of the Midwest 11-U Cal Ripken regional baseball tournament Thursday at Apollo Park.
Verndale eliminates Staples
STAPLES - Tom Roline struck out nine batters as the Staples-Motley American Legion team was eliminated by Verndale 7-1 in the losers' bracket game in the Subdistrict 6 Division II baseball tournament Thursday.
Royster, Dirks spark Blue Thunder
Ryan Royster (left) and Andy Dirks each hit a home run Friday
Warriors determine fees for 2007-08
The Brainerd High School Activities Department has determined the fees it will charge participants and fans during the 2007-08 school year.
Baxter advances in regional
Grand Forks, N.D. - T.J. Graumann pitched one-hit baseball through four innings and Baxter trimmed the Grand Forks Royals 10-0 in the second round of the Midwest 11-U Cal Ripken regional tournament Friday at Apollo Field.
Go ahead, post that dumb video online
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Voice-over work in Indiana wasnt too lucrative, so Daniel Geduld made a classic actors move: He headed for L.A. And like most Hollywood dreamers, Geduld didnt get hired for much.
AT&T Video Share an appealing, but far from perfect, prelude to video
ATLANTA - My cell phone flickered to life in the middle of a rowdy party, and seconds later, my fiancees face brightened up the screen.
The Nation's Weather
Forecasters predicted thunderstorms from the Appalachians to the Southeast and triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest on Saturday, but dry, moderate conditions were in store for the West Coast.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. A slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy central and south during the morning...Becoming
Weather drawing by Caleb Warren of Mrs. Larson's second-grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms extreme west through south central. Partly cloudy east and sunny north. Highs in the lower 80s to around 90.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Decreasing clouds northwest. Cloudy or mostly cloudy southeast with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the low to mid 80s. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 85 to 95.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Scattered thunderstorms far west...Mostly sunny central and east. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs from the upper 70s to the mid 80s. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly cloudy this morning. Partly cloudy this afternoon.
Body found in search for missing Minnesota sewer workers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Recovery crews found the body of a missing sewer worker in the Mississippi River a day after he and another man were caught deep below the city's streets during a heavy rain.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Sunny north. Partly cloudy south. Highs 80 to 85.
Lake and beach fun
Weather drawing by Jaelyn Kappes of Mrs. Larsons second-grade class at Lowell school.
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