Saying goodbye gracefully
Sheri Miller once returned from a two-week vacation to find a two-week-old e-mail from one of her employees saying he had resigned and was giving his two weeks' notice. No more information, no note, not even a voice-mail message.
Two stores to leave Brainerd
Tumbleroos and the Gumdrop Tree will move from downtown Brainerd and open a combined store in the Baxter Village along Highway 371.
Brainerd consignment store to close Monday
Classic Impressions, a consignment store in downtown Brainerd, will close Monday.
Jobs may lead to expanding waistlines
You work hard, hoping to improve your professional skills, career outlook and income.
As 401(k) plans proliferate throughout all levels of corporate America, many workers suddenly realize that financial planning can become a tricky struggle.
Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians
KYLE, S.D. (AP) -- The Oglala Lakota Sioux were among the last tribes to battle the U.S. cavalry, and their vast Pine Ridge reservation was ground zero in the American Indian Movement's 1970s clashes with federal agents.
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Lakewood Banks of Brainerd/Baxter announced a staff addition and promotion.
Marshall Field's stores to keep their name -- for now
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Marshall Field's department stores will keep their venerated name, for now at least.
A family cause
A Pillager couple will participate in the 175-mile Minnesota AIDS Trek Friday, a bicycle trek to raise funds for a cause close to their heart.
In Sunday's North Country section, the date for the meeting to discuss new regulations for trout fishing on Stoney Brook is incorrect. The meeting will be 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at DNR headquarters, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd.
Investigators arrest man regarding cocaine sales
Todd County Sheriff David Kircher reported Thursday investigators from the Todd County sheriff's office and Morrison County sheriff's office arrested a 51-year-old man at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
A familiar face
For the past 33 years, Joyce Britton has been helping patients at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
North Central Speedway conducts its regular race night Saturday with Pure, Street and Super stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday (work session, 5:30 p.m.)
This past week, we participated in two benefits - Cal Ripken Regional Baseball Tournamtnet picnic and Lutheran Church of the Cross Mission Possible. In both events, Cub Foods was a contributor to help the cause. Abig thank you to Cub Foods for being a strong community supporter - we appreciate your help!
Henna: Body art through the centuries
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- For centuries, people of many cultures have used the henna plant to create beautiful body art.
Brandon is a boy who likes to keep his clothes clean
We at Kinship Partners deal with many children and many different circumstances. It seems some situations tend to affect us more than others.
Will there be a little town on the prairie for deaf people?
SALEM, S.D. -- Even when the rain pelts the prairie, the soil thickens to mud and the pungent smell of cattle lingers in the air, Marvin Miller thinks this is the perfect place to be a pioneer.
From Shawnee to Nashville: She gives lyrics to the stars
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Dreaming big didn't prepare Vicky McGehee for the size of her success as a Nashville songwriter.
Inmates Release Beetles
YANKTON, S.D. -- Getting rid of the pesky purple loosestrife weed before it clogs up a creek may be as simple as putting 50,000 mouths to munching on it.
Back-to-school checklist should include eye exam
HOUSTON -- Preparing for the start of a new school year? Remember to get a new backpack, paper and pencils, and get your children's vision screened as part of their back-to-school checklist.
"I figured I can walk all night. That's nothing compared to the pain my mom went through."
This was Brainerd
JULY 31 - 80 years ago (1925) - Completion of the paving between the Twin Cities and Brainerd is scheduled for next year. The paving already extends north of St. Cloud and Little Falls to Belle Prairie. To reach Brainerd the paving must be extended 25.5 miles.
Equipment stolen from Camp JIM
About 116 junior high campers at Camp JIM woke up Thursday morning and found nearly all their recreation equipment missing when they went to their archery class.
Get free child ID computer disks
When a child is lost or abducted, every minute counts.
Charges filed in pit bull attack
Felony charges were filed against dog owner Randy Caouette, Ironton, in Crow Wing County District Court regarding a pit bull attack on a Crosby man.
So what's new at the county fair?
Can you smell the deep-fried cheese curds and monster ears yet?
Raising cancer awareness
Her doctor and family members advised against it this year, but Kim Brezinsky of Aitkin planned to walk all night at the Relay For Life event Friday night at Adamson Field at Brainerd High School.
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are accepting donations of books, CDs, videos and other materials for the used book sale Aug. 26-27.
Camp Lake Hubert scouts suffer hypothermia in incident
DULUTH (AP) -- Several young girls were treated for hypothermia after their kayaking group from Camp Lake Hubert near Brainerd got separated while in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
As 0.08 becomes law, ads, more enforcement on tap
Authorities also will step up drunken driving dragnets, focusing on Labor Day weekend traffic and regional hot spots, such as festivals and county fairs.
Daniel S. Wolhart
OWATONNA -- Daniel S. Wolhart, 42, born on March 2, 1963, in Owatonna, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at his residence in Brainerd, Minn.
Ervin V. Meyer
Ervin V. Meyer, age 83, resident of Brainerd, and Casa Grande, Ariz., died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at his home in Brainerd. Ervin was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Pierz, Minn., to Michael and Catherine (Stapel) Meyer. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Philippines. He married Janet Block on March 31, 1948. He was the executive housekeeper at the Minnesota State Regional Hospital and retired in January of 1985. Ervin was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the VFW.
LITTLE FALLS -- Elizabeth "Betty" Ghinter, age 68, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2005, at her home in Little Falls, Minn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Carl Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Little Falls American Legion Post Auxiliary will hold a prayer service at 6 p.m. Monday evening followed by a church prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
John A. Christianson
John A. Christianson, age 64, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. John was born on Aug. 15, 1940, in Edgerton, Wis., to Lawrence and Irene (Simpson) Christianson.
Patricia L. Warner
SHIRLEY, Mass. -- Patricia Lois Warner, of Shirley, Mass., died July 6, 2005. Born in Regan, N.D., on Oct. 12, 1926, Pat was the daughter of Elsie Mae and Harry Worden, now deceased. At 10 years of age, she moved with her family to Brainerd, Minn. There she met, and subsequently married, Roy D. Warner, who survives her. They were married for 59 years and eight months to the day. Although they ultimately settled in Shirley, where they resided for the past 45 years, Roy's military career had taken them to places around the world. In the course of her life, Pat and her husband lived in California, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Washington, as well as Germany and Okinawa. Along the way, they had four children, each born in a different state or country. A high school graduate at 16, Pat attended the University of Minnesota before marrying Roy in November 1945. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and birding, with a particular interest in cardinals. Although she occasionally worked outside the home as a telephone switchboard operator and later as an office manager, her children were the center of her life and she devoted almost all her time and energy to raising and caring for them. Three of the children graduated from college and the fourth, Thomas Bradley, was attending Amherst College when he died at the age of 21. Her only daughter, Patricia Rose, succumbed to a heart attack in 2002, at the age of 52.
Robert F. Pomeroy
SEAL BEACH, Calif. -- The Rev. Robert F. Pomeroy died in Seal Beach, Calif., on Dec. 26, 2004. He was 80 years old and a longtime resident of Lake Shore, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, their five children and seven grandchildren.
Leota P. Filipek
Leota Pearl Filipek, age 88, formerly of Merrifield, passed away July 23, 2005. Husband Emil C. Filipek preceded Leota in death. Survived by sons, Duane, Dwight and Dennis; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Service to be held at a later date.
Spencer Christian Fitch
BLAINE -- Spencer Christian Fitch, "Our Little Angel," age 12, of Blaine, Minn., passed away peacefully on July 29, 2005. Survived by loving parents, David and Karen; brothers, David and Cameron; sister, Deanna; grandparents, Ed and Evelyn Fox and Margaret Fitch; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph's Church of Lino Lakes, 171 Elm St., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, 7050 Lake Drive in Lino Lakes, Minn., and at the church from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service. Arrangements are with Mueller-Bies Funeral Home in Lino Lakes.
Bob Earl Stangel
CROSBY -- Bob Earl Stangel, age 74, of Crosby, died July 29, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
I see that the Brainerd City Council is planning to spend $25,000 to hire some people from the metro area to study our housing inspection ordinance. I thought the city was broke. What is the exact job description and where did the city advertise for applicants for this job with job specifications? Maybe the city should take care of their own long grass and weeds first so people can get a positive impression of Brainerd.
Time for a county smoking ban
Smoking is bad for smokers and for those who breathe their secondhand smoke. It's responsible for innumerable health problems.
Turtles, turtles everywhere, so let's learn more about turtles
Lately I've seen turtles sunning on logs and digging in the sand. It's also the time of year when we see turtles lumbering across roads. Many times we stop our car to assist the slow-moving travelers.
Outdoors Q & A
Do weedrollers cause problems for fish and water quality?
FLW, five states to study walleye survival at tournaments
Walleye caught at Wal-Mart FLW walleye tournaments this summer will help researchers study survival rates at catch-and-release tournaments.
From raising deer to capturing them
PILLAGER -- Chronic Wasting Disease almost put Gary Tank out of business.
ATV/OHV clubs provide valuable services to Minnesota
With all the bad publicity ATV and OHV riders have gotten lately, here's a few things you might not know.
Looking to landscape to benefit the environment?
If you're concerned about water quality in our lakes, then you should know where each raindrop ends up once it hits the ground.
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers will host a birdwatching class Aug. 5. The basics of using binoculars, field guides and finding birds will be covered. People of all ages and levels of expertise are welcome. Participants can borrow binoculars and bird field guides.
To find walleyes on the Mississippi River just wing it
Rick Nascak doesn't worry too much about finding walleyes on the Mississippi River. The Winona walleye pro wings it on his home water.
The Minnesota Waterfowl Association announced it has raised the $150,000 it needed to survive.
A live bait rig by any other name is just a rig
If you don't know what a Lindy Rig is then you probably have never fished for walleyes. The proper name is live bait rig, for variations of this versatile system were around long before the Lindners added a walking sinker and packaged it under the name of Lindy Rig.
Kathryn Weiss and Matthew Erickson
Kathryn Weiss and Matthew Erickson announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Linda Weiss, Little Falls, and Paul and Karen Erickson, Baxter. An Aug. 20 wedding is planned.
Keith and Annette Russell
Keith and Annette Russell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren. They were married July 30, 1955, in Glenwood City, Wis.
Randy and Julie Wing
Randy and Julie Wing recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married July 26, 1975.
Rachel Lindberg and Dustin Christensen
Rachel Lindberg and Dustin Christensen announce their engagement. Parents are Raymond Lindberg, Brainerd, and Patricia Lindberg, Del Rio, Tenn., and Bradley and Diane Christensen, Brainerd. A Sept. 19 wedding is planned at Gooseberry Falls.
Louis and Jeanne Allord
Louis and Jeanne Allord, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends. They were married Aug. 4, 1945, in Brainerd.
Azsa Maldonado and Jeremy Davidson
Azsa Maldonado and Jeremy Davidson announce their engagement. An Aug. 26 wedding is planned at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brainerd with a reception at the Lakeside Resort.
Jennifer Mullenix and Samuel Gonzalo Vela
Jennifer Mullenix and Samuel Gonzalo Vela announce their engagement. Parents are Rod and Debbie Mullenix, Crosslake, and Paloma Vela, Madrid, Spain. A Sept. 17 wedding is planned at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Shore.
Jacki Tautges and Kris Ewert
Jacki Tautges and Kris Ewert announce their engagement. Parents are Jerry and Dorene Tautges, Brainerd, and John and Deidre Ewert, Andover. An Oct. 8 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Emil and Jennie (Imm) Bush
Emil and Jennie (Imm) Bush recently were honored at a surprise party on their 65th wedding anniversary at Light of the Cross Church in Garrison. They were married May 19, 1940, at her home on Platte Lake.
Jeff and Lori Lachelt
Jeff and Lori Lachelt will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 2, 1980, in Brainerd.
Kim Forrest and Nate Miller
Kim Forrest and Nate Miller announce their engagement. Parents are Sue Martin, Pine River, and Gary Miller, Pillager, and Beth Miller, Pillager. An Aug. 13 wedding is planned at Crossroads Christian Assembly of God in Crosslake.
Bob and MaryJean Carlson
Bob and MaryJean Carlson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Merrifield Marathons Clubhouse south of Merrifield on County Road 3. The event is hosted by their children. No gifts please. They were married Aug. 7, 1955, in Algona, Iowa.
Julie Korf and Ben Nielsen
Julie Korf and Ben Nielsen announce their engagement. Parents are Neil and Mary Korf, Pierz, and Curt and Sandy Nielsen, Brainerd. An Aug. 6 wedding is planned at St. Joseph Church in Pierz with a reception at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.
Angela Jo Owen and Joshua Robert Anderson
Angela Jo Owen and Joshua Robert Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are William and Patricia Owen, Brainerd, and Robert and Teri Anderson, Ironton. An Aug. 6 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Elaine Wagner and Brett Hardy
Elaine Wagner and Brett Hardy announce their engagement. Parents are the late Raymond and Catherine Wagner, and Gorden and Jeanne Hardy, Merrifield. A Sept. 17 wedding is planned at First Baptist Church in Baxter.
Emma Claire Adams and Jason David Larson
Emma Claire Adams and Jason David Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Sam and Jennifer Adams, Bangor, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, and David and Kimberley Larson, Baxter. A Dec. 20 wedding is planned at Ballyblack Presbyterian Church in Bangor, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Brainerd to host VFW District tournament
Brainerd will host the District 6 VFW baseball tournament Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Adamson Field.
Brainerd Parks & Recreation
Men's MS1 Softball
Baxter team wins regional title
The Baxter 11-under Pepsi baseball team won the Cal Ripken Midwest Plains Regional tournament July 23-27 at Oakes, N.D.
Staples slowpitch softball
Staples Softball Association
Lightning finish second in league
The Brainerd Lightning 16-under fast-pitch softball team finished second in the Arrowhead League this season.
On radio and television:
Brainerd's U-15 finishes unbeaten
The Brainerd Bruisers LAYSA U-15 girls' soccer team capped off an undefeated summer by winning the Burnsville Fire Cup Invitational July 8-10.
Warrior 14-year-olds win three state titles
The Brainerd Warrior 14-year-old traveling baseball team compiled a 31-3 record this summer while competing in six metro area tournaments.
Former Pequot resident living the dream
Becoming a big league baseball player is a common dream for little kids. They stand on a dusty ballpark pretending they're surrounded by 50,000 screaming fans at Yankee Stadium with a Mariano Rivera fastball bearing down on them in game seven of the World Series.
In the Brainerd lakes area:
Beetles edge Thunder
Darren Coltrinari pitched seven solid innings and Jason Cooper delivered a two-run double as the Alexandria Beetles edged the Brainerd Blue Thunder 4-3 in Northwoods League baseball Friday night at Mills Field.
Triple play sparks Bluegills to district title
SARTELL -- "What the (heck) are the odds of that?"
Baxter Bombers fifth in state tourney
The Lakes Printing Baxter Bombers finished fifth in the Junior Olympic Girls 12-under slow-pitch softball state tournament July 23-24 at Coon Rapids.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Atlanta Braves will conduct an evaluation/tryout camp 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at Little Falls High School.
Brainerd players first in soccer shootout
Amy Kennedy and Chris Nathan of Brainerd finished first in the Elks District Soccer Shootout July 23 at Wadena.
Blast win state title
The Brainerd Blast captured the ASA 14-under state softball championship July 23-24 at Coon Rapids.
Internet audio craze spurs a 'narrowcasting' land grab
SAN FRANCISCO -- The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard. The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting -- which lets nearly anyone "broadcast" on the Internet.
Video game sex hack puts focus on industry-run software rating board
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shooting. Killing. Vehicular mayhem. Sexual conquests. Teenagers can experience it all through today's almost-anything-goes breed of video games, primarily among those rated "M" for mature.
To Pod or Not to Pod: What is podcasting?
Q. What is podcasting?
Google is testing an optional service in which results are based partly on your past searches. The service is tied to the same username used to access e-mail through Gmail, post on Google Groups discussion boards and maintain shopping lists at Froogle.
Nearly anybody can become a podcaster
BOSTON -- My introduction to podcasting -- the convergence of iPods, broadcasting and the time-shifting that TiVo popularized -- came when Apple's iTunes recently began making podcasts available for download.
Does Google know too much about you?
NEW YORK -- Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service.
Treetop excursion zips tourists through Alaska's forest canopy
KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- Tourists are getting a bird's-eye view of the Alaska rainforest in a new high-adrenaline attraction that sends them zipping from tree to tree on a series of high-wire cables.
FAVORITE VACATION PHOTO
Stacey Simonson, Savage, submitted this photo of her 20-month-old son, Justin, enjoying his first trip to Florida. They were attending a beach wedding on Anna Marie Island and he wandered away from the ceremony to catch some fresh beach air.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy with a chance for showers and thunderstorms north and central. Highs in the mid 70s north and east to the mid 80s west.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms west and
Weather drawing by Briana Innes in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy northeast with a chance of showers and
State forecast for South Dakota
Saturday...Clear to partly cloudy. Highs from near 90 far east to near 100 west.
The Bethany Good Samaritan Auxiliary meeting will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the classrooms. Special guest will be Carrie Nelson, director or Good Samaritan Home Care.
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