Jeff Baillif, the son of Rick and Patti Baillif of Brainerd, graduated from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis with a degree in industrial technology.
Educators nervous about state's method for rating schools
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's new school-rating system uses stars to rank schools. But all eyes are on the "X."
Gerald and Tracey (Vrzal) Blanck, Maple Grove, a boy, Gavin Gerald, 9 pounds, 6 ounces, March 30, 2003. Grandparents are Stephen and Christine Vrzal, Montgomery, and Gerald and Theresa Blanck, Brainerd.
Policy Committee Meeting
Nicotine vaccine being tested to help smokers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Researchers at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere are testing a vaccine in smokers that they hope will blunt the pleasurable effect of nicotine in the brain.
Web site available for smokers who want to quit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new Internet site is available for Minnesota smokers who are looking for some help in their quest to stop the habit.
The Crow Wing County Fair opens Tuesday. Look in Tuesday's Dispatch for the first clue in the annual medallion hunt.
Freedom to fish
Totti Schlegel (left), Confidence Learning Center staffer, baited the hook for Joe Bayliss of Brainerd while fishing Saturday on Sylvan Lake. Bayliss was among 42 anglers with disabilities who participated in the first Fishing Has No Boundaries program in the area. Fishing Has No Boundaries is a national organization based in Hayward, Wis., that gives people with disabilities the opportunity to go fishing.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the airport conference room at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 4 - 40 years ago (1963) - The Brainerd City Council last night hired the Mark Hurd Aerial Survey Company to photograph the entire city and make topographical maps of the 905 acres that compose west Brainerd.
New York fashion world interested in jewelry created by area women
NISSWA -- A buzz has been brewing in recent weeks within New York fashion circles about a unique jewelry collection designed and created by two Nisswa businesswomen.
Deputy hit by vehicle
WALKER -- A Cass County sheriff's deputy was injured after being struck by a vehicle about 1 a.m. Saturday near Pine River.
Crow Wing County Fair calendar
Tuesday -- Entry Day
Deadline for pledges for new airline extended
Officials working to recruit a new airline and expand existing air service to central Minnesota have extended the deadline for businesses to pledge part of their travel budgets to a travel bank.
Helen C. Ham
AITKIN -- Helen C. Ham, age 93, of Aitkin, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
SOBIESKI -- Richard Stahnke, 73, Sobieski, Minn., died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at Westwind Home, Little Falls. Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Home, West Chapel, in Little Falls.
Chester F. Roohr
Chester F. Roohr, age 93, of Brainerd, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Services are incomplete at this time with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Ryan G. Schuer
BELLE PLAINE -- Ryan G. Schuer, 20-year-old resident of Belle Plaine, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at his home in Belle Plaine. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Grace Joyce Barrager
Grace Joyce Barrager, age 81, of Brainerd, formerly of Emily, died on Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born on Oct. 16, 1921, in Faribault to John and Emily (Thomas) Usherwood. She married Clifford T. Barrager on Oct. 12, 1946, in Faribault.
Harriet Mae Meyers
MINNEAPOLIS -- Harriet Mae Meyers, 74, Minneapolis, formerly of Brainerd, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003.
Evert Deyet 'Hud' Weeks
Evert Deyet "Hud" Weeks, life-long resident of Des Moines, Iowa, and Brainerd, Minn., died on Monday, December 16, 2002, in Kansas City, Mo., of natural causes. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday with family members in early December.
James A. Jacobs
WILLOW, Alaska -- James Anthony Jacobs died July 6, 2003, at home. He was born March 9, 1941, in Minneapolis and was raised in Brainerd. He came to Willow in 1972. He owned and operated a tire shop in Willow.
Alfred Klein, age 76, of Brainerd, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
This editorial was published July 29 in the Daily Globe in Worthington.
Hypocrisy can undermine any institution but it's particularly harmful to the judicial system. Hypocrisy in the judiciary weakens people's faith that they'll get a fair shake when they stand before a judge.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
As I drive around the final bend to reach my favorite "Up North" destination, my stomach tightens and reacts to the thought of seeing a Wal-Mart superstore as I approach. They say they will attempt to create an "Up North Look". I write to communicate the sinking feeling that is slowly circulating within me. I want natural surroundings, no artificial.
Larry and Cheryl Stechmann, Baxter, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary today with their family. They were married Aug. 4, 1978.
With the military
Dereck J. Monnier, the son of Mike and Ronda Monnier, Little Falls, recently entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy.
Richert paces sprint cars at NCS
Jerry Richert Jr. of Forest Lake sped to victory in the Wissota Sprint Cars feature Saturday night at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
Independence Party chooses former Senate candidate as chairman
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS (AP) -- Independence Party delegates picked Jim Moore as their party chairman Sunday.
Demand is light across state for later last call
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A month after it became legal for bars in Minnesota to obtain permits to stay open an extra hour until 2 a.m., state officials say applications are running well below expectations.
Newspaper: Most judicial seats filled by appointment
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota voters see judicial candidates on the ballot every two years, but they almost never decide who initially dons the black robe.
Public boards weigh pay cuts in tough times
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Anita Duckor proposed slicing 10 percent from her pay and that of her colleagues on the Minneapolis Library Board, she said it would show board members would share the pain of cuts to library hours, services and workers.
Ventura talks about politics
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- Former Minnesota governor and pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura discussed his political future -- and his "interest" in running for president -- over the weekend while receiving an award for his sporting past.
Eden Prairie company confirms federal investigation
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The head of MTS Systems Corp. confirms that the company is being investigated for possible violation of federal export laws, but denies that MTS illegally sold testing equipment to India for nuclear weapons research.
State, unions take break from contract talks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Negotiations between the state and unions representing about 30,000 workers have been recessed until Aug. 12 at the request of state mediators.
Judges have a new option in sentencing drunk drivers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Judges have a new option in sentencing drunken driving offenders. Think of it as justice on an installment plan.
Bees remain alive in 7B tournament
COLD SPRING -- Keith Peterson pitched a four-hit shutout as the Brainerd Bees remained alive in the Region 7B amateur baseball tournament with a 10-0, seven-inning victory over Coon Rapids Sunday.
Buckman advances to state 4th time in 5 years
AVON -- The Buckman Billygoats rallied from a 7-1 deficit and went on to defeat the Pierz Brewers 10-8 in the winners' bracket of the Region 8C amateur baseball tournament Sunday.
Radio guide --
Stewart continues to ignite Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Shannon Stewart came to Minnesota, he knew he had a job to do -- jump-start the Twins' offense.
Smith's shot calms Storm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Katie Smith and the ball both seem to hang in the air forever.
Coach trying to give Vikings' special teams boost
MANKATO (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings' defense has been in need of repair for the past several seasons, but special teams are in the shop, too.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Areas of fog early...Then partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 70s to lower 80s.
It's almost time
Weather drawing by Bailey O'Hotto in the Baxter School first-grade class of Mrs. Ruen.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms west and central this morning...And a chance of thunderstorms west and central this afternoon. Partly sunny east. Highs 75 to 85.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms west and central this morning...Spreading into east this afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s east to the lower 90s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Areas of fog early this morning... Then a chance for mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s to around 80.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms east. Highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s.
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