Nor-son co-owner retires after 25 years
Steve Northway last week announced his retirement from Nor-son Inc. after 25 years with the company.
Minnesota Technology appoints Starke
The Minnesota Technology Inc. Board of Directors appointed Frank Starke interim president to lead the organization during its transition from a quasi-state corporation to a private non-profit corporation.
DREADING THE BIG ZERO
Joe Luksik knows the emotional rollercoaster ride that can come with his clients.
In the July 27 Business Notes, Kelli Wegscheid should have been
Ace may have new place in city
East Brainerd Mall may be the site of another Ace Hardware in Brainerd.
Ed and Susan Menk, E.L. Menk Jeweler, Brainerd, joined hundreds of jewelers across the country in attending the semi-annual buying show sponsored by the Retail Jewelers Organization in July. The show was in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bridges of Hope seeks to help families with children who are hurting
Name of program: Bridges of Hope
Bethany Lutheran Church of Cushing to mark 100 years
CUSHING -- A small, Lutheran congregation in Cushing will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a series of programs Sunday.
Brainerd church to host peace camp to emphasize role peace plays in life
While most churches this time of year are hosting Vacation Bible School for youngsters, Brainerd's First Congregational United Church of Christ is offering a new twist on an old classic.
No charges for priest who quit northwest Minnesota parishes
BAGLEY (AP) -- Authorities won't pursue criminal charges against a priest who left two churches after parishioners learned of his past conviction for possessing child pornography and complained about his interaction with some young boys.
From weakness to strength
God takes weakness and can turn it into strength.
The Rev. Mark W. Skinner has accepted the call as senior pastor at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in northeast Brainerd. He began serving the congregation July 14. The formal installation for Skinner is scheduled for Sept. 14 during regular morning worship services.
Gay Episcopal bishop hopes conservative split from the church will be averted
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rev. V. Gene Robinson said Wednesday he hopes his confirmation as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop will not divide the church, but added that his harshest critics would "come to know that they are wrong in this life or the next one."
Pets of the week
Horatio is a male, black and tan shepherd mix, approximately 7 months old.
Child in need
Michael just turned 7 years old and has been on the waiting list at Kinship Partners for more than a year.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 350. Last Thursday: 503. Year Ago Thursday: 329. Wednesday actual: 705.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 157, a year ago 294.
Building tours 5:30-7 p.m.
Thirty Lakes/Crow Wing County Joint Powers Board meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's office in Baxter.
Two pedestrians were injured Wednesday night after they were struck by a car near the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Hale Irwin, and his back, in the spotlight at 3M Championship
BLAINE (AP) -- How healthy is Hale? The Champions Tour will learn the answer this weekend.
McGee, two others share lead at 3M Championship
BLAINE (AP) -- Jerry McGee, who hasn't won a tournament since joining the Champions Tour in 1993, shot a 5-under 67 Friday and was tied with Morris Hatalsky and Jim Thorpe for the first-round lead at the 3M Championship.
Jim Ross, Sue Coulter and Sheila Fisher joined Edina Realty in the lakes area.
CROSSLAKE -- Shawn and Lisa Chambers have lived all over the country, including Maryland, Florida, New Jersey and Texas, before moving back to Minnesota. They feel their home on Pig Lake is an amalgamation of all the good things they gathered from living in nine different homes in the past decade.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - The Nisswa Lions Club will sell what one resident called "the best corn in town" Saturday to raise funds to continue late activity bus service to the community.
Brother, sister team finds medallion
A brother and sister team found the elusive Crow Wing County Fair medallion around 1:10 p.m. Thursday, earning the teenagers a cool $1,000.
Pequot Lakes teen runaway reported
PEQUOT LAKES -- Emily Drake Hendrickson, 16, Pequot Lakes, was reported missing by her father and is considered a runaway, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported.
Citizen of year, youth volunteer of year nominations being accepted
Brainerd Community Action is accepting nominations for the 30th annual Citizen of the Year award and the 2003 Youth Volunteer of the Year award.
Man pleads guilty in child's death
A 34-year-old Brainerd man pleaded guilty today in Crow Wing District Court to vehicular homicide in connection with the death of his 3-year-old daughter.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently announced the appointment of Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, Rep. Brad Finstad, R-New Ulm, Raymond Christensen, Maddy Forsberg, Steve Hansberry, Paul Iverson, Michael Mulder, and Rhonda Wiering to the Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC).
Brainerd State Patrol district changes captain
A new captain will head up the Brainerd State Patrol district on Wednesday.
A Nisswa woman is attempting to raise funds to buy protective vests for area police dogs.
Famed Seifert quadruplets say nostalgic farewell to Paul Bunyan
They were born nearly two months apart in 1950 and crossed paths several times throughout their respective childhoods.
MEMORIAL FOR BIRNEY
The late Birney Wilkins dedicated more than 50 years of service to the Crow Wing County Fair, many as secretary -- general manager, before he died in March 1992 at the age of 90.
Artists' haven proposed for Franklin
It's a proposal that could create a centralized artisan community in Brainerd, with affordable living and working spaces for artists, actors, painters, sculptors and dancers and their families, all located within Franklin Junior High School.
Minnesota's most famous quadruplets recently said goodbye to the Brainerd lakes area's most famous lumberjack. Read more about the story in Sunday's Dispatch.
Plenty of retail detail at fair
Behind the scenes at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, fair week in August is like a retailer's Christmas season.
Doris L. Sontag
PINE RIVER -- Doris L. Sontag, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village in Pine River. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 200
Rodney C. Sims
BAXTER -- Rodney C. Sims, age 82, of Baxter, died Friday, August 8, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Elsie Natalia Pirila
Elsie Natalia Pirila, age 92, Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Margaret H. Johnson
Margaret H. Johnson died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 1908, to Eric and Ottilia Johnson. Emigrated to the United States at age 5 with her parents and si
Isidore 'Izy' H. Jutz
BUCKMAN -- Isidore "Izy" H. Jutz, age 84, a resident of Buckman, Minn., passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz.
Albert William Holtz
PINE RIVER -- Albert William Holtz age 54 of Pine River died Thursday, August 7 at his home.
Signe J. Doten
Signe J. Doten, age 90, of Crosby, formerly of Robbinsdale. Preceded in death by husband, William (Ed); sons, Thomas and David. Survived by children, Lorelei
LITTLE FALLS -- Lester Doucette, age 81 of Little Falls, MN passed away Friday, August 8, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Alphonse 'Al' B. Toenies
LITTLE FALLS -- Alphonse "Al" B. Toenies, age 79, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
MANHATTAN BEACH -- Nellie Riesch, age 79, of Manhattan Beach,
RENO, Nev. -- Joanne Sedlock, formerly Joanne Vanni, passed away Friday, June 27, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev., after a long bout with cancer. She was a 1946 graduate of Washington High School in Brainerd. In 1949 she married
The Dispatch's viewpoint
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Mr. Dayton's cause
Sen. Mark Dayton is planning his own unofficial remake of the Frank Capra-Jimmy Stewart classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
The county fair
Variety is more than just the spice of life. It's the primary charm of the Crow Wing County Fair, which runs through Sunday.
Unity without justice has no value
In a small western Massachusetts town in 1997, a lesbian applied for the position of pastor. The search committee of five octogenarians gathered. One man said, "If we call a lesbian, this search will split in two. And I'll be the first to leave."
Thrivent Financial (merg-ed result of Lutheran Brotherhood and AAL) says they are outsourcing $10 million dollars of information technology jobs to India.
In response to Friday's Aug. 1 article titled Pawlenty Supporter-- I think governor Pawlenty is a dynamic, charming, personable individual but I do not support his agenda or party or plans for Minnesota's future.
North Country Calendar
Aug. 15 -- Camp Ripley archery deer license application deadline
Gamble on muskies now and you might just hit the jackpot
You've got to be at the right spot at the right time to catch a muskie. Your equipment must work right, the line must hold and you can't make a mistake during the fight or you won't get the fish into the net. No wonder muskie fishing seems like a roll of the dice. But you can put the odds in your favor by fishing during the summer peak, which is happening right now.
Aug. 15 is the application deadline for the 2003 Camp Ripley archery deer hunts.
No boundaries Disabled anglers get opportunity to fish on area lakes
Camp Confidence and fishing are a good combination.
Duck hunting to open Sept. 27
Minnesota's 2003 duck season will open Saturday, Sept. 27 and close Nov. 25. The season and daily bag limit are similar to last year, except canvasback and pintail seasons are restricted to 30 days each.
Crow Wing County takes steps to ban permanent deer stands
Banning permanent hunting stands on public land has been discussed for more than 20 years. Many natural resource managers would like to see laws passed that would ban permanent stands on all public lands.
Results are in for the first half of Hunts Point Sporting Clay League. Listed here are the leading three teams and shooters among the 16 teams competing.
The DNR's Brainerd area wildlife office is hosting a public meeting to discuss wetland mana
Is your lawn near the lake worthy of an award?
Living on a lake affords people an extraordinary opportunity to watch wildlife. A constant parade of creatures, from diving osprey to basking turtles to herons hunting to floating families of loons and ducks, delight human residents. I count lake living among my blessings.
Nisswa's Rich Boggs takes eighth place at Lake Oahe Pro-Am event
After three years on the PWT, it's starting to come together for Rich Boggs.
Parsons claims third PWT victory at Oahe
Some fisherman always seem to know how to get the job done on a certain body of water. Gary Parsons should write a book on how to fish Lake Oahe at Mobridge. S.D.
Katie Jarnot and Joel Thesing
Katie Jarnot and Joel Thesing announce their engagement. Parents are Greg and Shelly Jarnot, Avon, and Gery and Linda Thesing, Brainerd. An Aug. 23 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Eva Young, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday today with her family. She was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Brainerd.
Shelby Ann Henderson and Kelly Ryan Olivier
Shelby Ann Henderson and Kelly Ryan Olivier announce their engagement. Parents are Gale Henderson and Patricia Henderson, Kalispell, Mont., and Butch Olivier and Barbara Olivier, Backus. An Oct. 18 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Church.
Erica Johnson and Jake Maier
Erica Johnson and Jake Maier announce their engagement. Parents are Peter and Leona Johnson, Brainerd, and Daniel and Nona Maier, Baxter. A Sept. 20 wedding is planned at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd.
Rochelle Alholm and Alan Woods
Rochelle Alholm and Alan Woods announce their engagement. Parents are Terry and Cherrie Alholm, Baxter, and Ray and Sharon Woods, Crosby. A June 26 wedding is planned in Crosby.
It's music to the ears of custom car owners
It's a common sight in the area -- the custom-designed street cars.
Angela Marie Klein and David Clay Farrand
Angela Marie Klein and David Clay Farrand announce their engagement. Parents are Richard and Lorna Klein, Brainerd, and Richard and Barbara Farrand, Garrison. A Sept. 13 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Hannah Sue Spaulding and Gean L. Devlin were married May 24, 2002, at Community Baptist Church in Edwardsburg, Mich., with Pastor Dan Dark and Pastor Robert Johnson officiating.
Deborah Ann Goble and Matthew John Erickson were married May 31 at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Fort Ripley with Deacon Roger Marks officiating.
Jim and Judy Hartman
Jim and Judy Hartman, Baxter, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Aug. 17, 1963, in St. Mathias.
Sara Marie Teufert and Jeffrey James Autrey were married Feb. 14, 2003, in a civil ceremony in Speicher, Germany, with Chaplain Michael Shannon officiating. They had a church ceremony June 7 in Bruch, Germany.
Four generations recently gathered were Logan Robert and Connor James Haberman, twin sons, Breezy Point; Nathan Haberman, father, Breezy Point; Wayne Haberman, grandfather, Pequot Lakes; and Anita O'Dell, great-grandmother, Pierz.
Bonnie Sue Mills and Art Dale Blanchard were married July 19 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes with Pastor Frank Milo officiating.
Tanya Gosen and Nathan Hallgren
Tanya Gosen and Nathan Hallgren announce their engagement. Parents are Jane Gosen, Brainerd, Chuck and Patty Gosen, Bismarck, N.D., and Rose and Denny Hallgren, Duluth. A Sept. 6 wedding is planned at St. Lawrence Church in Duluth.
Shari Witt and Scott Grave were married July 13 at the Patio Garden of AmericInn in Pequot Lakes with Darrell Paske officiating.
Jim and Betty Stirewalt
Jim and Betty Stirewalt, Deerwood, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Deerwood Legion. No gifts please. The event is hosted by their children.
Will records fall?
Brainerd International Raceway is one of the favorite stops for the National Hot Rod Association.
Former state resident killed in Iraq
A soldier who grew up in Minnesota and died in an Iraqi ambush this week was remembered as someone who believed his father would have taken great pride in his military service.
Coleman proposes rural economic stimulus plan
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sen. Norm Coleman plans to introduce legislation that he said would stimulate the rural Minnesota economy through such measures as giving people financial subsidies for moving to sparsely populated areas.
Episcopal leaders approve same-sex blessings measure after confirming first gay bishop
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gay advocates in the Episcopal Church will leave their national meeting with two victories: approval of the first openly gay bishop and an affirmation that same-sex blessing ceremonies are "an acceptable practice in the church."
Fire breaks out in Grand Forks landfill
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- A fire in a landfill here sent a huge cloud of smoke into the air west of the city.
Can Schwarzenegger take lesson from Ventura?
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California? The idea doesn't seem so far-fetched to Minnesotans, who made former pro wrestler and bit movie actor Jesse Ventura their head of state in 1998.
Woman killed in three-car crash
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A three-vehicle crash here killed one person, authorities said.
Task force created by Pawlenty calls for increased logging
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A task force created by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to review the state's logging industry is calling for increased logging and a streamlined environmental-review process among its list of recommendations.
Suit alleges racial profiling by DEA
ST. PAUL -- As the daughter of a Minneapolis police officer, Bonnie Berg said she knew enough about the law to ask what criteria U.S. drug enforcement agents were using to justify a search of a carry-on bag at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Prairie Island Indian Community: Life in the shadow of nuclear plant
RED WING -- On the bumpy streets of the Prairie Island Indian Community, children on golf carts and scooters whip about the little knot of houses at the center of the reservation.
Northwest opposes expansion of noise-abatement programs in Twin Cities
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A top Northwest Airlines executive says the airline doesn't want to expand a noise-abatement program in the Twin Cities because it wants to preserve jobs and keep security tight at airports.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A pregnant woman and a man were hospitalized after a road rage incident, police said.
Prostitution sting tries to eliminate an increasing problem in Duluth area
DULUTH AP) -- Tim Campbell got pretty good at picking up prostitutes by the end of the night.
Woodbury blanks Brainerd VFW
MOORHEAD -- Even a first round bye couldn't offset a hot defense and an even hotter pitcher as the Woodbury VFW baseball team defeated the Brainerd VFW baseball team 10-0 Friday in the first round of the VFW state playoffs at Matson Field in Moorhead.
Coaching soccer with Hart
There was a British invasion in Brainerd this past week.
Brainerd Parks and Recreation
Men's MS1 Softball
Baxter Parks and Recreation
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Family YMCA is accepting registration for its youth sports classes and leagues.
BHS star faced Wolves' Olowokandi in college
Chris Bjorklund hopes to be sitting courtside at a few Timberwolves games this season.
Brainerd Bees lose despite Mike Shogren's one-hitter
COLD SPRING -- Mike Shogren pitched a one-hitter but the Brainerd Bees lost to the Blaine Fusion 1-0 in the Region 7B amateur baseball tournament Thursday.
Wolves announce preseason slate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two games at Target Center are included in the Minnesota Timberwolves' preseason schedule this season.
Twins, O's split series
BALTIMORE (AP) -- There once was a time when the Minnesota Twins would be delighted to get out of Baltimore with a split of a four-game series.
Del Rio's coaching debut comes in familiar place
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jacksonville's first exhibition game will be enough to treasure for rookie coach Jack Del Rio. Though his Jaguars are visiting a place he used to call home, Del Rio doesn't anticipate feeling any further sentiment.
Santana leads Twins over Tigers for 18th win in 19 contests
Mr. Versatility Chavous brings smarts to Vikings' secondary
MANKATO -- Corey Chavous is playing strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings right now while two young players, Willie Offord and Brian Russell, try to earn the other starting spot.
Roster spot locked up, rookie Burleson trying to keep level head
MANKATO (AP) -- It's pretty rare that a third-round draft pick locks up a roster spot even before the first preseason game, but Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice made it clear last week that wide receiver Nate Burleson had nothing to worry about.
Storm too strong for Lynx
SEATTLE (AP) -- Lauren Jackson was harassed by the double-team all night, but still managed to record 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, leading the Seattle Storm past the Minnesota Lynx 68-65 Friday night.
Kleinsasser to rest foot for two weeks
MANKATO -- Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser will miss the next two weeks of training camp with soreness in his right foot caused by plantar fasciitis.
College laptops: Seeking the light and the fast
NEW YORK -- Laptop or desktop? The wireless waves of data streaming across American campuses made the decision easy for our second college-bound child.
Google girds for heavyweight challenge as its influence widens
SAN FRANCISCO -- In five mind-blowing years, Google has blossomed from a nerdy college experiment to a mainstream sensation so ubiquitous that its goofy name is now synonymous with looking things up.
WHO'S KARIN ROBERTSON?
She knew her new name might finally stick when she got a phone message recently: "Hi, GoVeg.com. This is your mother. Please call me."
Cleaning up the mess from 'scumware'
When George called me Sunday morning, he was not a happy camper. His computer was possessed. When he tried to browse the Web, pop-up sex ads appeared from nowhere. A porn dialer had made a nest on his desktop and wouldn't go away.
Careening along with Downhill Domination
DOWNHILL DOMINATION, Sony Computer Entertainment/Incog
Scammers prowling Internet for ripoffs
Looking authentic and helpful, the e-mails appear to arrive from companies like Best Buy, PayPal or America Online.
ImageView couples binoculars, digital
Coupling binoculars with a digital camera is one of those ideas that is long overdue. Bushnell, which has produced many a hard-working set of binoculars, has made this idea a reality with the ImageView ($100).
State forecast for south dakota
Rest of today...Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms west and central. Highs from the mid 80s far east to the mid and upper 90s west.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms west. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms east. Thunderstorms possibly severe statewide. Highs 80 to 90.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms north. Highs in the 80s.
I will play with my friends
Weather drawing by Megan Vogt of Mrs. Lykins' kindergarten class at Nisswa school.
Weather drawing by Jenna Murphy of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy or mostly cloudy. Highs from the mid 70s to mid 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Patchy morning fog...Some locally dense. A few morning sprinkles far southeast. Then partly sunny...With a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms far northwest. Highs from the mid 70s near lake michigan...To the mid 80s west.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A slight chance of early morning showers and thunderstorms central...And a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms west. Highs from the mid to upper 80s far east...To around 100 west.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with a chance of late afternoon thunderstorms west. Isolated early morning thunderstorms...Otherwise mostly sunny east. Highs 85 to 95.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s.
Victims of clergy abuse
Chemical dependency and AA groups
The Nisswa Non-League Tee-Ball season concluded on July 31.
Women of the Moose will have a salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Tracy Mil
9 1/2 table, Mitchell Movement
With the military
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Ashley M. Thompson, daughter of Bruce Thompson, Little Falls, and Cheryl Gibea, Fort Ripley, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
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