Emily Nelson, daughter of Todd and Sharon Nelson, Baxter, and Emily Olson, daughter of Pete and Shari Olson, Baxter, received the Community of Learners Scholarship from the University of North Dakota for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a call at 12:48 p.m. Sunday at 16144 McKay Rd.
Kids raced across the bull riding arena - knocking Slipknot the clown over in the process - during the audience participation portion of the bull-riding competition Saturday at the Crow Wing County Fair. Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 10 - 100 years ago (1909) - The Dispatch, in issuing its special edition today, does so with the hope that its widespread distribution of 5,000 copies will advertise the advantages of Brainerd to the visiting Red Men from their various lodges throughout the state.
A procession for Fred
A procession of emergency vehicles escorted retired Brainerd firefighter Fred Eiesland's body, with his motorcycle in the trailer behind, onto Business Highway 371 on Sunday night. The longtime firefighter died near his boyhood home in LeMars, Iowa, Saturday night. Eiesland's funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Heritage Assembly of God Church in Baxter. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
I think sometimes you have to move away from Brainerd to really appreciate how great it is here.
On the final night of the Crow Wing County Fair, about 1,500 spectators were on hand for the Extreme Bull Riding competition at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds grandstand.
Anthony Menghini, 6, of Baxter prepared his cucumber to race during the Veggie Derby on Saturday at the Crow Wing County Fair. Brainerd Dispatch/Sara Gardner
Lake life puts wind in his sales
LAKE SHORE - Eric Peterson grew up on Gull Lake and while he makes his living via the water, he doesn't spend much time on the lake's surface.
Merle A. Marden
STAPLES - Merle A. Marden, age 76, of Staples, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn. Her services are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
Lillian I. Larson
LITTLE FALLS - Lillian I. Larson, a 103-year-old former resident of Little Falls, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, in Burnsville, Minn.
Fredrick P. Eiesland
Fredrick P. Eiesland, 56, of Brainerd, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Floyd Valley Hospital in LeMars, Iowa. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Assembly of God Church. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the church.
PILLAGER - Evelyn Fornshell-Billman, 90, of Pillager, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Whispering Pines Nursing Home in Pine River, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Frances E. Feierabend
Frances E. Feierabend, age 88, resident of Baxter, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Frances was born in Mission Township, Minn., on Jan. 2, 1921, to Francis "Frank" and Jenny (Mills) Foote. She married Lester Feierabend in Brainerd on July 23, 1938. Frances was a restaurant owner and cook for many years in Brainerd.
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Vernon Ross Sullivan
Vernon Ross Sullivan, age 72, of Brainerd, died at his home Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. Services for Ross will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at Bethany Samaritan Village Chapel with Pastor Lilja Behr officiating. Friends are welcome to visit Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter and one hour prior to services at Bethany on Thursday. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Brainerd, Minn.
Sotomayor's potential impact
WASHINGTON - When Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was explaining his decision to become one of the nine Republicans to support the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, he said it was made easier because she would not alter the ideological balance on the Supreme Court. Having her replace Justice David Souter, a regular member of the liberal bloc, would not tilt the court further in that direction, he said.
There are 535 members of Congress, the public servants we elected to represent the 300 million of the rest of us. Am I expecting too much for them to actually represent us? As our employees, we should determine their salary and when, and if, they deserve a raise. Why do they set their own salary with automatic raises, pensions and allowances?
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Team Classic defends title
EAST GULL LAKE - Team Classic made it 2-for-2 Sunday by defending its Pepsi Lakes Junior Cup title with a team score of 411 on Dutch's Course at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Lightning end season with losses
NEW YORK MILLS - The Nisswa Lightning ended their season with a 6-3 loss to Clarissa in a Region 14C elimination game Sunday.
Mother Nature and the elements were all around North Central Speedway Saturday. Thanks to the track staff, all five classes ran a full schedule.
Fort Ripley tops Braves to qualify
AVON - Fort Ripley became the first team to qualify for the Class C state tournament with a 2-1 victory over the Brainerd Braves Sunday in the Region 8C tourney.
Wilkerson on a roll
No driver with his hands on the steering wheel of a funny car is running better than Tim Wilkerson.
28th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Johnson returns to site of last win
The last time Kurt Johnson won an NHRA event was a year ago Monday.
Offense leads way for Lunkers
THUNDER BAY, Ontario - The Brainerd Lake Area Lunkers pounded out 14 hits, including three long balls, to defeat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 14-3 Sunday in front of 1,128 fans at Port Arthur Stadium.
State forecast for N.D.
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 80s east to upper 80s
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of showers and isolated
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Patchy fog central and west through mid
Reaching for the beach
Weather drawing by Avery Eckman of Mrs. Hermanson's first-grade class at Lowell Elementary.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from near 80 far east to 85 to 90 central and west.
State forecast for Wisconsin
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the upper 70s north...To the mid 80s south.
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