$30 million construction project starts for Chase on the Lake
Chase on the Lake Hotel is going up on Leech Lake in Walker. Plans are to complete the $30 million construction project, to be built by Nor-son Inc., in time for a May opening.
Lost and found
Diver Bill Matthies has recovered many items lost to area river and lake depths - from diamond rings to buffalo bones.
BAXTER - Panache Salons & Day Spas promoted Tressie Schneider to advanced designer, specializing in mens and womens design cuts, hair colors and highlights.
Diving pioneer goes to depths with career
Bill Matthies understands the feeling underwater divers have in Minneapolis as they work to recover the bodies of the bridge collapse victims.
Tell us how you like your job
There are only a couple of days left to enter the Dispatch's Labor Day Salute essay contest.
Mine pits serve as classroom for diving students
Underwater workers are in high demand so the Minnesota Commercial Diving Training Center's latest class all have job offers before graduation.
Because of incorrect information provided the Dispatch, the phone number for the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership on Page 2H Friday was incorrect. The correct number is (888) 203-9301.
Ryan and Kati Severson, Brainerd, a girl, Josephine Kay, 9 pounds, 1 ounce, July 7, 2007. Grandparents are Martin and Sandra Severson, Merrifield, and Ann Severson, Brainerd, and Bob and Vicky Kyarsgaard, Corcoran.
Brainerd School Board
Cabin on Lower Cullen Lake damaged by fire
NISSWA - Fire damaged a cabin Wednesday night on Lower Cullen Lake Road in Nisswa, the Nisswa Fire Department reported.
The tattoo designs by Nisswas Tony Powers are more than skin deep. He hopes his body art - along with his creative commercial work - will brighten peoples lives.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
WALKER - The following appeared recently in Cass County District Court:
Brainerd firefighters busy with calls
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to several calls Thursday through Saturday. No injuries were reported.
COMING MONDAY IN SPORTS
Find out which Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and motorcycle drivers came away with championships at the 26th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at BIR.
Bradley G. Stonacek, 42, and Cynthia L. Anderson, 34, both of Pequot Lakes.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Blue skies on horizon
PEQUOT LAKES - A new housing development in Pequot Lakes is attempting to create a community-friendly neighborhood and offer affordable homeownership options for first-time homebuyers.
Janie Lapka, broker/owner of Realty Connections and a real estate agent since 1987, recently completed the e-Pro designation.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1947) - Bathing suits were the order of the day yesterday as King Sol pounded 103 1/2 degrees of heat down on the Brainerd Lakes Region where tourists' autos raced along highways seeking relief of the water's edge from the stifling heat.
Heartland Region Minnesota Senior Federation
The Heartland Region Minnesota Senior Federation will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, third floor conference room, in Brainerd. Guest speakers will be Barbara Kaufman, Treasurer of the MnSF, and Lee Graczyk, Director of Public Policy, both of St. Paul. Members welcome. For information, call 927-3395.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. The Crow Wing County 2007 Relay for Life, held on July 27, was a huge success.
My daughter was involved in a tubing accident on Wednesday and airlifted to St. Cloud. She has returned home and appears to be fine with no permanent injuries.
Add Larry, Betsy to back-to-school checklist
In today's newspaper many back-to-school sale flyers from local merchants are tucked inside. They advertise all the items kids need to start off the school year. Some promote clothes while others offer school supplies.
Fundraiser planned for veterans center
There will be a fish fry on Friday at the VFW Post No. 1647 with the proceeds going to the building fund for the Brainerd Lakes Veterans Center.
NISSWA - The Nisswa Women's Club will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at Bar Harbor. Meg Douglas, editor of Her Voice magazine, will present a talk entitled "Finding Her Voice."
Local News Briefs
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library will host their summer used book sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. All proceeds will benefit the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, call the library at 829-5574.
BAXTER - For the first time in about 60 years, State Patrol troopers will be cruising the Brainerd area on motorcycles.
If levy vote fails, cuts loom
The news was grim.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 10 - 60 years ago (1947) - John Wroebel, 621 Eighth Avenue Northeast has huge tomato plants that cover a lot near his home. The tomato plants will yield "half a bushel to a plant."
No ID in death near Backus
No additional information was released Saturday on the death of a female whose body was found Wednesday near a residence on the west side of Pine Mountain Lake near Backus.
Pending final approval from the Brainerd School Board Monday, taxpayers in the Brainerd School District will be asked Nov. 6 to vote in favor of or against the following question:
1 route opens, another closes
The Highway 210/Washington Street detour around the big dig near the Franklin Arts Center has been lifted. But Highway 371 in Baxter will be closed Tuesday, shifting through traffic to Business 371.
Its reaching out worldwide showcasing this area. Its giving our whole area some wonderful exposure.
Iraq vet to receive a BIR welcome
Following a 16-month deployment to Iraq, a 22-month Army active-duty hitch in all, Clint Wood returned to the Brainerd Dispatch on July 25 to a standing ovation from his cohorts.
How would the proposed operating levy affect you?
If Brainerd School District taxpayers pass the proposed operating levy referendum Nov. 6, the district's existing $199.24 per pupil operating levy would be revoked and replaced with a new levy of $986 per pupil, a net change of $786.76.
Councilors mull Log Jam requests
CROSSLAKE - The Crosslake City Council on Friday heard an appeal from a city business owner and made salary adjustments for staff members.
"We need a normal winter to get the lakes back to where they belong,"
Races make mark
How much do you spend per day while on vacation - $50, $100, $250 - or more?
If referendum fails, major cuts likely
If the $5.75 million operating levy referendum fails to pass Nov. 6, the Brainerd School District will be looking at about $5.5 million in budget reductions for the 2008-09 school year.
Another season of low lakes
For the second straight summer, lakeshore property owners in north-central Minnesota are high and dry.
Firefighters from three counties responded to a barn fire at about noon Thursday in Ansel Township in western Cass County.
Female's death near Backus investigated
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday near a residence on the west side of Pine Mountain Lake near Backus.
Nominations sought for Nisswa Citizen of the Year
NISSWA - The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce is accepting names for the 2007 Nisswa Citizen of the Year.
Ellsworth 'Red' Young
Ellsworth R. "Red" Young, Brainerd, 92, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at his home in Brainerd. He was born June 28, 1915, in Brainerd to Elvin and Mary (Sowl) Young.
Gordon A. Beaudette
OUTING - Gordon A. Beaudette, 80, of Outing, died Aug. 10, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Louise C. Hogan
Louise C. (Rochford) Hogan, 93, Brainerd, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born on July 22, 1914, in Pillager, Minn., to Edward and Mildred (Jones) Stowell. Louise and her husband ran a resort on Little Pelican Lake, Minn.
Al 'Bud' Welle
In the obituary for Al "Bud" Welle on Page 5A Friday, his date of marriage was listed incorrectly.
Donald L. Thoms
YELM, Wash. - Donald L. Thoms, 80, Yelm, Wash., formerly of Crosby, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at home.
Armond Swanson Sr.
VERNDALE - Armond Swanson Sr., age 81, of rural Verndale passed away on Thursday morning. Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Verndale Alliance Church. Local family includes a son, Jerald, of Baxter.
Donald L. Thoms
Donald Lauren Thoms, born to Lauren and Berenice (Foote) Thoms June 20, 1927, went to be with the Lord July 21, 2007.
AITKIN - Jennie Turner, age 92, of Aitkin, formerly of McGregor and the Fleming area, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Leonard J. Maciej Sr.
ELMDALE - Leonard J. Maciej Sr., 70-year-old resident of Elmdale, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Elmdale with the Rev. Dale Ettel officiating.
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Delmar D. Branchaud
LITTLE FALLS - Delmar D. Branchaud, a 99-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at the St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn.
Ralph E. Avery
Ralph E. Avery, 85, Brainerd, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Ralph was born on Feb. 2, 1922, in Crow Wing County to Joseph and Lillie (Glass) Avery.
Al 'Bud' Welle
MOTLEY - Al "Bud" Welle, age 71, of Motley, passed away suddenly early Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, 2007. A memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley with Father Peter Kirchner officiating. A time for sharing with the family will be at the luncheon immediately following Mass.
Open Forum: Brainerd: Democracy or dictatorship?
Several Brainerd citizens have issues with city government relating to temporary buildings they have on their property. Recently, I sent a letter to the council, as did a citizen, requesting these residents be given an opportunity to explain why they have these buildings and why the buildings are useful to them. The request was granted and many citizens appeared at the Aug. 6 council meeting, expecting that theyd be given an opportunity to explain their position.
What do you think?
Write us a letter or send us an e-mail
OUR OPINION: BRIDGES
While the precise cause of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse may not be known for months there's one certainty almost no one disputes: The U.S. has largely ignored much needed maintenance for its aging infrastructure.
OUR OPINION: POLLUTION
If theres one bright spot in the aftermath of the discovery of perfluorooctane sulfonate or PFOS at Brainerds wastewater treatment facility its that one source of the problem has apparently been detected quickly.
Since construction started in May on Cedar Scenic Road the city has forgotten to take care of the people who live on the other side of the construction. It's already a joke we have to take the detour toward Pillager all the way to Little Pine Road.
A recent writer from Baxter says he didn't understand the point of my earlier letter to the editor about Al Franken's lack of intelligence and humor. So, I'll try to explain it one more time. (I am typ-ing this let-ter much more slow-ly.) You see, thanks to Air America, Mr. Franken had frequently and convincingly displayed his inability to think or speak rationally.
Borer feasts on area trees
Dutch elm disease killed elms, jackpine budworms killed jackpines and forest tent caterpillars killed basswood, aspen and birch trees.
Soldiers who have served outside the United States in the past two years are eligible for free hunting and fishing licenses from the DNR.
Look to the river
Dave Genz may be the father of modern ice fishing, but he doesn't spend the summer twiddling his thumbs and waiting for cold weather.
North Country question of the week
Q: What can homeowners do protect their trees from two-lined chestnut borers and other insects and diseases?
Swallows like the newspaper
Back in May I received a message from Kelly Virden at the Pine River Journal, who said there were "some nice, brownish and reddish birds" at the office. The birds made a nest at the peak of the roof that looked like a wasp's nest. She set up a bird feeder and the birds were big fans, she said.
NORTH COUNTRY CALENDAR
17 - Deadline for Camp Ripley archery deer hunt license applications
Waterfowl limits increased
With duck populations at or near record highs, the DNR has set a 60-day duck season and a daily bag limit of six ducks, which can include no more than four mallards (one hen), one black duck, one pintail, two canvasbacks, two wood ducks, two redheads and two scaup. Possession limits are twice the daily bag limit.
ERIC AND KATHLEEN HALBERT
Kathleen Woitalla and Eric Halbert were married March 1, 2007, at Poolenalena Beach, Makena, Maui, Hawaii, with the Rev. Kevin Reblo officiating.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Jacobs
Jennifer Marie Stange and Jeremy James Jacobs were married July 7, 2007.
Jennifer Baker and Adam Zulkosky
Jennifer Baker and Adam Zulkosky announce their engagement. Parents are Bob and Joan Baker, Crosslake, and Tim and Kathy Zulkosky, Moundsview. An Aug. 24 wedding is planned in Stillwater.
Wayne and Doris Maier
Wayne and Doris Maier, Brainerd, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary Thursday. They were married Aug. 16, 1952, in Brainerd.
FLETCHER AND BESSMA LEWIS
Bessma Gueblaoui and Fletcher (Scott) Lewis were married Nov. 4, 2006, in Minnehaha United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Butler officiating.
Marit Krogstad and Charlie Moberg
Marit Krogstad and Charlie Moberg announce their engagement. Parents are Susan and Jeffrey Krogstad, Willmar, and Mary and Al Moberg, Excelsior. The bride's grandparents are Donna and John Williams, Brainerd. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned in Nisswa.
Britney Mueller and Luke Nacey
Britney Mueller and Luke Nacey announce their engagement. Parents are Rodney and Karla Mueller, Motley, and Bob and Lois Nacey, Brainerd. An Aug. 25 private wedding is planned. An affirmation of vows and a reception are planned for Feb. 9, 2008.
Leah Ziliak and Eric Neznik
Leah Ziliak and Eric Neznik announce their engagement. Parents are Dan and Bobbi Ziliak, Haubstadt, Ind., and Tom and Pat Neznik, Staples. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned at St. James Catholic Church in Haubstadt, Ind.
April Serani and Ryan Damlo
April Serani and Ryan Damlo announce their engagement. Parents are Marc and Peg Serani, Baxter, and Greg and Mary Damlo, Park Rapids. An Oct. 13 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church.
Betty and Marty Ehrhardt
Betty and Marty Ehrhardt, Merrifield, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Timbermist. No gifts please. They were married Sept. 6, 1947, in Merrifield.
Four generations recently gathered were Eden Kelly, daughter; Michelle Kelly, mother; Patricia Willette, grandmother; and Theresa O'Neil, great-grandmother.
David and Julie Uhrich
David and Julie Uhrich, Nisswa, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary Tuesday. They were married Aug. 14, 1977, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
June (Snell) Erickson
June (Snell) Erickson will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Church of the Nazarene in Merrifield.
Carl (Ben) Nygaard
Carl (Ben) Nygaard, lifelong resident of Brainerd, celebrated his 90th birthday with his family on Aug. 8.
Five generations recently gathered were Leaph Lachowitzer, son, Lisbon, N.D.; DJ Lachowitzer, father, Lisbon, N.D.; Veona Vareberg, grandmother, Elliott, N.D.; Henry Frasl, great-grandfather, Brainerd; and Selma Jotham, great-great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Kay and Bob Cooper
Kay and Bob Cooper will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.
Gilbert J. Bittner
Gilbert J. Bittner recently celebrated his 75th birthday. He was born Aug. 7, 1932, in Minneapolis.
Five generations recently gathered were Kaira Bacon, daughter; Brianna Bacon, daughter; Beau Bacon, father; Diane Wedan, grandmother; Marlyn Wedan, great-grandchildren; and Helen Strang, great-great-grandmother, all from the Brainerd area.
be a place of
I love walking through cemeteries. This may sound strange but some of the names and comments inscribed on those stones can teach and inspire. This is especially true in older ones.
Riverside Union's anniversary celebration will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, located 8.5 miles south of the Crow Wing County fairgrounds on County Road 45. At 3 p.m. there will be a testimonial program for people to share their memories of the church from the last 100 years.
Starz runners-up in Colorado
The Lakes Area Starz were runners-up in the State Games of America in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 3-5.
Eric Medlen's legacy at BIR remembered
Each dragstrip on the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series circuit is special to John Medlen, whose 33-year old son Eric died four days after his Funny Car slammed into the wall during a test run March 19 in Gainesville, Fla. He died from severe trauma to his brain.
Area trio places
Anna Zimmerman, Alexandra Jones and Scott Meyer of the Brainerd lakes area competed in the Brewhouse Triathlon in Duluth Aug. 6.
A new racing Force comes to town
In a Brainerd Dispatch story from June 2003, Ashley Force said she was certain she would be racing in the next five years.
Blue Thunder beat Border Cats
The Brainerd Blue Thunder gave one of their biggest crowds one of their best games as they beat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 13-1 in the home-season finale before 1,108 fans at Mills Field Friday night.
Lakes Area Par 3 preps for another winner
The original lakes area par 3 tournament is a week away and the field is filling fast.
Line grabs top Pro Stock spot
Jason Line's team's conservative approach in making car changes for the second round of qualifying Friday for the 26th annual Lucas Oils NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway was good enough for him to garner the provisional No. 1 spot in his Pontiac GTO Pro Stocker.
Hot weather doesn't hamper 'Hot Rod' Fuller
Rod Fuller made up for an earlier mistake in a big way Friday during the 26th annual Lucas Oils NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Wright native drives the Line
Defending Pro Stock champion and Wright native Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing, Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO, heads into the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway with a sense of relief.
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Saturday, Aug. 11
Thunder outlast Border Cats
Jared McDonald did virtually everything but groom the field and run the concession stand for the Brainerd Blue Thunder.
Super Comp at BIR
Two Super Comp dragsters roared off the line Thursday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Racing will continue through Sunday with the pro rounds beginning Friday. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Friday, Aug. 10
Ashley outruns Force in Funny Car
Mike Ashley got a front row seat to John Force taking away his No. 1 Funny Car qualifying spot. His only choice? Take it right back.
Online snooping made easy
Browse any Facebook profile set up by a relatively active user and youre likely to hit on a cache of personal information that, until very recently, wouldve been impossible to get unless you hired a private detective to follow the person for six months.
Car wars: 'Forza' outclasses its competition on the race track
Just a few years ago, it was somewhat of a surprise when a NASCAR driver said he used video games to get ready for real-life races. Nowadays, virtual racing is a standard element of the training regimen of professional drivers, particularly the young guns who probably learned to drive on a Nintendo long before they got behind the wheel of a stock car.
Online storage can leave you empty
Imagine going to the bank to retrieve important documents from your safe-deposit box and finding nothing there. By that, I mean nothing - the bank itself has disappeared, leaving an empty building and no forwarding address.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly sunny. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs
Wisconsin state forecast
Rest of today...Occasional thunderstorms west this morning. A chance for afternoon thunderstorms northwest half. Partly sunny southeast. Highs from the mid 80s to around 90.
Weather drawing by Valleri Abear of Ms. Marks third-grade class at Baxter school.
Weather drawing by Taylar McFarland of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
State forecast for Iowa
...Heat advisory far southwest iowa through sunday afternoon...
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Morning thunderstorms...Some possibly severe central and
Wisconsin state forecast
Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s to around 90.
State forecast for Iowa
Heat advisory far southwest iowa today through sunday...
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms in the east and southwest in the morning...Then mainly central and east in the afternoon. Highs from near 90 in the northeast...To 100 to 105 south central and southwest.
The Nation's Weather
Forecasters predicted severe thunderstorms in the Great Lakes and showers and thunderstorms in the Southeast and on the West Coast on Saturday, forecasters said.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly sunny with scattered thunderstorms...Some possibly
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny and hot. Isolated thunderstorms east early. Highs in the upper 80s far north to the upper 90s far south.
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