Double-check your politics at the office door
When Peggy Kerry addressed a gathering of feminists on behalf of the Democratic presidential nominee at the party's convention in Boston, she upset a few people -- namely a Catholic anti-abortion group that said Kerry, a federal employee, was out of line in making such a prominent campaign appearance on behalf of her brother, Sen. John F. Kerry, Mass.
An ironing board serves as the coffee table top. A wooden tennis racket becomes a lamp. And lace provides the pattern for intricate pottery dishes.
Summer interns end their time with Lakewood Health Systems
STAPLES -- Chris Anderson, Britta Binek, Amy Gaugert and Shawn Webster of Staples, Rose Milless of Motley and Carrie Loberg of Bertha were hired at Lakewood Health System as summer interns.
Feats of Iron & Clay Gift Shop
Feats of Iron & Clay gift shop, on Beaver Dam Road near Brainerd, had its grand opening in March. But the owners, Tim and Eileen Kulseth, have been in the area for many years and hosted the Beaver Dam Art Fair for six years on their former property just across the street from their current site.
Original paper checks no longer will be returned
Last year President Bush signed bank-industry modernization legislation that essentially ends your right to receive your canceled checks. Starting in late October, the so-called Check 21 law will allow any bank in the check-processing chain to make an electronic image of your check and discard the original. If you're still receiving paper checks with your statements, you'll begin to see what are called substitute checks -- paper copies of these electronic images. Your original will be gone -- shredded in a landfill somewhere -- and there isn't anything you can do about that.
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Brainerd Noon Rotary Club announced 2004-2005 board of directors.
Daniel Miller, 64, Lapeer, Mich., the driver of station wagon and his passenger, Mary Miller, 61, Lapeer, Mich., were both injured and taken to the Riverwood Health Care Center where their conditions were unavailable.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 6:20 a.m. Friday to Brainerd Medical Center for what turned out to be a false alarm.
WALKER -- Three people accused of trafficking cocaine from Minneapolis to Cass Lake pleaded not guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to felony first-degree controlled substance crime (sale).
In an accident brief on Page 4A Thursday, the driver of one of the vehicles involved in a two-vehicle accident was listed incorrectly as a result of incorrect information provided the Dispatch.
PINE CENTER -- Rachel Threlkeld, 20, was injured Tuesday when her all-terrain vehicle rolled on her along the Crow Wing County Road 2 near Pine Center.
Cass County Board
Special meeting, Community Resource Center, 245 Barclay Avenue, Pine River.
Meets 7;30 p.m. Monday
GARRISON -- A 34-year-old Twin Cities man was arrested Wednesday after a brief foot chase in Garrison, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department said.
Regional Horticulture Day set at Living Legacy Gardens
STAPLES -- The second annual Horticulture Day at Living Legacy Gardens will be Aug. 19.
Rooms with a view
CROSSLAKE -- Roger and Fran Rumble started their log home on Star Lake in 1990. Star is part of the Ossawinnamakee chain of seven lakes.
Ground-breaking set for housing program
A ground-breaking celebration ceremony for the Region Five Development Commission's Self Help Housing Program will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the program's construction site, 906 28th St. S.E. in Brainerd.
Nearly all rooms in Island Lake home feature view of water
CROSSLAKE -- Jerry and Kathy Berg's home on Island Lake suggests Southwest Spanish styling influence with its stucco exterior, accented by log pillars with rock bases and a red roof overhang at the main entrance.
Family meals put health on the menu
A family meal, whether it's loaded with Brussels sprouts or carrots, might provide more than just nutrition. It might also improve teenagers' emotional health.
What's in a hurricane name?
Got an ex-wife who's a real shrew? Don't bother with messy settlements, custody battles, stalking. Try something bigger, showier. Something that will alert the world to the dark truth you already know about her. Think death, destruction, mayhem, on a mass scale. Think Andrew, 1992.
Is my winter heating bill going to destroy my finances?
Natural gas costs have averaged about $6 per 1,000 cubic feet this year. (A cubic foot is 1,027 British thermal units; one Btu is the amount of natural gas needed to heat one pound of water by one degree.)
Maggie needs a partner
The room lights up when Maggie enters the scene. Maybe it even spins a bit. This freckled and friendly soon-to-be second grader at Eagle View Elementary (Pequot Lakes) is bright, inquisitive and creative. She is willing to try almost anything, including football and wrestling, if given the chance.
The Rollin' Rangers will meet for their August campout at the Detroit Lakes American Legion Park Aug. 16-19. Hosts will be Don and Rose Leuch and John and Florence Nelson.
Big push at BIR
Doug Weikell with Zizzo Racing pushed a dragster back into the top tier of a semi-trailer at Brainerd International Raceway Thursday night. This weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals racing event will draw racers and spectators for the Brainerd stop on the national drag racing circuit. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
BHS grad couches fame on ugly appliance
It's a couch so hideous that someone actually wrote a fictional short story about it.
Private golf course executives cool to idea of county buying Pine Meadows
Sentiment, history and convenience will face off against competition and tax breaks as discussion of a municipal golf course continues.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 15 - 80 years ago (1924) - Formal announcement was made today by W.H. Cleary, president and manager of the Brainerd Wholesale Grocery Co. that the business has been sold to the Nash Finch Company of Minneapolis.
McGregor man faces charges He collided with sheriff's squad car in Aitkin County
Shamrock Township wasn't such a lucky place Tuesday for a McGregor man who is accused of crashing into an Aitkin County sheriff's squad car.
A boy and a hot dog
Anthony Schumacher, 2-year-old son of Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher, could not resist Rose West's dog, Jalapeno, Thursday night at Brainerd International Raceway. Drivers and crews are filing in for the beginning of the professional competition of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals this weekend. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Roy A. Luukkonen, Crow Wing County auditor, reminds those residents who are not registered to vote, or those who have changed residences since the last election, that Aug. 24 is the last day to register in advance for the primary election to be held Sept. 14. Pre-register by going to his office on the second floor of the courthouse from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1944) - Three planes are now in use at the Brainerd airport and all of them are being used for flying lessons, it was reported today by B.R. Garrett, airport manager.
Pine Meadows Timeline
1922-23 -- Brainerd Country Club is built
A story on Page 1A of Wednesday's Dispatch should have stated the 130 residents along the north Brainerd sidewalk project were assessed about $260,000 and the city paid about $133,000.
CLC Alumni and Friends holds first meeting
The Central Lakes College Alumni Association and Friends held its first meeting recently, discussing its mission and activities.
Abbygail Wohl-Kovatovich, 4, enjoyed looking at art prints during the Crosslake Art Club 20th annual art show Thursday. Area artists displayed hundreds of pieces of original artwork, prints and cards at the annual sale. The show runs through Saturday at the Crosslake Community Center. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
COMING TUESDAY IN SPORTS
Call for nominations for 2004 Nisswa Citizen of the Year
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce is accepting names for the 2004 Nisswa Citizen of the Year.
"There is a real ambivalence. Greeks have a sort of split personality."
Will they come?
Josh's miracle Near-drowning victim survives ordeal
Three weeks ago, doctors at St. Cloud Hospital weren't sure Josh Anderson would live.
Elizabeth 'Bette' Collette
BAXTER -- Elizabeth "Bette" Collette, 82, of Baxter, passed away peacefully in the care of her family on Aug. 12, 2004.
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PIERZ -- Matilda Kapsner, age 81, Pierz, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at the Pierz Villa.
LeMay Vernal Johnson
GARRISON -- LeMay Vernal Johnson, age 78, of Lakeland, Fla. and Garrison, died on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Kathleen V. Buehler
Kathleen V. Buehler, age 84, resident of Daggett Brook Township, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at home.
Emily M. Disrud
Emily M. Disrud, age 71, of Brainerd, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Gaylord Francis Conn, age 85, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., and formerly of St. Louis Park, Minn., died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Dorothy Cline, age 75, of Aitkin, died on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital. Private family services were held at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Leon H. Birklid
DEERWOOD -- Leon Hugh Birklid, age 69, of Deerwood, died on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born on July 27, 1935, in Minneapolis to Lars and Helene (Huseby) Birklid.
Rev. Robert Collitt
STAPLES -- The Rev. Robert Collitt, age 86, of Staples, died Aug. 11, 2004, at the Lakewood Health System in Staples. Services will be held on Monday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Staples Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Friends may call Sunday 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are with the Bielema Family Funeral Home in Verndale.
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I think the golf course property that's up for sale in Baxter would make a nice location for an elementary school. Also in 10 years, Brainerd and Baxter will be looking for property for more soccer, baseball and football fields. What about an outdoor amphitheater? Let's not make rash decisions. I myself like the green space.
The moral of a preemptive war is the same as a preemptive murder. I hear a lot of bull about, "What do you think, we should wait until Iraq bombed us?" Well, I think that if I had a neighbor that I had words with over something and he said something to the effect that if he caught me cutting across his yard again he'd shoot me.
In the Cold War, Sen. Kerry froze
Suddenly, the presidential race has devolved into a debate about young John Kerry's actions in Vietnam. First, Kerry made his military service the central theme of the Democratic convention. Now some anti-Kerry veterans have issued a book and television ads that impugn that record.
Where are the candidates?
When Walter Mondale and Hubert H. Humphrey seemed to run for vice president or president on just about every Democratic national ticket, candidates on the national tickets pretty much ignored Minnesota.
Meteors amid a crescent moon
Jupiter will be the only bright planet visible in the evening sky during August, while two planets will appear before dawn.
NORTH COUNTRY CALENDAR
Aug. 14-15 -- Game Fair second weekend, Armstrong Kennels, Anoka
For a change, a bird book that is noteworthy
Every year a couple new bird books land on my desk, sent by publishers asking for a review. I'd provide this service if the books offered something new, but most don't.
Grand Rapids will host the 2004 Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener on Nov. 4-6. Early morning breakfasts, deer camp camaraderie and participation in age-old traditions will highlight the three-day event. Explore Minnesota Tourism and the DNR in coordination with the Minnesota Deer Hunter Association and local community representatives will conduct the event.
Center helps dispel wolf myths
Highlights of the Wolf Conservation Center's summer programming are the Evening Wolf Howls, which allow visitors to learn a bit about wolves, enjoy sundaes and hike to a wolf pack's enclosure for a visit. Remaining howl dates are Aug. 19 and 28, and Sept. 12, 17 and 19.
Rewards of night fishing go beyond the catching of fish
Sean Colter isn't afraid of the dark. In fact, he loves it when he's catching big walleyes on Winnibigoshish and Pokegama lakes.
Outdoors question of the week
Minnesota's scientific and natural areas program is 30 years old. What exactly is a SNA and how does it differ from other publicly owned lands?
Hummingbirds galore provide pleasant distraction at windowside feeder
Hummingbirds up close and personal -- what a wonderful and wacky way to start the day.
Sailing school doesn't let a little rain dampen season
One of the first signs that summer is ending came Aug. 5 when the Gull Lake Sailing School lowered the mast on another season.
Goose hunters looking ahead to another good season in Minnesota
Minnesota's regular goose season will open with the duck season on Sept. 25, except for Canada goose seasons in the west-central zone. Resident Canada goose populations remain high and excellent hunting should be available to Minnesota hunters.
Home is where the Hall is
Maybe this is where it belonged in the first place.
Pontoon boat safety concerns DNR
Boating safety officials are seeing more accidents and violations involving pontoon boats this summer. Two people have died in accidents so far this season and several other mishaps have occurred, according to the DNR.
Fishing pressure could prompt new rules on Lake of the Woods
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering regulations that could significantly reduce the walleye harvest on the sprawling Lake of the Woods, which straddles the state's border with Canada.
Questions to ask before you hire a fishing guide
People have all sorts of reasons for hiring a fishing guide. Ask yourself the following questions before you sign on with a guide
Lindsey Kohan and Eric Graff
Lindsey Kohan and Eric Graff announce their engagement. Parents are George and Debra Kohan, Brainerd, and Paulette Weese, Buffalo. An Oct. 9 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Alison Seevers and Gregory Medeck
Alison Seevers and Gregory Medeck announce their engagement. Parents are Stephen and Colleen Seevers, Fort Ripley, and Daniel Medeck, Rice, and Misty Peterson, Eagan. A September wedding is planned in Rice.
With the military
Navy Seaman Amber A. Malz, daughter of Carol A. and Garry L. Malz, Pequot Lakes, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Cheryl K. Wells and David E. Svir
Cheryl K. Wells and David E. Svir announce their engagement. Parents are Linda Frederickson, San Antonio, and Richard Wells, Mercer Island, Wash., and Annie Vandervest, Brainerd, and the late David W. Svir. A wedding is planned Friday at the Washington, D.C., Temple. A reception will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Latter-day Saints Chapel in Brainerd.
Eldon and Shirley Peterson
Eldon and Shirley Peterson, Swanburg, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at Faith Lutheran Church in Swanburg. No gifts please. They were married Sept. 4, 1954, in Swanburg.
JAMES AND SINDY SHANKS
Sindy Marie Voss and James Lee Shanks were married May 22, 2004, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor David Holte officiating.
Traci Ohlgren and Steve Moreland
Traci Ohlgren and Steve Moreland announce their engagement. Parents are LaVerna Ohlgren and Allen Ohlgren, both of Menahga, and Stan Moreland, Big Lake, and Norma and Darrel Noyes, Big Lake. An October wedding is planned in Menahga.
Lisa Imgrund and Rob DeRosier
Lisa Imgrund and Rob DeRosier announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Gwen Imgrund, Brainerd, and Larry and Mel DeRosier, Brainerd. An October wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Five generations recently gathered at an adoption reunion in Wisconsin were Ella Kline, daughter; Annie Kline, mother; Corinne Ward, grandmother; Betty Ericson, great-grandmother; and Margaret Panko, great-great-grandmother.
Kristy Jean Lind and Leif Ander Storbakken
Kristy Jean Lind and Leif Ander Storbakken announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Sue Storbakken, Staples, and Darrel and Luann Lind, Spirit, Wis. An Oct. 23 wedding is planned at her parents' farm in Spirit with a reception open house planned Oct. 30 in Staples.
Isla Borden Mattson
Isla Borden Mattson will celebrate her 100th birthday from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at Bill and Betty Mattson's home, 7188 County Road 18, Pequot Lakes. The event will be hosted by her family.
Michelle Olsen and Joel Vogt
Michelle Olsen and Joel Vogt announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Joan Olsen and Ken and Barb Vogt, all of Brainerd, and the late Jean Vogt. A Sept. 25 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Robb and Sue Jewell
Robb and Sue Jewell, Brainerd, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 11, 1979, in Brainerd.
What a friend
You have a friend who will never let you down. This friend is Jesus, the Savior. Luke, the cultured, intellectual, analytical physician, especially presents Christ to us as our friend.
Christ Community Church in Nisswa will have Vacation Bible School 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All children ages 3 through sixth grade are invited to join Lava Lava Island: Where Jesus Love Flows. Activities will include Bible stories, music, games and island treats. Register by calling the church at 963-2626.
The church singer
"American Idol," Fox's hit TV show that features teens and 20-somethings auditioning for the grand prize of a record contract, takes the nation by storm each season it airs.
Upcoming sporting events
Upcoming sporting events
Reichert drives to bigger lead
Reichert Bus beat Weizenegger/Engel 25.5 to 18.5 on Thursday to claim an eight-point lead in the men's golf league at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Brainerd Parks & Recreation scoreboard
Track records shattered
Doug Kalitta's run of 4.532 seconds in his Top Fueler was one thousandth of a second away from having all four professional classes break Brainerd International Raceway track records during qualifying Friday at the 23rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Ken Martin aiming high
Ken Martin got his wings.
VFW tops White Bear Lake at state
All facets of the game were functioning for the Brainerd VFW baseball team Friday as it opened the state tournament with a 7-3 victory over White Bear Lake at Fireman's Field in Carlos.
Line lives up to promise
Jason Line's signature on a letter sent from Alaska 14 years ago to his father Lawrence, living in Wright, has come true.
13-U team second at state
The Brainerd 13-under traveling baseball team finished second in the Minnesota Sports Federation state tournament at Marshall.
Coil a big part of Force's success
John Force and his crew chief Austin Coil have teamed up to win an unprecedented 12 NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points titles, including 10 straight.
BIR to host Cellular One NASCAR 300
NASCAR fans are in store for road racing when Brainerd International Raceway hosts the Cellular One NASCAR 300 and Dodge Viper Racing Series, presented by Home Depot.
MSHSL clinics to train new soccer, football officials
The Minnesota State High School League will sponsor pre-season training clinics this month at sites throughout the state.
Cellular One NASCAR 300 and Dodge Viper Racing Series
Friday, Aug. 20
Microsoft deploys Newsbot to track down headlines
Microsoft Corp. wants to be your electronic paperboy.
Pigeons use roads, Zurich report says
Scientists concluded long ago that homing pigeons make it home because of a "map and compass" technique, using the sun and an internal clock to pick the right direction, then zeroing in on their loft with a combination of visual and other sensory cues.
Tools, patience can fight pervasive spyware
Tired of spyware, adware and other slimeware that sneaks onto your computer, snoops while you surf the Web, steals personal information, hijacks your Web browser and slows your PC to a crawl? You don't have to put up with it.
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Bear Lake "Monster" sparks tall tales, debate, revenue
GARDEN CITY, Utah -- There's no photographic proof, but some say it looks like a walrus minus the tusks.
Tea time: Historic teas at Woodlawn, a sweet sanctuary
WASHINGTON -- Jan and Hap Roth say lots of love, a little luck and a good dose of tolerance are the keys to a happy marriage.
Hiking with a backpack doesn't have to mean a pain in the back
HOUSTON -- When it comes to carrying a backpack, load it light and stand up straight, say experts in the department of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Favorite Vacation Photo
Addie Finck of Deerwood realized her lifelong dream to visit relatives in Oslo and Hornindal, Norway, when she and her 16-year-old granddaughter, Betsy Finck of Princeton, took a 17-day trip there in June.
Snowboarding -- on a sand dune
SWAKOPMUND, Namibia -- It seemed strange at first, hurtling down the steep face of a red sand dune while lying face down on a piece of wood. But Sue Muloin quickly became another convert to the growing sport of sandboarding.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers or sprinkles far east. Highs 65 to 70.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s to upper 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Patchy early morning fog south. Partly cloudy. A slight chance of afternoon showers south. Highs 70 to 75...A bit cooler near lake michigan.
Down the water slide
Weather drawing by Emily Nistler of Mrs. Wig's third grade class at Garfield school.
Rain across the East; mostly calm conditions elsewhere
Rain fell in much of the East on Friday, while calm conditions prevailed in most of the rest of the nation.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly sunny west. Partly sunny east. Highs near 70 east to the upper 70s west.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to the mid 80s.
An oriole headed for Baltimore?
Weather drawing by Briemma Wyatt in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Surma.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Patchy dense fog northeast early this morning. Highs from the mid 70s east...To the mid 80s far west.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Patchy morning fog. Otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Highs
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Highs 70 to 75.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s.
The Brainerd Transportation Advisory Committee will meet 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall.
803 Kingwood St., Brainerd
Eight lives left, thanks to all the wonderful care and support Lucky received while at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital. This could not have been possible without the generous support from pet lovers of the Brainerd lakes area.
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