Psalm 23, everyone's favorite, examined
America's most famous rabbi is Harold S. Kushner, thanks to the huge readership for his 1981 book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," which is still in print.
Catholic lay workers finalize agreement restoring jobs
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) -- Four lay workers fired in a rare labor dispute involving the Roman Catholic Church finalized an agreement in state district court restoring their jobs and union benefits.
Bumping into references to God is easy to do in secular America
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans pledge allegiance to "one nation under God." U.S. currency says "In God We Trust." Congress opens each day's work with a prayer, including this recent exaltation: "Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord."
At the ripe age of 18, Jamin Cousins is summing up his first business venture.
Utah city may name new street after pioneer Mormon gunman
BLUFFDALE, Utah (AP) -- City officials are considering naming a future street Porter Rockwell Boulevard after a controversial Mormon pioneer who was dubbed the "destroying angel."
Harbor Lighthouse, Nashville recording artists from Tomahawk, Wis., will perform two concerts in the area. An outdoor concert will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Malmo Free Church. Another wi
'Touched by an Angel' actress becomes a spokeswoman for volunteer group
A little-known national interfaith network offering free services to older adults has been "touched by an angel."
Alabama pastors feel political heat on tax plan
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama clergy say they understand the moral and theological arguments made by Gov. Bob Riley in his push for tax reform, but many church leaders are wary of talking taxes from the pulpit.
Wisconsin priests sign letter urging Roman Catholic church to allow optional celibacy
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- More than 160 priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee have signed a letter arguing that married men should be allowed to enter the priesthood.
Billions in assets are at stake as the Episcopal Church faces a possible breakup
The 7,364 congregations of the Episcopal Church receive $2.14 billion in offerings a year: Their buildings and liquid assets are worth untold billions.
Several years ago, I served in a congregation where the Schneiderman family were members.
Staples-Motley School District again to seek funds from residents through referendum
Residents in the Staples-Motley School District will head to the polls again this November.
Mississippi Horizons announces honor roll
The following is the second semester honor roll for Mississippi Horizons school in Brainerd.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 197, a year ago 458.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 128, a year ago 273.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 450. Last Thursday: 375. Year Ago Thursday: 331. Wednesday actual: 483.
It's time to share a secret recipe
This was a secret recipe of Aunt Mary's and she was famous for bringing it to many occasions.
County fair results
ceramic, baked, first place Ciara Pritschet, Brainerd, second place Natasha Gallett, Pequot Lakes, third place Kim Narveson, Pequot Lakes;
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a false alarm at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Crow Wing County Fair results
Grade 1 - School Art
County fair results
BYLINE3:Novice heifer calf, first place Becky Caughey, Fort Ripley; winter calf, Dec. 1 - Feb. 28, first place Becky Caughey,
A 19-year-old Brainerd man was injured Wednesday afternoon after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle on Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd, the State Patrol reported.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire at 5:11 p.m. Thursday at Jaycees Park on Pine Street. A wood pile, tree and picnic table were started on fire by youths, the fire department reported. There were no injuries.
Quintet microsystem is a horn of plenty
Honk if you've heard a horn speaker.
Confessions of a yard man
Although I'm 50 plus, the number that really bugs me is 74.
Floors more exotic than oak
White oak makes durable and affordable flooring as well as sturdy furniture, which is why there is a heck of a lot of oak in people's homes. It has become so widely used, in fact, that some fans of hardwood have gone far afield looking for something new and different.
Historic Brainerd home gets a new do
Once the home of a Brainerd mayor, white Corinthian columns now mark a north Brainerd home that is the Fine Line Salon and Spa.
Several Brainerd lakes area and state-wide environmental organizations have combined efforts to recognize homeowners and contractors who developed or redeveloped lakeshore properties in an ecologically sustainable manner.
Hole in One drywall repair kit is a good fix
Even those with plenty of experience in repairing holes in drywall can have problems with the hole created by the doorknob.
Problems occasionally arise with tomatoes
Tomatoes are as close as any vegetable gets to growing like a weed, yet problems occasionally arise.
Try this method to clean a marred fiberglass shower pan
Q. Michelle asks: I have recently purchased a 10-year-old house with a large plastic shower pan in one of the bathrooms. It has brown stains on it that I have tried to remove with bleach and several commercial products I used full strength. Nothing works. Any suggestions?
Organizing photos is as easy as saying cheese
Between old photos, new photos and digital photos, does your storage space runneth over? Lifescape Solutions has a suggestion for photo care: Picasa, an easy-to-use computer program that helps users arrange, retrieve, display and share digital pictures.
Lazy day along the Nokasippi
David Crowell of Brainerd fished from an overhanging tree on the Nokasippi River south of Brainerd. Spending Wednesday hanging over the river fishing was Crowell's way of enjoying the last hot, lazy days of summer before school starts.
Todd opens doors to helping newcomers
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Todd County Multicultural Liaison Office has suffered setbacks since its inception.
Cass Lake woman charged in death
WALKER -- A 40-year-old Cass Lake woman has been charged in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
Regional sanitary sewer district proposed
Residents in the Thirty Lakes Watershed District and Unorganized Territory may see the formation of a regional sanitary sewer district sometime in their future.
The name of the second-place winner in the Realistic Art-Still Life category listed in the Crow Wing County Fair results on Page 10A Wednesday was spelled incorrectly. The winner was Shannon Wood of Brainerd.
Pillager woman celebrates big birthday in the Big Apple -- in the dark
PILLAGER -- It was a milestone Brenda Smith was dreading -- her 30th birthday.
Vandalism delays flight
A Mesaba airplane at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was vandalized overnight, it was learned this morning.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - The class of 1938 celebrated its 45th anniversary last month at the Brainerd America Legion Club. Oren Steinfeldt, class president emceed the event.
Wheels of Justice Bus Tour to visit Brainerd Friday
The Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace will host the Wheels of Justice Bus Tour Friday, including a march and potluck dinner.
Merrifield man killed in two-car accident in Nisswa
NISSWA -- A 41-year-old Merrifield man is dead following a two-vehicle collision Thursday on Highway 371, near Hazelwood Drive, in Nisswa.
Workshop scheduled to discuss Baxter street projects
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council will meet again to discuss the Clearwater Road and Inglewood Drive improvement project.
Medallions helping to jog memories about forgotten war U.S. fought in Korea
The Korean War often is called the forgotten war.
Addition to skyline
Two cranes towered above St. Joseph's Medical Center as crews began construction on two new stories on the hospital Wednesday.
LONG PRAIRIE -- Don't doubt it -- Long Prairie is still a typical small town in central Minnesota.
Fields of old
There's no little house but there are remnants of prairie in Crow Wing County. And the story is told Sunday in North Country.
The first half of property taxes on mobile homes is due Aug. 31.
The Brainerd Dispatch inadvertently omitted names from the Mississippi Horizons second semester honor roll that was published Thursday as the result of misinformation supplied to The Dispatch.
Courthouse has its own monument, but not any controversy
The controversy surrounding a Ten Commandments monument in Montgomery, Ala., hasn't surfaced in Cass or Crow Wing counties.
A makeover changes a historic Brainerd residence and brings more people through the doors. Look for the story Friday in the Housing section.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 21 - 30 years ago (1973) - The Brainerd School Board decided to pay up to 50 percent, not to exceed $5,000, for a new double tennis court and for re-surfacing of the present courts. The new court is to be constructed in Gregory Park.
SWANVILLE -- Laura Hartwig, 84-year-old resident of Swanville, Minn., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley-Gibson Funeral Chapel in Swanville, Minn.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Cornell Gordon, 55, died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Whittemore to officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery, Pequot Lakes. The Pequot Lakes American Legion No. 49 will provide military graveside honors. Arrangements are with Willim-Northland Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.
Gladys E. Sykes
Gladys E. Sykes, age 73, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Ruth M. Foote
MISSION -- Ruth M. Foote, age 84 of Mission Township, died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Evergreen Assisted Living in Reno, Nev. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Florence M. Valaitis
CROSBY -- Florence M. Valaitis, 90 of Crosby and formerly of Aitkin, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, in the Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby. Funeral arrangements are pending with McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.
Clarence 'Pat' Nielsen
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Clarence "Pat" Nielsen, age 83, died at his home on Aug. 11, 2003. He was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Tyler, Minn., to Niels Chris and Marie Nielsen.
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Ruth M. Foote
MISSION -- Ruth M. Foote, age 84 of Mission Township, died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Evergreen Assisted Living in Reno, Nev.
MERRIFIELD -- James Mason, age 41, resident of Merrifield, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003.
Donald 'Donnie' Portner
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Donald "Donnie" Portner, Henderson, Nev., formerly of Pine River, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Fighting Bearcats continue training
The 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment (Fighting Bearcats) who have soldiers from all over the state of Minnesota to include Aitkin, Brainerd, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, Thief River Falls and many other communities, are at Fort Polk, Louisiana, participating in a Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRE).
I want to thank the Brainerd City Council for their brave and astute decision to not change the bar closing ordinance from 1 to 2. We, all the citizens of the Brainerd community, feel indebted to you for the example you have set for our young people, for the concern you have shown to our chief of police and his force, and for the lives you have saved by not approving this immoral ordinance.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
There is a revolution occurring today in telecommunications that is changing our world as we have known it as well as an American tradition.
California recall Q & A
It's time for another installment of "Recall Q&A," in which we answer the most commonly asked questions about California's gubernatorial grudge match:
On Saturday, August 16, the Christ Community Church was the home to a 50s and 60s party and silent auction.
Terrorism in Iraq
Tuesday's suicide bombing that claimed the life of 23 people at the United Nations compound in Baghdad, Iraq, may prove to be a tactical error by whatever party is eventually found to be responsible.
Janklow speed estimated at 70-75 mph at time of crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was driving 70 mph to 75 mph on a county road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle Saturday, killing the biker, according to an accident report released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
DFLers consider recall petition for Pawlenty
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Minnesota DFL leaders say they're considering a California-style effort to remove Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty by recall petition -- just the latest in the summer-long political food fight between the parties.
Fair officials want to keep guns out
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Minnesota State Fair officials have posted signs near entrances to notify visitors that guns won't be welcome at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and that has gun-rights advocates fuming.
State Fair's resident livestock sleuth tracks cheaters
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Something ugly has cropped up at state fairs across the nation: cheating. So the Minnesota State Fair's resident watchdog on livestock-show cheating is watching more closely than ever.
Pawlenty defends governor's residence spending
ST. PAUL -- While Gov. Tim Pawlenty demanded that budget-setting lawmakers focus on government necessities rather than niceties, state money paid for a top-shelf gas grill, silver polishing and other things to spruce up the governor's official residence.
Marine admits shooting himself
ANOKA (AP) -- A man home on leave from the Marines who told authorities he had been shot while trying to help a stranded motorist now admits he shot himself to avoid being shipped overseas, authorities said Wednesday.
Police officer investigated in identity theft of Vikings players
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- An Eden Prairie police officer is suspected of trying to steal the identities of five members of the Minnesota Vikings, court documents say.
Marines investigate lance corporal's decision to shoot himself
MINNEAPOLIS -- Marine Corps officials on Friday were scheduling a medical appointment to see if Lance Cpl. Adam Welter was fit to travel.
Lawmaker criticizes state's financial loss on light rail model
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A state lawmaker has criticized the Metropolitan Council for spending more than $600,000 on a model of its Hiawatha light-rail cars and then selling it back to the Canadian manufacturer 10 months later for $60,000.
Man charged in cabbie's death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Dakota County man out of prison for less than two months has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Minneapolis cabdriver in early August.
Top-tier acts missing from upgraded State Fair grandstand
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- The grandstand got a $6 million makeover for this year's Minnesota State Fair, but some say the musical lineup isn't worthy of the new surroundings.
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines swept all seven matches in a dual meet with Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday.
Gridiron giant BHS' Stolski enters season as state's winningest active coach
The month was August, the year was 1962 in the tiny town of Kensington, about 30 miles west of Alexandria.
Coaches strive to win every season but they particularly want to win when the end of their career is on the horizon. They like nothing more than to hand the reigns to their successor following a winning season.
Raiders volleyball a mix of experience and youth
As any coach in any sport will tell you, having a variety of choices in player personnel is a good thing. Just ask Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball coach Jane Peterson.
As practices get heated, area teams take precautions
With heat indexes soaring into triple digits most of this week, precautions were being taken by area football coaches to ensure the safety of their players.
Area events Friday
Brainerd eighth-grade boys interested in playing football this fall may check out equipment Monday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Franklin lower gym locker room area.
PERHAM -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots remained unbeaten in eight tennis meets by defeating New York Mills and Perham Thursday.
Sparks continue dominance of Lynx
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nikki Teasley scored 17 points and Los Angeles beat the Minnesota Lynx 88-65 Thursday night as the Sparks clinched a share of their fourth consecutive Western Conference championship.
Gophers looking to build off '02 bowl game win
MINNEAPOLIS -- The schedule says Minnesota begins the 2003 campaign next weekend like just about everybody else, but the Gophers are adamant their season actually began back in December.
Biekert, Gannon face former teams
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Greg Biekert has prepared for his return to the Coliseum by warning the rest of the Minnesota Vikings about the horrors they'll face.
Twins can smell first place
CLEVELAND -- Enraged by the umpire's safe call, Tim Laker got himself thrown out. The Cleveland catcher then tossed his mask, glove, the ball and a stool.
Tice's tutelage of O-line continues
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Mike Tice's deep Long Island baritone boomed louder than usual across the Minnesota Vikings' practice fields as he pushed his team through two days of extra-long workouts.
Lynx are ready for postseason
PHOENIX (AP) - With the formalities out of the way, the Minnesota Lynx are set for the postseason.
Vikes get some needed rest
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings got some much-needed rest Wednesday evening.
Newcomers come through
MINNEAPOLIS -- The first of four crucial games between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals was about as intense as a pennant race can get.
2003 Minnesota football
Some facts about the 2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers:
Not so lonesome anymore
PEQUOT LAKES -- Tim Roggenkamp owns Lakes Music in Pequot Lakes, where he sells everything from guitars to bluegrass albums.
Ostrowski exhibit on display at Matthies' gallery
The work of David Ostrowski is on display through Sept. 27 at Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.
For week of Aug. 21-27; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Twelve bands will perform Aug. 30-31 at Prime Time Charlie's in Breezy Point. Read an interview with one of the bands next Thursday in Tempo.
Lorie Line brings her Pop Chamber Orchestra to Brainerd for two shows
Page through a copy of the Lorie Line Music Collection, and you'll find all the requisite items for Line lovers: CDs, sheet music collections, concert videos and ... holiday ornaments?
Piano and voice students of LeeAnn Asker gave a spring recital at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church. They included Abbie Iverson (front row, left), Abbie Bolduc, Kiersten Cressman, Bethany Cressman, Ben Berghuis, Lynda Hall (back row, left), Ken Stapleton, Nathan Hall, Ashley Cressman, Ashley Berghuis and LeeAnn Asker.
Lakes Bluegrass Festival
At Ski Gull near Lake Shore
Harmony Engineers, Scramblers to perform at fund-raiser
The Harmony Engineers Quartet and the Scramblers Harmonica Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd as a fund-raiser to cover the cost of repairs to the church's pipe organ.
Great cast treads familiar ground in 'The O.C.'
With its beautifully filmed shots of beautiful people mingling along beautiful California beaches (backed by the kinda beautiful strains of "California" by Phantom Planet), it was apparent from Fox's previews that "The O.C." would at least succeed as a guilty pleasure.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny or partly cloudy. Slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms far west. Becoming breezy west and central. Highs 80 to 85 east to the upper 90s southwest.
Weather drawing by Jack Sauer of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Scattered thunderstorms far southeast early...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny and breezy. Highs from the mid 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Windy west and central. Highs 85 to 90.
I will catch butterflies
Weather drawing by Jack Williams of Mrs. Lykins' kindergarten class at Nisswa school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Severe thunderstorm watch for southern and western wisconsin until 8pm cdt...
Iowa state forecast
Today...A slight chance of thunderstorms southeast otherwise mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s northwest to mid 90s south.
State forecast for minnesota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs mid 70s to mid 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 80s northeast to near 90 southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Tonight...A chance of evening thunderstorms east. Otherwise clear to partly cloudy. Lows 50 northwest to the lower 60s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
9 Table Mitchell Movement. North-South: Walt and Betty Moynagh, 126.5; Alma Bracewell
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