Trucker knows all about high fuel costs
As Rick Kruger sits in his comfy leather seat with his slippers on in his Peterbilt semi-truck - driving miles upon miles down highways and freeways - he glances at several wallet-sized photographs of his two children that hang above the driver's door.
Extrand is named CLC counselor
Jackie Extrand of Merrifield is serving as a Central Lakes College counselor for the 2008-09 academic year.
It was a good summer by most accounts
Ah, Labor Day, that welcome long weekend to fire up the backyard barbecue and marvel that it must have been Memorial Day just a few weeks ago.
Cass County Board
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Pequot Lakes School Board
Meets 4 p.m. Tuesday
INVESTIGATIONS - Arrested 39-year-old man Thursday, on Highway 210 and Golf Course Drive, for reckless operation and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and for driving after revocation.
MOTLEY - The Motley Area Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Motley City Hall Complex. The agenda will include plans for the upcoming tour of the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul and the Minnesota State Capitol on Sept. 30.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our seventh annual North Side Block Party on Aug. 5 a huge success!
The Brainerd Kiwanis Club would like to thank the many sponsors and volunteers who helped make the first annual Kiwanis Kids Triathlon a huge success.
needs a friend
I would like to introduce you to Danielle, a 16-year-old girl, who recently signed up for an adult partner. Even though our junior applicants are usually between the ages of 5-14, we hope to find the perfect match for Danielle. She recently moved to the area and left a very successful Kinship partnership, so SHE is hoping to find another match for her last couple of years of school.
Not your grandfather's basketball show
Basketball and comedy are combining for a one-night event in Brainerd to raise money for the lakes area.
Colvin files for Brainerd seat
David Colvin of north Brainerd filed Friday for an at-large seat on the Brainerd City Council.
Man suffers gunshot wound near Remer
A 28-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg Friday as he operated an all-terrain vehicle in a gravel pit area 3 miles west of Remer.
COMING MONDAY IN LABOR DAY
Some people spend their days covered in filth and grime to make our lives just a little bit better. Watch for features on two of the lakes area's dirtiest jobs in the Dispatch's special Labor Day section.
THURSDAY IN ENTERTAINMENT
St. Cloud's Bill Meissner chats about his new baseball-themed novel, "Spirits in the Grass," in advance of his book signing at the Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair.
BAXTER - Excelsior Road from Cypress Drive to Conservation Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and intermittent closures may occur throughout the week for the construction of the Paul Bunyan Trail bridge.
Teenager dies in crash in Todd County
LONG PRAIRIE - A 16-year-old girl died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on Highway 287 4 miles east of Long Prairie, the State Patrol reported.
CHARLES LINDBERGH STATE PARK
Camping is one of the main draws at Lindbergh.
Lindbergh just drew me in'
LITTLE FALLS - The paddling was slow, but this wasn't a race. Two groups of seven canoers were in no hurry to get from one point of the Mississippi to the other on a warm August day.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - The new ultimate triathlon began with 56 participants dipping into water in preparation for a one-mile swim at Grand View Lodge. The swim was followed by a bicycle race around Gull Lake and a 4.8 mile run.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed the time of a Labor Day picnic where U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken will speak as a result of misinformation provided to the Dispatch by the Franken campaign. The picnic, sponsored by the Brainerd Trades and Labor Union, will be from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Oscar Kristofferson Park in Baxter. Franken will speak at about 5:30 p.m.
RANDALL - Audrey Fox, age 80, of Randall, passed away Friday morning at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
ONAMIA - Donald "Jolly" Skinaway, 75 of Onamia, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at his residence.
Joseph F. Motschke
PIERZ - Joseph F. Motschke, age 86 of Pierz, Minn., passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Linda L. Logan
CROSBY - Linda Lou Logan, age 63 of Crosby, died Aug. 20, 2008, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
BAXTER - Denise M. Glendenning, age 61, resident of Baxter, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at her home. She was born on Oct. 9, 1946, in St. Paul, to James and Margherita (Mazzola) Glendenning.
Galen J. Knopik
MAPLE GROVE - Galen J. Knopik, 45-year-old resident of Maple Grove, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at his home.
Can Obama be a working class hero?
DENVER - Barack Obama has the problem from hell.
I just read today where the county is going to give up and eliminate the home health program. Obviously this means that nursing homes are preferred and much more expensive and that's going to save us money? I thought keeping people in their homes was the cheapest way to provide health care. Obviously, I was wrong.
Inching away from the party line
For all the talk about energy, taxes and health care, the first economic policy challenge to face the next president could be coping with a crisis at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - and the related job of reforming them to make sure they never put the global financial system at risk again. Republican John McCain, long a skeptic of the two government-sponsored enterprises, has said that, if the government must bail them out, it should fire their current boards and managers en route to full privatization. Until now, Democrat Barack Obama has been more circumspect, agreeing with Mr. McCain that taxpayers should come before shareholders and managers but offering few concrete ideas about the ultimate dispensation of the companies. But this week he's given an encouraging hint of fresh thinking about the problem.
OUR OPINION: DRINKING
The best aspect of the recent suggestion by about 100 college presidents that the U.S. consider lowering the legal drinking age to 18 is that it will stir considerable controversy. Their suggestion should draw attention to the widespread problem of under-age drinking.
Bow hunting is about the whole experience
Here we go again, entering the season of all seasons.
13 area anglers qualify for bass event
Thirteen Brainerd area anglers have qualified for the Minnesota Bass Federation State Championship, scheduled Wednesday through Friday in Wabasha.
Dawn of a new season
The baiting game has been going on for more than two weeks.
90th birthday - Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson, Brainerd, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at his home, 2501 Ridge Drive South, Brainerd. No gifts please. He was born Sept. 28, 1918.
60th anniversary - Nona (Zierke) and Calvin "Uncle Cal" Peterson
Nona (Zierke) and Calvin "Uncle Cal" Peterson, lifelong Brainerd residents, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with their four generation family. They also celebrated their 81st and 84th birthdays in July. They were married Sept. 1, 1948, in Brainerd.
Jo Jo and Renae Czeczok
Ranae Rundgen and Jo Jo Czeczok were married Aug. 19, 2008, in Dakota County with the Hon. Eugene Atkins officiating.
50th anniversary - Gordon and Gale Martin
Gordon and Gale Martin, Pillager, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 with lunch served at 1 p.m. and a program at 3 p.m. at their Century Old Farm located nine miles northwest of Pillager on County Road 35. The event will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. No gifts please.
Wedding planned - Maria Medin and Dustin Olson
Maria Medin and Dustin Olson announce their engagement. Parents are Carl and Beth Medin, Fifty Lakes, and Brad and Shari Olson, Isanti. A Sept. 20 wedding is planned in Emily.
Four generations - Powell
Four generations recently gathered were Gabriella Powell, daughter; Jera Powell, mother; Sue Jewell, grandmother; and Doris Brusseau, great-grandmother, all of the Brainerd/Baxter area.
25th anniversary - Roger and Teri Osell
Roger and Teri Osell recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with their family and friends with a dinner hosted by their children at their daughter and son-in-law's home. They were married Aug. 27, 1983, in Brainerd.
TIM AND JENNI SEVERSON
Jenni Badeaux and Tim Severson were married June 28, 2008, at the home of Vicky Johnson in Lake Shore with David Ten Eyck officiating.
45th anniversary - Vernon and Carolyn Ferrian
Vernon and Carolyn Ferrian, Merrifield, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Sept. 2, 1963, in Long Prairie.
Nathan and Paula Jillson
Paula Johnson and Nathan Jillson were married July 16, 2008, in Brainerd.
Wedding planned - Jennifer Spielman and Nole Stay
Jennifer Spielman and Nole Stay announce their engagement. Parents are James and Teresa Spielman, Pequot Lakes, and Justin and Maureen Stay, Bemidji.
90th birthday - Clarence Veith,
Clarence Veith, Staples, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Fort Ripley Park in Fort Ripley on Hwy. 371. The event is hosted by his family. There will be a pig roast and live music. No gifts please. He was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Morrison County.
Philip and Andrea Gilotte
Andrea (Annie) Ebnet and Philip Gilotte were married July 26, 2008, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Crosslake with Father Mike Patullo officiating.
STOCK CAR RACING
Hornets hang on for 1-1 tie
BAXTER - Levi Skog scored on an Eric Bolduc assist for the Lake Region Christian School Hornets in a 1-1 boys' soccer tie with Chisago Friday.
D-G-F squeaks by Pequot
GLYNDON - The Pequot Lakes Patriots scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but fell one point short in a 21-20 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Heart O' Lakes Conference action Friday.
Special teams spark Tech past Warriors
ST. CLOUD - In a smash-mouth game, special teams were the decisive factor.
Carl Schirmer of Brainerd has been named the state's cross country assistant coach of the year for the 2007 season.
C-I tops Pillager in opener
PILLAGER - Kaylie Hanson had 11 kills, three ace serves, and 17 digs for the Pillager Huskies in a 3-1 loss to the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in nonconference volleyball Friday.
A passing grade
ST. CLOUD - In his first game as a starting quarterback since ninth grade, Scott Ramey received a passing grade.
Sabres spear Flyers
SARTELL - Ryan Thilquist and Taylor Bones each reached the end zone for the Little Falls Flyers as they fell in their season opener to the Sartell Sabres 47-14 Friday.
Park Rapids topples W-DC
PARK RAPIDS - Cody Redfield scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines the early lead in non-conference football Friday.
C-I roughs up Marshall
DULUTH - The Crosby-Ironton Rangers forced five turnovers and returned one interception for a score in a 47-22 non-conference victory over the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers Friday.
Pirates run over opposition
BRANDON - The Verndale Pirates opened the football season with a 47-0 win over Brandon-Evansville Friday.
Lanners boosts Pierz
RICE LAKE, Wis. - Chad Lanners caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mike Weber with 59 seconds remaining to lift the Pierz Pioneers to a 27-20 season-opening victory over Rice Lake, Wis., Friday night.
Pohlkamp leads BHS past Tech
Matt Pohlkamp scored three touchdowns to help the Brainerd Warriors freshmen football team to a 36-7 victory over St. Cloud Tech Thursday night.
Raiders silence Thunder
ST. CLOUD - Mike Beehler was 19-of-25 for 218 yards and three touchdowns as the Central Lakes College Raiders got the season off to a rousing start with a 40-12 victory over the Fond Du Lac Thunder Friday at St. Cloud State University.
S-M hands PL first loss
STAPLES - The Staples-Motley Cardinals handed the Pequot Lakes Patriots their first loss of the season by a 6-1 score in Mid-State Conference tennis Friday.
Weather drawing by Morgan Larson of Mrs. Larson's fifth-grade class at Forestview.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Sunny and windy. Highs from the upper 80s northeast...To around 100 west central.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to upper 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Near record highs west and central today...
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Sunny. Highs in the 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 80s north...To the mid 80s south and west. Cooler near lakes michigan and superior.
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