A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DISPATCH - 2
Nikki Hodgman, receptionist, answered the phone at the front desk.
ON PAPER, LABOR AND MANAGEMENT CLICK
Through its history the Brainerd paper mill has been praised for capability and its skilled work force, which combine to create quality paper.
WELCOME TO REAL WORLD
"When I grow up..."
'YOU DON'T WANT TO BE HERE'
FORT RIPLEY - When you've damaged your boat in an unfortunate incident at the public landing or your teens collided into one another with your two jet skis, a Fort Ripley company is ready and waiting for your business.
AN OFFICE WITH A VIEW
NISSWA - When the first beams of light hit the dew-soaked grass blades Mike Bohnenstingl is in heaven.
Before the sun rises each day, Cathe Picek's eyes open and she bounces out of bed.
'IT'S CLEAN DIRT, BUT IT'S DIRTY'
PEQUOT LAKES - Life is good for 5-year-old Griffin Decker when he gets to spend the day at his grandparents' sod farm.
A TALE OF TWO CHEFS
They're at different ends of Gull Lake at different-sized resorts, and each took a different path to his executive chef position. But they have one thing in common - a passion for food.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DISPATCH
Information technology manager Jason Walkowiak worked on the creative services department's computer system before employees came to work.
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A 'BEST BOSS'
The following comments were compiled from the staff at the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative in Brainerd:
E.R. AT NIGHT
About 10:45 p.m. one night in August, a patient was helped into the entrance of the emergency department at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
WELCOME TO THE DREAM WORLD
Some might say that, with a plum job like this, Matt Straw may be a bit out of touch with the real world.
THE PLACE WITH THE HARDWARE ACES
Home improvement weekday or weekend warriors shopping in west Brainerd never fear they'll spend time wearing off their shoe leather searching through cavernous aisles by themselves.
FILLING A NEED
PILLAGER - When you've forgotten the whipped cream for Thanksgiving dinner, or need an emergency roll of duct tape for a household project gone awry or even a tan for your upcoming vacation, the Cedar Street Market in Pillager has it all.
ACE stores individually owned
Ace Hardware traces its heritage back to 1958, but the actual store has an even older pedigree selling hardware and appliances. The store started with Joe Gustafson and his sister, Gladys Nelson, and her husband, Ed. They were equal partners. Now Joe Gustafson's daughters own the business as silent partners as Brainerd Ace Hardware Inc. with daily operations handled by the store's managers.
IT'S A DIRTY JOB... AND SOMEBODY DOES IT
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DISPATCH - 4
It's the next day by now. Shortly after midnight Dave Bade (left) and Adam Gilson took papers off the folder while the press ran behind them.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DISPATCH - 3
Brainerd Dispatch advertising staff Carla Staffon (left) Linda Hurst, Kathy Bittner Lee and Kristine Roberts studied a proof in the advertising department.
Jason Wade and Courtney DeAnna (Nuehring) Day, Rice, a boy, Dylan Wade, 7 pounds, 4 ounces, Aug. 25, 2008.
From St. Paul
Mike ORourke, Brainerd Dispatch associate editor, reports from the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Michael and Amber Lee, Brainerd, a girl, Shelby Lorraine, 7 pounds, 8 ounces, Aug. 19, 2008.
This author has 'Spirit'
St. Clouds 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.
Farmland values rise, even for marginal land
BEMIDJI (AP) - Walker area real estate agent Norm Stubbs recalled that locals were shocked a few years ago when he sold a piece of Cass County farmland for $1,000 an acre.
WADENA - Tri-County Hospital, Inc., in Wadena has received a $1,314,000 Community Facility Direct Loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program. The purpose of the loan is to expand the hospital's outpatient treatment space and to purchase related equipment.
C. Elmer's party gathers at the RNC
It's been more than a decade since the death of Brainerd's most prominent Republican, former Minnesota Gov. C. Elmer Anderson, and the changes on the political landscape since his political heyday are many.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - There is no excuse anymore to be bored while doing your laundry. PALS - A laundromat, pizza parlor and arcade - recently opened on Laurel Street. PALS stands for Pizza, Arcade, Laundry and Subs.
Camp Confidence auction planned Sept. 20
EAST GULL LAKE - The annual outdoor auction for Confidence Learning Center is planned to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 20.
A chance for family cycling
The Crow Wing County Fairgrounds buzzed with activity Labor Day weekend as motorcycles of every size and shape gathered and raised money for charity.
Two injured in shooting
CASS LAKE - Two men were injured by gunshots during an altercation about 3 a.m. Saturday in Cass Lake, the Cass County Sheriff's Department reported.
She keeps busy with hands
Margaret Burton doesn't look like she's 91 years old. She doesn't act like it either.
Scandia Valley man drowns in Fish Trap Lake
A 75-year-old Scandia Valley man drowned Friday in Fish Trap Lake in northern Morrison County.
Joseph F. Motschke
PIERZ - Joseph F. Motschke, age 86, of Pierz, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
Gladys Muehlbauer, Brainerd, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in her home.
LITTLE FALLS - Elizabeth G. Zimmerman, 91-year-old resident of rural Little Falls, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at the St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Terryl L. Whirley
Terryl L. Whirley, 61, Brainerd, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at his home.
ONAMIA - Dennis Perkins, 47-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008.
MOTLEY - Mina Bartels, age 73, of Motley, Minn., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at her home, 7086 84th St. S.W., Motley, Minn.
Sylvia A. Copley
AITKIN - Sylvia A. Copley, age 87, of Aitkin, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
ISLE - Raymond Zimmerman Sr., 87-year-old resident of Isle, Minn., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at his residence.
Clintons are out for the Clintons
WASHINGTON - The night was praised as a merging of the seas, as Bill and Hillary Clinton led their party in a healing ritual of unity by anointing The One.
Pass the shield law
A Senate bill that got mauled in the run-up to the summer recess but that has momentum for passage in the fall is the Free Flow of Information Act, a law that would protect the relationship between journalists and their sources. The District of Columbia and 49 states already do so. While we have a concern about one aspect of the legislation, this shield is needed on the federal level.
Open Forum: Obama is a scary choice for president
It is very scary when intelligent Democrats are going to vote for a lawyer with unimpressive experience in the U.S. Senate to be our commander in chief. Speaker Nancy Pelosi shuts down Congress and goes on vacation to sell her book instead of having a vote on drilling offshore which would lower gasoline prices. The DFL-controlled Minnesota Legislature overrides the governor's veto and passes a $16 billion transportation bill which raises gasoline taxes. Will Minnesota roads be lined with gold? In the last two years Democrats have controlled Congress, inflation has gone through the roof. You will need an armored car to go to the grocery store if you can afford the gas.
Raiders finish road trip 0-4
Central Lakes College volleyball coach Jane Peterson isn't alarmed.
Kouba picks up first ASCS feature win
Labor Day weekend is a time for tradition.
CLC women return to full strength
For the first time since the 2005-06 season Central Lakes College could be sending two teams to the NJCAA national golf tournament.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny west...Mostly sunny east. Highs from the mid 80s far north...To around 90 northwest. Cooler along lake michigan.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Wind advisory parts of southwest...West central...And
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory today far eastcentral portion...
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s to low 90s.
The Nation's Weather
Hurricane Gustav was expected on Monday to make landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category 3 hurricane. An extremely dangerous storm surge of 10 to 14 feet above normal tidal levels is expected for areas along the northern Gulf coast. Rainfall accumulations are expected to reach between 6 to 12 inches in parts of Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Arkansas.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Cloudy. Scattered to numerous showers and isolated
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